We stayed at Ambleside on 2 July 2012, in New Zealand's midwinter. Pat and Ross were extremely hospitable hosts and made us feel instantly welcome, as did their lovely wood stove and the cup of tea and cake. Their home is modern and warm, with gorgeous views of Lake Taupo from large windows of the two guest rooms we occupied. One had an adjacent sitting area with balcony. With Pat's help we got reservations at an excellent hotel for dinner, and came back for a soak in the spa pool in the garden before bed. Breakfast was simply outstanding.