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Chestnut Lane Cottage
Ranked #1 of 7 Matamata B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“My most superb experience ever!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

I must say this stay at Chestnut Lane cottage left me a most beautiful experience of NZ. We had been traveling from the South to the North and had varying experiences at the different places we had stayed in. Some decent, others disappointing.

When we arrived, the owners Kathleen and John greeted us with a plate of home baked pastries and there was also a plate of fruits on the table. Clean. Well furnished, fantastic and thoughtful hosts (who quietly heated our beds whilst we were out for dinner so we could return to warm beds when we returned), beautiful scenery, lovely homemade breakfast - what else can one ask for? We were all tired from the driving and this was the perfect place to chill. To top things, the hosts loaned us lord of the rings DVDs (after we shared with them our renewed interest post-Hobbiton visit) and we had a fantastic time watching it whilst catching up on rest. Knowing that urban fellows like us don't usually come into contact with nature, John was nice enough to offer the 5 yr old in our group the opportunity to feed the chocks and collect eggs, which absolutely thrilled the little one. Thank you Chestnut Lane cottage for the 101% experience!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Ivy C
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Ivy thank you so much for you lovely review - we so enjoyed meeting you and your family and loved having you stay with us. We are happy you had an enjoyable stay here, it means so much to us to know our guests feel at home and enjoy their stay. Kind regards to you all. K&J
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Beautiful setting at a close location to Hobbiton, with the perfect hosts. The yard was manicured perfectly, and the late model detached cottage was spotless clean and organized. Kathleen and John met us upon arrival, with a gorgeous tray of homemade bakery items and fruit. After a quick showing of the cottage, Kathleen left us alone and complete privacy could be had. Breakfast was the best we had in a 3-week visit to NZ. Kathleen is a fantastic cook! We stayed for two nights, and wished it would have been for a week. Kathleen and John answered questions on places to go, and routes to take. A wonderful couple, with a fantastic place.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Hi Brad, thank you so much for choosing to stay with us at Chestnut Lane Cottage - it was wonderful meeting you both and it was fun to help plan your itinerary for your travels south through New Zealand.
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Napier
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

When my daughters (16, 14) and I travel around NZ several times each year I put a lot of effort into finding the right accommodation to suit us depending on where we are in our lives. Our trip to Hobbiton, Matamata came during an exceedingly busy time for us all and we needed peace, quiet and relaxation. Chestnut Lane exceeded all of our expectations. Not only is it stunningly appointed amongst the lushest green grass I have ever seen but the entire property is amazingly beautiful, the chattels in the cottage are exemplary. Our hosts Kathleen and John welcomed us into their lives with such a genuine and loving manner. They are the ultimate hosts and they must make the most incredible impact on not only fellow New Zealand travellers but also on our international visitors. Thank you so very much, we will remember our wonderful stay for a long time to come.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Tere we are so happy we met all of your expectations at Chestnut Lane Cottage. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. It was great meeting you and your lovely daughters.
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We spent one night at this lovely B&B and could not fault a single thing. Kathleen was the perfect host, exceptionally helpful and friendly, even providing a vegan breakfast & soy milk for me and cooked breakfast for my partner. The cottage was tastefully fitted with all the comforts, including a full kitchen, comfy lounges and restful bed. Enjoy an evening drink on the back verandah as you watch the sun set, weather permitting. I would recommend this b & b to everyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Karla thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to write a review about your stay. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us.
Regards K&J
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nyc
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

After a quick decision to visit Hobbiton at the end of a 3 mos vacation in NZ I was happy to find Chestnut Lane Cottage for one night.
We arrived at Matamata early enough to book a 5.30 tour of Hobbiton and then followed the great driving instructions to the cottage.

Kathleen and John are wonderful hosts and recommended restaurants in town we should visit after the tour.

The setting of the cottage is beautiful and relaxing.
We enjoyed stargazing from the gazebo and chilling in the wonderful accomodation.

The breakfast was delicious and the card was a nice touch, a great place to stay at the end of our NZ trip. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thank you so much for taking time out to write a review - it was great you came to stay with us at the end of your 3 month vacation in New Zealand, we are so happy you enjoyed your evening at Chestnut Lane Cottage before heading off to Auckland for your last night prior to leaving for home.
Kind regards K&J
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We were lucky to have found this place as it was absolutely perfect. Great rural location, perfect hosts, well appointed accommodation and of course that delicious breakfast! We stayed in the cottage which was perfect for our needs, and we all found it very relaxing. Kathleen's suggestion of Workman's Cafe for dinner was spot on and we had a very enjoyable evening. It was a shame we were only staying one night as we would have been happy to have stayed much longer. We would highly recommend Chestnut Lane, and when we next venture to this part of the country, we have no doubt as to where we will stay! Thanks Kathleen for being a wonderful host. Kathy K

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank FloKeen
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Hi Kathy, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. We love reading the comments our guests have wriitten. It was so nice to meet you, your mum and your daughter, we are happy you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards K&J
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were very impressed with chestnut Lane Cottage. Well-appointed and immaculately clean in a peaceful rural setting. Our hosts were superb. On arrival we were given a plate of the most delicious caramel slice and Kathleen very kindly went the extra mile and drove us to a birthday party we were going to. We highly recommend Chestnut Lane Cottage and its wonderful hosts. Annette L

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ann L
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Kathleen_and_John, Owner at Chestnut Lane Cottage, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Hi Ann L, thank you so much for choosing to stay with us at Chestnut Lane Cottage and thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. It was a pleasure to be able to drive you to the birthday party.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Regards from K&J
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Property: Chestnut Lane Cottage
Address: 4 Chestnut Lane | Eldonwood, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Matamata
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Matamata
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This new self-contained cottage, with beautiful country views, is five minutes drive to Matamata town centre and 10 minutes drive to Hobbiton.Your private cottage has a lounge and kitchen that open out onto a deck with stunning views. The bedroom has a queen size bed, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.A large cooked breakfast is included. Home cooked lunch and dinner on request. Free WiFi. DVD player. Your friendly hosts Kathleen and John welcome you. ... more   less 

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