The location of the inn can't be faulted--a 5-minute walk to the ferry, and plenty of restaurants/cafes/grocery and wine stores right around the corner. A pleasant respite from Auckland's noise and traffic. Breakfast at the inn is hearty and beautifully prepared; the breakfast room is gracious and elegant. Decor reflects attention to detail. Some cons: there is no telephone in the room, Internet connections are spotty, and there are many stairs to contend with to reach the front door, so beware if you have heavy luggage, because you're carrying your own. In the Devonport room, the bathroom is incredibly small with no storage (and it could use a coat of paint); other rooms seem better equipped. Also be prepared to organized your own excursions of Auckland and the area--this service doesn't seem to be provided. The owner does care about her guests and their comfort, which you certainly don't get in larger, impersonal hotels. For those looking for a more peaceful alternative to Auckland, this is a good choice.…
After arriving in NZ we spent two nights in this lodge. It is a perfect location, quite, close to the city centre and to the beach. The host is really nice and helpful . She offers a really good breakfast.
Judy is a very warm and caring hostess. Very elegant B&B in a great location and with spectacular rooms. All nice, clean and good atmosphere. Friendly in all ways and other guests seemed to appreciate this place also.
Just stayed at The Peace and Plenty and absolutely loved it. The uniqueness of each room, the attention to detail (sherry in each room) Breakfast was high quality and great choice. Would highly recommend staying there rather than Auckland, and it's only a short ferry ride, if you do want to spend time in the city.
We spent one night here. This is an old villa very nicely decorated. I believe it is 100 plus years old. All the decor is in the style of late 1800's to early 1900's. It is an amazing place to stay and the hostess is very gracious and charming. All the rooms have there own on suite. Breakfast is served in the dinning room where you are able to meet the other quests. Beds very comfortable.
A group of us came for a significant birthday celebration...while the hats were lovely and added to the atmosphere at the door, the staff were not so welcoming. The downstairs table was fully set with food, but in today’s market, the food was uninspiring and very difficult for anyone with a gluten intolerance. Butter was in packets and some of the food cases were from commercial packs rather than home made. Have definitely experienced better!
We had the high tea which was very disappointing. The food was stale - some kind of salmon pastry was the stalest. We arrived about 15 minutes earlier than our booking and was surprised to find all of our food was already on the table. The sandwiches had started to curl. The small cupcakes were stale with the topping being crusty. The meringue was so hard. The bacon and egg pie was quite bad. They advertise a large tea selection butt it is actually 6 or 7 so a small selection. We had two different teas - lemon and ginger and English breakfast but we were only given one tea strainer. This meant those having English breakfast had it slightly lemon and ginger. The lady in charge/ owner (unsure) was actually quite rude She thought it was ok to mention my husbands size and to stay he was ‘ touched in the head” - a very rude English expression. Overall very disappointed. There are better places to have afternoon tea and you will get fresh not stale food.…
If you want to celebrate a special occasion with a high tea, I don’t recommend this venue. The food was underwhelming and it was expensive. For $45 per head we received one glass of wine, tea and a few very ordinary bites to eat. Cheese sandwiches were plentiful. No hot savouries, nor other finger foods using interesting ingredients. The cupcakes and meringues looked commercially made and uninspiring. The food was already sitting out on the table before we arrived, which meant the sandwiches were dry on the edges. The gardens are uncared for and overgrown. So, sitting outside was not an option. For a few dollars more, I suggest you book in at a hotel, and enjoy beautiful food you wouldn’t get at home.
Had high tea there with friends recently, while the host and her staff were nice unfortunately the high tea food was not. The place is very cluttered but some areas nicely decorated, the table had a nice setting. The tea was good and we did get a pot each which was plenty ( that’s why I gave 2 stars instead of my initial one).The package includes a glass of bubbles (lindauer) which was only served once we’ve started eating, in other high teas I’ve been to you always get greeted with the bubble on arrival or soon after, so that was weird. We got a scone each, which I know is home made but still very average and dry (and I’ve tried a lot of scones in Nz over the years). And then the rest of the food was also not very nice, not really fancy at all, I’ve served similar food to my 3 year old birthday party the day before! For the high price you would expect high quality food. We got Cheese sandwich, egg sandwich, cup cakes etc ... very basic. We left plenty on the table and in our plates despite being there for a while. On the way out we could see one of the room that was lovely and spacious, however there was a big dog poo on the carpet, Beurk. So to conclude, go somewhere else for high tea. …
We had my daughters baby shower here. An amazing setting. Totally blown away by the atmosphere and ambience of the place. The food, service, friendliness and helpfulness of the staff was amazing. Highly recommend this to all. Thank you for making this a very special day for my very pregnant daughter!