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Braemar on Parliament Street  Hot
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Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: 4 star
Location: Oceania
Country: New Zealand

Braemar on Parliament Street

Braemar is a late Victorian (1901) townhouse in the centre of Auckland City. Although situated in the heart of the city they are fortunate to be in a quiet tree-lined street and close to public parks. One of their closest neighbours is the Auckland University, they are across the road from the Auckland High Court and within easy walking distance of most of the city’s main attractions, such as the Auckland Museum, Art Gallery, Skytower and Harbour.

They encourage guests to leave their car at home and “walk the city”. Braemar is the last of the Victorian houses in the city centre to be still lived in as a family home. They have three guest rooms and one guest suite. The Batten Suite has a private lounge, bedroom and ensuite bathroom, the Victorian room has insuite facilities, and the Norman and Jenny shares a bathroom. All are tastefully furnished with quality beds, curtains and rugs and their bathrooms have large walk-in showers .

Braemar on Parliament Street does its best to source organic produce for breakfast, which are served in the downstairs dining-room. Enjoy linen tablecoths, silver cutlery and fine bone china, but in a relaxed, friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The owners share their home with two toy poodles and a small black cat. They welcome visiting companion animals, but please call to discuss first.


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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - All appliances (eg heated towel rails) in guest rooms are switched off when rooms are empty. We include instructions in our room compendia to “switch off” and in our Operations manual. The lights in our common areas both inside and outside the house are on automatic detectors which switch off when no movement is detected. We use eco-bulbs throughout the premises. Our 1901 house is of plastered brick construction , we use heavy curtaining to insulate the windows. We have had an energy audit to determine how to best save energy and followed their advice as to lighting. Given that we live in the centre of a large city, we feel our best efforts are in joining organisations such as The Native NZ Forest Restoration Trust, which is involved in buying up tracts of land and regenerating forest. Please see our website for other involvements. My personal favourite is the Yellow-Eyed Penguin programme, and we have been contributing to that for many years.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We have timers on our showers. We do not encourage our guests to buy bottled water as we feel it is redundant (tap water in NZ is fine) and creates a waste disposal issue. All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly. We predominantly use baking soda and white vinegar as cleaning products, but where we do buy commercial products they are from our local Eco-Store http://www.ecostore.co.nz/index.cfm We explain in our introduction to the house and also in our compendia to our guests that they can assist us by understanding that we will not replace linen daily, that we will refresh it as they ask it to be refreshed. We recycle water from our laundry into our garden. We channel rain water also and are developing a more efficient way of collecting it and re-using it. We try to encourage the native plants that self-seed rather than introduced species, although it is amazing what foreign plants have also self-seeded, If our garden does need watering, we would use a hand-held hose and only water in the late evening. It is not usually necessary.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We are fervent recyclers and have been for years. We regard our entire house as having been recycled. Everyone who comes here is made aware of our policies We do our best to avoid buying things that are overpackaged. We save our printer cartridges for refilling. We take our old appliances and computer equipment to a specialist centre for recycling. We use rechargeable batteries where we can and take dead ones to be carefully disposed of. We use linen napkins, bone china, we have four compost bins and a worm farm. Everything that can be composted is, and we recycle glass, plastic and paper. Our local council assists in providing a good recycling scheme. Our bins liners are corn starch. Each room compendium includes our Sustainability promise to guests and we provide a general recycling area where they can easily dispose of their rubbish. Having said that, if they use a general bin we will “review” their waste and dispose of it correctly.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Staff is mainly my husband and myself but we certainly train anyone coming here to help as to what we expect of them. And they are encouraged to read the Ops Manual. Our used linen is recycled in two ways – passing on to less advantaged people (such as recent immigrants), and also cut up to be used as cleaning cloths or used in sewing projects. E.g. my laundry bags are made from an old (but beautiful) linen tablecloth. I think the publication of our Sustainability practices on our website and in our room compendia makes our guests quite aware of what we do, they also see it in our daily practice and we do discuss what we do too. We have recently taken on the sponsorship of the friends of Tiritiri Matangi Island , we offer discounts to various groups involved in conservation and preservation (such as the NZ Historic Places Trust) and most recently have formed a marketing group to promote the use of sustainable toruism accommodation see www.aucklandcityinnz.co.nz We encourage our guests to participate when we join in Living Earth TV events, when we join marches such as the “Plant A” march last weekend , that they can plants trees (with us or on their own) when the Dept of Conservation holds its regular tree-planting events on the islands in the Waitemata Harbour, and at the various reserves around the city. We have been certified by Qualmark Green Enviro-Gold , and we belong to the Kiwi Green programme.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - See our website for our local promotion. Also we have plenty of books and brochures on local activities and I have made up scrapbooks of interesting things for children to do. My husband has also done the “voiceover” for local tourist attractions e.g. the art works in the local High Court, and the sights from the Auckland SkyTower. When I need to hire staff I usually hire people I know who live locally (such as my neighbours and family friends) as they also understand the city and our neighbourhood and can interact with guests . I buy NZ food where at all possible, and do my best to buy organic where I can We are fortunate in having a couple of local markets and we buy from them when we can procure organic food, otherwise we buy from the local organic supermarket. Our staff are not permitted to shop for our business. However whenever we have staff here they are made aware of our buying program, as are guests. E.g. We have a copy in our compendia of the Greenpeace Red List of what to avoid.

Contact Details

Name:
Braemar on Parliament Street
Address:
7 Parliament Street,
Auckland 1010 NZ
New Zealand
Telephone:
+64 9 3775463
Website:
www.aucklandbedandbreakfast.com
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