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Sunderland House
Ranked #8 of 54 Auckland B&B and Inns
Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
“Absolutely Gorgeous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We had the loveliest four days in Auckland and all due to our lovely hosts Donald and Cathy who made us feel very at home in their beautiful B&B. Breakfasts were a treat as were other little xtras given us. Thoroughly recommend .

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank DesertCamper
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
We encourage guests to view the other suites (vacancy permitting) if possible and glad you were impressed with them all. As a professional interior designer I look on the suites as an opportunity to create tasteful sumptuous settings that will transport our guests from the every day woes - So thank you for your wonderful review and trust the memory of Sunderland House will stay with you,
Kind regards
Donald Sunderland
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Katikati, New Zealand
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

We are local Kiwis who just went up to Auckland for the night and happened upon Sunderland House. What a great find! We had a really good night. The room was very pleasant and comfortable. Donald was a mine information about restaurants and places we wanted to go to. He was very helpful. Both he and Kathy are warm and friendly people who made us feel very relaxed and "at home". There is a nice little kitchenette outside the rooms with delicious home baking made by Donald. We went to Andiamo Restaurant and Bar in nearby Herne Bay for dinner at Donald's recommendation and it was excellent. I think we will definitely make this our base when we go to Auckland. Oh and for dog lovers you have to meet Ben the spaniel he is a really softy.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 610Margaretd
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Knowing you are also B & B hosts in lovely Katikati makes us feel quite privileged to have you stay and for you to give us such high acknowledgement. Glad we ticked all the boxes for you and we look forward to your return visit in May.
Kind Regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland
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Belem, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sunderland House at the beginning of a 20 days trip around New Zealand. The couple Donald and Kathy deserves kiwi’s reputation of be hospitable, friendly and attentive. Always available for any request, with precious tips that only locals can provide. The B & B has rooms with lovely decor, clean, airy, spacious and comfortable. Our, especially, had a bath which allowed us to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Delicious breakfast with fresh fruit, cereal, homemade muffins and the best flat white of all New Zealand.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank NaraSouza
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
How wonderful of you to give us such high praise, thank you so much. The flat white coffee has to do with lots of practice, freshly ground beans and although domestic size, a professional espresso machine. Great to know I was up there with the best of them as we are such a coffee nation. Thank you,
Kind regards
Donald
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed at Sunderland House at the end of a month long trip in New Zealand and it was certainly one of our favourite places to stay. Donald & Kathy are wonderful hosts and offered very helpful local advice. Their home is beautifully laid out and decorated with an eye for detail but it is comfortable too. The area outside the bedrooms for making tea and coffee is very welcome after a long day sightseeing and the location is good either for catching a bus or walking along Herne Bay into Auckland.
We loved having breakfast on the decking area outside and the fresh fruit, home made muffins and home baked bread was a great start to the day. We felt that Donald & Kathy definitely go the extra mile to please their guests and nothing is too much trouble. Even leaving at 4 am on our last day posed no problem, we were even given home baked muffins and fruit to take with us on our journey.
If we visit Auckland again, we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank JulieandAndy2014
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
It is always good to get positive feed back especially when our guests have tried out several suites on offer and found them all comfortable with each one having that special designer edge.
Kathy's muffins along with Donald's home made bread are certainly popular and becoming very much a part of our tasty breakfasts, we are always glad to give away extras to help our guests on their journeys.
Your time spent writing this review is well appreciated and thank you,
Kind Regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland
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Belem, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Ther can be no better b & b in Auckland. Donald and Kathy are attentive, kind and exceptionally capricious with the maintenance and operation of the house. The breakfast is delicious, especially the muffins made ​​by Kathy. And best of all is the opportunity to meet and mingle a bit with the lovely and welcoming Cathy and Donald. We had a 5 day wonderful stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paulo K
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
A 5 day stay is unusual for us and it was so nice that we could all get to know one another so well and you were able to use our house like it was your own home. Thank you for the review and pleased that if time had permitted you would have stayed longer,
Hope to see you again in our fine city and indeed our fine home,
Warmest Aroha,
Donald & Kathy Sunderland
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Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately we only allowed ourselves one night at Sunderland House to break our journey but very glad we chose to spend it here.

We had a beautiful room with a fantastic view over the city including the Telecom Tower. Everything one would need was close at hand, easy tea and coffee making facility just outside the bedroom with beautiful cakes and biscuits.

Cyclone Lusi decided to visit us during the night but did not deter our enjoyment of Sunderland House. Breakfast although only continental was beautifully presented by extremely friendly hosts.

If we are ever in Auckland again we will certainly enjoy the area of Ponsonby and Sunderland House.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Virginia W
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Great to know we can beat off "Cyclone Lusi" and make your stay a memorable enjoyment, even with the hatches battened down you were still able to appreciate the living areas and morsel delights that Sunderland House has to give. Thank you for your review and hopefully we will see you again when the sun is shining,

Kind regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

The hosts, Donald and Kathy, are seasoned travelers themselves, and as a result it seems they have created the perfect b & b - the homemade bread and muffins at breakfast alone are already worth the stay! We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful room, decorated beautifully, and the attention to detail to ensure each person enjoyed their stay was amazing. The location was tranquil, a close walk to the water if you fancy a wake-up dip each morning! We can safely say this is the best bed & breakfast we have stayed in and can't wait to come back next time we are in Auckland.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sonmap
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SunderlandHouse, Owner at Sunderland House, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
To be 'Top of your List' is fantastic,Thank You.
We often forget how close we are within walking distance to the beach with its sandy shores and how nice it is to dip in the waters, quite a unique experience to the usual main attractions near by. We try to make all our breakfast fare homemade from toast breads, muffins to our scrummy muesli not to mention the platter of local fruits, so it is great that this is appreciated by your good selves.
Thank you again for such a prime review and we trust you will make it across the Tasman Sea to meet with us again,
Kind Regards
Donald & Kathy Sunderland
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Property: Sunderland House
Address: 1A Cox Street | Herne Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunderland House is located in an historic inner city area noted for its grand Victorian villas, award winning restaurants, charming beaches, fashionable shopping and trendy Ponsonby. Designed in the period of Herne Bay's villas, Sunderland House has been purposely built as a Boutique Bed & Breakfast, and cleverly combines Victorian style and charm with the luxury of contemporary facilities including free wireless internet. The three suites are sumptuous, light and peaceful and feature lofty cathedral ceilings, en-suite bathrooms, elegant antiques, a warm soothing colour palette, comfortable beds pressed crisp linen and includes complimentary port, delicious home baking, tea and coffee. We are dedicated to ensuring your stay with us is perfect by accommodating your every need whilst maintaining your privacy and serenity. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sunderland House Hotel Auckland Central
Sunderland House Auckland, New Zealand

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