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 the lovely relaxing River Room with huge sunny windows overlooking a beautiful river and the garden and a lovely ensuite with a luxuriously deep bath and separate shower.
Leigh kindly picked us up from the campervan depot and then dropped us back at the airport the next morning. This was so kind and such a huge help.
Breakfast was just amazing with perfectly poached eggs and great fresh fruits and yoghurts, set out on a lovely communal table with beautiful collectors crockery.
Nothing was too much trouble for Jan and Leigh and they were so lovely to chat to we felt at home instantly. Their home is spotlessly clean and has a very natural relaxed feel about it and they are always pleased to see you and offer brilliant local advice and yet don't intrude on your plans. There were so many little touches too, like the fresh milk in the guests' fridge and the tea and coffee making facilities. We were very sad to leave this beautiful house, lovely people and amazing, resilient city. We hope to return one day and would defiantly stay at Anselm House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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