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: Well laid out for a stress-free stay

“Alison is a great host with a very nice clean unit that’s loaded with all the basics you need and also a few extras. The place was really clean and well laid out for a stress-free stay.” Brendan/Auckland

Guest Feedback: Beautiful accommodation

“Great place. I recommend this place to everyone. Hot tub was great and place was clean and stylish. Beautiful accommodation.” Michael /Gisborne

Guest feedback: Interesting stuff from Africa and the Middle East

“This was a premium booking, and it lived up to it. The most appealing aspects were the beautiful deck outside (with the barbecue and hot tub), and the pleasant spacious bedrooms inside – there is interesting stuff from Africa and the middle east. Everything is very new as well, which is nice. The coffee and breakfast material were good quality – which matters. The host – Alison – was around and helpful but fortunately not intrusive. The place is within walking distance to downtown Havelock North, which was good after a long drive.” – Geoff/ Wellington