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Designer Cottage
Ranked #3 of 135 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Designer Cottage is an easy B&B to stay whild visiting Christchurch. The owner Chet has created some interesting outdoor courtyards amd gardens.

We booked in two nights in March at the Designer Cottage B&B, and really enjoy the realax, easy going B&B experience. Breakfast is continental, and served in the newly contracted function room. Viewed toward the water feature.

This is not a five star hotel, but a nice Kiwiana retreat with the lovely designer host.

We wish the B&B all the very best, and we are looking forward to return one day.

Room Tip: I will only booked the ensuite double room. Personally we don;t like sharing bathroom with others.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank John K
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Designer Cottages is a great collection of several houses surrounding a central courtyard just south of the CBD. Far enough out however to be out of the Earthquake zone and if driving has easy street parking Very comfortable en-suite room that was very quiet with a Continental Breakfast that is the weather is good you can enjoy in the courtyard. Great value for what you get.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Seattlefrontrunner
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful Christchurch experience. Off the high pace/noise of the main roads this "cottage" is found in a charming little community on the outside hub of downtown Christchurch. Close to Colombo street and all down town sights. Chet was a generous host, always being accommodating and generous whenever needed. Can't wait to come and stay again!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Papinass
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The designer cottage was a quaint comfortable place to stay. Not far from grocery stores, cafes, or entertainment in town. It's great to have personable people running the place as well. Being tucked along a residential street, it was nice to have it quiet and safe outside.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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2  Thank Nrggg
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are looking for a quite place to stay in christchurch with a relaxing athmosphere and affordable prices you have to check out chets designer cottage!
He found the perfect way to mix the backround of his malaysian culture with a touch of modern landscaping! The rooms are clean and comfortable and the place is just in about 10min walking distance from downtown! Chet and his staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, he even picked me up from the airport and saved me a $30 cab ride! Thanks chet

  • Stayed: January 2013
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3  Thank Svendogg
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed at Designer Cottage in November 2012 and were surprised at how much we enjoyed our stay. It was clean, comfortable and a walking distance to the downtown area. Nearby destinations such as Sumner are only a short bus ride away. The breakfasts were healthy and basic.

The star of the property is definitely the owner, Chet. He was our own personal information source on where to go, how to get there, life in Christchurch pre- and post-disasters. Chet is truly a generous spirit. He even offered to give us a farewell tour of the city in his car or drive us to the airport even!

Would not hesitate to book here again!

Room Tip: The room with its own bathroom is quiet and private.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank xybercat
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Wot an Kiwian place to stay. With Buskets festival is currently on tour and prefect summer day. Accomodation that are close to city and unique are hard to come by.


We were recommended by a traveler who stayed at the Cottage before and loving the experience.


We arrived at the B&B, and my wife instantly loving the place. First the owner and later the friendly cat (marmite) the newly constructed pool and garden looks so cooling in such a hot weather.

Room Tip: Room with private bathroom is great.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Scott D
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Additional Information about Designer Cottage

Address: 53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range: $65 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Designer Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designer Cottage was a sailors' retreat in the 70s and is located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the cottage will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street. We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with en-suite and a self-contained cottage. ... more   less 
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