Cotter House Luxury Retreat, Auckland
Auckland , North Island
Tel: 64 9 529 5156
Concierge.com's insider take:
This Regency mansion, the fifth oldest house in Auckland, was built in 1847 in what is now the city's stateliest suburb. From 1995 to 2001, owner Gloria Poupard-Walbridge restored the house to its original style, with egg-and-dart molding and recessed arches, and filled it with antiques, religious icons, and modern art gathered over her two decades of travel as a French diplomat's wife. The two rooms and two suites (including the owner's private apartment, available only if you book the entire house) are spacious and sumptuously furnished. The Bronze suite is the pick, with an Art Nouveau queen bed, heirloom Irish linen sheets, and a handsome antique mirror over the marble fireplace. Unwind in the adjacent dayroom on an 1860 single sleigh bed and watch DVDs (as Keith Richards did in 2006 after falling from a palm tree in Fiji). Or luxuriate in the deep tub overlooking the leafy grounds. Though the house is usually booked in its entirety, visitors can also reserve a single room or suite.