We were tired and very sore, having just completed the 33.5 miles of the gorgeous Milford Track, and our flight from Queenstown was delayed, so we were very late in our arrival. Our spirits perked up immediately upon viewing this splendid B & B, especially when we saw the American flag flown for our benefit! And with such a warm welcome from both Neil and Sally, our spirits continued to improve, especially upon seeing the beautifully appointed suite that was pure luxury after our hiking lodges! We slept like logs in the comfortable bed and loved everything about our suite. Sally makes an incredible breakfast and is a whiz at poached eggs! Both Neil and Sally are amazing hosts, warm, knowledgeable, engaging, and interesting. We enjoyed wine by the pool, loved meeting their charming daughter, Nina, and felt fortunate to be able to do some laundry. Neil took us to the top of the hill to Stellin park for an eye-popping view of Wellington. He also referred us to a delicious restaurant in the Tinakori village named Aubergine. We cannot say enough about how wonderful this B & B is! Stay here and you will feel pampered! Neil and Sally are the absolute cat's meow in terms of B & B hosts!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 TripAdvisor reviews to see what our guests have to say. ... more less