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“Perfect spot in Bay of Islands”
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The White House
North Yorkshire
2 reviews
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“Perfect spot in Bay of Islands”
Reviewed 14 December 2008

Enjoyed a too brief 2 night stay at The White House in December and felt our choice was perfect. Emma and Steve have obviously put a lot of work into making The White House a beautiful, welcoming and relaxing place to stay in beautiful Russell. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for their guests. Breakfasts are relaxed with a wonderful choice to prepare for yourselves. Russell oozes character, lovely walks, beautiful views and great restaurants all within minutes walking distance. Definitely our best choice in the North Island.

  • Liked — relaxed atmosphere, character of property and facilities provided
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

My wife and I stayed two nights at the White House , on October 30 and 31 which was an absolute delight.

This B&B has been extensively renovated by Steve Jury (the co owner) to restore the charm of this historic homestead which dates back to the 1800's ( I think) and is part of the culture of the first settlers of New Zealand.

Steve's wife Emma completes the double act not forgetting of course their cat, Marmite who is a real gem--don't be scared away if you don't like pussy cats !

The breakfasts are excellent and the whole ambiance wonderful for a peaceful holiday.

Russell is an integral part of the Bay of Islands which offers plenty to do--criusing or sailing around the waterways plus fishing (game and otherwise). Also heaps of restaurants and the compulsory pub with plenty of atmosphere.

We are definitely heading back there.


Cheers,

Narelle and Dennis Woods

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Tewharema, Owner at The White House, responded to this review, 6 November 2008
Just to inform guests that the cat stays in a seperate apartment to the guest house and doesn't enter the guest lounges/rooms.
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Auckland
1 review
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Reviewed 14 August 2008

Have just had a wonderful 3 day break away and stumbled across The White House on the net whilst looking at accomodation options..........decided to call rather than the impersonal web booking approach and spoke with Emma re: their "Winter Break' deal which sounded just the ticket.

No pressure re: arrival times, we made our way up from Auckland and were welcomed by Steve and Emma and showed to our beautifully presented room with ensuite. One of only 3 classily appointed and stylish rooms, the atmosphere was one of comfortable luxury with a spa and full lounge and internet facilities provided downstairs for guests. The full breakfast offering was amazing and set us up well for the day - Both Emma and Steve were friendly, available for advice re: local attractions and things to see but never intrusive.

Highly recommended for that break in one of the loveliest parts of NZ when you're looking for that comfortable place with a touch of luxury!

  • Liked — Quality of Room and Bathroom
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed 28 July 2008

Large, luxurious room with ensuite. Added bonus of guest lounge & kitchen which gave more space to relax in. Very helpful hosts. Great breakfast spread. Only wish we'd had the chance to jump in the spa!

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm
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Reviewed 19 January 2008

Russell is a small, cool summer town in beautiful setting. The White House BnB is a very nice old house with great rooms and even a spa pool

Stayed January 2008
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 December 2007

The White House in Russell is an amazing place. It has been restored from a shell of a building into a fantastic and beautifully run boutique accommodation. My wife and I had heard about Russell from friends and decided we must go to this stunning town. Having stayed in
various cheaper establishments around our tour of New Zealand we thought we would splash out in the warmer north. We were lucky to choose the perfect place. From the moment we arrived our hosts, Emma and Steve, made us feel incredibly welcome. From the onset we were treated almost like family guests rather than paying ones, we were given advice on what to do and where to do it , but most importantly we were made to feel relaxed. There is a saying in Russell that things
happen in ‘Russell time’ which is at a very slow relaxed pace and The White House fits into that perfectly. There are plenty of things to do
if you want them, but actually my wife and I loved doing very little on the huge balcony, or relaxing with some sav blanc in the spa. The rooms are welcoming and spacious and the whole house has clearly been refurbished with love.

Russell itself is simply amazing, the fishing and golf are second to none and the restaurants and pubs are simply lush. Russell is a must see town, the history and the life are enthralling, and there is no better place to see it than from the divine White House.

  • Liked — The House, simply amazing.
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Warwick
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2007

My husband and I stayed at The White House in Russell last year as part of a trip to look around New Zealand. The bay of islands was beautiful, but the thing that still stays in our memory from that time was the accomadation and the warmth and friendliness Steve and Emma the owners showed to us. It is a very luxurious B&B but with a relaxed and refreshing atmosphere. There was no rush to get up in the morning as breakfast is any time, we were able to help ourselves from an array of different foods, and sit and eat it in the glorious tropical garden. If we wanted to know anything or go on any trips, Steve and Emma could always arrange it and give great and honest advice! After a busy day we were able to lie in the hot tub and have a glass of bubbly or two! Heaven. We recommend staying there if ever in Russell, it has the luxury mixed with homeliness.

Stayed April 2006
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Additional Information about The White House

Property: The White House
Address: 7 Church Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The White House 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Heritage Holiday Accommodation in the heart of Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. A 2 minute flat walk to the waterfront. In one of NZ's oldest houses you can't help but have a truly unique stay. Circa 1840. 'The White House' - the luxuries of a hotel with the comfort of a home. A fully renovated villa with open plan kitchen/lounge, 4 beautiful ensuite rooms & Super King size beds. FREE Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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