This is a long over due review...I can't count how many times I have returned to the Cotter House to enjoy special occasion or holiday, Christmas, Valentines, Birthday, events...
Not many properties could look more amazing than it looks on the web pictures, but Cotter house looks much better than its pictures. The house is a piece of art, with unique paintings and sculptures, and antiques collected by the owner Gloria. Once you get into the entrance, you will immediately be transformed a different world from the rustic New Zealand. The Cotter House is attractive, romantic, elegant, and smells of heritage and little Paris in Auckland.
The owner Gloria is the most friendly and lovely host I have ever encountered. She could bring everything you need to make your stay pleasant even without asking. She welcomes guests with her big smile and hugs and show guests around the house. She prepares the best quality duvet and spa bath for guests to enjoy the relaxing stay. She arranges messages and dinners on request. Everyday, your room will be filled in with fruits and homemade sweets plus tea/coffee and even Ports. I remember in one of the New Year's time, i mentioned my favor for cherries, she manages to get the best cherries for me in season. And she made the best Apple Strudel with the super crispy filo pastries and top quality cream fraiche.
The breakfast is a four course meal in the most romantic dining room, including the best CROISSANT, all sorts of pastries, fruits with gourmet yoghurt and homemade muesli, a savory dish, and sweets. The high tea in the afternoon is one of the kind beats any 5 star restaurant/hotel to shame. My hubby missed a lot of her caramelized onion tart with goat cheese, and I missed so much of her crispy filo pastry and Panna Cotta...and she changes her menu most times and enjoys to create something specials to you everyday. The only downside is you will be too full for anything other than the breakfast and afternoon high tea...-_-'''
So imagine sitting in the exclusive elegant dining room sipping a glass of Champaign and enjoy the exotic four course hight tea along with all the antique silvers of Gloria's collections (did I mention Gloria hosts most NZ wine award events at the house? and she always prepares the best Bubbly/Champaign for dining in her house).
There are just too many reasons attracting my returns to the Cotter house over and over again. Having travelled and stayed in almost all NZ luxury houses/resorts (like the expensive Huka lodge, Mollies, Wharekauhau Lodge, Eagle Nest...), Cotter house is somehow more homely while keeping all the luxuries but you feel like home. Not just for the beautiful and expensive heritage house itself, but more importantly for the most wonderful host Gloria, her warmth and home away from home hospitality. I will say if you miss the stay in the Cotter House, you will miss one of the most exciting vacations in your lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cotter House, a 5-star Historic Regency 1847 Mansion offering 4 exquisite hi-tech rooms, is a Private Retreat and Art Hotel, with a 1100 sq ft ballroom ideal for honeymoons and weddings, business meetings, conferences and intimate corporate entertaining. In a rare and beautifully secluded heritage setting, guests are offered all modern conveniences: free Wi-Fi, dedicated laptops, Satellite Sky TV, iPod/iPod docks,iPad on request. Guests have direct dial phones while in residence, guest office, and access to in-room Spa treatments, Gym, private pool and Sauna/steam room. Enjoy privacy, charm, ambiance and exquisite food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotter House Luxury Retreat Auckland, New Zealand