This review is solely about the Flax Cove Cottage as we didn't get to see the main farm house. Note that all pics on their website are of the main house & none are of Flax Cove Cottage.
We stayed at the cottage with extended family & it is a good thing we're comfortable with each other as the sleeping arrangements are quite intimate.
There is a queen bed & 3 singles. It's all pretty open-plan with nothing but a curtain separating the queen bed & one of the singles from the kitchen area, where the other 2 singles are located.
The cottage itself is built from a single layer of boards with no insulation such that you can actually see daylight through the cracks between the boards. In summer this might be okay but it would be rather draughty & cold in winter despite the heater which is provided. The night we spent there was cloudless & quite chilly.
The same goes for the bathroom. It's quite large & the toilet is separate from the bath/shower area, which is nice. Otherwise also no insulation. The shower is over the bath, placed quite high up & is not adjustable. I'm 1.6m (+-5' 5") tall & the shower head was another 3/4 of a metre above me. At that height by the time the water from the rain head got down to me it had dispersed quite a bit & rinsing was a bit tricky, trying to find a good stream of water.
In its favour, the place was neat & clean. The queen bed we had was comfortable & sheets were good.
I've given an average rating because what you get doesn't justify the cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raglan Farmhouse offers unique accommodation in the relaxed environment of Te Whare Farm, within walking distance of Raglan township, directly in front of the 50km sign as you arrive. Amazing harbour views await you, where the massive out door living area gives you a picture perfect view of the sun setting across the estuary and behind Mt Karioi. Te Whare Farm is a tolerent and creative place, where we invite people from all walks of life to share and enjoy this piece of paradise with us, Sexism Racism or Homophobia will not be tolerated here ! There is space to retreat in our sheltered garden of old fruit trees or socialize with other guests in our family style living areas, where you can cook up a feed on the BBQ followed by a soak in the 8 person hot tub, all while watching the sun set. Raglan Farmstay is also available to be rented entirely for groups and private functions. Te Whare Farm is not really suitable for young children.Unless you have rented the entire location for the exclusive use of your group. However the Flax Cove Cottage is suitable for children if parents agree to full supervision and responsibility. None of our other rooms up at the main Farmhouse are suitable for young children. ... more less