We were grateful to be allowed early check in after arriving in NZ just that day it was quite kind. The place is in a lovely setting but you can hear road noises from the road below and the pool although relaxing to look at is nothing I'd want to swim in. It was unheated and not very clean.
The accommodations were clean but overpriced. The bed was great as was breakfast. There is a two night minimum and we were told the rooms were booked and all that was available was the higher priced cottage. We stayed there only to discover the next day we were the only guests as they were doing some renovations. The hosts were helpful about the area, one was born in NZ, and the other a recent immigrant from the UK.
Their ad said they accept VISA but in actuality they are not set up do so. We had to go into town and go to a bank to get cash at a cost a $30 NZD and over a half hour. They tried to tell me they were a small operation but I found this to be very strange, especially since they hadn't informed us of this AND had accepted a credit card as a nonrefundable deposit. I made my opinion clear it wasn't very business like and they pleaded they were a small operation.
Overall it was okay but overpriced and not a place I would recommend due to the road noise and their approach to payment that seemed quite less than professional in the year 2011. An inconvenience such as this unexpected on your way to start a new day in a new place left a bad taste in my mouth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our private, peaceful country home is ideally situated on 6 acres near to Thames, Coromandel Peninsula. Luxury guest rooms (two in the self contained garden cottage, two in guest wing of main house)all open onto wide private verandas. Relax by the secluded swimming pool set in subtropical garden. Grass tennis court. Full breakfast, special diets catered for. Free Wifi. Free undercover parking. Minutes from Coromandel activities, walks, beaches, tennis, golf, forests, fishing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thorold Country House Thames, Coromandel Peninsula