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Thorold Country House
Ranked #6 of 13 Thames B&B and Inns
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Dubai visitors January 2012”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

our family of 4 had a lovely stay in Gary & Wendy's cottage. We DID swim in the nice pool, we loved feeding the sheep, the grass tennis court was a nice novelty and the location very pleasant / soporiphic (?). Its easy to pick fault with a nice home but we felt very welcome here and its a great staging post for the Coromandel or a drive down to Taupo. Comfortable lovely and clean. Good to step back in time. The owners were extremely pleasant and welcoming. Price bang in line with the other 6 places we stayed in.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

We were fortunate to stay our first three nights with Wendy and Gary, who really cared for us and made us feel at home! You could already tell from their email confirmation that we could expect nice hosts.

We stayed in the cottage which is spacious, clean and comfortable. Our son went into the pool very first thing when we arrived although we had 36 hours of travel in our bones. The beds are good, the kitchen is equipped with everything you need and there is a great outside barbecue.

The breakfasts - as well cooked as continental - were delicious, especially the scrambled eggs made up for a perfect start into the day.

Last not least, Wendy and Gary came up with uncounted recommendations on what to undertake on Coromandel and every single one proved to be spot on.

A perfect start of our journey!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Olssons
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London
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

The Thorold Country House is only an easy 1.5hr drive from NZ international airport and is very welcome after a long flight from Hong Kong. The hosts Wendy and Gary were very welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. They are very knowledgable about the area and gave us some useful local info.
We stayed in the cottage which consists of two double rooms, each with doors leading out to a secluded garden and shared pool, and a kitchen and lounge area. The beds were very clean and comfortable and the pool was clean and very welcome.
Wendy does a great breakfast (the best we've had in two weeks of travelling round NZ). I would recommend it to friends and family upon arrival or just a nice place to stop off and have a rest in the peace and quiet of the countryside. It is off a main road but you can't hear it at all and the location is perfect for visiting the Coromandel Peninsular.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Upon reading the review posted by 4oystercatcher, we feel compelled to right a wrong. A wrong perception, that is.Our family has been holidaying at Thorold Country House for 3 years now, the same time each year. From the beginning we have never been disappointed, it is a break away we look forward to every year for various reasons. Wendy and Gary are the most hospitable hosts you will ever find, they are welcoming, accomodating and their property is beautiful. They are sincere and interested in what they do. It isn't just a business to them and it shows. We stay in the Cottage, as did 4oystercatcher and can truthfully tell you it is so quiet, peaceful and serene, we have never heard noises from the road or anywhere, only the occasional bleat from a lamb/sheep, which is to be expected and is part of the experience we expect(the website shows lambs/sheep on the property). How anyone would think the pool is heated is beyond me, as if it was, it would say so on the website, which it doesn't. It is definately not unclean, Gary spends a lot of time making sure it is kept in wonderful condition. Our 7yr old daughter lives in the pool when we stay, if it was unclean, why would we allow that to happen??? The Thorold website doesn't take 'nonrefundable deposits' either - Our experience has been that when booking everyone is asked to give credit card details as a security measure but nothing is ever credited against the card. If you don't have a CC then another option is you can give a 30% CASH deposit - not unusual. We also don't find Thorold to be overpriced. What we pay is great value for the benefits we get; A full (home cooked) fresh breakfast every morning with great conversation, privacy, our own fully equipped kitchen, our own BBQ area, a covered carpark, the use of the pool, a DVD player, hair dryer and the bedrooms have beautiful dressers and wardrobes to use - it is literally a home away from home. It seems the benefits on offer at Thorold weren't what 4oystercatcher were actually wanting, it is a shame that the outcome has been a bad review of a fantastic establishment. We highly recommend staying here and endorse all the other positive comments posted on this site about Thorold Country House. We will be back next year, as usual :-)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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washington state
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

We were grateful to be allowed early check in after arriving in NZ just that day it was quite kind. The place is in a lovely setting but you can hear road noises from the road below and the pool although relaxing to look at is nothing I'd want to swim in. It was unheated and not very clean.

The accommodations were clean but overpriced. The bed was great as was breakfast. There is a two night minimum and we were told the rooms were booked and all that was available was the higher priced cottage. We stayed there only to discover the next day we were the only guests as they were doing some renovations. The hosts were helpful about the area, one was born in NZ, and the other a recent immigrant from the UK.

Their ad said they accept VISA but in actuality they are not set up do so. We had to go into town and go to a bank to get cash at a cost a $30 NZD and over a half hour. They tried to tell me they were a small operation but I found this to be very strange, especially since they hadn't informed us of this AND had accepted a credit card as a nonrefundable deposit. I made my opinion clear it wasn't very business like and they pleaded they were a small operation.

Overall it was okay but overpriced and not a place I would recommend due to the road noise and their approach to payment that seemed quite less than professional in the year 2011. An inconvenience such as this unexpected on your way to start a new day in a new place left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lewisville, North Carolina
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

A very nice experience. One of our highlights was feeding the sheep one evening with Gary and hearing his stories about how they were named. My only complaint is not having a coffee pot in the room - but even that was taken care of by Gary. He made sure we had plenty of coffee. The house is in a beautiful and relaxing setting and we really enjoyed our visit and heartily recommend Thorold House!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed March 4, 2011

THOROLD COUNTRY HOUSE—THAMES, NZ
The setting and generous hospitality of our hosts, Wendy and Gary, far exceeded our expectations. The area surrounding the house is beautiful, and our accommodations were spacious, tastefully decorated and very comfortable with a private entrance. Our delicious breakfasts were served in a delightful garden. Our host, knowing of our interest in farming and of our farm background, volunteered over 2 hours of his time to drive us to their large dairy cow operation and discuss details of mutual interest. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Further, on the first morning our hosts had a surprise card and gift at the breakfast table to celebrate my birthday.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thorold Country House
Address: 36 Ngati Maru Highway | Kopu, Thames 3578, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our private, peaceful country home is ideally situated on 6 acres near to Thames, Coromandel Peninsula. Luxury guest rooms (two in the self contained garden cottage, two in guest wing of main house)all open onto wide private verandas. Relax by the secluded swimming pool set in subtropical garden. Grass tennis court. Full breakfast, special diets catered for. Free Wifi. Free undercover parking. Minutes from Coromandel activities, walks, beaches, tennis, golf, forests, fishing. ... more   less 
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