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Swallows Ridge
Ranked #2 of 26 Kerikeri B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“First and Best”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

My wife and I have just spent a month in New Zealand. Our first stay was at Swallows Ridge. We consider that this was the best of all the places we stayed. The welcome from Chris & Mike was very pleasant and very natural. Their home is beautifully positioned on a hilltop surrounded by rolling farmland affording distant sea views. The room we had was extremely well appointed and we also had the use of a guest kitchen, a lounge and the outdoor pool.

They recommended walks and restaurants which proved to be excellent .... make sure you eat at the Pear Tree !

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Suggested to us by friends and family in Auckland. Swallows Ridge turned out to be even better than the recommendation and web site would suggest. Chris and Mike were so relaxed and welcoming. A place to unwind in the pool or just sitting admiring the tranquil views. The kitchenette is a master stroke, restaurants in town or your own choice of light supper from the Keri Keri supermarket. Just perfect, we have to find the time to go back.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Swallows Ridge is just amazing. Its setting is idyllic and the owners Chris and Mike could not be more friendly and welcoming. The accommodation is luxurious and very comfortable. The swimming pool is an added bonus. We are planning another trip to NZ in December 2015 and will definitely be returning to Swallows Ridge.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are of equal quality. We had a room opening on to the garden with stunning views.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Beautiful setting, perfect accomodation and lovely hosts. Very clean, spacious rooms. A luxury B & B which we definately stay in again. Thank you Mike and Chris for making us so welcome. Hopefully better weather next time!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We felt welcome at first meeting of Chris and Mike. The house is set up so nice with a wing of three rooms, a nice "utility area" with refrigerator and basic items so we could eat at "home". The biggest aspect was the hospitality of the owners. Thank you!

Room Tip: Beautiful rooms looking toward the Bay of Islands.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

After a bit of confusion finding Swallows Ridge with Mike guiding me turn by turn on the cell phone, we found ourselves at their beautiful home on the top of a ridge overlooking the Bay of Islands. We took a quick dip in the solar heated pool and watched the sunset. The home is immaculate with everything you can think of possibly needing. Mike and Chris were the perfect hosts. Our stay was short, but we had a lovely visit.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

A home away from home. Fantastic breakfasts, spotlessly clean and comfortable accommodation and breathtaking views. Chris and Mike made us so very welcome and we would highly recommend this luxurious B & B.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Swallows Ridge

Property: Swallows Ridge
Address: 32A Rangitane Road, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kerikeri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our purpose built award winning accommodation (2010 House of the Year Silver Medal). Set in 21 acres, our secluded and peaceful location is a designated Kiwi area. Yet is near to town and only two minutes drive to Doves Bay Marina. Enjoy peace and tranquility with fantastic coastal views of the Bay of Islands, Kent Passage and Kerikeri Inlet. Swim in the heated 12mtr pool or relax on your own private patio. All rooms are large with en suite. Home made bread and eggs from our own chickens for breakfast. Visit Kerikeri's historic Stone Store, cafes, farmers market and art galleries, play a round of golf or take a trip to a local beach. Swim with dolphins or catch a marlin - we can arrange it for you. ... more   less 
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