I don't normally travel on my own but I was in this instance due to my husbands commitments. We have stayed in some exceptional places internationally and Lyness known historically as "Strathbrae" is a little piece of paradise in KeriKeri, Northland, NZ. You have a choice of two accommodation styles - The Cottage with stunning views over Keri Keri inlet - the water looked like silk each morning, and I woke up to birdsong each day - OR - Lyness Suite itself, being part of the main house. Being on my own I opted for the cottage but the suite would also nave been terrific had the Cottage been unavailable.
Sharon and Adrian have lived, worked and travelled internationally, they are real characters and know how to "host" beautifully. They are there to make your stay as good as it can be without being obtrusive, offering a friendly yet professional approach. Lyness Suite is attached to the main house, but you would never know it - you feel you have the place to yourselves and....if you happen to want to have an extra family member or friend to stay there is a spare bedroom with its own bathroom to boot that can be made available for a small extra stipend = perfect!
I had friends up to join me and they stayed in the suite with their son. Without hesitation we will all definitely be back - probably fighting to dates! Northland is a stunning part of NZ, the cradle of NZ 's early development and offers a real taste of the NZ lifestyle. It is not to be missed and has something for everyone irrespective of; age, nationality or interests. Check it out! I have already booked our next stay on 2014!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lyness Accommodation is a very private and romantic getaway with water views over the Kerikeri Inlet. We offer 2 double, self contained units, Lyness Cottage and Lyness Suite, both with free WIFI. They have a 1920’s old world feel with lead light windows and polished rimu floors. Enjoy the ambience on your own private deck where you can watch sheep grazing at your doorstop or listen to the abundant birdlife. The cottage has a large clawfoot bath and the suite a spa-bath plus a fireplace. Our accommodation offers peacefulness and seclusion and is perfect for both honeymooners and independent travellers wishing a unique tranquil setting. We are located in Kerikeri which is a central base for exploring all the Bay of Islands has to offer. ... more less