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Bendamere House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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“Try and spend some time here”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

The problem with touring New Zealand when coming from the UK is that you keep finding places where you wished that you'd booked in for longer. The Bendamere is one of these with it's large modern rooms (ours was groundfloor) overlooking the lawns and sea. Julie had her hands full with husband just being taken off to hospital but she still had plenty of time for us, giving us advise on where to go to see the seals and where to eat (the White Morph). After a sound nights sleep in a very comfortable bed we had a very full continental style breakfast in the family kitchen.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

My wife and I stayed for 4 night at Bendamere. Julie was a welcoming and generous host willing and able to help with our visit to Kaikoura. The room was perfect, spacious, with all the facilities you would want and a wonderful view of the bay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Kerry welcomed us with a vice like handshake which signalled the friendly, laidback tone of our two night stay. Our room was on the first floor with fabulous views over their beautiful garden and far out to sea. It was very spacious and comfortable. The kitchenette was adequate but not as fully equiped as some we had stayed in therefore making self catering limited. The continental breakfast, taken in the main house, was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the savoury croissants and Julie's homemade muffins which we were encouraged to take with us as we couldn't manage to eat them at breakfast! Kerry pointed us in the direction of local attractions and advised us on eating options just a short walk away from the main street. He even warned us to ignore the Fire Brigade siren if and when it went off in the town - and it did! A great place to stay in Kaikoura. Thank you Julie and Kerry.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

We received a very friendly welcome from Julie and this signalled the beginning of a wonderful two night stay. The rooms were spacious, although our ensuite shower room was quite small. Our rooms on the ground floor had a patio area leading to a large lawn with seating where we were able to soak up the wonderful sea view and enjoy the glorious agapanthus flowers that were in bloom. Breakfast was served in the main house just a short walk across the garden and was a substantial continental breakfast including fresh fruit and with the the addition of savoury croissants. Our "play lunch" was very welcome later in the day!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

A view to die for and friendly hospitality.
We were greeted by Kerry with "we thought you'd got lost" and that was the tone of the friendliness from him and wife Julie. We were able to chat about NZ and life in general whilst admiring the sunset over the Pacific.
Our room maybe wasnt the best as it was in the older part of the buildings but perfectly fine.
If you want to get close to NZ then try this.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Bendamere House was a comfortable base for our exploration of Kaikoura. Our room was clean and well set-up with its 'kitchenette' and we enjoyed fish and chips from two different suppliers on our two nights. The gardens are lovely and the view over the bay was exceptional. Kerry and Julie were attentive and welcoming hosts.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I can't speak highly enough about our stay here. The location and views are stunning and just a short walk down a path to the main street. Good sized room with an outside area, table and chairs to soak in the sea vista and mountains. Kerry and Julie were gracious and friendly hosts and their cat was pretty cute too.

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Property: Bendamere House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 37 Adelphi Terrace, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bendamere House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast is a quality property featuring 5 ensuite rooms all with their own balcony and superb ocean and mountain views! All rooms feature Quality King Sleepyhead beds, silent fridges, air conditioners, bathrobes, full tea and coffee facilities and yummy homebaked shortbread on arrival.Free broadband internet for all guests in your room and coin operated laundry facilities on site! Our property features half an acre of lawns and rose gardens where you can sit and relax while enjoying a wine on our garden furniture and at certain times of the year catch the dolphins performing in the bay!! Minutes walk to the Kaikoura township and all sightseeing ventures. Secure off street parking and courtesy pick up and drop off to all trains/buses. Our tariff includes a delicious breakfast with fresh fruit salad, cereals, juices,freshly toasted savoury croissants, toast, honeys and spreads,tea and coffee and delicious homebaked muffins every day! Kerry and Julie have great knowledge of the area and the South Island so we are only to happy to help you plan your activities and trip further on! ... more   less 
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