Reviews and Awards










10.0 Rated by Guests





"What a fabulous place to stay at. The house was large, and enhanced by the extraordinary decor. The service from the host and hostess was the best I have ever experienced. The croissants we ate as part of our breakfast were out of this world. Nothing we asked for was too much trouble. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this B and B to anyone. Guests will be overwhelmed. Thank you to Bruce and Denise for such a fabulous long weekend. October 2020"

Wayne & Linda, Auckland

"“My wife and I had a night’s stay here as part of a visit to Hobbiton, but we would have loved to have stayed longer! Denise and Bruce are fantastic hosts, and the accommodation was superbly comfortable with everything you need in lovely surroundings. We felt very much at home, and enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the morning, with some of the nicest croissants we’ve had in a while! They also recommended (and booked) a local restaurant for us in Matamata that was top notch and only a few minutes drive away. We couldn’t fault the accommodation or the service, and will definitely be back for a few days next time”. August 2020"

Neil Bailey, Auckland

"Rated ***** My husband and I stayed one (1) night en route to Hobbiton in Matamata the next day. Driving down through the Waikato from Auckland, nature has been generous to the spectacular landscapes here. As we turned into the Arthouse Bed & Breakfast, we were met by a warm and friendly welcome by both the hosts, Denise and Bruce. Moving through into their home we knew that our hosts wanted guests to know who they were, they were unique individuals, their way of life, their home and their area all made the visit very special. Our charming room was reflected in the Art surrounds, I guess Denise and Bruce wanted to credit the brilliance of this artist. We retired for the evening, laying there listening to the sound of nothingness, until, we could smell the croissant drift, that signature dish, so famous by Bruce alerting us breakfast was ready. We were definitely spoilt for choice, a feast for the eyes and a certain delight for the palate. Croissants, fresh fruit, breads, cold meats, muesli soaked overnight in apple juice, soft boiled eggs etc etc all served in front of the picturesque lush surroundings. Thank you both for your hospitality, my husband loved every moment of our stay."

April & Alex, AU October 2019

"Denise and Bruce are phenomenal hosts. The room was clean and spacious with lovely decor and colors. They greet you so warmly and the breakfast is divine. The location was perfect- we easily navigated with phone GPS to their location after visiting Hobbiton, and they are located very near to dining and the center of Matamata, as well as centrally convenient to your next sightseeing destination. You will love the art and natural backdrop views from patio. Thank you Bruce, Denise, and of course Madonna, Cleo, and Frida Kahlo (the gorgeous alpacas!)."

Amanda & Rob Sep 2019

"What an amazing B & B this is. Bruce & Denise couldn’t be nicer or more attentive. It’s spotless & all the decor has been carefully put together for both a lovely colour pallet & the best quality. Underground floor heating is such a pleasant addition. The linens are high quality & the little touches such as chocolates on the beds & fresh cookies & don’t get me started on Bruce’s freshly made, hot croissants in the morning. I simply couldn’t fault this delightful experience."

Becca & David, August 2019