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Queenstown Country Lodge
5.0 of 5 Inn   |   497 Frankton Ladies Mile Highway, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 44 Queenstown B&B and Inns
Hertfordshire
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“The most amazing hosts & accommodation !!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Without a doubt the most fabulous place in the whole of New Zealand to stay. Amanda & John have exceptional taste. The rooms are decorated tastefully and they provide items you would never anticipate. Our bathroom had a feature stone panel. Beautiful. We stayed in the Kawarau room which looked over the manicured gardens and hills to the rear. Amanda cooks amazing breakfasts and we ate a 3 course dinner booked in advance which was nicer than any other meal we had elsewhere. Wine tasting with John was also informative and enjoyable. We would return to New Zealand just to stay here!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

there cannot be any better hosts in New Zealand than Amanda and John. From the time we arrived until we left, after a three night stay, we were made to feel like members of the family. As described by others the rooms and facilities are second to none but the thing we both remember is the friendly chats we had on a range of subjects cricket (John once go Geoff Boycott's wicket); wine - extensive tastings of Pinot Noir; NZ history; rugby (we watched the NZ France game); families - the list goes on. We met some really nice people on our NZ trip but none topped Amanda and John

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in November. Our bedroom was lovely, huge bed, wonderful views, and the spotlessly clean bathroom huge white towels and a spa bath. There are home made biscuits and tea and coffee making facilities left out on the landing, and you genuinely feel welcome to use the big comfortable sofas in the sitting room. We very much enjoyed sitting drinking wine in the garden with Amanda, and left after three days feeling we'd made two new friends.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Steeple Bumpstead, Essex, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Had a great stay in the Country Lodge with hosts who felt like members of the family but the one's you really like! Nothing was too much trouble and all their recommendations on places to see and where to go were spot on. Being in the company of a cricket loving Kiwi was refreshing after all those gloating Aussies (apologies to our American cousins who just don't understand the game).

The rooms were spacious and very comfortable and the food was great. Amanda looked after us royally even preparing meals after our late and unexpected arrival! The lodge is located in a beautiful setting and we will return one day in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JohnCushen, Owner at Queenstown Country Lodge, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
A big hi to all,
Just a quick note to thank all you good folk for posting a comment about Queenstown Country Lodge on Trip Advisor. Both Amanda and I would like to thank you for taking the time to do this which has helped us maintain a very good ranking. We have loved hosting you all and especially enjoyed sharing stories and Central Otago Pinots with you. Thanks for making our lives so much richer.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and hope you enjoy this special time with close friends and family.
Thanks once again for your lovely positive comments.
Warmest regards
John and of course Amanda.
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Fairfax, Virginia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

After spending five weeks touring Australia and New Zealand, little did we know that we were saving the best for last when we arrived at the Queenstown Country Lodge for a three-night stay before heading home. The place itself is a magnificent modern lodge set upon many, many beautiful acres in the quiet New Zealand countryside, yet you are only a very short 15 minutes away from all the downtown attractions. Amanda and John, your hosts, keep the grounds looking like one big beautiful garden. The rooms are lovely with magnificent views of the surrounding area with sheep, cattle and deer grazing nearby. The house is set up as a lodge so that you can enjoy the downstairs rooms to watch TV, or to quietly read or perhaps the patio just sit outside and simply enjoy nature.
While there, every evening John hosted a “wine tasting” that featured a variety of fine New Zealand wines with John providing his ample knowledge of each and the Kiwi vineyard from which it came. During this event Amanda offered up some of the most delicious canapés you ever put in your mouth, after which you questioned whether or not you really needed to go off to dinner. Speaking of which, John and Amanda offer an unusual option. You can sign on for dinner at the lodge and we would highly recommend that you do so. Amanda is a gourmet cook by any measure and she will offer you a variety of dinner options. We had the rack of lamb and it was one of the most remarkable, memorable dinners we have experienced… anywhere.
All of the things you come to expect from a B&B are top of the mark here. The rooms are clean, modern, comfortable and quiet. Your breakfast will be a “full breakfast” and you will have several choices. Amanda’s culinary skills are not limited to dinner. Your hosts are anxious to help you out with reservations for all the local attractions and they will graciously answer all of your questions, provide directions or opinions and they are anxious to help you with anything else you might need.
You will do yourself a favor by choosing the Queenstown Country Lodge for your stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Menston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We were travelling around NZ for four weeks, and arrived at John and Amandas after a stressful journey across the Haarst Pass in heavy rain, the welcome was outstanding, our one night with John and Amanda was one of the best of our whole journey. The location, house and rooms are stunning in every way, even the Peonies were excellent. John and Amanda's hospitality was marvellous, we spent the evening enjoying food, wine and conversation. They are great people.Our only regret was that we did not stay longer, if (when) we visit NZ again we will be certain to stay again.
David & Gillian Lister

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Within a short time you feel very much at home in the company of John and Amanda, owners of Queenstown Lodge. They are both extraordinarily generous with their time, conversation and hospitality. The accommodation is luxurious with amazing views. The spa set among
manicured gardens is perfect after a long day sight seeing. The home cooked breakfast prepared by Amanda is delicious. We arranged dinner one evening and enjoyed a magnificent three course meal outside. We shared drinks and stories over the three nights we stayed. It was like being with people you've known all your life. We look forward to a return visit one day.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 497 Frankton Ladies Mile Highway, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Queenstown Country Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Queenstown Country Lodge we offer personalized luxury accommodation in a relaxed friendly country atmosphere. Located just 10 minutes from Queenstown, our Lodge has 5 hectares of gardens and farmland and is surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with quality bed and breakfast accommodation, we do offer midday and evening dining if desired. We (Amanda and John) look forward to hosting you one day. ... more   less 
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