We were fortunate to find this B&B through a glowing recommendation of one of the volunteers at the Warkworth I-site. We spent one night in the separate "barn" accommodation. It is very private with a living room, highlighted with cheerful red accents, dining table and an almost full sized kitchen. The views are of the countryside or the fountain garden at the main entry to the house. A queen and single bed were up a slightly steep stairway to a loft, while the prettily appointed bathroom was on ground level. This would be ideal for a family. A bountiful breakfast was delivered in the evening so we could enjoy home baked muffins, cereal, yogurt, toast, hot beverages, fresh fruit or a special treat from the seasonal garden (rhubarb-yum!) at our leisure in the morning.
We enjoyed our first night so much that we rearranged our other accommodations so we could spend another night there 2 weeks later. This time we stayed in the guest wing of the beautiful, modern house. It actually contains 2 en suite bedrooms which would be ideal for 2 couples traveling together, however only one of these rooms is ever occupied unless you make a special request. Hence you have exclusive use of a large window-lined lounge with cafe tables inside and out, a kitchenette and a wonderful patio overlooking the owner's garden and acreage...in addition to your elegant bedroom and bathroom. A cooked to order, farm-style, breakfast is included with this room...featuring an assortment of the owner's homemade jams! We were able to enjoy ours outside on the patio.
Maria is the finest B&B hostess I've ever met. Welcoming, generous with her home and knowledge of local attractions, great company AND a fabulous cook! We took advantage of her offer of a home cooked meal (available with advance notice at a modest cost) on both of our stays. We enjoyed delicious dinners, including wine and desserts, served in her delightful dining room. We felt like honored guests as we dined with Maria and Brian. All the facilities feel brand new, luxurious and were sparkling clean with every comfort considered. The actual B&B is even nicer than the pictures we saw online. Wi-fi is strong and unlimited. Fresh garden flowers decorated our rooms. A chocolate sweet awaited us bedside. We stayed at a several B&B/Inns (where we paid much more) that couldn't come close to this quality establishment. But best of all was the warmth Maria extends to her guests...a true embrace of goodness, grace and hospitality!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to our country Bed and Breakfast Retreat and enjoy stunning rural views and walk in our beautiful landscaped garden. A tree lined driveway leads you to our new, architecturally designed Lodge on our 60 acre farm. Warkworth Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast is only 45 minutes fron Auckland, 5 minutes from picturesque town of Warkworth and 10 minutes from the popular hub Matakana. With beautiful beaches, vineyards, cafe, golfing and fishing only a short drive away this is an ideal location.We offer guests a two bedroom luxury apartment, which has two guest suites both with ensuites, and a private lounge and kitchenette. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails and floors, robes, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. On sunny mornings you can enjoy a cooked and continental breakfast on the terrace overlooking our farm towards the Dome Mountain range. Snack Meals and Dinner by arrangement.Free wireless internet, Sky digital TV, dvd player. We also offer guests a separate self catering Barn Apartment. This modern private barn conversion can sleep up to 4 people. It features a fully equipped kitchen,lounge, dining, and bathroom,with a spacious mezzanine bedroom. A hair dryer and complimentary toiletries are supplied.Breakfast can be included. Dinner by arrangement.Free wireless internet, Sky digital TV, dvd player. Come and stay with us and enjoy country living, home grown fruit and vegetables, local wines and warm hospitality. Fishing trips and golf by arrangement. ... more less