After checking out accomodation in the area for a one night stopover,Lupton Lodge caught my eye because it is gluten free friendly.
After driving thru New Zealands fantastic scenery for hours its great to know that you can have a home cooked meal waiting for you.
Upon arrival Andy greeted us in bare feet and a warm smile.This is the norm in NZ and I kinda like the feel of the wooden floors under foot.
The blue room was wonderful and smelled very fresh and clean,we were the only occupants that rainy night so Andy opened up the ajoining room for more space.
I really enjoyed the history of the house,built in 1896 and transported from its original place some 7km away.The decoration is very modern with an historical feel and all the mod cons you need in luxury boutique accomodation.
We had decided to dine at 7pm and pre ordered our selection a few days before.The dining area was set for two with candles and a good selection of wine,with soft music playing in the background.
We felt like lord and lady of the manor.
WOW! what an amazing dinner, the lambshank was wonderful, and the soup exceptional,how could I resist the GF desserts,excellant.
This place is a true gem,thanks for a wondeful stay on a cold and rainy night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be inspired. Stunning boutique accommodation located only 10 minutes drive from the spectacular Tutukaka Coast and Whangarei city centre shops and restaurants. Stylish ensuite rooms, gourmet breakfast & free wireless internet. We offer a relaxed atmosphere and extensive facilities including: mature dry-stone walled gardens, pool, guest-only dining room for restaurant-style meals (dinner on request), lounge with pool table and DVD library. The rooms are in a category II listed historic villa and a modern converted barn. Each room is designed for privacy and comfort with contemporary uncomplicated decor, ensuite bathroom, comfortable queen or king beds, bathrobes, 32" flat-screen TV, DVD player, Freeview, heat-pump/air-con and tea/coffee. The rooms are intimate yet spacious. In keeping with a boutique hotel, the rooms are located in guest only buildings, separate from the owners accommodation. The villa rooms have rich wall colours, high ceilings, sash windows and polished Kauri floors. The villa has 3 double ensuite rooms including a suite (which can sleep up to 3 persons). The renovated barn includes a stunning ensuite room upstairs with apex ceilings. Downstairs is a large studio with kitchenette & bi-fold doors opening to a patio/BBQ area. These can be individual rooms or a 2-bedroom apartment with an interconnecting door. Enjoy the many local attractions or just sit back and unwind. 5 mins from Whangarei Falls, 1 hour to the Bay of Islands and 2 hours north of Auckland - ideal for exploring Northland and as your first or last stop in NZ. ... more less
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