My husband and I visited Takatu lodge quite some time ago and I forgot to lodge a review, so here it is on the assumption that late is better than never.
Takatu Lodge is located within easy driving distance of the increasingly up-market village of Matakana; just over an hour from Auckland. I have to admit that my first impression of Takatu was slightly underwhelming. Viewed from the street in dull weather the house presented as an uninviting expanse of grey-on-grey, and called to mind an industrial estate more than it did an upmarket B&B. Happily, as soon as you step inside any comparison to industry begins and ends with the rolling vista of carefully tended grape vines that can be seen from almost every window.
The main house is absolutely beautifully designed; it works extremely well as a B&B but as a family home (plus guest wing) it would also be spectacular. From the functional office located conveniently close to the entrance, to the magnificent galley kitchen, huge expanses of glass and spacious indoor/outdoor living areas; the whole thing will cause anyone interested in interiors, cooking or architecture to drool a little.
In keeping with the rather deceptive street appeal of the house, the guest wing looks blank from the outside too but, again, this is because the ‘good stuff’ is out the back. The rooms are not gigantic or completely over the top; they’re classy, downright comfortable and fitted out with all the little ‘extras’ you expect for the price (plus some thoughtful additions such as a stack of magazines for browsing). The beds are absolutely huge and the decor is understated and restful. The bathrooms are lovely and have been designed so that the bath runs along one wall next to casement windows which can be thrown open to reveal the expansive view. If you pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly, run the bath, light a few candles (supplied) open the windows and watch the sun setting in a blaze of pink over the vineyard, I am sure you’ll agree your only option is to surrender to a fog of bliss. The stretch of grass behind the guest rooms is strictly off-limits to anyone but guests, so you can relax with confidence.
Heather (we saw John only fleetingly as his main love is the vineyard) is an elegant, unobtrusive and charming host. Being the type of person who clearly knows and is known by everyone in the area, she is a fabulous resource if you are seeking guidance regarding things to do and see, and the various dining options in the region. We didn’t dine at Takatu (there are some really good options in town) but breakfast the next day was nicely imaginative, and beautifully cooked and presented.
Takatu isn’t one of those cosy ‘home away from home’ B&Bs, nor is it a luxury Lodge in the real sense of the word. It’s something of a hybrid, and a fabulous choice for anyone seeking elegant, upmarket accommodation that offers a high degree of privacy and service without a ‘millionaires-only’ price tag.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the entrance of the beautiful Takatu Peninsula, this award-winning 5 Star lodge & vineyard is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and magnificent beaches. Takatu Lodge's contemporary design incorporates walls of glass to capture stunning views of the vineyard, mountains & sea beyond. The luxurious suites are designed for ultimate privacy and comfort. A sumptuous breakfast with a "slow food" approach and 'A Gift for Every is included: 1st night: A bottle of Takatu’s award winning Bordeaux style Kawau Bay 2007 2nd night: Two tickets to the local Brick Bay Sculpture Trail – explore & view the best renowned NZ sculptors works, exhibited in a natural bush setting. 3rd night: Hosted by the owners, experience a complimentary wine tasting of one of their award-winning wines, accompanied by an antipasti dish for two people. ... more less
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