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34 Kahu Road | Fendalton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
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Anselm House
Ranked #21 of 111 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, NC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We started our South Island 'sojourn' w/ a 3 nite stay at Anselm House. As noted in earlier reviews, Leigh will, if needed, pick you up at the airport and by the time you arrive at their B & B you will be saturated with practical local info. Leigh does have a gift for gab. My American ear strained to... More

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19 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

A return visit for us yet again. Jan and Leigh are the perfect hosts, great breakfast, comfortable bed and good conversation all help to make this one of the best places we have stayed in our travels. We stayed 2 nights at the beginning of our tour of South Island and then returned before our flight which gave us time... More

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Sulzbach (Taunus), Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

After a 32 hours flight from Frankfurt to Christchurch ( with short stops in Dubai, Bangkok and Sydney) we started our 5 1/2 week New Zealand trip at the Anselm House in Christchurch for 3 nights. The start of our NZ tour was perfect. Leigh picked us up at the airport. He showed us on the way from the airport... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Anselm House B&B for first evening of our New Zealand trip. While we definitely wished we could have stayed more than one night, it was the perfect recharge evening/morning between arriving on a red-eye flight from the States and setting off to Queenstown and the southern part of the South Island. Jan and Leigh... More

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farnham common
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213 reviews 213 reviews
140 hotel reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A veritably welcoming and kind couple Jan and Leigh, whose house was truly homely, beautiful and our first experience of a New Zealand family house, very different from Australia from where we had come, similar to England but somehow a ‘chocolate box’ in suburbia. Everything that is said in Lonely Planet. The effort, time and kindness Jan and Leigh showed... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We arrived at the Anselm in February at the start of a 5 week tour of NZ. We had booked the 'River Room' which was just a delight. Lovely and bright an airy, with a very comfortable bed (much needed after our 26 hour flight!!) a spacious bathroom and a great view of the garden and the river. But the... More

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Newport-on-Tay, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This was our second visit to Anselm House as we had stayed here on our way south. As we had travelled over to Christchurch on the Trans Alpine Railway Leigh kindly offered to pick us up at the station. We were dropped in town where we had a meal and he took our luggage back to the house. Much appreciated.... More

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Sheffield, England
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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Anselm House is an absolute gem, ranking with our best B&B experiences worldwide. Jan and Leigh are the perfect hosts and their house and garden are just beautiful. It's also situated a lovey walk from the city centre through the botanical gardens, or if you don't want to do that, buses run constantly and easily to the centre. We had... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a great 2 night stay we had with Jan and Leigh. They were great hosts, the room was great with a lovely view of the river and the ducks, breakfast was the best, ("especially thoses pancakes Jan lol)" Yes they may have earthquake damage, but that never stopped them or the accomodation being at it's best. They picked us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We are world travelers who have been to numerous countries and stayed at a wide variety of accommodations from huts in the Amazon jungle to 5 star Caribbean resorts to roadside cabins. Jan and Leigh have a welcoming B&B in a calm garden setting right next to the Avon river. They make you feel like family and are very helpful... More

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Address: 34 Kahu Road | Fendalton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Features & Attractions: Free personal Airport transfer and TranzAlpine /Coastal transfer— Free Wireless LAN, email available —Secure off-street parking — Short walk to banks, mall, restaurants — Outdoor tables by Avon River — Walk to Hagley Park, Botanical Gardens — Handy to University & Mona Vale — TV in each bedroom — On bus route. Kia ora! Jan and Leigh welcome you to Anselm House, situated on the bank of the Avon River, central Christchurch. Anselm House is a landmark home designed by the famous New Zealand architect Heathcote Helmore and is constructed of pink Hanmer marble in which fossilized shells can be seen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the riverside garden or to cross over the brick bridge and visit historic Riccarton House and Deans Forest. Cathedral Square, The Art Centre, Art Gallery and Museum are an easy walk through Hagley Park and the Botanical gardens. Canterbury University and Mona Vale are also within easy walking distance. As New Zealanders, we offer friendly, genuine kiwi hospitality. We are willing to help with travel suggestions. We are endorsed as KiwiGreen Certified using only eco-friendly products and practices which minimise our carbon footprint. An evening meal is offered by arrangement. Free 24 hour coffee /tea accessible with cookies and seasonal fruit; a fridge is available for guests' use. Tariffs: Doubles from NZ$ 190.00 per night, per couple. Singles from NZ$ 170.00 per night. Longer stays by negotiation. All enquiries are answered within 24 hours. Interests include agriculture, horticulture, medicine, rugby, sport and education. ... more   less 
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