Cot­tage top place to spend night

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It doesn’t cost a lot money to be nice, ac­cord­ing to John and Kath­leen Day.

That is prob­a­bly the rea­son be­hind the cou­ple’s Bed and Break­fast’s lat­est suc­cess on Trip Ad­vi­sor.

For the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year, Chest­nut Lane Cot­tage B&B has won first place in the Trav­eller’s Choice for the South Pa­cific and New Zealand as well as plac­ing in the top 25 B&Bs in the world for Trav­eller’s Choice.

The hum­ble pair, who started the ven­ture out of their Mata­mata home six years ago, said it was a ‘‘lovely sur­prise’’.

There’s no doubt about it, the Days go out of their way to en­sure their cus­tomers leave feel­ing sat­is­fied but the home­made jam scones with cream mean more than a five-star rat­ing on Tripad­vi­sor.

‘‘[The pin­na­cle of the job is] just see­ing them happy to be here,’’ Kath­leen said.

‘‘We al­ways get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Tripad­vi­sor when a new re­view has been posted and I al­ways re­ply.’’

The cou­ple have never had one bad egg in their six years of busi­ness, an out­stand­ing feat con­sid­er­ing their rea­son­able prices.

And cus­tomers have come from all over the world, Kath­leen said.

The two-storey home is cer­tainly grand, but the mother of two said that iron­i­cally, many guests ad­mire fea­tures that come with most New Zealand ac­com­mo­da­tion – a view of the stars and green grass.

‘‘We had a Malaysian cou­ple stay once ... It was a frosty, frosty morn­ing ... she said ‘‘could we have our break­fast out­side in the gazebo?’’

‘‘They were busy tak­ing pho­tos [of the grass and the frost],’’ Kath­leen said.

‘‘They said they were never cold back home.’’

Other peo­ple have just en­joyed sit­ting out­side at night look­ing at the stars be­cause the skies back home are cov­ered with smog, she said.

But to place first in the coun­try for two years run­ning clearly means they are pro­vid­ing more than a bit of green­ery and a view to the heav­ens.

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