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“A haven of tranquility”

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Ardara Lodge Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #21 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“A haven of tranquility”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stayed here in February 2011 right after the Christchurch earthquake, we had had problems finding accommodation and one place we rang gave us this contact. The owner Winnie greeted us on arrival and was keen to show us our room which was an absolute delight, as was the en suite. Everything was immaculately clean and tidy with good quality furnishings. After eating out we were able to relax on the patio with cheese and wine. Later that evening whilst in the lounge we met Phil, Winnie's husband and we sat chatting with them as though we had known them forever. Breakfast was a relaxed affair spent with other residents and the owners round one large table, good selection of food (continental style) and good conversation. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Booked the cottage which included breakfast. The cottage was tired and the cleanliness was below par.Rubbish outside beside a bin. Bathroom rubbish bin was full of something very unpleasant. Breakfast or should it be what breakfast? Consisted of 2 litre juice in plastic bottle, 1 litre milk in plastic bottle and 4 slices of bread . Cereal was in plastic containers under the stairs .That's it all for $170 .The potential for this to be special is great but looks like nothing has been spent for years.Glad we didn't have overseas visitors as we would have been very embarrassed. Sorry Winnie it's not good enough.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Don't believe any bad reveiws you might have read about this delightful B & B - anyone who has actually stayed at Ardara Lodge (clearly these bad reviews were written by people who have been somewhere else) will know how brilliant it is, and how spotlessly clean and comfortable. The clean and modern refurbishment is recent and is plain for anyone to see. There are very comfortable brand new beds, decent quality bed linen, lovely thick soft quilts, plenty of extra bedding if needed, electric blankets provided, brand new fast kettles, a large silent frig, decent sized fluffy towels, large and spacious shower room. Everything was faultless.

Although to my mind Ardara Lodge is more of a motel really than a hotel, the incredibly reasonable price includes a continental breakfast.

We could not possibly have asked for more, and we have stayed in lesser places for a higher price.

I cannot recommend Ardara Lodge too highly.

Room Tip: We had two rooms, a twin and a double, which would have been perfect for a family.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Wessington, S.D. USA
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

We stayed with Winnie and had a leasurely time. She was a comfortable hostess. She tried to be helpful as we needed to wash clothes and took all morning. Breakfast was fine. Cottage was comfortable. Price was average. Location was handy. Winnie's advice was good and her account of the earthquake was very interesting.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Stayed in Cabin at Adara Lodge over 10 years ago when it was quite new. Looks like nothing has changed, including the bed linen. For the price, we were surprised how tired looking the place was. Threw out some of the food provided as it looked past it's best. Boiled water in a pot as the inside of the kettle was covered in scale that was flaking off.
Current owners should either lower their price or give the place a makeover. Buy a new kettle at the Warehouse for under $20.00. Won't be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

We chose to stay at the cottage at Ardara Lodge. It was rather expensive but ooked and sounded charmingon the Ardara website. The "farm" is a paddock with one beast. Our first intro: the outdoor spa - the floor was covered in leaves and dirt which the owner kicked aside as he escorted us to the spa. The cottage: dead lowers lying on the outdoor table; grubby windows and doors (cobwebs & grime); dead flies on staircase; grubby vegie tray in bottom of fridge; open and used sauce bottles.... We arrived at 4.30pm to find one of the owners had just gone to get groceries for the cottage. We expected the accommodation to be fully prepared and catered for. Owners are nice but the cleanliness leaves much to be desired. This accommodation was the low point of our 5 week tour through NZ.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Whaia
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Property: Ardara Lodge Bed & Breakfast
Address: 233 Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #21 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ardara Lodge Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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