About Syringa House

Syringa House was architect designed and build out of heart rimu in the 1950s. When Alison bought it in 2017, it had been owned by the same family for 43 years. Since then the house has been extensively renovated; restoring and preserving some original features while modernising and extending the space. Recycling some of the existing materials and fittings has been a labour of love.


The house is now divided into three generous living spaces, each with separate access, private bathroom and kitchenette. Each apartment has its own covered veranda and views into the surrounding gardens. The gardens are well maintained with old trees and extensive new plantings. Various fruit trees and vines produce good crops of fruit each year. Birds and bees are attracted to the garden; the Tui and other native birds can be seen and heard every day.

The house is well insulated and centrally heated with a total of nine hot water radiators throughout. The carpets are pure New Zealand wool with woolen underlay. The apartments are very warm in winter, with good ventilation and outdoor living in summer.

All the linen is pure cotton, down or wool. We try to use organic or eco products and recycle all waste.

About Alison

Alison immigrated to New Zealand in 1992 and settled in Havelock North. Since then she has spent many years travelling to different parts of the world as a business traveller, staying for several months each year in hotels and furnished apartments in Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. Alison brings the learning from these experiences to the preparation of guest accommodation at Syringa House.

Guest Feedback: Perfect location in Havelock North

“Alison’s BnB was so lovely, it is in the perfect location in Havelock North, close to everything but also on a quiet street. The BnB is modern and so clean, she had a light breakfast which we could help ourselves too if we liked.” Petra/Dargaville

Guest Feedback: Complementary breakfast

“The apartment is brand new, light and very clean. It has kitchen facilities and an extra special touch was complementary breakfast of toast, spreads and muesli. It is fully accessible and has everything we required for our stay” – Catriona/Cambridge

Guest Feedback: Beautifully clean and freshly renovated

“Wonderful stay, very comfortable and relaxing. Beautifully clean and freshly renovated inside, with unique furnishings and special touches. The most comfortable bed I’ve slept in in a long time. Loved the bbq, the hot tub and the lovely garden. Alison was a great host and we enjoyed talking to her. Would happily stay again and … Guest Feedback: Beautifully clean and freshly renovated Read More »