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Gardens Homestay

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11 St. Mary Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
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Gardens Homestay
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at this perfectly located B&B with the warmest hosts we've ever encountered. Neil and Sally went way out of their way to make our stay perfect and very personal. The home is classic Victorian, beautifully renovated and comfortable; located within walking distance of the best sights and shopping in downtown Wellington. As a bonus,... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Ruth, it was a delight to host you and I hope our paths cross again. We very much enjoy visits from our overseas guests, they bring the world to our door! More

Ingolstadt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Our stay at gardens homestay was wonderful. The house is beautiful and our hosts Neil and Sally were simply amazing. They provided us with a lovely plan on how to walk around the city and what to see. Most of all we enjoyed spending time with them chatting over a nice cup of tea. Breakfast was delicious, especially the homemade... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Eva-Maria and Susann were charming guests from Germany and wonderful ambassadors for their country. It was our pleasure to host them and direct them to Wellington's points of interest. We'd love to see them here again, until then - Auf Wiedersehen! Sally and Neil More

Chicago
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
24 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Every good thing that other reviewers have said about The Gardens Homestay is true! The house is absolutely beautiful--an Edwardian gem. The accommodations are more than comfortable with a complete sitting area in addition to the bedroom. The location is super convenient, a block from the beautiful botanic gardens, and shops and restaurants are around the corner. He biggest value... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, Pat and Peggy. It was a pleasure to host our American guests and having spent many years in the US it's like a visit from friends! TripAdvisor continues to send the nicest people to our door and we are grateful for the privilege of receiving them as our guests. Sally and Neil More

Nottingham
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212 reviews 212 reviews
67 hotel reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our four nights with Neil and Sally . Where to start...well the house is lovely and we had a great suite although the bed was a little firm for our taste...others may like it of course. Neil was very welcoming when we arrived and every afternoon when we returned hot from our explorations we enjoyed a drink... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It's nice to have Gardens Homestay described as a "Wonderful, comfortable base" by our guests. While the bed may have been a bit firm for our reviewers, we're amazed by how many guests say: "That's the best night's sleep I've had in ages!" We find most guests want breakfast at 8 am so they can get out by 9 am... More

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Make sure you stay here if you are in Wellington! Neil & Sally are wonderful hosts who welcomed us into their beautiful Edwardian home. Facilities are excellent, and it's easy to walk into town to visit the main attractions.Fantastic breakfasts too. What more could we ask for?

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Once again we are treated to wonderful, well traveled guests! Richard and Margaret's company was so enjoyable, we had several lovely and interesting conversations, one was beside the fire as there was a cold snap (in February!) Having only one suite means that we're relaxed with our guests and can focus on their needs. Thanks again TripAdvisor, you send us... More

Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We were tired and very sore, having just completed the 33.5 miles of the gorgeous Milford Track, and our flight from Queenstown was delayed, so we were very late in our arrival. Our spirits perked up immediately upon viewing this splendid B & B, especially when we saw the American flag flown for our benefit! And with such a warm... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

For reasons unknown to us, Gardens Homestay attracts the most interesting and wonderful guests! Perhaps it's because they find us on TripAdvisor, the discerning traveller's guide? Whatever it is, our guests are the best and this charming couple were right at the top! Well travelled, knowledgable and personable, we were sad to see them leave. Taking them for a little... More

Winnipeg, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were in a bind trying to find a B & B in Wellington (as there was a World Cup qualifying football game in the city that we did not know about) and lucky for us we found this B & B. Sometimes good things happen and this was certainly one of them. The house is fabulous, the accommodations were... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

We were pleased to be able to come to the rescue of Laurie and John with an alternative room that we don't normally book. Wellington was buzzing with the excitement of the World Cup soccer match and every hotel and B&B was full. Then they were lucky enough to get tickets at the last minute to a great soccer event... More

Wales
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We stayed with Neil, Sally and Nina for 3 nights and were very pleased we did! This is a truly splendid home in a suburb of Wellington which Neil and Sally are more than happy to share with their guests. The room is fantastic; spacious, light, well decorated and furnished, and comfortable. Being in a suburb provides the best of... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

We were very fortunate to host this delightful family from Wales. Phil and Babs were visiting Wellington to visit their daughter who is practicing medicine here. Part of the pleasure for us was the lovely interaction between parents and daughter as they had not seen each other for some months. Sally and I are pleased that their experience here was... More

England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

The house is located in a dead-end very steep street, with the forest at one end and the Botanic Gardens at the other, which means peace and quiet. The room is very spacious with an ensuite shower room (no bath). There are no facilities in the room to make a drink, as Neil and Sally like their guests to join... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It's true, we greatly enjoy the company of our well traveled B&B guests, be it for a glass of wine by the pool, or tea and home baking, perhaps beside the fire in winter. Our 30 'Excellent' reviews clearly show that visiting with Sally and myself has been a very enjoyable part of the reviewers experience. It was most unfortunate... More

Tucson, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

During our recent trip through New Zealand one of the few mistakes we made was not staying longer with Neil and Sally at their lovely home in Wellington. Every aspect was great, from my original email communications to make reservations. Neil provided excellent directions to their home, and also sent along an excellent recommendation for a walking tour of Wellington.... More

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review, our 30th Review and all of them 'excellent'! We are fortunate to host such interesting and accomplished people from around the world. Sally and I enjoy every aspect of the B&B experience and our lives are enriched by the guest's visit. Neil Harrap Gardens Homestay Wellington More

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Additional Information about Gardens Homestay

Address: 11 St. Mary Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 2

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