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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Russell Cottages

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Russell Cottages
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Russell
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RobertLondon
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“I really can't fault it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

These 'cottages' are 3 or 4 bedroomed luxury, modern houses. If you require a one bedroom property, one bedroom is unlocked for you with bathroom. The rest of the house is open for use.
I found the property well equipped, and the furniture of excellent standard. I particularly liked the outside deck area.

The location is quiet, a couple of mins walk to the harbour and restaurants. We took a boat from the harbour to see The Hole in the Rock and dolphins. I recommend dinner at The Gables which is on the waterfront, absolutely lovely.

I had 2 x 1 bedroom cottages for 2 nights. Our bill was £439.

I would highly recommend Russell and Russell Cottages as a NZ tourist.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Beautiful, but very overpriced, not worth the money. When we returned to the UK, we found that we had been charged over £900 for 5 nights
The kitchen was very sparse, not even a bowl to use in the microwave, supposed to be for 6 people, but only 4 plates etc.
Mentioned this to reception and I was directed to the local 4 square shop to buy any extras I needed!
Daily servicing did not include any cleaning as such, just making beds and puting out fresh towels if required

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

The first impression is a little toy town but then you realise that the set-up at Russell cottages just works perfectly. 2 minute stroll to the waterfront for cafes, supplies and touristy stuff, 15 minutes up to long bay and a pool right in the grounds if you can't quite be bothered to venture out. The cottages are not exact,y characterful and more like modern apartments that happen to be free standing but having outdoor space to eat is lovely and everything is there that you could need. Modern, clean, easy to be in. Just what we needed as a family with a 3 year old!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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St.Cloud
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We shared a cottage with another couple on our New Zealand vacation, we felt there was plenty of room for privacy and room to move around. It really is a home away from home, it was well kept and clean. The kitchen facilities were good and there was plenty of room for dining and relaxing. The bedrooms were roomy and one had a bath ensuite while the other was just next door. There also was a half bath on the main floor. The cottage was private and also had a deck and small private backyard. We were so pleased with these accomodations. Also, the proximity to town and ferry is just a few minutes walk.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We couldn't really be any happier with our stay in Russell Cottages. The cottages are clean, modern and homely. Because they are detached they really feel like your own little home, rather than just another room in a cell block.

The staff were friendly and helpfull [although reception seems to be manned intermittently] and the location is great, close to town but far enough from the action to be nice and quiet.

My only quibble is that the pillows were terrible!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hitchin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

These cottages are essentially a mini village of (almost?) identical designs but are tastefully built in the colonial style. Most if not all are detached. They are really everything one could wish for in a self catering place - certainly a league, and perhaps two, ahead of many of the motel units one finds in NZ which are themselves very pleasant. About 3-4 minutes walk from the seafront, with great cooking facilities, spacious dining area, living area including an outside deck, and bedrooms upstairs. Lots of greenery planted around.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Oamaru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here on a recent trip to Russell. We were a party of 2 couples and the roomy accomodation offered was ideal and spacious. The furnishings were very comfortable.
Very well appointed

the swimming pool was fantastic and the well set up BBQ area was great. We had a lovely meal of fresh fish cooked that we had caught that day on the BBQ.

Short walk to the beach, wharf and shopping centre.
We had an awesome stay here and would be very happy to come back again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Russell Cottages

Property: Russell Cottages
Address: 16 Chapel Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#2 Family Hotel in Russell
#3 Romantic Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Russell Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built from traditional timber weather board, the three and four bedroom cottages have solid timber floors, raked timber ceilings and are fully appointed to a very high standard. Sold as 1 & 2 bedroom cottages as well as 3 & 4 bedroom, Russell Cottages has accommodation to suit all, from couples and honeymooners to families and groups, up to 8 can sleep in one cottage. Space to work, to entertain, to relax, and to host family and friends. ... more   less 
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