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“The most wonderful Lodge, view and surroundings where we've ever stayed! Marg en John are best hosts ever!”
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Poets Corner Lodge
Hoofddorp
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“The most wonderful Lodge, view and surroundings where we've ever stayed! Marg en John are best hosts ever!”
Reviewed July 29, 2010

Poets Corner Lodge was the last stay of our 14 days roundtrip over the North Island. We thought it couldn't surpass all the other nice lodges we'd stayed in, but we were wrong! What an extremely pleasant surprise when we arrived. A WOW feeling! What we saw was a beautiful lodge in a lovely setting! The lodge is seperated from the nearby house where John and Marg live! Marg gave me a very walm welcome! She and I had quite a lot of e-mail correspondence before we arrived. She always replied very quickly and gave us some very good tips. The moment Marg saw us she opened her arms and gave me a big hug as if we were long-time friends. I couldn't have felt more welcome and that feeling never disappeared. The lodge is very tastefully furnished and the guests have their own lounge and kitchen with fresh juices, fruit, cheese, tea/coffee and cake. Marg cooks breakfast for the guests there. She cooked dinner for us twice and we can recommend her cooking skills to everybody going to Poets Corner Lodge. Not only is the food great but also the company. I celebrated my birthday together with John and Marg and it was one I will never forget. Right now we are planning to stay with them again!

Mike and Joke
Netherlands

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hertfordshire UK
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

As far as we are concerned this must rate amongst the top three B&Bs in New Zealand. How 'Cafejardin' could only classify this place as 'very good' defies belief. If any accommodation in New Zealand warrants the classification of 'First class' this place certainly does. The hosts, Maggie & John, went out of their way to make us feel welcome, even inviting us for drinks each evening. As others have mentioned, the breakfasts were excellent and the guests lounge, kitchen and dining area was absolutely ideal if you fancied an evening in. A wonderful experience and not one to be missed.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Croughton, England
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

Poets Corner Lodge is a wonderful find - a 4 bedroomed contemporary lodge built around a small garden and a lounge/dining/kitchen area with a terrace with a stunning view towards Waihi Beach. Rooms are nicely furnished in keeping with the lodge and we were given a warm welcome. The breakfasts comprised a good selection of buffet items and a generous sized delicious cooked breakfast - enough for all day if you can manage to eat it!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lubbock, TX
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

If you are looking for the best of the best B&B in New Zealand this is it. John and Maggie were wonderful hosts. You will never meet anyone friendlier and that loves running a B&B more than these two. We have travelled around the world and we always try to stay in B&B's when possible to get a feel of the local people and surroundings. We always try to stay at 4 - 5 stars B&B's and this one definitely qualifies as the best of the best.

It's a beautiful B&B where the rooms are separate from the main house. Although separate, Maggie and John seem to always be available whenever needed.

Maggie makes a wonderful gourmet breakfast, enough to last you all day. From the French toast to the Farmer's special you will be very pleased with the quality and quantity.

Back to the wonderful host and hostess. Although we only got to spend two nights there we were invited to the house for evening drinks. After some great conversation and meeting other guests John and Maggie then invited us to go to dinner with them at a nice restaurant in town for a wonderful meal where they were friends with the chef. They just made you feel like you were family.

If you have a chance to spend a night or two or even a week or two at Poet's Corner I would highly recommend it. It's a beautiful place with spectacular views and great hosts. Again, we think it's the "Best of the Best"!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

After visiting family in New Zealand, we looked for a place to stay for 5 days to conclude our holiday. We were very lucky to find Poets Corner. We’ve seen a lot of nice places during our visits to New Zealand, both on the North and South Island, but Poets Corner is a unique combination of Excellent hospitality and an Excellent place to stay.

Poets Corner has a central lounge where an Excellent breakfast is served in the morning (cooked by the hosts) and where you can read a book, watch the news or just relax. The lounge has an outside deck with the most beautiful sea views we’ve ever seen. The lounge is also a great place to meet other guests.

From it’s central location you can explore the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel. You can take a day trip to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui or up the Coromandel coast. Waihi Beach is around the corner.

John and Marg are Excellent hosts. They stand by and take care to make you’re stay comfortable and pleasant.

Some places are worth visiting. Poets Corner is worth returning to.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bucks
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

A purpose built luxury four bedroom lodge with a large shared lounge/dining room/kitchen alongside the main house in an amazing setting. The kitchen is well equipped and stocked for guest use. John and Marg are charming hosts and we quickly accepted the invitation to dinner on our first night. It was a splendid meal and a most enjoyable evening. Breakfasts were lavish and beautifully cooked with fresh home baked bread every morning. We were so comfortable, it was a pity we couldn't stay longer

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

My wife and I decided to visit here to enjoy a couple of days before going to see other parts of the north island. It did look pretty good on the internet and the photos of the ocean were a key selling point for us (as were the promises of a cooked breakfast!). After arriving, little did we know that even our already-high expectations were to grossly underestimate the quality of this place.

The quality exists in the location, the service provided, the grounds and gardens, the building's comfort, the building materials used for the lodge, the ambience, the quality of the food. I could go on, but this place had exceeded our expectations within a very short time and our only regret was that we only had two nights here (we couldn't stay longer as the lodge was booked by others unfortunately).

Now the detail: Marg and John were wonderfully warm hosts and and made us feel right at home straight away. The rooms were warm and cozy, and the common area in the lodge is a place I can only call nirvana on a cold May evening. The gas "fire" was going, the lodge beautifully warm, Marg's cakes were available for us (delicious and you'd be amiss to not try them while you're there), and the pantry and fridge were stocked with food (at no extra charge). We also had access to utensils and cooking appliances in the very-well equipped kitchen in case we wanted to prepare our own meals. In short, the lodge was extremely comfortable for us, and we spent most of our time here.

In the evening, we enjoyed the tranquility of this place with a glass of red wine, soft music, the TV switched off, the sound of the wind outside, and very comfy furniture. This is a great place to just relax, switch off from the world of work, and get back to quality spent with my wife and a good magazine. This lodge is a place where all of the troubles in the world are kept at bay (for a few beautiful nights at least) and allow us to switch off and enjoy everything about this location.

In the day time, the views strectch to the islands in the Bay of Plenty and all along the coast. It really is a remarkable place. We also enjoyed spending time with Marg & John at breakfast, and it was good having a nice chat over a wonderfully cooked breakfast. The breakfasts were enough to keep us going without a meal until mid-afternoon, so you certainly won't starve at Poet's Corner Lodge ! Marg and John's dog, Bella, was a great ambassador too and we loved hearing of her adventures on the property. She obvioiusly has a great home and was extremely eager to get to know us. If you're not attracted to having animals around the place, then she will ignore you and you don't need to worry. But if you love animals, then you'll fall in love with this adorable pooch.

We spent a week in NZ and stayed at three different places in the north island. This lodge was by far the best accommodation we have stayed at, not only for this trip but also for all of our trips to NZ. We wish we had discovered it earlier. Whilst our next trip to NZ will be the south island, the next time we visit the north island again we'll be booking in here, and hopefully staying more than two nights. We can't recommend this place highly enough. It's very good value for money and you will enjoy your stay immensely.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Poets Corner Lodge
Address: 28 Poets Corner Road, Waihi 3681, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waihi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Waihi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Poets Corner Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New Boutique Lodge with expansive coastal views, surrounded by native bush. Four double rooms with en-suites. Large lounge/dining with full kitchen. Gourmet breakfasts included in tariff and complimentary fresh fruit and NZ cheeses. Lodge is separate from the house so privacy assured. Dine with your hosts by arrangement or eat at one of the many local restaurants. Base yourself here to discover the Coromandel,.Rotorua. Auckland is just a 2 hour drive. ... more   less 
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