I have given Redwood Lodge an excellent rating because although I accept it may not meet everybody's expectations of a deluxe B & B, hubby and I found it perfectly met our accommodation needs in Waitomo. I agree with previous reviews that the Lodge is a work in progress but I can also see the potential that Julie and her husband saw when they purchased it. Not to say that it isn't already a lovely place to stay, because it is. Julies care for her guests comfort and her commitment to improving all areas of the B & B can not be faulted. Our room was of good size with a large en suite and looked out on to the front garden with it's beautiful well -shaded lawn area. We could walk straight out of our room onto a beautiful new deck area complete with handcrafted seating and tables ( made by Julie's hubby ). During our stay, we did not have time to use the pool, spa or rec room so I can't comment on those. Julie is a great cook, the breakfast menu highlighting organic locally sourced products. Brekky in the large dining room overlooking the garden, chatting with other guests about our Waitomo adventures is a highlight. Julie's information leaflets she has compiled about places to visit and dine at was very useful. I also like the system of taking soft drink and alcoholic beverages from the communal fridge as you need them and then paying when you leave. Everything we asked for, was provided. Fresh towels to go black water rafting and a clothes rack to dry our wet things after just outside our room. This is a very relaxing place for couples to stay but I can also see potential for catering more for families. It has sort of a farm stay vibe about it, so maybe go with that and build a small cottage in addition to current rooms or add to the lovely little playground they have for their daughter out the front. Maybe even allow patting or feeding of some of the animals. Our room's decor was clean, neutral and modern. I liked the chesterfield style comfy couch along the wall too. Touches like this definitely make a room more inviting. Hubby thought the curtains in our room let in a little too much light but that didn't bother me. The rest of the lodge is decorated with in an eclectic retro style which I find quite appealing. Souvenirs from travels abroad sit along side family heirlooms. The style of the decor throughout the house will become more cohesive I imagine as time and money allow. For me, I like to see the history in a house and feel that it has been lived in so I found it charming. Anyway, the whole place is very functional for Julie and guests as a B & B. I would definitely see this place at the upper end of Waitomo B & B accomodation and I would like to stay there again. If I came back in a year or two, I would expect to see more improvements to the facilities because I can see that Redwood Lodge are aiming to give the best B & B experience ever. Thank you Redwood Lodge for making Waitomo a great place to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only ten minutes from the famous Waitomo Caves, Redwood Lodge offers travelers affordable luxury in a tranquil setting. Redwood Lodge offers 4 good-sized heated/air conditioned, king/twin or queen en-suite rooms, each provided with tea/ coffee making facilities. Enjoy our eight acres of park-like grounds, guest lounge with TV, pool table and open log fire to warm your toes during the colder months. Relax in our hot spa, sauna or enjoy a cooling dip in our in-ground swimming pool before relaxing on the deck in the summer sun. With dinner available you can settle in for the night. After a good nights sleep wake up to a delicious and filling cooked or continental breakfast, homemade preserves are standard. Your hosts look forward to welcoming you into their home and if required, happily offering a wide range of information on the area in which they live. Discounts are given for multiple nights stay. ... more less
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