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Reviewed January 15, 2017

Myself and Karin thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The pictures do not do the house justice...simply superb. And being located within walking distance of the central city makes for simple planning. And Neil and Sally helped us find a great restaurant (Mr Chow's), visit a great museum (Te Papa) and get to the ferry.

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We enjoy having New Yorkers come and visit and to hear the latest news from the city. The best part about our B and B is the guests. We're in the fortunate position of having only one group at a time, so there's always time to talk over a glass of wine. Cheers!

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed December 24, 2016

Our stay in Gardens Homestay was one of our best highlight for our 3 weeks visit to NZ. Neil and Sally are the perfect hosts, they are very thoughtful, helpful and have a incredibly warmth heart. We enjoyed our stay very much. Their house is beautiful with gorgeous view facing Wellington and in a good location nearby to town area...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Having Terry, Sharon and Chloe (9) stay with us was a real treat, it was like having close family members visit! We're flattered to read that we were a highlight of their trip and I hope that they will visit again someday. Making sure that everything is "just right" for the guests is what we love to do and so...

Reviewed December 18, 2016

We stayed with Neil and Sally during a 2 week tour of New Zealand and experienced a very enjoyable visit with them in their gorgeous home overlooking Wellington. It was truly a pleasure to get to know them both and gain a flavor of life in New Zealand at the same time. Breakfasts were generous and delicious and we really...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure to have Kevin and his extended family come and visit. We always love to host Americans as both Sally and I have lived there for extended periods of our lives and we love the United States as we love New Zealand. Interesting political talks from the other side of the spectrum which is much more...

Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

I chose Neil and Sally's vintage ambience home for a night stay. It was as described and interiors were luxurious and tastefully done. We reached around 1130pm and Neil received us well and helped with luggage as well. A beautiful bed and we were dreaming merinos and stars. Got to relish a sumptuous breakfast(vegetarian) with home made marmalade too. Could...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

What a pleasure to host Murali and his family. As a retired General in the Indian Army Murali is a very interesting and accomplished man. I'm just sorry that the family weren't staying longer as people like these are so interesting to meet. We enjoyed their stay as much as they enjoyed staying here! Thank you Murali!

Rockhampton, Australia
Reviewed October 18, 2016

We had a lengthy holiday to New Zealand and our visit to Sally and Neil's home in Wellington was one of the highlights of the trip for us. Their home is beautiful and in a good location, but it was the great hospitality offered to our family that made this such a special spot to stay. Our children were made...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Jodie and Trevor's family were among our favourite guests ever and we feel that we have made new friends. Their children are lovely and the stay of three days was a pleasure for Sally and myself. We felt sad at having them leave! Need I say any more?

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed June 18, 2016

Close to the city, so easy walking to the cit, waterfront and everything Wellington has to offer. Friendly hosts. Very comfortable, clean accomodation, lovely antique furntiure in keeping with the historic villa. We would definitely stay here again when in town!

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It was nice to receive another positive review bringing our "Very Good" review total to three (our "Excellent" total remains at 69 reviews, and there are no other reviews). Sally and I always enjoy the company of interesting guests, whether around the fire or over breakfast and these guests were no exception. I hope our paths cross again. Neil

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Reviewed March 16, 2016

With a family of four (including our 5 year old twin daughters) in Wellington for a Christmas concert, Gardens Homestay was absolutely perfect for us. The home is a beautiful heritage property, furnished with some lovely antiques and if it was not for the rain we might have enjoyed a dip in the pool. Neil and Sally were fabulous hosts...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

We always enjoy having families stay as our daughter Nina, now 21, lives in Dunedin. The girls were a delight and the conversation, mostly about house restorations, was beyond interesting! Accomplished, worldly guests like these are a pleasure to host.

Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

As the title states, our stay with Neil & Sally was simply delightful. From the moment we arrived until the time we departed we were made to feel truly at home. We received a great guide of Wellington to follow which made our visit to the city much easier and ensured we got to see as much as we could....

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

This s a wonderful review and we're very grateful for the kind words. Being a B&B host means meeting widely traveled people from around the world and Steve and Emma were certainly interesting guests and lovely company We enjoyed their stay as much as they enjoyed being here and only regret that they didn't stay longer with us. Guests like...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed March 2, 2016

We weren't able to find a hotel in Wellington due to the popularity of the Edinburgh Tattoo, which was performing in Wellington the night we were there. So, we thought we'd try a B & B. We happened upon Gardens Homestay and we both agreed that it was one of the best things we ever did! Neil was a true...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

I suspect that we've converted this lovely couple from Boston to B&B stayers! We were very pleased to be able to help by delivering our charming guests to their next hotel. As travelers ourselves, Sally and I know that the little things matter so help where we can. Thank you for staying with us!

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 1, 2016

We stayed four nights at Neil and Sally's lovely B&B. We loved it and wished we could have stayed longer. The location was perfect for all the main attractions of this great city. I chose this home through Tripadvisor and was not disappointed. It is right next to the Botanic Gardens lower end where the Rose Garden is, also the...

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  • Pool
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  • Breakfast included
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Gardens Homestay Bed and Breakfast was built in 1892 and lovingly restored during the 1990s. Your hosts are Fly by Wire Ride inventor Neil Harrap and his wife Sally Guinness. The elegant facade features stained glass, iron lacework verandah and bay windows. We're located in historic Thorndon, five minutes walk to Parliament and downtown Wellington. We're two minutes walk to the Botanic Gardens and many cafes, restaurants and specialty shops on historic Tinakori Road. Bird Sanctuary Zealandia is located three minutes drive away, a paradise for birdwatchers. 24 Hour parking provided at the door. We have one suite only and take one party of guests at a time so as to ensure the best of attention. Read our reviews to see what our guests have to say. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gardens Homestay

Address: 11 St. Mary Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range: $204 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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“There is only one room, a suite actually, and it is a great place to stay with the long balcony off the main bedroom.”
 of 5 bubbles bettysmate, Mar 1, 2016 | Read review
“only 1 and it's great!”
 of 5 bubbles TravelandAdventure, Dec 9, 2015 | Read review
“The rooms were upstairs and they were fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles K7827REjohnm, Mar 4, 2015 | Read review
“One big ensuite with two bedrooms and one Bath and sitting area well suited to someone with teen or child, possibly two couples who want to flip a coin for the bigger room”
 of 5 bubbles janeth795, Feb 8, 2015 | Read review
“Only one person or small group at at time at Gardens Homestay B & B.”
 of 5 bubbles KTBMD, Feb 6, 2015 | Read review
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