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Reviewed 3 March 2016

We were surprised to find this bed and breakfast out of the way location outside Napier. Our hosts were very accommodating with Ewen taking us on an afternoon wine tour of excellent vinyards around the area. Great advice and even better wines.

Room tip: All rooms were excellent
Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank MRO
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Ewen_r_NZ, Owner at Watea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2016

Thanks very much for the review. Yes we agree our location is pretty special, only 10 minutes in to Napier, 15 to Hastings and close to great restaurants such as the old Church and The Mission.

I very much enjoy giving guests wine tours. The charges are low at $100 per person and I like to tailor where we go and what we taste to the varietals you especially enjoy.

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Reviewed 26 February 2016

What a find! Our room was tastefully decorated and spotless...the en-suite almost the same size as the room. The house is designed perfectly with a central courtyard (lap pool/spa/outdoor lounge setting) separating the guest rooms from the rest of the home. Our hosts were super friendly and treated us to appetisers and wine before we went out for dinner. Speaking of dinner... Iris was able to snag us a last minute booking at the Mission Estate Winery. The meal we had was outstanding!! Our hosts cooked a beautiful breakfast along with fresh local fruit/muslei/yogurt and the best coffee! It was lovely to sit outside by the pool. Only regret is that we didn't get to spend more time here.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Tanneysdownunder
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Ewen_r_NZ, Owner at Watea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2016

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We aim to ensure our guests really enjoy their time with us. Restaurant bookings, pre-dinner drinks with nibbles and transport to the Mission and close by restaurants are all part of the service. And we strive to make the breakfasts memorable.

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Reviewed 14 February 2016

The quality of accommodation and fantastic hosts, helpful, knowledgeable and go the extra to make the stay and the holiday so much better. Excellent breakfast, lap pool beautiful setting.

Good privacy, well equipped rooms, en-suites, TV, Wifi, Fridge, walk out to lap pool. Our hosts really helped to make our stay memorable

Room tip: a good place to relax central for Napier CBD good places to eat nearby
Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank ksmailes
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Ewen_r_NZ, Owner at Watea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2016

Thanks for posting a review for us. We really appreciate feedback and its useful for future guests. We try to make each guests stay a memorable one. We are pleased you found the house and service memorable.

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Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights in this wonderful B&B. Lovely caring hosts who served us amazingly good breakfasts. Our room was not big, but very comfortable. The only drawback was the lack of air conditioning. The courtyard with pool was very nice. Overall an excellent place.

Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Mats L
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Ewen_r_NZ, Owner at Watea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2016

Air conditioning is something NZ homes don't have. We have opening windows and fans in the rooms. It was hotter than our normal stunning summers when you were here. We are pleased you found your stay at Watea wonderful overall.

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Reviewed 7 February 2016

Beautiful gardens surround the B&B with large windows for viewing the outdoors from the dining area. Very spacious room and bath, and a super comfortable bed. They provide a delicious breakfast, too. The hosts are very welcoming, nice wines and appetizers for us before we went out for dinner.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Lisa C
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Ewen_r_NZ, Owner at Watea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2016

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to provide a review. We really appreciate it. Our philosophy is a B&B, to be successful requires, in addition to a nice property, a great bed, a sumptuous breakfast combined with providing guests great service which collectively creates a memorable experience. The garden is now starting to reflect upon all the time and money spent on development.

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