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Reviewed 22 July 2014

My wife and I wanted a quiet boutique B&B to spend the weekend together away from Auckland and decided to book ourselves into Brantome Villa because of the great reviews it has garnered in TA and also because it is situated in Whangarei which is a city that we have drove past many times while we are heading up to the Bay of Islands but have not really stopped to explore.

The villa, which has a colonial design, is situated about 10 to 15 minutes drive from the Town Basin of Whangarei and sits on a piece of farmland overlooking a beautiful lake. We can immediately felt the serene surrounding of the villa. Our hosts, Valerie and Rogers are awesome hosts! Both are extremely friendly and helpful.

The suite we are in has a garden view and has a bedroom, a lounge and a ensuite with heated floor (perfect for a winter night).The suite was in excellent condition and is very very tidy and clean. It is well and tastefully decorated and come with 2 TVs offering many paid Sky TV channels. There are also coffee and tea making facilities and a little fridge in the suite together with a little dining table for 2 if you wish to have a meal in the suite. Overall, the suite is almost perfect. The only little comment I had is the softness of the bed and pillows which is a little too soft for my liking but this is probably just my personal preference only.

Afternoon tea was served on our arrival and the suite also includes breakfast. Breakfast served are traditional english breakfast and we get an option on when we want to have our breakfast. Breakfast is also only cooked when you are on the table ensuring your bacon and eggs are still fresh and hot when you eat them! We also decided to try their set dinner menu on one night at $50 per person which includes a bottle of wine, a main and a dessert. Again, we get to choose our dining time and again Valerie will cook our meals based on the time we are in to ensure food is served fresh. We opted for the grilled lamb and the grilled venison as our main which comes with roasted vegetables as sides. Both dishes were cooked perfectly and is comparable to any high end restaurant that you will go to! We then had the apple crumble and the Eton mess for dessert. Again both dessert tasted great. As a bonus, we were the only people dining in the villa that day so we basically had the whole dining lounge for ourselves which made our weekend retreat even better! Again, dinner service by our hosts was excellent and we thoroughly enjoy our meals.

Apart from the great suites and the awesome hospitality, patrons of the B&B can also enjoy timeout in the beautiful garden of the villa or by the side of the lake which is a great option during summer. The landscaping of the garden is done really well and offers an amazing environment for patrons to just relax and watch the day goes by.

Overall, this is definitely one of the best B&B that we have ever stayed in. Top notch service, top notch accomodation, top notch hosts! Highly recommended if you ever visit Whangarei!

NOTE: Unfortunately, Valerie and Roger is retiring and the property is now up for sale. At the time of our visit, there is still no confirm buyers and it seems like Valerie and Roger will continue running the B&B until it is sold so if you are planning for a visit, do go soon! Hopefully this great villa will go to a worthy B&B operator which allows everyone to continue to enjoy this great B&B! Thanks Valerie and Roger for the kind hospitality! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Brantome Villa!

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a lake view. There is also apparently an option to open up 2 rooms to make it a 2 bedroom suite for the family.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank win4ever
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This is a total luxury B&B. it is located a short drive from Whangarei in peaceful countryside overlooking a small ornamental lake.
Our room was more like a small apartment with a large lounge, separate bedroom, lovely bathroom and doors to a gorgeous deck where you can take in the view and watch the sun set.
The British expat hosts have gone to so much trouble to make your stay memorable with complementary extras such as chocolates, fruit, water & even Port.
The breakfast was excellent with a good choice of food all served in the fabulous communal kitchen/diner.
It was like staying in a wonderful friend's house for the night.
Highly recommended.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

What a fabulous discovery. Having cancelled our hotel accommodation after one night of poor service we were disparate to find alternative lodgings. We were so lucky to pick Brantome Villa as it was the perfect replacement. Roger and Valerie are charming hosts and their accommodation is spacious and very comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble. You can either be fussed over or left alone which ever is your choice. The property is quiet and the view spectacular. We will only ever chose Brantome Villa when staying in Whangarei.
Tony & Jennifer

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Antony O
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brantomevilla, Owner at Brantome Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2014

Dear Antony O,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to place a TripAdvisor Review, its very much appreciated.

Roger & I hope you had a safe journey back to the UK & I hope we will meet you again sometime

We are so glad you found us and enjoyed your experience here, it was our pleasure to meet you both.
Warm regards
Valerie

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Reviewed 21 March 2014

Having travelled often in the area, we were fortunate that the City was booked out accomodation wise and we found Brantome Villa just north. Roger and Valerie were very welcoming and friendly, even chased us all over Whangarei when we left a bag on leaving. The Villas were very comfortable, modern and beautifully finished. The setting was amazing , beside the lake. We will highly recommend this B and B to our friends.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Brenda F
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brantomevilla, Owner at Brantome Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2014

Dear Brenda F,

Apologies for my delay in responding, it's been a bit manic around here, which is all good! However, we would like to thank you for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor Review, we really do appreciate it.
We hope you enjoyed your Golf trip around the Northland area and glad we were able to reunite you with your bag.
Roger & I hope we will meet you again one day!
Warm regards
Valerie

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Roger and Valerie are excellent hosts. On our arrival Valerie provided tea and muffins on our balcony. The accommodation is excellent in every way. Beautiful rooms and a lovely view of a small lake.. Our breakfast was was all that you could have wanted..A great place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank William B
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brantomevilla, Owner at Brantome Villa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Dear William B,
Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor, very kind of you. Roger & I are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay & it was our pleasure to meet you. We hope you had a safe journey home & maybe we will see you again one-day.

Warm regards
Valerie & Roger

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