While attending a school reunion at Kamo High School, I wanted somewhere close but not a "city motel". Lupton is only 10 minutes from Kamo but in a world of it's own in the countryside. Evenings are quiet and days are lovely with garden grounds including flowers, fruit trees and roaming very fluffy chooks (have to be seen!).
Even though the evenings are nice, it's the mornings you'll be looking foward to. The breakfasts cover fruit kebabs, cereals, toasts and preseves, muffins, yogurt, fruit juice and your selection of one of three fantastic cooked to order hot savoury dishes. We were there for 4 nights so were able to sample each and then pick a favourite for our last day.
In our case, the availability of evening meals (providing some advance notice) was another plus, with two of our evenings having the most wonderful two course meals cooked by Andy - who offered menu choices of surprising variety. I'm sure the sight and smell of our meals convinced at least one other couple (who had just checked in) to request dinner the following night.
The free wireless internet extended to our room at the front, which is still not as common a feature as it should be, but can always be used in the games room (a seperate building, adding to the peace in the main house) where a PC is also provided for those travelling without mobile computing..
The games room had an extensive collection of DVDs, including some New Zealand films that I had not seen before (and I'm an ex-kiwi who thought he kept ín touch with such things). The pool table provided another pleasant activity which we normally wouldn't have sought out as a B&B feature but was great fun.
The pool looked very inviting, but was still a bit too cold for us accustomed to Queensland temperatures.
The location assisted us with proximity to town and allowed us also to explore the Russell peninsular and Tutukaka coast - with recommendations from Andy and Karen to make the most of those journeys.
Lupton Lodge provided the convenience of being in the right place, a refuge to come home to for peaceful evenings, enjoyable entertainment options, friendly helpful hosts and the memorable food that may well lead us back there one day.
- 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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