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Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 30 Whangarei B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, New Zealand
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We crashed in on these guys with no warning leaving Ray to fend for us as Di was out ... Tremendous attitude as he provided a friendly service with a lovely social atmosphere with other guests for our one night here. Lovely breakfast thanks Di. Our only complaint would be the squeaky bed in our room. But great night thanks again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Diane H, Owner at Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Thank you for your review. Was a great evening. So sorry about the squeaky bed, has since been fixed.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

A lovely house with very comfy bed especially the Parahaki room...its huge and beautiful. The gardens are welcoming.

We didn't get to see Ray much....a busy guy. Di was very knowledgeable and helpful in giving us advice on our travel. One thing that really touches us was she always boil a pot of hot water for us every evening before turning in. It was very considerate of her.

On our day of departure, we even got some home-grown mint from Di.

Thank you so much for making our stay so relaxed and homely.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Diane H, Owner at Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us, it is much appreciated.
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

What a great find! We had seen a write-up in Jasons and did a drive-by before going in. Di and Ray were very welcoming and showed us the room before letting us decide. No questions - we definitely wanted to stay with them! Di made us a cup of tea, and I mentioned in passing that we hadn't been able to find grapefruit in the stores. Ray was immediately on the phone to his friend, and then drove down the road to come back with a bagful of grapefruit for us. Di provided helpful local information, and we walked to Reva's, a waterside restaurant, which was very pleasant. Nice lounge area with tea, coffee, and biscuits. Next morning there was a good healthy breakfast (with grapefruit!), and Di provided us with maps and advice for the next stage of our travels. Very well-maintained, beautiful house and garden. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Diane H, Owner at Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for your great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and finding grapefruit for you was part of the special things we like to do for our guests. Enjoy the remainder of your time in NZ. Maybe we will see you again some time.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Booking accommodation over the internet without knowing exactly what you're going to get is not easy. I can honestly say that I could not have found a better B&B in Whangarei! Di and Ray are really lovely and welcoming and we were well looked after while we were there. The house itself is so beautiful and very well kept. When we arrived, it was pouring with rain and I was sitting in the car waiting for it to ease off a bit before I went inside, but before I realised what was happening, Ray appeared with a huge golf umbrella which he gave to me. He then got all the baggage out and put it in our room without me even noticing. In the morning, while having a beautiful healthy breakfast i noticed Ray outside with a squeegee taking all the dew off the car windows so I could see where I was going when we left for the day.
Even though I don't know Di and Ray, we felt very comfortable in their company and felt like we had known them for ages.
We will definitely stay there again without hesitation and will recommend it to anyone else who needs accommodation in Whangarei.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Diane H, Owner at Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you so much for a fantastic review, we very much appreciate it and enjoyed having you stay.
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Di and Ray have a fabulous house and are a very welcoming and knowledgeable couple.
From the moment we arrived we received a friendly welcome together with a great cup of tea and some cake coupled with some advice on local walks and restaurants.
We did the local walk to the nearby Whangarei waterfall and Ray even came to pick us up at the other end!
Di's breakfast in the morning was excellent.
The Chelsea B&B also has proper reliable WiFi that works which is always a bonus!
The room was spotless and the facilities just what we needed.
Would definitely stay again!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Beautiful house, great room and very friendly hosts. Nice, relaxed atmosphere. Walking distance or short drive from town, and great Thai restaurant that our hosts recommended also a short walk away. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Such a welcoming atmosphere and excellent hosts. Ray and Diane are brilliant at make you feel right at home. Arriving a little later than expected due to airport delays. Diane was there to welcome us in with the offer of tea and bikkies (home made by Diane) to boot. The room we stayed in was not just clean it was spotless and was of a standard one would expect at a Hilton. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and gave us some of the best nights sleep we've ever had. Aside from this the B&B is in a very convenient location, a short distance from the town basin and from the more natural aspects around Whangarei such as the falls and the Kauri canopy walk. I highly recommend any one to stay here, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chelsea House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 83 Hatea Drive | Regent, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Whangarei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a warm welcome when you arrive at our centrally located 100yr old villa with light airy decor and comfortable modern furnishings. Four Restaurants are within a 15minute easy walk and the Town Centre and Basin are a 3 minute drive. Beautiful bush walking tracks are on our doorstep. We have two guest bedrooms, 1 queen and 1 super-king with en-suite bathrooms. All our rooms have comfortable beds with quality linen and feather down blankets.Guests facilities include spacious lounge, Sky TV/DVD, free wireless internet, safe off street parking and a garden seating area. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee, home baking and a delicious continental breakfast.Make Chelsea House your base to explore the North. You can do day trips to the famous Kauri Forest and swimming with the Dolphins at the Bay of Islands is only 60 minutes away. With our extensive knowledge of New Zealand we can help you with your holiday planning. ... more   less 
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