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“One of the best B&Bs around” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Summer House

The Summer House
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The Summer House
Ranked #22 of 30 Kerikeri B&B and Inns
Christchurch
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of the best B&Bs around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2009

Rod and Christina were the ultimate B&B hosts. The Summer House was beautifully appointed and tidy. The garden was extensive and we appreciated the fresh fruit from the orchards on the breakfast table. The weather wasn't great (rain but not cold) but the recommended hikes and sight seeing were spot-on. The wireless internet access was easy to use. Rod was very knowledgable about the history and culture of the Bay of Islands and we enjoyed the reference books during our "inside" time. We felt very welcome and will visit again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank US_expats_in_NZ
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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bucks england
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2009

We were delighted to find our last stay was in Keri Keri. Our previous host told us that we had kept the best till last. Well the scenery was fantastic. However, all four of us were disappointed with The Summer House. Whilst the downstairs suite is delightful with its own terrace. If your unlucky to have am upstairs room, then you will have to share a television and tea and coffe making facilities on the landing with the other guests. The breakfasts are listed as gourmet - well a panini or scambled eggs on toast with tomatoes is not a gourmet breakfast, also the way the portions were served seem to be rationed. Nothing was replenished in the smallest of shower rooms. Lastly although I cannot fault the hosts, the experience was meant to be memorable, the made attitude towards us felt like we were an intrusion into their home. I suggest the owners of The Summer House who have been doing this for some years may have past their sell by date and may consider a change of carreer.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank drf13
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Hirondelle09, Owner at The Summer House, responded to this review, 25 April 2009
Since every other TripAdvisor review has given us 5 in all categories and also the numerous Qualmark visitor feedback forms have always rated us 5, we doubt that our facilities and breakfasts could really have deteriorated to the extent claimed. We think that these particular guests, alone of the approximately 6000 we have welcomed into our home, may be better suited to other types of accommodation.
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Huntington Beach, California.
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2009

We stayed in many nice places during our three weeks in New Zealand but the Summer House stands out as our favorite. Our friends stayed in the downstairs suite while we were upstairs in a large bedroom with private bath. Our mattress was excellent and the bathroom and shower were outstanding. The house was immaculate and beautifully decorated with a south seas theme. The house sits on a two and one half acre former citrus orchard which Rod and Christine Brown have landscaped beautifully. Rod and Christine were incredibly helpful during our stay. Christine's breakfasts are to die for and Rod was an endless fountain of information regarding Bay of Islands attractions, history and ecology. They recommended restaurants, booked tours for us, and gave us great advice on attractions to see on our return trip to Auckland via the west coast. We could not have had better hosts or improved on the Summer House.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Fishdoc49
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Devonshire
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2008

Audley Travel had booked us into The Summer House in Kerikeri and it was our first NZ experience. We flew into Kerikeri from Auckland, having arrived at Auckland via Sydney and Hong Kong after a week in Xian, so we were exhausted! It was a joy to arrive at The Summer House where we had been booked into the Pavilion. This is a large room with a modern, well fitted out bathroom and it is exceptionally comfortable accommodation. There are french windows out onto a deck with steps down to the garden. Being keen gardeners ourselves, this was a real treat for us and Rod was happy to spend time taking us round and showing us all the plants and explaining the background to the garden which was part of a citrus orchard. They still have their own citrus trees and their fruit is used to make juice for the wonderful breakfasts Christine produces every day. There is a daily change of breakfast menu and all of it was wonderful - in fact, it was really hard to choose because there is such a range of home made goodies as well as a very generous and tasty cooked breakfast and masses of fresh fruit.
The room was extremely comfortable and our hosts were generous with their time and their advice as to places to have dinner or to visit. We had a very good meal at the quirky and charming Cafe Cinema and at The Keri Landing in the Stone Store basin where, on a warm day, it's lovely to sit looking at the water.

  • Liked — Location, garden, food, friendly welcome
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank SJHDevonshire
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Richmond, VA
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2008

The Summer House was the best place we stayed on a three week trip to New Zealand. We spent 2 nights. The inkeepers (Rod and Christine) are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Their garden is amazing. Our room was spacious and overlooked the back garden. Christine's breakfasts are excellent. We would certainly return if we are ever in the Kerikeri area again.

  • Liked — Garden
  • Disliked — No issues
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mikeRichmond
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Bucks England
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2008

During our 5 weeks in New Zealand we stayed at many wonderful properties, all of which have been commented on favourably by other tripadvisor members. But why no review of this little gem? I suspect those in the know want to keep it secret! We met several people who had stayed there and all pronounced it first class.

The Summer House is set in a tropical garden designed by the owners, Christine and Rod. It is a true haven of tranquility. There are three rooms; we stayed in the garden suite which has self catering facilities, is large and opens out onto a veranda overlooking the pond and garden.

Two particular aspects set this place apart. Firstly, Christine. The house is immaculate, nothing is too much trouble and she cooks divine breakfasts. There was always a huge fresh fruit platter, freshly squeezed juice (both from the garden) and then a choice of cooked options. My vege husband was well catered for.

Secondly, Rob. He is a mine of information and helped us plan the two fantastic days we had in the Bay of Islands and where to go en route to our next stop. He seemed to know instinctively what we'd enjoy and he was right. We have several great memories which are all due to him. The Maori entertainment at the Waitangi Treaty grounds were so much better than what we saw in Rotorua - we wouldn't have thought of going if he hadn't suggested it.

This was our first stop in New Zealand and it gave us a magnificent first impression. Everywhere else had a great deal to look up to.

The Bay of Islands and Kerikeri itself are stunning.

You won't regret a visit here!

  • Liked — everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank diW
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Michigan, Usa
Level Contributor
48 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2008

My ladyfriend and I spent 3 days/nights at the Summer House in early January '08 and had a great stay. We booked the "Pacific Pavilion", which was a semi-detached "suite" that included a large bedroom, large
bathroom (walk-in shower, no tub), half kitchen, and semi-private deck
just outside double doors to the backyard garden. Overall, we had a great time and would highly recommend this B&B.

The couple that runs the B&B was very helpful with suggestions on what
to do, where to go, where to eat, etc., as well as provided us with maps and directions. They also made dinner reservations for us for two
of the nights (The Landing was excellent). Rod was particularly chatty
and helpful and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us.

The biggest highlights were (1) the breakfasts and (2) the gardens that surrounded the property. The breakfasts included fresh tangelo juice from fruit that grew on their trees, homemade granola with milk/yogurt, toast, a fresh fruit plate (3 or 4 different kinds), French-press coffee, and a choice of one of 2 or 3 entrees, which varied daily (for example, eggs Benedict, warm croissant with fresh berries and cream, and French toast with a choice of toppings). They were a great start to the day and were quite filling.

The gardens in the backyard were brilliant. When we were there, it seemed like everything was in flower: banana trees, heliconias, impatiens, agapanthus, kangaroo paws, hibiscus, orchids, etc. For garden enthusiasts as well as those that like a tranquil, scenic setting, this is the spot. We enjoyed walking around the gardens as well as while sitting on our deck while having another cup of coffee (provided in room). There was also a woodsy area and a small grove of fruit trees that they maintain.

In the room, towels were changed daily and the bed was always made in the morning and turned down in the evenings. We felt like we had a lot of privacy, but yet the owners were always available. There was no
noise other than from birds. The kitchen had dishes, utensils, microwave, refrigerator, etc, which came in useful with leftovers from
dinner. They also offered some drinks for sale in their "minibar", but
we had brought our own wine.

There were a few things that could be improved. First, the bed was a bit soft, and the "king" bed was really two twin beds held together. This is common in much of the world, but personally I prefer a large bed without a seam in the middle. Also, the free wifi internet service was a bit spotty in the room and on the deck.

All-in-all, a great place to stay. We paid $310 NZ per night, which seemed a bit pricey given the poor state of the US dollar as of late. However, I found it very much worth the higher price compared with some nearby options -- it was worth a bit of a splurge.

  • Stayed January 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank FlytheTail
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Property: The Summer House
Address: 424 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Kerikeri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Summer House 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in an idyllic hectare of sub-tropical gardens and citrus orchard, The Summer House offers boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in a tranquil setting yet only 1.5 km from Kerikeri Village. Rod and Christine have a wide knowledge of the history and geography of Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands and can help with your itinerary, book trips and recommend restaurants. Christine serves delicious breakfasts specialising in the fresh produce of the region. ... more   less 

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