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.
Carol was a most welcoming host who obviously loves running her B&B. She was extremely helpful with travel advice and directions and we loved the places she suggested we might visit. Her cottage was a joy, well equipped, spacious, comfortable, private and set in a most beautiful garden. Our three breakfasts were outstanding and beautifully presented. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, meeting Carol, and we would certainly return. We would also heartily recommend Carol's cottage to anyone travelling in the area as we found her B&B was within easy distance from the Bay of Islands, the Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei and other attractions.
Carol's wonderful home was an example of truth in advertising! It was secluded, private, wonderfully laid out and the food was inspiring! I'm only sorry we didn't arrange to have some dinners as well! Oh well, next time! We were made to feel welcome and cared for with Carol's helpful information about the area - what to do, etc. and we had some lovely chats. Really wonderful, too, to be in a very private space and area. Restful and gorgeous. Thanks, Carol!
The setting was lovely, Carol was the perfect host and we had a great stay. The beds were comfortable and breakfast was yummy.
Our only disappointment was that Carol wasn't available to cook dinner when we were there, as we had read in another review that she's a great cook. Maybe next time...
Carol is a warm and friendly host who quickly made us feel at home. The cottage is great and we loved being separate from the owner's house but also close enough to make contact easy.
The breakfasts were huge and Carol catered well for our dietary needs.
Good location, I am actually glad we did not get a place in the Bay of Islands as originally planned.
amazing stay with Carol only regret was that it was too short..couldn't recommended it enough...incredible house, location and host
Carol's cottage and gardens are simply enchanting and Carol was a lovely host. She is a terrific cook -- we had the best breakfasts, with delicious muffins and brownies waiting for us when we arrived. Carol even asked ahead about dietary requirements and was well prepared to accommodate our requirements. Carol was very helpful with directions and suggestions about things we would enjoy in the area. The cottage suited our needs nicely and is very well equipped. If ever we return, we will definitely try to stay with Carol again.
Our stay at Carol's place has created some wonderful holiday memories that my kids and I will cherrish for years to come. We were pleasantly surprised and in awe of the gardens and the many birds and butterflies that it attracts. The accomodation and Carol's cooked breakfast was equally pleasing.
Carol accomodated our dietary requirements without hesitation. My kids especialy enjoyed the french toast with syrup, fresh cream and berries.
My kids aged 9,9 and 3 years enjoyed exploring the length and breath of the garden.
This is an exceptional place to stay if you looking for the peace and quiet of the country side with no busy tourist traffic in sight.
We had a great time. Carol was a fantastic host and welcoming - rammed earth cottage and garden are lovely (some great 'surprises' for those who look).
We loved our stay here! Unfortunately we were only here for one night, would have loved to stay longer. The cottage was very nice, cozy and clean. We felt very welcome and enjoyed meeting Carol, she gave us good advice on where to go in the area and cooked us a lovely dinner and breakfast! Would definitely stay here again!!
Words cannot really describe how gracious Carol is. From the moment we arrived with a heartwarming hug through getting to celebrate Kiwi Christmas with her entire family, our time with Carol felt more like a cultural exchange than a bed and breakfast. It could have been a typical bed and breakfast with great service but since we were away from our families for Christmas, Carol offered to share their Christmas with us, something very special to us. We got to share several delicious meals with her and her extended family and even got to have some drinks with the neighbors! She even got us presents for Christmas morning with the rest of the family so that we would feel included. I hope more people get to experience this hidden gem of New Zealand. The cottage itself is very tranquil and beautiful with plenty of space to relax. The best way to summarize our experience: Good food, good times, good people! Thanks again Carol for being such a warm and hospitable host and all the fresh garden food :)