Chest­nut still a top B&B in New Zealand

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Kath­leen and John Day know how to make peo­ple feel wel­come.

And it shows. Their B&B, Chest­nut Lane Cot­tage, was listed as the ninth best B&B in the coun­try in the 2017 Trip Advisor Trav­ellers’ Choice Awards.

For three con­sec­u­tive years, the cot­tage has held a plac­ing in the top 10.

The cou­ple built on a sec­tion in El­don­wood Es­tate eight years ago, and it was a year later that Work­mans owner Sid Work­man sug­gested they turn it into a B&B.

‘‘The plan was never to turn it into a B&B,’’ said Kath­leen. ‘‘We built the ex­tra cot­tage, mainly think­ing of our mums, but they have both since passed.

‘‘Sid came over one night and said they are al­ways get­ting peo­ple call­ing in for din­ner and ask­ing for a nice re­treat. He rang one day and asked if we had the B&B sorted be­cause he was send­ing two peo­ple.

‘‘We ran around like head­less chooks get­ting it ready, they stayed the night and it all went quite well.

‘‘Our youngest daugh­ter set up a sim­ple web­site, and we ad­ver­tised through I-Site and our el­dest daugh­ter, who trav­els fre­quently, sug­gested we get on Trip Advisor.’’

Through the many vis­i­tors who have stayed at the B&B, the cou­ple’s friend base has ex­panded glob­ally, many of their vis­i­tors have be­come good friends.

‘‘A Ger­man cou­ple who came about five years ago, pulled up in a Juicy van and they wanted a look. She asked where her part­ner was go­ing to sleep, so we thought ‘oh they aren’t a cou­ple’. It turns out they were mar­ried, but he snored ter­ri­bly and she wanted a sep­a­rate bed­room.

‘‘They booked one night and stayed four. We con­tinue to keep in touch with them and we even met up with them when we went through Ger­many on a cruise.’’

Chest­nut Lane Cot­tage is one of seven Mata­mata B&Bs on Trip Advisor, and judg­ing by the pos­i­tive re­views it’s easy to see why Chest­nut Lane Cot­tage is con­sis­tently among the top 10.

‘‘When peo­ple ar­rive I have home bak­ing for them. I like to sit with peo­ple over break­fast, and peo­ple like to talk, that’s why they choose B&Bs. You learn who you need to of­fer space to, and who likes com­pany. We learn about their cul­tures and they in turn want to learn about New Zealand.’’

Chest­nut Lane Cot­tage in Mata­mata, run by Kath­leen and John Day has been named in the top 10 B&Bs in the coun­try, as pub­lished on Trip Advisor.

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