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Sunderland House
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Sunderland House hosts, Donald and Kathy, are quite wonderful. They seem to genuinely like all people -- a nice approach for meeting as many people as they do. They go out of their way to make everything perfect. The house was full when we stayed--though with 3 rooms, it is quiet and yet friendly. Also, the other guests were interesting, and we laughed all through breakfast each of our 4 mornings. Gotta love that! The location was fantastic because it was very close to the bus stop for going downtown or to the ferrys. Or, it was a nice short walk to Ponsonby, with restaurants and shops. And the house itself is absolutely set-up for visitors. The library is over-flowing with books, magazines, newspapers. WAIT--I haven't mentioned breakfast yet, or the ever-full flat white espressos. To top it off, my husband, who isn't a big Bed and Breakfast kind of guy, has gained a new appreciation for B&Bs. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank alohas
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2014

Your review expresses what we set out to do, making a special stay for guests tailored to suit their immediate and future needs and providing a unique experience of kiwi hospitality that they will remember in years to come. Thank you for a well thought out review, covering a vast array of what Sunderland House is all about.
We also enjoyed your Hawaiian graciousness and sense of humor, hope to see you back here someday.
Aloha Donald & Kathy Sunderland

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Sunderland house was our final stop after 3 weeks of traveling through Australia and New Zealand. After staying at many different places throughout our travels, I have to say this place was one of our favorites. Their attention to detail was impeccable. The entire house was so beautiful. I pretty much want our place to look exactly like Sunderland House.

We stayed in the Green Room. It was spacious and charming. The bathroom was beautiful with a spa tub. They even have full size products in the bathroom, no more fiddling with tiny little soaps and tiny little shampoos.

Breakfast was also fantastic with seasonal fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked bread and the most delicious muffins I have ever had. Yep, I ate 3 of them too.

I also really loved the location of Sunderland house. Herne Bay is such a nice quiet neighborhood. Sunderland House is also a 5 minute walk from Herne Bays wonderful boutiques and neighborhood restaurants and about a 15 minute walk to Ponsonby which is another fun place to hang out with lots of shopping, restaurants, art galleries and cafes. From Ponsonby you can easily take a bus downtown.

Donald and Kathy were also amazing hosts, fun to chat with and super thoughtful. Who else would have thought to pack up some extra muffins for my plane ride back home. I highly recommend this place !!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2014

We like to be as eco friendly as possible and having quality bathroom products in dispensers does away with all that unnecessary packaging and waste. So thank you for vindicating our ideas and writing a great review. We also compost and grow many of our own vegetables and fruit mainly suited to our daily bake of muffins. As locals we use the bus system all the time as from Sunderland House it is more efficient and convenient than taking a car, so thank you for pointing that out to potential guests. Glad you loved your stay with us, we enjoyed your company as well,
Kind Regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife and I traveled in New Zealand last December and Auckland was our first destination. We were completely amazed by the Sunderland House. The location is fantastic, and Donald and Kathy were wonderful hosts. We were supposed to stay only 2 nights but we ended up staying for a total of 4 nights…we just couldn't leave! The room was incredibly comfortable and my wife really enjoyed the bathtub! Breakfast was always fresh and delicious, and we received a special breakfast on Christmas day, which was a very nice surprise.
The B&B is located in Herne Bay, which is a good 45-minute walk from the city center, but there's a good public transportation system, so no big deal. We strongly recommend this place if staying in Auckland.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2014

It was a plus for all of us that you stayed the two extra nights especially as your last breakfast was Christmas morning, we can't help our selves but make that extra special. We feel blest that our bus stop is just 5 metres away and served with perhaps the best bus service Auckland has to offer. It is easy and all user friendly. Thank you for staying with us and writing such a great review.
Kind regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Sunderland House is a warm and friendly place where it is easy to feel relaxed and right at home. Donald and Kathy were gracious hosts and gave us very helpful advice on ways to see the sights in Auckland.

We stayed in the Green Room. It was very clean and bright with a comfortable bed. It was beautifully decorated. The ensuite included a spa tub with shower. Outside the door was a tea and coffee station which also featured home baked goodies. The guest lounge was available at any time. The whole house was immaculate.

Since the weather was fine, breakfast was served on the covered deck just outside the kitchen. It was especially lovely to start the day in the open air with some of Donald's fresh muffins. We highly recommend a stay at Sunderland House when visiting Auckland.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2014

An excellent rated review coming from a 'Senior Trip Advisor Contributor' is a terrific accolade and thank you so much for taking the time to write all about us from decor to hosting, informing future travelers the standard we have to offer and the amenities available. We trust you will return to us another time and maybe experience our Premier Suite,
Happy Journeys through out New Zealand
Donald & Kathy Sunderland

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We arrived in Auckland from the UK on a warm and sunny summer afternoon. Donald and Kathy's warm welcome made the long and arduous flight worth every gruelling minute, and the beautiful balcony room made us feel extremely special. All the reviews here highlight all that Sunderland House has to offer - the relaxed atmosphere made our stay feel like a home from home...if only our home was as sophisticated and well presented! I can thoroughly recommend a relaxing swing on the hammock and watch out when you are offered one of Kathy's delicious muffins because you'll find that Ben isn't too far away! If you are planning a visit to Auckland, do not miss the opportunity to stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jinkyjim
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2014

Thank you, this is such a great review as it highlights the importance of creating a relaxed environment but at the same time having somewhere special to stay. Ben our old Springer Spaniel also contributes to making the place relaxed by simply mooching and sleeping about, slowing all our worlds down into a more leisure-able pace. Thank you again and also for taking the time out to write these wonderful comments, its time to make more muffins
Donald & Kathy

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