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“Our Fab Flagstaff Flying Visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa
Ranked #4 of 21 Russell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Our Fab Flagstaff Flying Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

No stone was left unturned! The accommodation was second to none and in such a beautiful setting with lovely views over the bustling Russell inlet. We started with some fabulous pampering at the day spa next to our accommodation. The "drinkies" and the local smoked fish canapes with the hostesses with the mostest Ruth & Jessie prior to our dinner was certainly a highlight. We were very impressed with the exquisite homemade breakfast the next morning before we headed homeward bound feeling relaxed and refreshed after our quick 24 hour stopover. Highly recommended to all those who need some serious time out!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Flagstaff is situated in the lovely small town of Russell which has a real sense of history.Theres lots to explore both close by and slightly further afield. We stayed three nights -it was definitely a highlight of our trip to NZ.The accommodation is beautifully decorated and manintained,the hosts Jessie and Ruth warm friendly and helpful ,the breakfasts quite delightful with a wide choice of freshly cooked ingredients and homemade preserves .The glass of wine in the evening with both our hosts and other guests was a really pleasant interlude before the short walk to one of the many restaurants in the town.We also really enjoyed the facilities of the Spa.Jessie and Ruth could not have been more helpful in terms of giving advice,information and making reservations. This was a truly memorable stay.

Room Tip: The guest sitting room and kitchen and all four bedrooms are equally attractive,quiet and comfortab...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paula L
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

A wonderful place to stay to facilitate a terrific experience of the Bay of Islands. The beautifully appointed lodge is a hop, skip and a jump from the waterfront promenade and the village of Russell with a peaceful outlook across the water and quiet surrounds. A choice of quality wines from the local district and further afield accompanied by canapes and good cheer sharing our day's adventures with other guests was had each evening. This was followed by a casual stroll to one of the many eateries in the village. Breakfast was set up in the sunny courtyard and the menu was all one could wish for. An enjoyable sailing trip around the Bay of Islands was organised for us by Jessie and Ruth which was a cracker of a day that included swimming, walking and a picnic. Thank you Jessie and Ruth for making our visit such a delight.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stayed in February and found the property in Russell very easily and just a couple of minutes walk to the waterfront restaurants of town. Our hosts were brilliantly helpful and looked after us very well. They're clearly focused on providing their guests with a wonderfully relaxed stay and were full of ideas for things for us to do and information about the local area. Breakfast was lovely and the homemade additions made it all the more enjoyable. It's the mark of the great hosts that each evening they'd invite the guests to sit in the sunshine to share a complimentary glass or two of wine and a chat, something that very few of our other accommodation hosts did with such warmth & friendliness.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Justin P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We arrived at Flagstaff after stopping off at a glorious beach en route. Many of those nearby and a short hop to the Treaty Ground. Our accommodation was as lovely as the surroundings. Ruth and Jessie are great hosts and you will want for nothing. The hardest job is picking your breakfast from the long list of delights (try the blueberry pikelets with maple butter) and deciding which local wine to try with your home made canapé every evening. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms modern with plenty of space for your stuff. Russell has some great eateries and Ruth and Jessie will recommend according to your preference and make reservations for you. Flagstaff is a lovely traditional property beautifully restored with gorgeous gardens. We very much hope to return…

Room Tip: Double aspect rooms are nice but all lovely with outside deck
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lindapindi
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Savannah, Georgia
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48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

From the moment we arrived our hosts Ruth and Jessie made us feel like welcomed friends. Accommodations are first rate with tastefully appointed rooms, wonderful towels, great bed. The wine at cocktail hour with canapés along with good conversation with the hosts made for an enjoyable time. Breakfasts were cooked to order and wonderful. I cannot recommend Flagstaff more highly. You will not be disappointed and bound to be surprised and delighted.

Fred & Joyce
Savannah, GA

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fred L
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Outstanding rooms, everything new & clean and tasteful; we spent tow nights there, the evening canapes & wine were a very pleasant daily highlight as the ambience of the courtyard is superb. Also availed ourselves of the outdoor baths, excellent at night under candle light.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Murray H
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Property: Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa
Address: 17 Wellington Street, Russell 0242, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flagstaff Lodge is a fully modernised 1912 villa providing luxury boutique accommodation in the heart of charming Russell. Featuring contemporary style, NZ art, local wine & delicious food with relaxed, personal attention from your hosts. The Lodge offers four spacious en-suite rooms and a guest lounge – each uniquely styled – a relaxing courtyard and a boutique day spa offering massage and beauty treatments using premium Thalgo and OPI products. Just a 1 minute stroll from the seafront, the Lodge is the perfect, luxury base from which to enjoy Russell and the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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