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Mudgee, Australia
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184 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This old Manor House, snuggled in a pleasant acreage, was nice but a little tired. It is a beautiful old home, styled with period furniture, and has magnificent gardens. Unfortunately, due to the wet conditions we were unable to stroll around them as they appeared beautiful. With a little bit of extra care, this place could be exceptional!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Highden Manor is a very Grand, proud, building nestled privately in the country...but close to the City. A fabulous venue for a wedding, conference, or get away. The rooms were clean and elegant. We were guests at a themed wedding which was fabulous, the meal was fabulous the ambience was fabulous and the rooms were fabulous. The staff were... More 

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Thank Raewyn R
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Hostel accommodation is excellent. Venue is charming and tranquil. Breakfast was tasty - a modest portion with all elements well-cooked. Clean facilities. A great night's sleep. Many thanks. Stayed October 17.

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Thank lovenersnz
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Beautiful old run down property! Must have been very grand in its day but unfortunately not now. We noted the guttering leaks in many places, & dirty ashtrays left on the verandah after a wedding before our group arrived. You are obliged to pay your account upon arrival - never again. We had very little hot water for 1 shower... More 

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211andrew, General Manager at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

We are always saddened to receive reviews with little accuracy and much ferocity. I must first point out that Rhys Emerson, the Operations Manager and myself, the General Manager, who are not intimately involved as the review implies-although irrelevant, were verbally abused and physically threatened by individuals in this large group of 9 guests and were forced to call the... More 

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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This establishment and it's staff were poorly organised. Upon our arrival they couldn't find our booking, turned out they had put it under the bride and grooms address. Then they told us the room booked was no longer available and changed our suite (to the double suite). To add insult to injury they tried to charge us again even though... More 

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Thank Amie D
211andrew, General Manager at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

We are disappointed to receive a review with no validity. This guest's room had been booked incorrectly by his brother and consequently caused some confusion, however was immediately remedied and they were checked into a two bedroom suite in the Manor. A common misconception when guests provide their credit card details to reserve a booking, is that payment is taken... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

I wish I had spent more than one night at this lovely old manor. It's the kind of place you want to spend the whole day at - bring a book and curl up on one of the many comfy chairs, or walk in the lovely gardens, now currently abloom with cherry blossoms. The owners are very friendly people. I... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I love old manors and I was so excited to visit Highden. But wow, the place needs a lot of maintenence and the owners really need to learn not to be so rude to their guests. And to be more organised. I have a friend who booked their wedding here....they happily took the deposit than realised they had double booked.... More 

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211andrew, Owner at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

Hm..., sounds like a guest who brought personal issues to the property, as there is nothing substantive to respond to. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Can not believe how beautiful it is, great room, friendly owner and service. very good price for a family to stay. will come back again for sure. Also a great place to organize private function. about 20 mins drive from central of Palmerston North. One thing to remember: when google map ask you to turn on Taipo Road, DON'T TURN,... More 

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211andrew, Owner at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

Thanks Crissy for your lovely review. We're trying to have Google maps change the co-ordinates as we're not happy that it frequently leads guests to what was probably an original entrance to Highden 100 years ago, on a different street! Sorry about that. Hope to soon have it fixed. Glad you enjoyed your stay, and see you again some time. More 

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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I initially booked the Highden Room and planned to surprise my fiancee (then girlfriend) with a proposal at Highden Manor. I contacted Andrew (the owner) to plan quite a number of things - the candlelit dinner, a video screening that was crucial for the proposal, and a bouquet of roses from New Zealand. Andrew was very helpful and helped order... More 

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Highden, Owner at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

It was a genuine pleasure to host this young couple, to provide the enchanting experience they had hoped for, and to be a part of and witness to their joy. More 

Ottawa, Ontario
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We enjoyed a great stay, and took advantage of the common areas and gardens. A very memorable stay for us. The room we had was large with a sitting area. The room was updated, while the common areas retained the "manor" period style.

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Thank Steven W
211andrew, Owner at Highden Manor Estate, responded to this review

We are always pleased to receive feedback of all kinds as we strive to continually improve and to deliver to our guests an experience that exceeds their expectations. Regarding the comment about there being no wi-fi in the room, we, in fact, have wi-fi in every Manor bedroom, so I'm puzzled as to why this guest was unable to access... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated on 36 acres of manicured parkland and formal rose gardens, Highden Manor Estate is registered as a Category 1 historic landmark property by The New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Built in 1896 as a country home for a Wellington Member of Parliament, The Right Honourable Walter Woods Johnston and his wife Celia, this is now a Hotel & Venue in the Manawatu countryside, just 15 minutes drive from the city of Palmerston North. Restored to its original grandeur, the Manor welcomes guests for overnight stays, conferences, weddings, private functions, retreats, and offers the perfect venue for a multitude of special occasions. Ask about the "Exclusive Use" options for your occasion, or hire the public rooms and garden and create your own event. A truly private retreat property, Highden is "An Experience" not to be missed. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Highden Manor Estate

Address: 220 Green Road | R D 6, Awahuri 4476, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Awahuri
Price Range: $78 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Highden Manor Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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“In the Manor and overlooking the garden for morning sun”
 of 5 bubbles 898raewynr, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There are no lifts to the rooms upstairs, so pack light!”
 of 5 bubbles llemongrass, 4 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The Highden Room, though most expensive, is the most value-for-money”
 of 5 bubbles C0ngL, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“No in room wifi, but common areas are large and wifi was very good.”
 of 5 bubbles 611stevenw, 3 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The main house has the better bigger rooms, the budget pacific rooms are fine clean and value for money”
 of 5 bubbles abmckenzie, 12 Jul 2016 | Read review
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