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Matakana Castle
Ranked #1 of 9 Matakana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Beautiful b&b”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Tower Suite for a night recently. The whole place is stunning. The room was beautiful and everything felt very luxurious! The view was amazing of rolling hills and water. We had the two course breakfast which was delicious. It was a fleeting visit for us but was a fairy tale end to our wedding and we hope to one day make it back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Thanks Rachel, it was a fleeting visit but it was a pleasure to meet you and Aiden, and thanks for choosing to spend your wedding night at Matakana Castle. We hope you have a brilliant future together. John and Nat
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We just stayed the one night but would happily have extended our stay if we had the time. Matakana Castle is a very welcoming and comfortable place to stay. The owners John and Natalie made us feel like old friends. Wonderful views coupled with a large open fire and a bottle of excellent local wine with a platter of delicious cheese and nibbles made us want to stay in and cancel our restaurant booking!
The room and en-suite were beautifully decorated and absolutely spotless. I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
We love meeting new people, for me that is the best part of running a bed and breakfast and in our time here we have met some truly nice peopel. Thanks for your kind words, it makes the hard work we put in seem worthwhile.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Blown away by the view upon arrival. there was a cracking real wood fire and the room was spotless. Warm and friendly hosts who go all out to please helping wiht food recommendations and bookings. Delicious food, quality beds and everything you could ask for and more. Loved it and will return!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Thanks Joyce it was great to meet you both and we really enjoyed your company, especially the koula bear story!! Enjoy the rest of your time in Auckland and have a safe trip back to Sydney. John and Nat
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Arrived to an imposingly stunning venue set in idyllic Matakana countryside. Greeted by a roaring fire and cosy ambience with discreet friendly service lending itself to the perfect winter getaway. Beautifully decorated rooms with a touch of modern elegance made it hard to venture outside to the amazing array of great food and wine that adorns Matakana. We wouldn't hesitate to repeat one of the best winter getaways we have ever had!

Room Tip: The tower suite is a must, you won't find anything like it anywhere!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thanks for the great review, we work really hard to make sure people have an amazing time so it is great when people give feedback like that. Hopefully it will be warm soon so we won't need the fire but having said that there is nothing like a glass of wine in front of an open fire. Hope Pete had a safe trip to Egypt, thanks again John and Nat
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

My husband and I have just spent three nights at Matakana Castle and thoroughly enjoyed the privacy, luxury and romantic art deco setting. The location is perfect for day trips down to the local wineries and beaches. John and Natalie were such warm approachable hosts and made us feel welcome and comfortable during our entire stay. As first timers in the area, we appreciated their knowledge of places to dine and local attractions, and especially a suggestion for a low key date down at the boutique cinemas.
The accommodation is beautifully presented, super clean and immaculate throughout. We stayed in the Garden Room which took in amazing views of the sea and landscape, and spent most afternoons snoozing on the comfy super king bed before venturing out to the toasty warm fire in the Guest Room. Loved their selection of magazines and cd collection ~ was a trip down memory lane while relaxing on the sofa enjoying delicious local wine and nibbles prepared by Nat.
Our hosts treated us each morning to a decadent, generous two course breakfast, which menu changed daily - and included the most scrumptious muesli ever tasted, that was created by Nat herself!!
All in all, the entire experience was stress free, from booking our accommodation to leisurely checking out.
For a relaxing escape either for two ~ or with friends, Matakana Castle ticks all the boxes and we recommend it to anyone looking for accommodation in this area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lindy D
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 28 August 2013
Really glad you enjoyed your visit and the attractions in the area. It was a pleasure to have you here and hopefully we will see you again. I agree about the muesli by the way I am always in trouble for eating it when it is supposed to be for the guests.Thannks again, John
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Matakana Castle and it was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of our city back home in Malaysia. My husband, son and I were awed by the fantastic scenery surrounding the castle and by the warm welcome from our hosts, John and Natalie.

We stayed in the Tower Suite which provided us with a stunning view of the bay and the country side. Matakana Castle is also very close to several fantastic beaches and vineyards and it was a perfect location to move around for short day trips.

The breakfasts prepared every morning by Natalie were just great! Wonderful escape for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 16 August 2013
Thanks for the fantastic review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we're glad that Matakana Castle lived up to your expectations. Hopefully you get the chance to return and we can meet up again. John and Nat
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Auckland New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

We were looking for a one night escape from the city for a bit of R&R before the birth of our first child. Matakana Castle was perfect for this. John and Nat instantly made us feel welcome and little touches like the evening drinks with nibbles and the homemade chocolates in the rooms added to the experience. They were really helpful when it came to booking somewhere in Matakana for dinner and were able to offer us good advice about local walks and attractions. Nat even went to the trouble of making sure the breakfast was all things that I could eat being pregnant. Her homemade muesli is sublime as were the pancakes! And the views from our room (the Writing Room) and the living room made us feel like we had completely escaped the city.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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John T, Owner at Matakana Castle, responded to this review, 11 July 2013
Thanks for your review, really glad that you enjoyed your stay. Good luck with the pregnancy and hopefully we will see you again. John and Nat
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Additional Information about Matakana Castle

Property: Matakana Castle
Address: 378 Whitmore Road, Matakana 0986, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Matakana
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Matakana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matakana Castle is luxury bed and breakfast accommodation set in 3.5 acres of rural splendor with magnificent sea views over Kawau Bay from every room. Three luxurious rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The Tower Suite is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion whether it be your honeymoon night or you just feel like spoiling yourself. Enjoy our 2 course gourmet breakfast which is included in the price. Enjoy a glass of wine in front of the roaring log fire whilst enjoying the breathtaking views. Complimentary wine and hors oeuvres are included in the price as well as sweet treats in each room and fresh flowers. ... more   less 

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