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Gisborne accommodation voted top 5 of NZ

Gisborne boutique accommodation Cedar House has been voted in the top five most welcoming places in New Zealand.

It got the top ranking through a consumer vote in the Booking.com's Traveller Review Awards 2020.

Owners Caroline and Storme Curtis bought the property two years ago and turned it back into boutique accommodation after it had been used as a private home.

The property is a 1908 Edwardian mansion built for the Muir family, and is owner-operated.

It's the conversations with guests Caroline thinks got them voted in the top five in New Zealand.

She says she always takes the time to have a chat. As well, all the linen and furnishings were specifically chosen for comfort and to give each room a unique feel.

“The place is super warm and homely, we have amazing beds and all the rooms have their own quirks.”

Caroline remembers a German guest who wanted the colour and brand of the carpet they had used, so they could import it for their home in Germany.

Next month, Cedar House will have new owners, Rob and Jane Mitchell, who have moved to Gisborne after many years of living around the world.

Jane said they were looking forward to moving to Gisborne and living in the Whataupoko neighbourhood.

“I hope to offer the same welcoming and warm hospitality that Caro showed us when we walked through the doors of Cedar House and stayed there for the first time.

“I'm sure I will be calling on her for help.”

CHANGING HANDS: New owners will be welcoming guests at boutique accommodation Cedar House at the town end of Clifford Street when it changes hands at the end of next month. With former owner Caroline Curtis (left) is new owner Jane Mitchell. Picture supplied