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“Picture Perfect Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Big Tom's Cottages

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Big Tom's Cottages
Ranked #598 of 1,236 Specialty Lodging in North Island
Brisbane, Australia
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152 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Picture Perfect Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed for three days at Big Tom’s cottage and we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect setting.

Waking up to beautiful early cloud covered valley, only to be treated to magnificent door step views of Te Mata peak. Ending our days with a glass of wine beside the log fire, was a treat.
The rustic charms of this peaceful retreat was the perfect way to end our stay in Hawkes Bay.

Reliable methods of contact would have completed the experience. Fortunately, good reviews of this place ensured our persistence in trying to making contact, with numerous email attempts bouncing back. As a recommendation, the arrangement of final payment may have been better processed on the day of arrival, as on the day of departure no one available to process our payment. Follow up payment arrangements had to be made upon arrival back home.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2010

We booked Tom's Cottage (the small one) for 3 nights of relaxation, food and wine in Hawkes Bay, and were so impressed. The internet booking was efficient but the website doesn't do justice to this amazing find. It was perfectly positioned between the Tuki Tuki river and Te Mata peak, with an uninterrupted view of the peak from the outdoor bath tub! The setting was private to the extent that you could have the bathroom windows wide open for sunshine when having a shower with only the olive grove outside the window.

The hosts were attentive but not intrusive, the breakfast provisions were varied, generous and lasted us for the 3 days easily. Attention to detail was evident with a selection of wine glasses, functional kitchen, plenty of towels, fresh flowers in the rooms and much more.

Overall, we highly recommend this little gem and hope to return.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Pismo Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2009

My husband and I stayed in Little Tom's cottage in June. We had traveled all over the North Island of New Zealand and this was our favorite place. The cottage is adorable and has beautiful views of Ta Mata Peak. The owner, Van, is great to have a conversation with. He brings a basket of breakfast items over so you can cook a delicious breakfast in the cottage. The dog, Tui, was a lot of fun. There is even an outdoor wood burning bathtub. I wish we could have stayed a lot longer. This place is awesome!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Big Tom's Cottages
Address: 116 Matangi Road | Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island
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Ranked #598 of 1,236 Specialty Lodging in North Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Big Tom's Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 1

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