We stayed four nights in the smaller of the two "cabins". On arrival the room had fresh flowers and choclates. Tea and coffee making facilitliies with a fridge, microwave and BBQ were included. Our room had a small deck on the east side (great for breakfast in the morning sun) and a larger deck on the west side (great for drinks in the evening looking over the beautiful orchard). The queen sized bed was top quality with nice linen. Hosts Barry and Heather put on a great breakfast which included fresh fruit, cereals, fresh bread, and cooked eggs, bacon, mushrooms etc. (make sure you have the really tasty bacon!). The property is well located near the beach, golf course, villages etc. We would deffinately stay there again. The only down side is proximity to the road. There is some road noise during the day, but after 8pm this is no longer an issue until after 8am (we were there in absolute peak season).
We were delighted with our stay at Mercury Orchard B&B after following a recommendation from friends. Barry and Heather are wonderful hosts, our room had a beautiful setting and we only wish the weather had been a little kinder and our stay had been a little longer! Breakfast was the best we had during our 2 week holiday in NZ. Heather and Barry booked us a meal at a local restaurant (which was excellent) and organised our road tolls for our trip north to the Bay of Islands area. We would love to return and spend more time in this special place.
When we arrived at Mercury Orchard, we could see that all the wonderful Tripadvisor reviews were right. Barry and Heather were the perfect hosts. They welcomed us and took us to Fig Cottage, a standalone one bedroom cottage which overlooked a very peaceful and tranquil orchard. Welcome home made biscuits, fruit cake slices and a couple of chocolates were a nice touch.
While we were unpacking, they took our 2 year old on a tour around the orchard and onto a tire swing hung off one of the plum tree branches. You can see they love kids, and with several grandchildren of their own, they were well set up for our 2 year old with toys and table and chairs.
And yes, there is a donkey on the farm, along with two pigs, two dogs and many chickens! Barry and Heather took us all around the farm, and even allowed our 2 year old to feed all the animals, which he absolutely loved.
Location wise, while quiet and rural, the orchard is centrally located and less than 10 mins drive to Cathedral Cove, Hahei, Cooks Beach and Hotwater Beach, so very central on the east coast of the Corromandel Peninsula. They even supply a spade for taking to Hot Water beach.
The cottage was cute, well set up, very clean and also had comfortable beds and beautiful sheets. The open plan living room/kitchen had a microwave, fridge, CD player, a single bed (and even a small TV), and outside was a BBQ for dinners on your patio, assuming you don’t go out to any of the local restaurants.
Breakfasts were delicious and plentiful. The continental breakfast included fresh fruit, some straight off the orchard, freshly squeezed orange juice, home made muesli along with breads, jams and other cereals. This was served by Barry and Heather to our patio each morning and then followed up with a cooked breakfast of our choosing.
So overall, a wonderful stay of two nights. Heather and Barry were perfect hosts. They were able to help with anything we asked for, and provided many good suggestions and recommendations.
We would not hesitate in recommending the Mercury Orchard.
Disappointed in this B&B with the following concerns:
- Poor directions over the phone caused us to drive an extra 50 Km.
- Poor local knowledge of the local eating places (and there are only three)
- Bed Reading Light Covers not fitted properly exposing live connections
- Pillows under-whelming
- Dirty Plates placed on the clean plate tray
- Needed to ask twice for a replacement (sodden) bath mat.
- Not told that there was Wi-Fi
- Tiny television barely visible from the bed
- Breakfast late
- Rubbish Bin not emptied
This was a quite expensive b&b and we felt that the price we paid was not matched by the service and accommodation.
On the plus side the room was spacious and clean and the setting was very quiet.
We really loved this place. We chanced upon it after making a last minute decision to add 2 nights in Coromandel to our NZ itinerary. The hosts, Barry and Heather, were so incredibly warm and hospitable (we have stayed in numerous B&Bs over the years, and these hosts were among our very favorites!). They spent a great deal of time ensuring we were comfortable and giving us recommendations of what to see and do in the region. The accomodations were spacious and beautiful, with fancy linens, fresh flowers and chocolate in the room, a kitchen. Each morning they brought us a huge breakfast on our own deck in the orchard. They even gave our daughter a private tour of the farm, and let her pet the animals. Also, the location, just a few minutes from Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, could not be better.