Villa Russell
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Villa Russell

2 Little Queen Street, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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5.0
#4 of 12 B&Bs in Russell
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Enjoy a welcoming visit to Villa Russell, two minutes from the beach and Russell's restaurants yet totally private and secluded. Relax with magnificent views of the bay from our beautifully restored 1910 villa or from one of two spacious guest rooms in the new guest cottage. Off street parking provided. Be welcomed by our friendly family dog. Continental breakfast with delicious local produce served al fresco on the balcony overlooking the sea Charters on our 11.6 metre yacht Kingfisher may also be arranged to sail the Bay of Islands.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Bathrobes
Private balcony
Microwave
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Great View

Location

2 Little Queen Street, Russell 0202 New Zealand
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 83 out of 100
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Kerikeri Airport
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Whangarei Airport
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Mike B wrote a review Mar 2021
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed one night for a romantic Bed and Breakfast experience and we were not disappointed.
The views from the rooms overlook Russell and the Bay towards Paihia with a lovely verandah set up for tea/coffee & Breakfasts.
Sue was the perfect host. Friendly, knowledgeable without being over attentive, she understands the hospitality business very well.
The room was well set out with King sized bed and large ensuite bathroom and insect screens on all the windows. This last detail was important as we were able to sleep with the bedroom windows open listening to the Kiwi in the bush nearby.
Breakfast was delivered when we were ready for it and consisted of quality fruits, and Muesli with home made yoghurt which complimented it well, followed by tea & toast with home made condiments.
Unfortunately in the morning we were effectively locked in by a very rare Tsunami evacuation but Sue was great and even made us lunch when it was apparent that we could not leave Russell until around 2pm.
One last thing to mention Sue matched the Booking.com price so give her a ring first before booking with an overseas company.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Great Bed & Breakfast option. Both rooms have superb views
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Response from Sue Western, Owner at Villa Russell
Responded 27 Jun 2021
I've only just seen the review so apologies for taking so long to respond but thank you for your kind review. It was lovely having you visit Regards Sue Western
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RoamingGirlxx wrote a review Jun 2021
Worldwide57 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely fabulous, this charming villa provides everything you can possibly need, beautifully decorated, immaculately clean, huge comfy bed, and a shower that just melted away all of life's stress, and on a cold night it was cosy and warm. Sue, our hostess couldn't have been more lovely, she obviously cares a great deal for her guests enjoyment and is incredibly good at what she does. The breakfast was a delight, as it was cold we were welcomed into her house and served beautiful homemade bread and preserves, cereal, fresh fruit and Yoghurt. We were thrilled with every aspect of our stay and would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sue Western, Owner at Villa Russell
Responded 27 Jun 2021
Thank you for your kind review, it was a pleasure meeting you Regards Sue Western
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Ian M wrote a review Mar 2020
Alton, United Kingdom34 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our last stay in a 5 week tour of NZ. We had some wonderful B&Bs, but this was the best. Good size bedroom with with the magnificent panorama of the bay, a wooden walkway outside bedrooms for breakfast (& the evening glass of wine) listening to and seeing the birdlife. Excellent facilities available for snacks and wine storage.

Sue and Stephen are attentive and informative hosts and if you get the chance to take a days sailing in their yacht, Kingfisher, then take it.

The weather was very good for us but presented a problem for our hosts as they had not had rain for months causing a severe water shortage. However that was managed in a friendly and cooperative way.

You could spend the whole time without using your car. There are many good restaurants, beaches and hills. There is a regular ferry to Pahia and many more places to visit.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All room are good with views
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PeteySquamish wrote a review Mar 2020
Squamish100 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay here in a private room with private bathroom with an amazing view and breakfast! We didn’t need to drive for two days as everything was within walking distance that we needed. Beautiful quiet spot with lovely hosts! Would recommend to anyone to stay here and enjoy! If you aren’t good with walking though, you would just drive to the beach or town. There is stairs as well to get up to the room.
Breakfast was fresh coffee and orange juice, a platter of fruit with cereal and yogurt. Toast and homemade jams. 🌴😁
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diane W wrote a review Mar 2024
Adelaide, Australia324 contributions116 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding location with beautiful views directly from the room.
Double doors opening onto the balcony.
Sue is so welcoming and knowledgeable of the area.
Comfort plus with continental breakfast of fruit, juice, yoghurt, toast included.
Quiet for a great nights sleep.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CheshireEnglandDoll wrote a review Mar 2024
Cheshire, United Kingdom60 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely B&B in a great location.
Sue is a friendly host & nothing is too much trouble.
Simple continental breakfast but lovely.
Large room with everything you need.
Sue was a perfect host & nothing was too much trouble. Sue is very friendly with a wealth of knowledge
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andrew M wrote a review Nov 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand14 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Villa Russell is within short walking distance of Russell township, situated in a lovely scenic spot that overlooks the bay. Our room opens up to fantastic balcony where we can relax and enjoy the fantastic bay view and birdlife. A great chorus from the local native birds, featuring beautiful singing Tui(s) and at night the Kiwi(s) join in too. (The Kiwis come out at night so you can't always see them in the bush). So that is the "sights 'n' sounds" taken care of.
The accommodation is first class and very comfortable. Includes nice open shower and warmed floor tiles.
Sue and Stephen Western (hence "Best Western" pun above) are lovely hosts and they are extremely helpful and friendly. Really nice talking to them. But wait, there is more. They also spoil you with a really really great breakfast to start your day. Begins with a continental breakfast of cereals with seasonal fruit and yoghurt, juice and hot drinks...and then you get a cooked breakfast with bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, mushrooms, toast etc. Also jam and honey available on toast.
And if you enjoy great scenic photography: Stephen is your man. He has thousands of fantastic shots of NZ and overseas.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend Villa Russell as a first class place to stay at Russell. I haven't even mentioned the great local attractions in Russell. I totally agree with the other reviews on this Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Thanks Sue and Stephen for our stay.
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Date of stay: November 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are two deluxe double rooms available. The main Tip is to Book one of them.
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Response from Sue W, Owner at Villa Russell
Responded 13 Dec 2016
Thank you so much for your kind review. We do love doing what we do and love showing off our little piece of paradise. Hope to see you again sometime soon regards Sue and Stephen
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EastAnglianwanderer wrote a review Apr 2017
East Anglia82 contributions91 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The view from the rooms is hard to beat and the B&B is in a great location with all the local sights and amenities just a short stroll away.
Tasty breakfasts set you up for the day.
The rooms are clean and well equipped, although possibly not as luxurious as one would hope for given the price, although I accept that NZ is an expensive place to visit and Russell accommodation obviously carries a premium because of the beautiful surroundings.
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Date of stay: March 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SometimesTraveller wrote a review Nov 2016
Scotland18 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a hidden gem. Sue and Stephen are wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome from the tea and cakes on arrival to the CD of NZ photos as we left. Much appreciated.
Our room was beautifully appointed, spacious and had wonderful elevated views of Russell. Our only disappointment was that we had just one night to enjoy it all.
Thank you Sue and Stephen for making our short stay so special.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sue W, Owner at Villa Russell
Responded 13 Dec 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. You are right one night is not enough to enjoy Russell so we hope you will return. We would love tro see you regards Sue And Stephen
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Carleen45 wrote a review Nov 2016
Oakdale, California30 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Villa Russell is one of the best Bed & Breakfasts we have ever stayed at. There were 4 of us staying together. Our rooms were very large with windows that allowed you to see the harbor. The breakfasts allowed us to get up when we wanted to - very spoiled. They were hot breakfasts with eggs how you wanted them. Coffee was refilled instantly, and other hot drinks were offered. The hosts were great and would help you with whatever you needed. Lots of good suggestions on what to do and where to go! We could walk everywhere & we really enjoyed it
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Our bathroom had a huge tile floor that was heated!!
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Response from Sue W, Owner at Villa Russell
Responded 13 Dec 2016
Thank you for you kind review. We do love to spoil our guests and make good memories for your trip. Hope the rest of your trip was great regards Sue and Stephen
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Mike B wrote a tip Mar 2021
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great Bed & Breakfast option. Both rooms have superb views"
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Ian M wrote a tip Mar 2020
Alton, United Kingdom34 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All room are good with views"
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Debi H wrote a tip Nov 2019
Swansea, United Kingdom42 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No, both rooms have a superb view."
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Cerini278 wrote a tip Mar 2018
St Ives4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best place to stay in Russell, walking distance to everywhere!"
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Ann B wrote a tip Feb 2017
San Carlos, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both rooms were lovely opening to a large balcony where Sue served breakfast."
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PRICE RANGE
$309 - $316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsRussell
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Which popular attractions are close to Villa Russell?
Nearby attractions include Flagstaff Hill (0.4 km), The Strand Beach (0.4 km), and Newport Chocolates (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Russell?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Russell?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Russell?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Russell?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hone's Garden, The Gables Osteria & Enoteca, and Duke of Marlborough.
Is Villa Russell located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Russell.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Russell?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.7 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (3.9 km), and Flagstaff Hill (0.4 km).
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