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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 4 / House
Bedrooms: 2  Bathrooms: 2  Sleeps: 4  Type: House
Villa Du Fresne
TripAdvisor property ID 3740454

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Book this 2 bedroom house in Russell today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a deck, parking space, and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 20 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1666, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Nov 21, 2016, so this rental may not be available for your requested dates, but please inquire to confirm.

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About the owner

About the owner

Maureen R.
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Calendar last updated:
21 Nov 2016
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Russell Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Property Features

  • Parking
  • Waterfront


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • Video player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Shared garden

Onsite Equipment

  • Boat available


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (20)

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“The best rest in NZ”

Reviewed 16 Jan 2014

Maureen and Ron Redwood have this idyllic B&B; with the most fantastic view across the Bay of Islands. Always on hand to help and provide whatever you need, the hosts have thought of all the things you will need to make your stay a very pleasant one. Unlike, most B&Bs; which provide the breakfast only - there is enough food in the fridge to cover more meals and also staple items in the cupboards to avoid having to buy wasteful items. The nice touches like fresh fruit and vegetables as well as cakes and biscuits direct from Maureen's oven. More than anything is the glassed in patio area where you can sit, read, have a drink or a meal, enjoy the view or just vege out - it really is your home away from home. Russell and Paihia are close to all the attractions of the Northland. So much ground can be travelled in a day trip from there. The really nice touch is to wake up and find your national flag on the pole!

“Mediterranean-like views”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2014

Villa du Fresne was a place with magnificent views and an owner who paid attention to every detail. It was was spacious, clean and well-appointed. The owners were friendly and thoughtful.

“Very comfortable with amazing views over the sea.”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2014

We stayed for just 2 nights at the start of our holiday in New Zealand and we wished we could have stayed longer. The villa is level throughout on the ground floor and is very spacious, comfortable and clean. Maureen and Ron were most hospitable and helpful, they recommended the best restaurant to eat, where to go fishing and provided all we needed for breakfast and essentials. The uninterrupted views from the villa over the sea are fantastic. It was a perfect spot to explore Russell and the surrounds (with a hire car). Highly recommended.

“Tranquillity with a stunning view!”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2014

This was our second visit to the lovely seaside town of Russell, and to the Villa Dufresne, a place to which we'd always intended to return. We came in need of some peace and quiet, and as before we found it here, looking out over the sea, watching the boats crossing the water and the dolphins dancing in the waves. The hospitality is second to none, with every comfort considered. We hope to return for visit number three.

“A bit of heaven on Bay of Islands”

Reviewed 30 Oct 2013

Maureen and Ron Redwood share with their guests a B&B; which is equivalent to a 5 star hotel. It is basically a whole house with complete kitchen, well stocked for breakfast which you prepare when you wish it. Use it the rest of the day to cook, or warm up your own food. Your hosts can answer virtually any question about the area, and will book any trips or excursions for you. Their hospitality even extended to flying a Canadian flag for us to make us feel even more at home!

“A Magical Stay and Gobsmacking Views”

Reviewed 26 Feb 2012

This is a super base to explore the Bay of Islands; it was a real find and it's on our list of very special stays in New Zealand. From the moment we walked in we were looked after like best friends. It's so roomy, comfortable and every last detail has been thought through to deliver superlative self catering. It's the opposite of contemporary modern minimalist - instead cosy and characterful with excellent facilities, a lovely holiday space to be in. Perched on the side of Tapeka point, it has the most beautiful views of the glittering islands of the area, a fantastic beach that's just 2 minutes walk from the villa, and for those just wanting to laze and graze a cosy sunlounge that has some of the best views of the Bay of Islands. We loved it, Maureen and Ron have that knack of adding all the little touches and giving a very personal insight on all that's special in the area. Delightful.

“Best place to stay in New Zealand”

Reviewed 8 Nov 2011

Long before we even got to the Villa du Fresne we already felt like friends. We got advise on what to see and do, got our Bay of Islands cruise booked by the host and really looked forward to finally getting there. It was the highlight of our New Zealand trip! The house has just the most stunning views, everything you need is there, and it feels like a home, not a holiday rental, all thanks to the fantastic hosts.

“An experience you will never forget”

Reviewed 31 Oct 2011

Outstanding hospitality and family like atmosphere. A perfect start to discover New Zealand´s coast line, seening view included. If possible we would definitively come back.

“Comfortable, beautifully situated at the seaside”

Reviewed 25 Oct 2011

I stayed with Ron and Maureen already the third time (2011: January - April). The friends I have made in the Bay of Islands became theirs and some of their friends became mine. Russell is well situated to visit the beautiful center and north of the North Island. Best with a rental car you can park in front of the house. The house is very silent. The street is at some distance and the loudest sound you hear is the sea over which you have a wonderful view from the terrace. There you can have an undisturbed sun bath or a swim at a short distance at the beach. Ron and Maureen are warmhearted and experienced to deal with people of different nationality and character. They will take care of every problem you might have, if you ask them to do so. They are very eager not to disturb you. I have warmly recommended this vacation rental to some of my friends, who want to combine activity with seclusion.

“Outstanding Locaion Outstanding Hosts”

Reviewed 20 Oct 2011

This place has everything anyone could ever want on vacation.Apart from the magnificent views the villa has all the crockery,cutlery & kitchen accessories etc that you would ever need.With extremely comfortable lounge furniture and beds plus extreme cleanliness we found it hard to find anything to criticise.Maureen & Ron are the ultimate hosts and nothing is too much trouble if you have a request.We have holidayed in many overseas countries but have not found a place with a better location,value for money or gracious hosts.We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to any other people wether they are from NZ or overseas.I guess the best recommendation is we have now been back to stay 6 times!

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