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Paula N

Home away from home on Lord Howe

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 Apr 2024
Sharon is a fabulous host, we had the most relaxing introduction to Lord Howe Island at our gorgeous apartment. So well appointed and with lots of room, we wanted for nothing, not to mention the fabulous local advice and transfers to restaurants when needed!
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Nothing is too much trouble for the folks at Waimarie, and just across the road from the...
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 23 Apr 2024
Hi Paula,
Thank you so much for reviewing our property. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you are showing you our piece of paradise.
So pleased you found all that you needed in the apartment.
Best wishes,
Sharon & Peter
Waimarie Apartments.
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    Reviewed 19 March 2024

    Waimarie was exceptionally clean, very comfortable, set in the most beautiful serene surroundings. The hosts were so welcoming, and always available for any questions. For those who are active, it is about a 20 minute into the township. Or you can hire a bike in town. I would highly recommend staying at Waimarie.

    Room tip: Hire a bike and explore
    Date of stay: March 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Thank Amanda C
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    Peter van Gelderen, Owner at Waimarie Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2024

    Hello Amanda,
    It was lovely to meet you and thank you for reviewing our property. Peter and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and thank you so much for what you did for the family.
    Best wishes,
    Sharon & Peter
    Waimarie Apartments.

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    Reviewed 2 February 2024

    Secluded with amazing vista. Our apartment was quiet and surrounded by tropical gardens. Peter was available, friendly and very respectful of our privacy.
    This is the best place we have stayed on Lord Howe.
    We could walk, ride or be chauffeured to dining options though chose to mostly self cater.

    Date of stay: September 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank Brett F
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    Peter van Gelderen, Owner at Waimarie Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2024

    Hi Brett,
    Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are really happy you like where we are situated and what we offer, we think we have a pretty good spot also.
    Hope to see you again sometime.
    Kind regards,
    Sharon & Peter
    Waimarie Apartments.

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    Reviewed 22 January 2024

    Waimarie was an absolutely perfect place to stay on our first visit to fabulous Lord Howe Island. Sharon and Peter are consummate hosts – generous, thoughtful, and respectfully present. After meeting my husband and me at the airport, Peter gave us a wonderful introductory tour of the island, sharing expert advice and ideas for hiking, biking, swimming, tours and dining.
    The apartment itself was immaculate, comfortable, well-maintained and extremely user friendly. Our every need was met and expectations exceeded as we discovered things like fresh flowers, eggs from the chickens they raise, homemade taste treats and delicious coffee - all provided. With a full sized refrigerator with freezer… a private front porch looking out over beautiful fields to Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower, a separate private back patio full of blooming agapanthus, and a gazebo where we enjoyed cocktails and sunsets, coffee and morning bird song... we loved calling this delightful place "home".
    By bike or walking, Binky Beach and a beach (our hosts pointed out) at the end of the Lagoon, are in close proximity... as are several hiking trails. We enjoyed observing the arrivals and departures of flights - and their timing/sound was no issue whatsoever as there are very few and all during daylight hours. If you are physically challenged, as we were, FYI there’s a flight of stairs leading up to this apartment and a rise into the driveway when biking... these were no problem for us as our hosts graciously simplified any mobility concerns & accommodated every request we made.
    If you’re interested in being well cared for by hosts with a deep historic connection to Lord Howe, the beauty of a private/quiet setting, comfortable well-designed spaces, cool breezes and phenomenal sunsets – Waimarie is just the spot! Thank you Peter and Sharon!!!

    Date of stay: December 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled solo
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    Thank Nancy H
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    Peter van Gelderen, Owner at Waimarie Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

    Hi Helen,
    What a privilege to welcome visitors like yourselves, who travel so far to see our beautiful island home.
    It was a real pleasure to meet and speak to you both and we are so happy you enjoyed your time with us.
    Thank you for your complimentary review, it does mean a lot to us. Hopefully we can visit your special place in the world at some stage.
    Warm regards,
    Sharon & Peter,
    Waimarie Apartments.

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    Reviewed 17 January 2024

    We made our first ever trip to Lord Howe Island in October 2023 and chose to stay at Waimarie based on all of the wonderful reviews, especially about the hosts! Sharon and Peter have created two beautiful apartments in what we would stay is the best spot on the island, and back it up with amazing hospitality.

    We felt so welcome and looked after by Sharon and Peter, with lovely fresh bread and homecooked slice to welcome us, a tour of the island, and happily dropping us off at restaurants for dinner each night!

    Waking up in the morning looking out at Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird from our deck made Waimarie feel like our own little slice of paradise. The location at the southern end of the island means you're away from most other visitors, but still an easy 10-15min easy flat bike ride into town.

    We loved spending our mornings at nearby Blinky Beach, and an evening or two having a barbeque picnic at Cobbys Corner. Lord Howe Island is amazing, and choosing to stay at Waimarie made it a truly memorable trip!

    We can't wait to get back and visit again!

    Date of stay: October 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Thank KSpilling
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    Peter van Gelderen, Owner at Waimarie Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

    Hi Kieran,
    Many thanks for your complimentary review. We are very pleased you had a wonderful stay with us and enjoyed exploring our beautiful island paradise.
    We look forward to welcoming you again.

    Kind regards,
    Sharon & Peter,
    Waimarie Apartments.

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    Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

    We just spent 2 weeks at lovely Waimarie and it is truly beautiful. Sharon and Peter do everything possible to make sure your stay on LHI is enjoyable. You’ll be picked up at the airport and taken on a tour around the island to help get your bearings. They’ll drop you off so you can hire you bikes, which is a must.

    With the location as there are only 2 appartments this allows for the accommodation to be super quiet. The appartments are well set out with a everything needed to enjoy your holiday.

    Sharon and Peter drop you out for dinner each night and the restaurants will bring you home. If you want to stay in to cook, you have a fully equipped kitchen or you can BBQ in your own private outside area.

    We loved watching the planes land and take off from the airport which is across the road, don’t worry about that as there are literally a handful all day. Thanks to Sharon and Peter who really looked after us on LHI and helped make our visit on absolutely magical experience.

    Chris & Belinda

    Date of stay: November 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank Chris K
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    Peter van Gelderen, Owner at Waimarie Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

    Hi Chris and Belinda,
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of your stay at Waimarie. We enjoyed meeting you both and showing you our beautiful piece of paradise.
    Have a happy Christmas,
    Best wishes, Sharon and Peter, Waimarie Apartments.

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