I booked a room at Garden View based on photos of the rooms and the garden and I certainly was not disappointed. My room is big, with a huge, comfortable bed. A large, clean bathroom with an excellent shower right next to it. There's also a huge window with said garden view.
The garden is so lush and spectacular I just spent my entire first evening reading a book there.
The first thing that happened when I arrived was John made me a cup of tea and we all sat down in the livingroom and talked about everything and nothing. Later that day they asked if I'd have dinner with them and the next day, after breakfast, I was heading out to Akaroa, Beth stopped me and asked me to wait a minute before I left cause she was "making me a thermos". The thermos turned out to be a picnic basket with tea, coffee, milk, sugar and homemade biscuits(!)
Beth said they don't do this for profit and I can believe that... She also said they don't stand on ceremony, which is also correct. It's very laidback and cozy here and I'm loving every minute.
In short Beth and John run a spacious, clean BnB with extra warmth, relaxing atmosphere and a fantastic garden. I have a rental car, so I don't know what it's like for people going by bus etc, but I see several bus stops around here.
POSITIVE: Staff/hosts, beds, bathroom, location, garden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AA Spirit of Hospitality B&B Award finalist. Located just 10 minutes south of Christchurch and 20 minutes from Christchurch International Airport. Three guest rooms (one with en-suite), nearby restaurants, shopping centre and new Aquatic Centre. Garden View features free Broadband/WiFi access, buffet breakfast, off-street parking and award-winning gardens (1½ acres) uniquely landscaped in New Zealand native plants, roses, fruit-trees. Convenient, quiet and comfortable stopover as you arrive for your South Island tour and before you leave to return home. Well suited for business visits, wedding groups, honeymooners, family reunions, travellers and outdoor adventures including the Tranz-Alpine Train (2 mins) away), skiing, swimming, trekking, golfing, camping, hunting, fishing as well as many renowned wineries. Perfect too, for your romantic getaway or relaxing holiday. Rural environment convenient to Christchurch and Canterbury attractions. ... more less
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