The Monastery
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The Monastery

212 B Newell Road Tamahere, Hamilton 3283 New Zealand
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Boutique Bed and Breakfast. An inspiring and magical place, The Monastery has over a century of colourful history that has seem it swing back between a family home to a retreat for wellness and reflection. Set within 12 acres grounds speckled with private gardens, river access, a large organic vegetable garden, orchard and walking trails. Inside The Monastery epitomises heritage architecture and old world charm with modern day luxury. Five cosy and private guest rooms, each with their own en suite bathroom lead to grand public spaces, guest lounges and a series of sun full porches.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Fishing
Books, DVDs, music for children
BBQ facilities
Chapel / shrine
Car park
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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nancyolah wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort Mill, South Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our three night stay at The Monastery was an incredibly lovely and relaxing oasis far away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Despite a lengthy flight from the US, we decided to bypass Auckland and head directly to this quaint Bed and Breakfast about midway between Hamilton and Cambridge - and are so pleased we did!

Shane and Paula are kind and gracious hosts, and they have lovingly created an incorporable experience in their historic home for travelers fortunate enough to find them. We were the only guests for our three-night stay and found the accommodations to be comfortable and well appointed. Although our bathroom was a tad tight for two, we recognize that this is property was built in 1906, and found it modern and more than adequate for our needs.

We enjoyed roaming the lovely and spacious grounds, and loved the fact that our morning breakfast had fresh picked tomatoes and spinach from Shane’s garden and eggs from their hens. The stewed plums were also from their orchard, the honey from their bees, and they make their own luscious home made yogurt. Shane also makes his own hard cider from five different kinds of apple trees in their orchard and was kind to offer it as an aperitif before we ventured out to dinner each evening.

The quiet and relaxing atmosphere was the perfect balm to our travel weary bodies and we slept soundly each night on our comfortable queen bed. We enjoyed being greeted by Billie, their sweet dog (named for Billie Holliday), and valued Shane’s suggestions for dinner in Cambridge. I did my yoga and meditated in the front parlor and thought we had the perfect amount of privacy balanced by friendly interaction with our cordial hosts.

We heartily recommend The Monastery, and would love to return.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Carolbrownlie wrote a review Mar 2019
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for only one night and would have liked to stay longer. The host Shane was very welcoming and on arrival we were given tea and coffee and delicious chocolate cake. We went from here to Hobbiton so could not enjoy the wonderful garden. Our room was a loft room and was lovely. Comfortable bed and views over the garden. In the morning we had cereal and yogurt, coffee and tea and a cooked breakfast of eggs ( from owners chicken), locally made soda bread, manuka honey bacon and homegrown tomatoes. Best breakfast of our trip. The house was amazing and had been a monastery until 1990. The dining room was spacious and grand, there were two sitting rooms which could be used by the guests. The place had a very homely feel a lovely place to stay.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ShaneW1753, Owner at The Monastery
Responded 14 Mar 2019
Thanks for your positive feedback
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Matt S wrote a review Apr 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked The Monastery while driving through the North Island as we wanted somewhere as a base for visits to Waitomo and Hobbiton, when we arrived we immediately realised we had stumbled across somewhere rather special. Shane and Paula (and Billie the dog) made us feel so welcome during our short stay, showing us around the grounds and providing us with lots of local tips (and plenty of home made cider and cake). They were always friendly without ever being intrusive and were readily available should we need anything.

The breakfast was also exceptional with a great deal of home made produce and plentiful tea and coffee.

We stayed for 4 nights and would have happily stayed longer, thanks again for having us!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ShaneW1753, Owner at The Monastery
Responded 1 May 2019
Our pleasure Matt. Thanks for the great review. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
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Matts1960 wrote a review Jan 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent an over night here and was a great decision . Great host , informative yet not intrusive . Beautiful location where you can meander , read , snooze . Topped off with a beautiful breakfast . If you are wanting quiet , peaceful and beautiful then we recommend you check in here
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Greg L wrote a review Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a former monastery that has been tastefully converted into a BnB. The place is simply gorgeous, Our room with en-suite was beautifully decorated and had a most comfortable bed. The public areas, for example dining and sitting rooms had a charm about them. The property had extensive gardens and even a large veg garden. Shane was a perfect host, also provided a delicious breakfast. Would have liked to stay there longer but our schedule could not accommodate. No problem with parking.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I would think all rooms are of an excellent standard.
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Responded 2 Jan 2019
Thanks Greg, appreciate your positive feedback. Hope to see you both again sometime
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Greg L wrote a tip Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia108 contributions48 helpful votes
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"I would think all rooms are of an excellent standard."
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Monastery
Which popular attractions are close to The Monastery?
Nearby attractions include Hamilton Gardens (3.9 km), Hamilton Lake Domain (6.4 km), and River Riders - Ngāruawāhia (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Monastery?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Monastery?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Monastery?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Monastery?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Mexicano Zapata Cantina Hamilton, Duck Island Ice Cream, and Palate.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Monastery?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to The Monastery?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue (7.6 km).
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