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Bay of Islands Cottages
Ranked #8 of 19 Russell B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 15, 2009

This is not the first time we have stayed here. It's hard to find a B&B where you have your own separate accommodation and can truly relax. This place has it all. It's peaceful, gorgeous view of the sea, private, good-sized sunny deck, beautiful decor, and of course, a fantastic breakfast. Jenny is great about cooking for your needs - gluten free, vegetarian etc. The kids enjoyed exploring the little beach and loved paddling around in the dinghy. Jenny and Peter are great hosts. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

My daughter and I had a wonderful few days at the Bay of Islands Cottages recently. It's such a tranquil place - where you can listen to the bird calls and explore the native bush, as well as enjoy delicious meals with the hosts, Jenny and Peter. They made us feel very welcome. The Cottages are only a short drive from the village of Russell and the beautiful local beaches, and it's a great location from which to explore the sights and history of the Bay of Islands. Our cottage was private and well-appointed, with a large deck to enjoy the view of the bay. We loved the hearty breakfasts and were happy to return to our cosy cottage at the end of our day's exploring the area. If you're heading to the Bay of Islands I would definitely recommend staying here - we can't wait to go back next time we are in New Zealand.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Individual, self-contained cottages, surrounded by bush with a view of the bay. The cottage was spacious with basic kitchen facilities, bathroom with walk in shower and a large deck accessible from both the living room and bedroom.
Jenny prepares a special breakfast with fresh fruits, juice, and cereals, home made scones or muffins and a different treat each morning. If the weather is fine this is served on their deck over looking the bay.
The hosts Jenny and Peter are friendly, social and helpful.
The Bay of Islands Cottages has been my favourite place to stay over the last year. Peaceful, private, picturesque and eco friendly. Idyllic.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

Finding this B&B was an absolute treat. It just doesn't get any better. If it's a clean, relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by stunning views and beautiful gardens your looking for, them this is it. The owners are probably some of the nicest people you'll have the pleasure of meeting and whip up one of the best, organic, home grown breakfasts your likely to eat. We travel a lot and we'll have to travel considerably longer to find another B&B as delightful as this.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 10, 2009

Russell is the most beautiful place to stay in the Bay of Islands and Brisa Cottages are the ideal base. The location is stunning, on a hillsde among lush gardens with views over an idyllic bay. The cottages are beautifully designed and furnished with large balconies and not overlooked by anyone or anything. Peter and Jenny are wonderful hosts. They treated us as friends and made us feel completely at home. Jenny's breakfasts are to die for! We only wish it was not so far from home.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2008

This is a gem of a place to stay in the Bay of Islands. The cottage we stayed in has two good sized rooms (living/bedroom) separated by large sliding doors which offer good soundproofing if one of you is suffering temporary insomnia. The bathroom and kitchen are both well equipped and the inclusion of a separate area for dressing and storing suitcases is a great touch. Overall the cottages are wonderfully comfortable with top quality furnishings and amenities. Architecturally the cottage is simply a nice place to be with bay views out from the large deck also adding to the ambiance.

This being said one of the highlights of our stay at B of I Cottages had to be Jenny's breakfasts. This was not your normal bowl of cereal and toast but a gorgeous selection of fresh baked muffins, breads, cheeses and every day a different cooked delicacy that might be pancakes with fresh berries, salmon patties or asparagus frittata. Breakfasts are testament to the care and consideration put in to the place by Peter and Jenny who are wonderful hosts.

Bay of Islands is a magical part of the world and we'd definitely recommend Bay of Islands Cottages.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2008

We had the most wonderful stay at Brisa cottages ,a real paradise.The situation of The cottages is superb over looking the oyster beds in the bay,so so pretty.Peter and Jenny are wonderful hosts so helpful .Jennys breakfasts are to die for!! every morning she produces a gastronomic breakfast and we sat chatting together for at least an hour with all the guests. I can highly reccomend Brisa cottages they are a MUST!.

Stayed: February 2008
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Address: 92A Te Wahapu Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range: $169 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique waterfront cottages in Russell. Guests enjoy sea views from every cottage across the sheltered waters of our bay. Our luxury bed and breakfast is designed for couples, but children are also welcome. Have an authentic cottage stay experience in a location close to Russell but far enough away to enjoy natural quiet surroundings. Four eco cottages are set privately among tree ferns and landscaped organic gardens. A natural habitat for birds and part of our local safe haven for kiwi and weka. At the bottom of the garden is our private beachfront. Two kayaks, row boat and fishing equipment is available for guests to use. Bay of Island Cottages is a small New Zealand owned and operated enterprise. We have been welcoming guests since 2001 and are committed to quality and personal service. - A peaceful waterside retreat. Sea views from every cottage. - Free wifi - Gourmet breakfast included - Location close to Russell but far enough away to enjoy natural quiet surroundings. ... more   less 
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