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The Ambers Luxury B&B
Ranked #2 of 3 Silverdale B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Returned from wedding reception at 1.30am, Diane and Gerard had left a key with us prior and we were presented with a lovely room in the loft with a small bottle of sparking wine and a nice note congratulating us - nice touch! We had a breakfast table beautifully laid next to a big bay window looking out to the stunning section and boy what a breakfast! we were waited on hand and foot and felt like we could ask for anything for breke! After we had a nice long chat with Diane and Gerard and departed happy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Piers C
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2013

Thank you Piers and Tamsin, or should I say, thank you Mr and Mrs Coburn? :-)
What a wonderful review you submitted! Greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure to provide you with the attic room and the bubbles and we hope to see you again sometime. Perhaps on your first year anniversary? All the best for the future!! Gerard & Diane

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

We spent 4 nights at The Ambers in January 2013 and could not have been made more welcome!
Perfect hosts, comfortable Blue room, elegant house, beautiful countryside and those breakfasts were superb down to the last rose petal on the artfully decorated plates of delicious food. Only minor criticism might be a lack of drawer and cupboard space but perhaps that was because we were visiting from the UK for a month and were not travelling light! I wonder if Diane and Gerard could be persuaded to serve light evening meals to solve the problem of imbibing with them under the grapevine and then not wanting to drive out to find supper?

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2013

Thank you Jo and Heather for those very kind words. We enjoyed your company and in particular, as you already noted in our visitors book, the chats under the grapevine and Wolf showing off! we're glad that you safely arrived home and we look forward to seeing you again - either here or in
Crondell. We'll see if you can buy another cabinet or larger cupboard to address the clothing storage space and, yes, we have been thinking about, and are now planning to offer our guests light evening meals next season. All the very best for the future!!

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Reviewed 5 February 2013

We had a really great time here. The house and the land is beautifull. I made a lot of beautifull pictures. we really liked the waka breakfast. It's a fruitsalade displayed like a maori kano.

G&D you are the best!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2013

Many thanks Lotte for a great review. We loved having you here to stay and are glad your trip back to Europe came off without a hitch. Perhaps we'll see you next year - we'll look forward to it!! Gerard & Diane

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Reviewed 3 February 2013

On our 4 week trip through NZ north and south islands we were lucky to find this place. Thank you, Diane and Gerard, for this extraordinary stay in your beautiful house, thank you for the friendly welcome, for helpful advice to plan some special excursions in your region, for the outstanding breakfast table, for a well working WiFi and for all the interesting conversations. We will surely be back at this lovely place, whenever we will be in NZ again. Droli & Andi Baumgartner from Switzerland

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2013

Hello Droli & Andi! What a wonderful review you've submitted on your visit to our B&B! We are very grateful for your many positive comments and look forward to welcoming you in our home once again!! Safe travels!!

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Reviewed 24 January 2013

My husband and I spent a night at The Ambers for our 40th anniversary. It was our first expeience at a B & B and we both truly feel that we have experienced the best.
From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome and totally at ease.
We enjoyed a drink outside under the grapevine (coffee for him - wine for me) and felt like we were back in the Loire Valley in France again.
Gerard and Diane do the little things that make you feel special like Diane on finding out my husband was of Greek heritage put some Greek music on for us.
It was of no surprise to us that breakfast was as stunning as everything else.
Diane also has some lovely jewelery which tempted me to buy a couple of necklaces and I am so pleased I did as when I wear them it reminds me of our wonderful anniversary experience.
Thanks Gerard and Diane

Room Tip: We chose the Regency room but I am sure the other rooms are of the same quality
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jackie W
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Thank you for your kind words, Jackie and Graham! They are greatly appreciated! We are very happy to read that you both enjoyed your anniversary and hope to see you again sometime - safe travels in the meantime!!

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed here on a previous visit to New Zealand from the UK. We were warmly welcomed back by Gerard and Diane and it felt like coming home. Our room, the Blue Room, was lovely, beautifully decorated and furnished, the bathroom large with bath and separate shower. The breakfast was wonderful with a fresh rose on our place mats to welcome us.Gerard and Diane are the best of hosts, friendly, helpful, and infinitely welcoming. We went there, we went back, we'll go again.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank RuthAbingdon
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2013

Thank you Ruth and Ian! Your very positive words are hugely appreciated! We really hope to welcome you again some time! Sorry to say one of our Japanese guests on 6 January filled the bath in the attic and went to sleep afterwards, flooding the entire house and ruining the wallpaper in the Blue Room. However, every cloud has a silver lining and our insurance has brought everything back to normal and has allowed Diane to choose an even more spectacular wallpaper for the Blue Room. You'll have to come and see it sometime soon!! Much love from Di and Gerard

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Reviewed 18 January 2013

The B&B has two extras besides the great room
1- It is in lovely garden/park where the english style is excellent combined with the french style
2- The fantastic breakfast that Gerardus will prepare with all his pleasure for you

The room and the whole house are with lots of love decorated by Diane. The room we had was large, however the bathroom was in relation quite small

PS Don't forget to play with and to hug their dog Wulf - a German Sheperd, he will love it.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Over-en-Naar
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GZwier, Owner at The Ambers Luxury B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2013

Oh that's wonderful! We love it that you appreciated the setting and enjoyed my breakfast!
Diane really has a good eye for interior design but it takes people like you to see and appreciate it! Much love from us and in particular Wolf; he's looking forward (as we are!) to your return!!

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Address: 146 Pine Valley Road | RD 2 Silverdale, Silverdale, Auckland 0992, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Silverdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Silverdale
Price Range: £99 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Ambers Luxury B&B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"The Ambers" is a charming old-style European country house set in 14 park-like acres with formal rose gardens, fountains, mature trees and olive grove. It is situated on the main road north, just 20 minutes north of Auckland. We have 4 double bedrooms, 3 with their own ensuites.In the garden we have a self contained unit which we call the "gite". This gite has a kitchenette, fridge, microwave, hotplate, coffee and tea making facilities, a dining table, a sofa and tv as well as its own, modern ensuite. In all our rooms and in the gite we have free of charge fast broadband internet access. We look forward to welcoming you in our home. Wij spreken ook Nederlands. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch. Nous parlons francais. Solemente pocito Espanol. Sedikit Bahasa Indonesia ... more   less 
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