We thoroughly enjoyed our four nights with Neil and Sally . Where to start...well the house is lovely and we had a great suite although the bed was a little firm for our taste...others may like it of course. Neil was very welcoming when we arrived and every afternoon when we returned hot from our explorations we enjoyed a drink and a chat with him. The house is just walking distance from several reasonably priced restaurants which I liked very much ...no long trips to get food. Sally is an excellent cook and breakfasts are great...the only downside is that if you are like us and not very early starters, then Sally has to get off to work mid week early some days so breakfast compromises might be needed. One day we enjoyed bacon sandwiches cooked by Neil which were very good! Neil has a limited cooking repertoire!!!! Great conversation is also part of the package, Neil is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and Sally works in parliament so the conversation is broad and interesting! The only other downside is that it is on a steep hill so manoeuvring the car and luggage is a little tricky although we just left the car there on two full days so that shows you how easy it is to get around Wellington. Neil was also very quick to help with the luggage up the hill. Thank you Neil and Sally for making us so welcome in your lovely house.
- 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 reviews to see what our guests have to say. ... more less