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“Luxury accommodation and excellent hosts”
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Swallows Ridge
Ranked #1 of 26 Kerikeri B&B and Inns
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Luxury accommodation and excellent hosts”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We had three nights at Swallow Ridge and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hosts were fantastic and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. The house and surrounds were lovely - far nicer than staying in a busy motel. The rooms were all generously sized, clean and tidy and had modern ensuites. The breakfasts on offer in the morning were fantastic and the complimentary bottle of wine was a great addition. Access to the pool and the views added to the experience. Handy to lots of local attractions including swimming at Taupo Bay and Matauri Bay and local attractions in Kerikeri including the Stone Store and Rainbow Falls. Would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone intending to stay in the Kerikeri area.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Husband and wife, with daughter, her fiancee and another daughter-in-law stayed with Chris and Mike who were absolutely fantastic! Friendly is an understatement, this place has absolutely smashing scenery, the views are amazing, the heated pool a life-saver, the vege-garden and chicken and ducks a nice touch of country side in a house that is so modern, with new TV's, amazing showers, comfortable beds with tasteful linens and a truly great atmosphere but it wouldn't be much worth without Mike's and Chris' spectacular service, friendly smiles, Mike's (Chef's :) excellent cooking skills, the unique genuineness that met us by the door and waved us off, making sure we had everything. The daughter-in-law is Swedish and when telling Mike and Chris about her liking in rhubarb, which she had seen that they grow in their garden, they simply offered her to take some home! Absolutely brilliant! The service they offer is splendid, you can choose what breakfast you'd like the day before, they can pack you a picnic basket if you wish to have a picnic, always give advice and handy tips about the neighborhood and always keen for a friendly talk. These people were made for hospitality business and set a good example for every B&B-owner I've met so far! We're very impressed and would love to come back. Thank you very much for the rhubarb, the recipe of the lemonade will come shortly!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We (two couples - Dad, Mum, son and daughter-in-law) had 2 nights in this modern, purpose-built B&B outside KeriKeri set in rolling countryside, but still only an 8 minute drive from town. The third guest room was unoccupied during our stay. The Stone Store is even closer, from where the river walk to Rainbow Falls (1 hour one way) winds through pleasant woods. The B&B itself is stylish and spotlessly clean and there is a comfortable private lounge for the use of guests; the small guests' kitchenette was essentially unused during our stay. Views are stunning and the setting is quite beautiful. Chris was working both days we were there, but Mike looked after us faultlessly. The small swimming pool would have been a delightful place to relax if the weather had been warmer, but there is plenty to do in the area - despite a power cut one day in Kerikeri making shopping difficult!
We'd recommend the Pear Tree Restaurant for dinner, the Black Olive for an informal supper and the Ake Ake winery for wine-tasting and lunch.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We had 3 nights in this wonderful B&B out of the main hub of KeriKeri but still only an 8 minute drive from town with the most beautiful area around Stone Store only a few minutes away (the river walk highly recommended- 1 hr to Rainbow falls one way). The house itself is very stylish, modern and spotlessly clean and the private lounge was very nicely set up, and small kitchenette very useful. Views are spectacular and the setting is beautiful. Chris and Mike went out of their way to ensure our stay was extremely comfortable and enjoyable despite 3 days of rain! - The 3D Tv and Blu-ray certainly helped and there is till ample to do in the area even in the rain, as they pointed out. Mike also booked our NYE night out, and we had a fabulous meal in a local restaurant with organised taxi service free of charge!
Looking forward to staying again on our return, we can't recommednd this place enough and we will certainly be back! Thanks Mike & Chris and Happy New Year once again!
Also recommend the Pear Tree Restaurant, Makana Confections, Marsden Estate Winery and lunch at the Cafe Blue.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

First class property, situated in a fabulous spot, with stunning views over rolling hills down to the Bay of Plenty, yet only minutes away from the town centre. We felt very much at home, even with a family of 4 staying at the same time. The guest lounge and all facilities for visitors provide such privacy that we did not encroach on anyone and also gave the opportunity to be social, if desired. Thank you to Chris & Mike for such a lovely stay. Will definitely recommend to friends touring the North Island.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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biff75, Owner at Swallows Ridge, responded to this review, 5 January 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely review, we enjoyed meeting you both and hope that we will see you again sometime.

(Just a small point we live in the Bay of Islands not the Bay of Plenty.)
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Additional Information about Swallows Ridge

Property: Swallows Ridge
Address: 32A Rangitane Road, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kerikeri
Price range (per night): RM441 - RM545
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our purpose built award winning accommodation (2010 House of the Year Silver Medal). Set in 21 acres, our secluded and peaceful location is a designated Kiwi area. Yet is near to town and only two minutes drive to Doves Bay Marina. Enjoy peace and tranquility with fantastic coastal views of the Bay of Islands, Kent Passage and Kerikeri Inlet. Swim in the heated 12mtr pool or relax on your own private patio. All rooms are large with en suite. Home made bread and eggs from our own chickens for breakfast. Visit Kerikeri's historic Stone Store, cafes, farmers market and art galleries, play a round of golf or take a trip to a local beach. Swim with dolphins or catch a marlin - we can arrange it for you. ... more   less 
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