Cotter House


In the middle of Auckland, in the elegant suburb Remeura, INTOSOL has found a charming boutique hotel for you: The gracious Cotter House does not only offer refined accommodation but looks back on a long history.


Founded as early as 1847 by the colonist Joseph Newman, the Cotter House lies tucked away in a side street with only a small sign pointing out the directions. Despite the city location, the driveway is a pathway into another world.


Lush gardens are visited by colourful birds and the read more » gently swaying trees occasionally part to permit a view of the harbour. The Cotter House's ambience is welcoming, a charming combination of serene tranquillity, antique flair and modern art.


The current owner is Gloria Poupard-Walbridge. French by origin, Gloria visited new Zealand in 1985 and fell in love with the country. Some time later she acquired the Cotter House and painstakingly restored it to its full glory, converting it into a luxury hideaway par excellence!


Despite the extensive renovations, the old-fashioned charm remains. Thus, crossing the threshold the first sensation is that of having arrived home. With only four suites and the attentive care of Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, the ambience is that of private and cosy environment.


Another unique feature that has made the Cotter House famous countrywide, are the countless, precious pieces of art by New Zealand artist. Gloria is dedicated heart and soul to art. In addition to the Cotter House, she runs a small art gallery in Auckland.


The Cotter House's antique ballroom regularly becomes the venue for expositions that are recognised as very exclusive cultural events among Auckland's high society. The expositions are exceeded in popularity only by the classic concerts that are also staged in the ballroom.


Gloria Poupard-Walbridge's enthusiasm for fine art is infectious. It is a pleasure for her to show you her private collection. And those that are sincerely interested are treated to detailed explanations of the works and respective artists.


Of course, the dedication and enthusiasm for art also expresses itself in the rooms and suites. Every piece of furniture has been hand-picked – unique pieces of incalculable value! Those in search for a refined boutique hotel, supreme privacy and central location are well advised to consider the Cotter House.


Incidentally, if your are travelling with your larger family or a group of friends, you may also request to book the entire Cotter House exclusively. Give us a call: We stayed at the Cotter House in June 2009 and would be delighted to rave about it!


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The Cotter House is small, offering only four rooms and suites. Few guests and personalised attention ensure an exclusive and private experience. Moreover, all of the refined units have been equipped with read more » select pieces of furniture.


Each of the precious pieces is unique, many are invaluable antiques that the Cotter House's owner painstakingly restored herself. However, the charming antiques are complemented by state-of-the-art electronics.


The elegant rooms feature a modern flatscreen TV with satellite programmes, DVD-player, CD-player and a notebook connected to the internet via wireless. Underfloor heating provides cosy warmth and keeps your feet warm in every room.


A glowing recommendation goes to the colourful “Oriental Room”, which has been decked out generously with select Oriental art. A large king-sized bed promises sweet dreams to come and the ensuite offers a supremely luxurious ambience. A gas-powered fire keeps you warm.


The “Blue Provencale Room” most distinguishing feature is the abundance of space to spread out. Located on the Cotter House's first floor, windows with a view run all around the main room.


The “Burgundi Suite” boasts a distinctive Victorian flair. It is exclusively available for those guests that reserve the entire Cotter House. And last but not least, the Cotter House's highlight is doubtlessly the large “Bronze Suite”.


Exceedingly large and luxurious, the Bronze Suite sports a magnificent Victorian bathroom that is equipped with a large bathtub and separate shower. Invaluable antiques abound, no matter whether you step into the small hallway, the reading and TV room or the bedroom.


A gas-powered fireplace completes the comfortable facilities. However, no matter which category you ultimate choose, the Cotter House accommodates you in all style and with plenty of charm to spare.


Your culinary well-being has also been taken perfect care of. You may choose between half-board, provided by the villa's superb private chef, and breakfast only.


Make yourself at home at the Cotter House. The owner, Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, is always there for you whenever you need help, advice or assistance. Experience New Zealand in fine style: at the Cotter House in Auckland!


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Residing at the luxurious Cotter House in Auckland must necessarily include a personal guided tour with the owner and dedicated art collector Gloria Poupard-Walbridge. The charming French lady has a fascinating read more » collection and enthusiastically relates the background of every work of art.


With a little luck on your side, your stay might coincide with one of Gloria's famous expositions or classical concerts that are regularly staged in the Cotter House's elegant ballroom. Ask us about scheduled dates!


Of course, the setting is just perfect to enter into the holy bond of marriage. The Cotter House is a highly popular wedding venue for both visitors and locals alike. We strongly recommend making reservations far in advance.


Auckland is a vibrant city, New Zealand's largest, and certainly merits a visit. Stroll down the bustling main streets and pop in and out of the exclusive stores. For a relaxing spell, hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the ride across to the quiet town Devonport.


For all practical means still within the city limits, the Hauraki Gulf boasts a myriad of interesting islands. Climb to the top of Rangitoto – a volcanic island made of rough, black lava rock. If you do not want to motor across, take a kayak out into the bay.


A different island, different attraction: Waiheke Island houses a first-class vineyard that is open for wine tasting. Or visit the wildlife reserve on Tiritiri Matangi Island.


Hire a yacht, set sails and point the bow towards open sea with nothing but the wind and waves for company. Quite possibly you may observe dolphins along the way. And observing some important safety rules, you may always slip into the water for a swim.


Late in the day, return to the luxurious Cotter House tired but happy. Should you return with aching muscles after a day filled with activities: Ask your landlady to arrange a professional massage in the comfort of your suite.



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