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“Felt like home!”
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Earthstead Villas
Ranked #3 of 29 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
2 reviews
“Felt like home!”
Reviewed July 11, 2011

My wife and I loved our stay at the Cob Cottage! This wonderful, beautifully designed house strikes the perfect balance between rustic earthiness and luxury. It immediately felt like home. In particular, the king size bed was amazingly comfortable – I slept like a log every night!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

I had a great relaxing time at Earthstead, the houses are extremely warm and comfortable and very well designed. A wonderful breakfast in the morning with lovely fresh eggs and milk! Definitely a place I would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

Everything was very nicely done, from the welcome goodies to the breakfasts - all prepared from scratch and with home grown fruits and vegetables. Great beds, linen and interior decoration. If you are into sustainability and have not yet stayed in an earth house - give this one a go. There's something special about the insulation - the heated floor and wood burner were great, but in the morning we needed no additional heat source as we sat around and chatted. And there was no condensation on the windows - the wonder of natural materials! The owners are great - happy to chat or to leave you alone. They have a great story to tell about how they've achieved what they have - and of their future plans for their property. Quit, peaceful, private and vert comfortable.

Room Tip: Two houses to chose from - both equally good.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 25, 2011

Our stay at Earthstead Villas was very relaxing and enjoyable.
On arriving we were greeted by peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
We stayed in the Earthhouse which was roomy and cosy and stands in it’s owe secluded glade.
It was great knowing that the food supplied was all organically grown and that it was chemical free cleaning though the house.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

Absolutely stunning. We booked in for a few nights as we needed a place for myself and my bridesmaids to get ready for our big day and we couldn't have picked a better place. Its appeal upon first arriving was that everything was organic from the grassy rooftop to the home made yoghurt, condiments, and freshly baked bread we received each morning! We hosted a BBQ for our family and friends the day after the wedding and it really was a perfect spot. The place is truly amazing, and we found it impossible to fault anything - all those little things and finishing touches are well thought of from knowing the names of the cows the milk has come from to finding a beautiful gift of champagne, nibbles and chocolates on our wedding night!
About the place, the kitchen is lovely and huge, the bathroom is just gorgeous - the shower is HUGE and there is a claw foot bath and the bed was just divine - perfect for sleeping in! :)
We've just stayed at the Sofitel for 1 night, and to be completely honest, we'd prefer to stay at Earthstead Villas - it is far more luxurious!
Alistair & Suzie are such beautiful people and have made Earthstead a home away from home. We certainly look forward to a return visit!

xoxo Hamish & Michelle Cameron

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

We stayed four nights and the all-natural, handcrafted luxury of every small detail, from floor tiles to shampoo to the home made seed bread, delighted and restored us. The space is genorous and light, and so are the hosts. They appeared with freshly baked bread and then left us to rest on the patio, or in the lovely claw-foot bath, or to walk in the nearby forest-bird sanctuary. All the brochures about what to do in Cambridge can be found here and Alistair and Suzie were happy to answer any questions. We will definitely be back. The price is very reasonable for what you get. NOT just accomodation, not surface glitz hiding harsh chemicals, but luxury stemming from a marriage of beauty of design, all-natural materials and careful hand-crafting. We love the area and we loved exploring it from this beatiful space. My husband has never expreienced a better sleep than in the Earthstead bed, hand-made locally from natural materials.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

Wonderful, eco-friendly accommodation, which provided a great base for day trips to Rotorua, Lake Taupo and the Waitomo Caves. The hosts, Alistair and Suzie, were very hospitable and friendly, but unobtrusive. Our two children didn't want to leave after our three days.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Earthstead Villas
Address: 3635 Cambridge Road | Monavale, RD3, Cambridge 3495, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Cambridge
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Earthstead Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for luxury accommodation that is close to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, we have a little piece of paradise waiting for you. Our accommodations are at two sites, both very close to the lovely town of Cambridge. The Earth House, Cob Cottage, French Studio, Read House and our Glamping on-site campervan, are situated on 3ha (7 acres) of prime organic farmland, 4 km from Cambridge and are surrounded by native trees, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. You can even request to view Alistair milking our serene jersey house cows and taste milk directly from the cow. We serve this raw milk in each of the accommodations situated at Earthstead. A delicious breakfast of organic goodness can be ordered for an extra cost at time of booking when you stay on the Earthstead site. For those guests who want to be a little closer to the restaurants and boutique shopping in Cambridge (20,000 people), our Cambridge River House is situated just 3 min walk from the main street. Breakfast is not available to guests who stay at Cambridge River House. All these accommodation options are centrally located for day visits to : Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton Gardens, Sanctuary Mountain, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Coromandel, Auckland, Raglan, Tauranga, Ski Fields Ruapehu & much more! They each have access to private gardens, free wifi and free parking. The accommodations are serviced daily, except Read House and Cambridge River House, which are serviced weekly. ... more   less 
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