The Black and White Barn


Come holiday time and my family despair of me.  I am such a homebody.  Why would I want to go away?  I have everything I need right here at my little house!

But when you get the opportunity to head less than an hour north and stay in a place that resembles your own, but better, how could you refuse?

The Black and White Barn in Matakana is a monochrome lovers dream, the rustic black board and batten exterior with wide white joinery is a perfect blend of town and country.  The building sprawls both up and out, however each space is cleverly designed to give the illusion of separate dwellings and the landscaping gives each one privacy.

I chose the Black Suite but the White looks equally classy.  The interior design is spot on and the little touches like, linen bedding, local organic toiletries, nespresso machine, homemade muesli and fresh croissants make your stay, short or long, all the more special.  Some of the products you see in the rooms are available for purchase, such as the Smeg appliances, luxurious towels and wine glasses (which I am seriously in need of).  Host, Amy, says a boutique shop is in the future plans.

After settling in, we took a short stroll into the village and had lunch at Matakana Market Kitchen by the river.  After wandering the local boutique shops we walked up to an Asian Fusion Resturant Jin Jin where its gorgeous decor enticed us back for dinner.

The next day a short drive took us to the beautiful Baddeleys Beach, which is reminiscent of  summer holidays as a child; it remains quite untouched with classic kiwi baches dotting the hillside. We stopped at Brick Bay for lunch and later to one of my favourite shops Green with Envy.

And so after a short drive home I am suitably relaxed and suitably impressed enough to plan a winter getaway.

Black and White Barn Matakana

Black and white Barn Matakana

 Black and White Barn Matakana

Black and White Barn Matakana

Black and White Barn Matakana

Amy and Simon Hope are not new to the hospitality industry; after setting up a successful catering business and eatery in Bloc  they have relocated to this little piece of paradise, which I thoroughly recommend as a getaway to slow down and recharge yourself in luxury.  They have kindly given me a $200 voucher to share with my readers.  It is redeemable for a one night stay for two people between Sunday and Thursday and is valid for 6 months.

Simply head over to Instagram to enter or comment on why you would like to stay here below.


This post is in collaboration with Black and White Barn.  All thoughts and experiences are my own.

Images supplied by Black and White Barn

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  • Isabel Hynds

    This looks so gorgeous. I can see myself there now having a wee get away. And so much style inspiration!! Love it.

  • Jacqui

    This looks Devine! Nice and close to AKLD so not far to travel to treat my hubby and I to a little break away from the kids!!

  • Anne P

    So close to Auck…in one of the nicest lil villages and handy to so many beaches, and has so many facilities so close at hand…can’t wait to stay soon 🙂

  • Keryn

    This looks incredible, I would love to take my husband away for a break

  • Kirsty

    I would love to win this and give my well deserved hubby a night away at this beautiful place

  • Lisa Bell

    I love the mono scheme, with romantic, clean furniture and feel. I could truelly relax in an environment like this whilst seeking inspiration on interiors at the same. Always good to admire the beauty another creates…I would love that opportunity to appreciate someones work of art.

  • Petrina

    I would love the opportunity to stay here, its just beautiful

  • Lynne Blyth

    I am in Matakana at the moment and have realized I really need more time to enjoy this lovely place. Your accommodation looks deine to say the least.

  • Ange

    Would love to stay here- just married after 12+ years last week but with 3 young kids to leave one night close by would be perfect!

  • Sandra Pearce

    It looks luxurious and so relaxing. I’ve read great reviews about it and so much want to stay there near the beautiful little village. My husband and I have had a very tough three months and need sometime out somewhere we can forget our troubles and this looks like
    the ideal place.

  • Amy White

    This place looks divinely relaxing and luxurious, I could imagine hubby and I here enjoying a relaxing break away from busy work schedules and our young kids, been 4 years since we went away just the two of us!!

  • Cornita

    Hi would love love to stay in at your place look amazing .would spoil
    My mom too to join me . Your deco is amazing
    O would be wonderful bliss

  • Nardia scott

    Looks gorgeous and my husband and I love matakana

  • Sarah

    Would absolutely love to surprise my Husband with a night in this delightful accommodation!

  • Kim

    What a beautiful place! We stayed in Matakana this time last year and would love tlan excuse to go back again!

  • Annabelle Fabry-Grant

    i would love to sty here, get some design idea’s, my dream home is a blck nd white barn house.

  • Jessica N M

    This all looks so beautiful! Love ❤️ the idea of the different monochrome rooms!

  • Natalie

    In February it will be a year since we got married in Matakana! Originally we were to stay here for a few nights list weddig but due to the Sale of the property our bookings were muddles. I would love to be able to take the husband back to Matakana again and relax in this beautiful accommodation. This would be such a awesome treat to share and finally be able to stay here.


  • Sandy

    Lovely! We had a booking for last year but it got cancelled due to the renovations. We would love the chance to have a getaway there this year.

  • Claire

    Oh the bliss of a night away from all ties to any form of responsibility…that would be a dream right now x

  • Marie

    I would love a night away,and to be inspired by some refreshing decor. My dad has just passed away and it will be nice to reconnect.

  • Sarah Churchward

    I’d love to take my husband here for our 30th birthdays and 7 year anniversary in March. Drop the kids off with the grandparents and run

  • Rachael

    This looks Devine and a nice breather / get away to relax and re energise please!!

  • Bree

    29th anniversary coming up, woyld love to get away for a weekend somewhere still close to aauckland and babysitters

  • Scott kennedy

    a night away in this beautiful peaceful place is just what two busy chefs need!

  • Andrea Riggans

    Would LOVE a night away with hubby! I’m the same as Hayley… don’t like being away from home so if she can do it so can I! 🙂

  • Amanda Cotterell

    Would love to take hubby away for a night …looks absolutely amazing! Just what we need!

  • Sophia

    Would love to give this nights stay to my mum and dad they have help me move house and all the support they have given us!

  • Kyla

    Well first up I LOVE this. Second I am turning 30 this year eek! Also have a huge year ahead with trying to grow our family via surrogate. This would be so nice for my husband and I to have a luxury night away before our emotional roller coaster starts xx

  • Annabel

    2016 was a really hard year for me with a marriage break up, a daughter with serious health issues, studying to complete my business management masters, and all while holding down a full time high pressure job.
    I’m hoping 2017 heralds new beginnings for me and what better way to kick off than having a luxury stay here 🙂 It’s just gorgeous

  • Annemarie Rawson

    Would be the perfect place for our wedding anniversary. There is so much to do and see in the Matakana area. Thank you for the opportunity to win!


  • Ginny

    I would love to gift the one night away in such gorgeous surroundings to one of my oldest and dearest friends who is coming to Auckland to help plan her daughter’s wedding (my godchild) and I just know they would find inspiration in such a beautiful setting

  • Martine

    Looks like a lovely place for a cute weekend getaway!!! Also have never been to Matakansa so a good excuse to go somewhere different 🙂

  • Geraldine Jenkin

    I’m certain after reading about Black and White Barn that it s a beautiful luxurious place as a treat for a special occasions but I eould love to stay and enjoy then be inspired to go home and recreate a small detail that can give pleasure everyday. The idea of the little shop would be great for taking away memories of the gorgeous decor

  • Skye Turner

    Can’t believe I haven’t heard of this secret little gem until now. Seriously crushing on the monochrome meets country styling. A sneaky weekend getaway to Matakana wine country and to checkout this lush spot sounds divine!

  • Stephanie Gardner

    We’ve just purchased a house so are now on a super tight budget! It’s my birthday next Friday, and with valentines coming up, I’d love to surprise my partner with a trip to her. plus how instagram worthy is it! monochrome is so stunning!


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