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Kizzmoll
Northumberland

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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 Feb 2019via mobile
We loved this home stay which is in a rural location on the outskirts of Oxford (NZ). The surrounding landscape and garden are very attractive and peaceful. Our room ( the yellow room) was a good size with a lovely comfy bed. Breakfast was very good with a good choice and gave us plenty of opportunity to chat to John and Shirley. I particularly loved the home made biscuits. Our hosts were so friendly and helpful going above the call of duty to help us with a problem back home and to do a wash for me. I wish we could have stayed longer.
Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 23 Feb 2019
Thanks very much for your kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and sharing holiday experiences. It was great to hear of places you have been. Am looking at Bryce Canyon now as well! All the very best for your future travels and experiences in life. Shirley and John
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Due to cyclones and closed roads we prolonged our stay with Shirley and John from one to four nights and got some very nice days in Oxford. They are fantastic hosts taking care of the guests, serving excellent breakfasts snd we had the opportunity to get gourmet dinners prepared by John. The apartment was spacious, well equipped and with nice view towards the gaden and mountains. When coming back to Southern Island we will surely stay there again.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HielanHouse_B_and_B, Owner at Hielan House Countrystay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

It was a pleasure to host Stefan and Agneta. Lovely considerate guests. We were just so glad Oxford didn't get the storm that was predicted. We thoroughly enjoyed the company and conversation and are now thinking seriously about visiting their beautiful country in the future.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Breakfast was a treat. Choice of many options and prepared with great care of the owners.(Shirley and John). One day I left very early on a fishing trip they made me a packed breakfast. Very kind. The room I had was very large with an en suite section.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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HielanHouse_B_and_B, Owner at Hielan House Countrystay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Werner - it was a real pleasure to host you. No problem, only wish you had caught more fish. Appreciated the company and the conversation and you weren't any trouble. A very nice guest. Please come back to New Zealand and enjoy what else our beautiful country has to offer

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Reviewed 27 April 2016

It was just wonderful.
Lovely atmosphere, food delicious. Shirley and John were perfect hosts.
Great to use the telescope in the suite to look at the New Zealand sky, and the view of the mountains in the morning was just as awe inspiring.
Would highly recommend.

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HielanHouse_B_and_B, Owner at Hielan House Countrystay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2016

Hi Ian
Thanks very much for your great review. It was a pleasure to host you and your lovely wife Rachel. Hope it was a relaxing time for you and you enjoyed the rest of your time in Oxford. Best Wishes

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Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed with Shirley and John for one night in February on a 5 week tour of New Zealand and Australia. By the time we left we felt we had stayed with friends. Hielan House is in a beautiful peaceful location away from it all. When you arrive you drive up a lovely flower and shrub filled driveway into the lovely gardens. Our accommodation was huge with a very large lounge double aspect lounge with stunning views from the balcony. This was equipped with a small kitchenette with coffee making facility and microwave, large seating area and dinning table, TV and large telescope. Onto top of this there was a separate bedroom, bathroom and walk in wardrobe. We only stayed one night but it is very suitable for a longer stay. Oxford itself is very quiet but would be excellent base for exploring the area beyond. When I contacted Shirley and John re places to eat they did offer us an evening meal for €40 dollars per person including meal and drinks. I believe this is only available on request and booked and food chosen in advance. We opted for the lamb and joined them for a very pleasant meal with wine with the food all coming from their small holding. It was an extremely pleasant evening which was a highlight on our tour as they are a great couple and very knowledgeable about the area. There was a great choice for breakfast, ordered the night before. Highly recommended stop on any tour of New Zealand.

Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HielanHouse_B_and_B, Owner at Hielan House Countrystay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2016

What lovely words, Pauline, and loved the photographs. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and conversation over dinner and breakfast. Garden is now going through its autumn colours and lots of leaves to rake up. You were a lovely couple to host and appreciate your kindness in the review. Take care and all the best. Shirley and John

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

We have just returned to the UK from a 6 week tour of NZ and stayed with Shirley and John very early on. We stayed in some nice places but this was one of the best. We were also given lots of information about the area and where to go on our travels which was very helpful.The facilities and hospitality including dinner were second to none and we even managed a dip in the pool! It would have been nice to stay longer and wouldn't hesitate in recommending anyone wanting to stay in the area.

Date of stay: February 2016
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HielanHouse_B_and_B, Owner at Hielan House Countrystay B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2016

Dear Lesley and David

Lovely to receive the fantastic photographs of our NZ bird life as you travelled around New Zealand. Your kind words are very much appreciated and you were a delightful couple to host. Thanks for the review.

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