Description

Check In: 15:00 |Check Out: 11:00
Hours: 10am - 9pm

Safe and spacious private suites in the gardens of the historic bay-side homestead, just 5 minutes from romantic Russell in the heart of the Bay of Islands “The first American Consulate” c1860 Our experience is your unique assurance in selecting the best Bay of Islands accommodation. As owner operators for 25 years, we go out of our way to do everything we possibly can to give all guests the best experience of New Zealand hospitality, food and wine. Guest comments suggest we achieve this (booking.com guest satisfaction survey 2018 of 96%).

Sequestered in 15 private acres by the sea just five minutes drive from romantic and historic Russell, the heritage-listed First American Consulate (as this 1870's country house is known) offers restorative peace and calm, organic-focused cuisine, and accommodation in three en suite rooms in the architect-designed Lakeside Retreat. Food and travel writer Michael Hooper and partner Chris Wharehinga Swannell (of Maori ancestry) prepare a "bake-house breakfast" delivered to your room, with home-baked breads and croissants, home-made conserves from their organic gardens and orchard and eggs from free-range hens. Central to all the activities on the water, in the wineries, and across the beaches of the bay of 144 islands, the two-storey Homestead is without pretention but generously provisioned with modern comforts, respect and attention. At least four hours notice is required to prepare your room.

Facilities

  • Balcony
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Bedding
  • Breakfast available
  • Cable/ Satellite TV
  • Car Parking
  • CD Player
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Deck
  • Disabled Access
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Gay friendly
  • Heating
  • Internet Access
  • Internet Access Available
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Linen Provided
  • Luggage storage
  • Non-smoking property
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Not suitable for children
  • On-site parking
  • Room service - limited service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Sealed Road Access
  • TV
  • Unsealed Road Access
  • Wifi access

Terms and Conditions

100% refundable for cancellations with at least 30 days’ notice. 75% refundable if cancelled 7-29 days’ notice No refund available with less than 7 days’ notice. EXCEPTION: During Covid Alert Level 2 we apply a more lenient policy: a full refund given provided at least 7 days’ notice of cancellation is received.