About This Listing
The cottage is available as a bed and breakfast for a couple or can accommodate up to 7 people if required. The rammed earth and timber cottage (to the left in the first main image) is on two levels and there is an adjoining tower with bunk beds, the hosts house is situated next door. The two houses are set within a lush park like garden of native plants, ponds and walkways which you are welcome to explore.The cottage features many hand crafted details such as stained glass windows, timber joinery, original artwork and collections of books.
There is a self-contained kitchen, though your host Carol can provide all meals at an additional charge if arranged prior to your stay. Carol is also happy to offer recommendations to local restaurants, suggest easy sightseeing day trips, provide local information and offer ideas of favorite beaches to visit close by.
The property is located in a central part of Northland in the North Island of New Zealand making it the ideal base for day excursions to the Bay of Islands, The Waipoua Forest to see Tane Mahuta “Lord of the Forest"or the beaches and bays of the east coast of Northland. The local city of Whangarei is a 20 minute drive away and the world renowned Tutukaka marina is also within easy driving distance. Though, the cottage is a true gem and once you arrive you may decide there is no reason to venture further than the extensive garden.
Ribbonwood cottage has been a much loved retreat for Carol’s extended family for more than a decade. Other guests have found their way here by word of mouth and only recently has the cottage been advertised, so this is a rare opportunity to experience a unique and tranquil home.
This truely is a magical place to stay and Carol is the perfect host....very welcoming and nothing too much trouble. Do take advantage of dinner which can be provided by Carol as she's also an amazing cook! What more could a weary traveller wish for and the very essence of Airbnb.
We were blessed to find ourselves in Carols beautiful space for New Years and WOW....... this place is like a fairy tail. A beautifully unique house nested amongst the most gorgeous gardens I have lost myself in. Not only is this the most perfect and healing setting but Carol is an amazing host and she surprised us with a beautiful breakfast platter. Watching the first sun of 2015 rise from this incredible landscape was definitely the best air bnb experience we have had to date.
Absolutely breath taking.
We spent two weeks touring the North Island, and Carol's cottage was one of the highlights. What a perfect way to relax on vacation! The location is quiet and private but not remote. Luckily, Carol was available to cook dinner for us on the day we were staying with her--it was the best meal we ate during our entire trip in NZ. Everything was so fresh, delicious, and plentiful. I also didn't realize when I booked that the nightly rate includes breakfast, which was also a treat. Thank you, Carol, for an amazing stay. If you're spending any time on the North Island, this is one of those places that is worth organizing your trip around.
Carol's cottage was great and she was very helpful in accommodating our late arrival. The garden in the back is very pretty and she was a fantastic host.
We arrived late on that night and Carol was very patient. The cottage was amazing with retro decorations and near the motorway which was quite convenient. Everything was better than our expectations from the website. We really enjoyed our stay but one night was too short for such a lovely place. We will definitely recommend Carol's place to our friends in Auckland. Sorry for the late reply. Thank you Carol. : )
About the Host, Carol
I enjoy gardening and I maintain all of the grounds around the cottage and main house. Ribbonwood is the name of the garden primarily, the name taken from the many Ribbonwood trees throughout my garden. I am also very interested in cooking - If i'm not in the garden i can usually be found in the kitchen preparing food for my extended family and friends. Meals often feature vegetables grown in my garden.
I regularly travel both within New Zealand and overseas and I welcome people into my home from all around the world.