The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Thornton House

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Christine Manson and David Cowley
Thornton House, 2 Thornton Road, Cambridge, Waikato and King Country

Tel: + 64 (0)7-827-7567
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Fax: + 64 (0)7-827-7568

I didn’t want to leave idyllic Cambridge after David showed me his red 1963 MGB Roadster. Unfortunately I was short on time, but if you play your cards right, he might give you a ride to the supermarket via a distant open road.....

.... If you do head out, Thornton House is a welcoming place to return to. It was built of solid Coromandel kauri in 1902, around the same year the mighty pin oak was planted in the garden, which also nurtures over 100 roses, a protected magnolia grandiflora, a plentiful avocado tree and five healthy chooks who lay fresh eggs every day. Local gourmet restaurants are within walking distance, as well as a top fish-and-chip shop, so you can pick up a scoop of this iconic Kiwi tucker and bring it back to the private garden gazebo, which is equipped with speakers for a little musical ambiance. The Garden Room has a claw-foot bath and a bay window where you can sit in complete privacy with a complimentary cuppa and some home-made biscuits. But do make an effort to get out. Lake Koutu is literally just over the road and well worth an early-morning walk, when it’s slightly misty and the trees are full of birds. Don’t be scared to stretch out too, because Christine offers a relaxation massage service in your room, a great way to warm down.





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Wifi Available    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Historic House    
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Rooms: 2. Garden Room: 1 queen and 1 single with en/s bath and shower; Blue Room: 1 queen with en/s bathroom. Baby's cot and high chair available.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full and Continental breakfast included.
Directions: See website for map and details.


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