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Coast Norfolk Island
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Relaxed atmosphere - good views”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Our family of 11 have just returned from a week at Ponderosa. The four apartments we used are well maintained and clean with everything you'd need in the kitchen. Use of the gazebo for family BBQ and meals also playing of cards etc in the evening is a bonus. The provision of a mobile phone for each apartment is an asset, The gardens are colourful and well kept, also the pool was clean and enjoyed by the children. Was a 5 minute trip into town so was quiet with a few moos from the cows of a morning.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We have just spent a week at Ponderosa and had a very relaxing time. The apartment was well equipped, clean and very comfortable. Our room had a lovely outlook across the hills to the sea and the grounds were very tidy and nicely set out. There was a gazebo equipped with a TV, DVD player and books and magazines which could be used if you had to vacate your room early and included all the facilities to have a BBQ. Our only concern would be that the swimming pool could be a little on the smaill side if the property was full. However that didn't happen while we were there and we were very happy with our stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

The description "Paradise" is often bandied around like confetti by publicists and 'spin doctors' to promote any number of things however "Paradise", in my mind, is an apt description of an Island roughly mid-way between Australia and New Zealand in Oceania.

Here is a landscape that has welcomed the Polynesian communities, has been a prison to the First and Second Convict settlements organised by the colonial authorities from the Australian continent and was, subsequently, designated a new home for Families from Pitcairn Island, descendants of the mutineers from HMAV Bounty.

And where does the Single Traveller, Couple or Family stay while being afforded this privilege of sharing in this expression of Paradise? 'Peace and Solitude...with all the Creature Comforts' await the visitor to the sprawling, immaculately maintained PONDEROSA at Longridge; a complex of cleverly-crafted cottages and one and two bedroom apartments...all with views of impossibly green valleys or, looking seawards, Nepean and Philip Islands.

Having been greeted at the Airport following our evening flight from Australia and transported to PONDEROSA; the first thing to take your breath away is the SILENCE - silence, occasionally broken by the sound of distant waves. Look upwards and, with apologies to Puccini's Tosca, THE STARS ARE REALLY SHINING!!!

Rahooloo Cottage (where the Family stayed) is like the Gingerbread House of old...upstairs, which became the children's domain (complete with toilet and washbasin) and downstairs, another bedroom, full bathroom, lounge/dining room and a great outdoor covered entertainment space, ideal for a leisurely Brunch or days of inclement weather. A well-equipped kitchen and laundry rounded off the 'creature comforts', which meant fewer forays into Foodland at Burnt Pine (some 10 minutes away by hire car).

For Yours Truly in a one bedroom apartment, I was Contentment personified...again a great use of space, a comfy Queen-size bed, a well-equipped kitchen and those little, unexpected touches such as access to baskets to carry the makings of a picnic to one of the Island's many beauty spots, a Community BBQ, games and puzzles for idle minds, an inviting swimming pool, spacious lawns with room to fly a kite, the best-equipped guest laundry I have ever experienced and Management who, when they smile (and that is ALL the time), really mean it!

Best of all, World Heritage-listed Kingston and Arthur's Vale with its Georgian buildings, unique 9 hole Golf course, Cemetery and Emily and Slaughter Bays are just a 'cooee' away, via Country Road.

PONDEROSA on Norfolk Island is the ideal destination for a Single Traveller, Couple or Family wishing Peace and Solitude...but with all the Creature Comforts.

Room Tip: A hire car is a must, with many options on Norfolk Island. Rahooloo is every honeymooning Couple...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Coast Norfolk Island

Property: Coast Norfolk Island
Address: Longridge Road, Norfolk Island 2899, Australia (Formerly Ponderosa Norfolk Island)
Location: Australia > Norfolk Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Norfolk Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Coast Norfolk Island 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ponderosa lies within the World Heritage KAVHA site set on 30 acres of peaceful gardens, on a quiet road at Longridge, an easy drive down the hill for a swim at the beach and five minutes into town. The Ponderosa property has spectacular views overlooking the green hills and blue Pacific Ocean to Philip Island. Ponderosa offers a selection of well appointed cottages , apartments and houses with a saltwater swimming pool, barbecue area and our new onsite Day Spa ensuring your holiday is bliss. Ponderosa offers guest facilities that allow you to discover and explore Norfolk Island with snorkeling equipment, pushbikes, fishing rods , golf clubs and picnic baskets. Here life is relaxed, enjoy a heavenly massage, play golf – or simply relax on your verandah or by the pool. Enjoy our NEW ONSITE DAY SPA . ... more   less 
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