Central Cottage 
Garden Getaways in the Bay
410 Kerikeri Road,
New Zealand
+64 9 407 8484
+64 21 139 9150
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Ian Thompson


Come for Melanie's legendary homemade biscuits. Stay for the company.

Melanie and I first met when she came to work for my parents at the Parkham Hotel, Brixham Devon, England. We married in 1984 after study and a two-year spell running a motel. There is no doubt we are 'Chalk and
Cheese” with Melanie following a career working with people being a natural extrovert, whilst as a natural introvert myself, I pursued a career in Radio Frequency design.
In 2002 we emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand, where we witnessed the Chirstchurch earthquakes. During our time in Christchurch we had Sherry our King Charles Cavalier dog, who we sadly lost but not before we rescued Sooty our cat, a very large and affectionate cat that loves meeting guests. In 2015 our son James and Larissa gave us our beautiful granddaughter Kahla. They live just outside Christchurch and are just loving the farm life with Larissa’s parents; Wayne and Michelle, learning how to keep Bees and farm life in general.



When I was offered a job in Albany we moved to Warkworth and we bought Millwood House – a purpose built three-bedroom Bed and Breakfast, where Melanie’s culinary skills baking homemade Muesli, Jams and Biscuits became legendary on the internet and deservedly so – she is a great cook. In 2016 we sold Millwood House and bought Central Cottages, Kerikeri. We are really looking forward to carrying on where we left off with Millwood House, adding the personal touch of meeting, greeting and getting to know our guests, preferably as friends more than guests.


Come & see us!

Melanie & Ian

Making guests happy for over twenty years. Melanie and I married in 1984 after completing our Hotel & Catering courses at Torquay Technical College and a two-year spell running a motel in Florida. You can read some feedback from guests at our previous Bed and Breakfast, Millwood House, below.

Melanie and Ian are the perfect hosts, nothing too much trouble and good company.

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