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“Ah House - yes, yes in Nelson”

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Ah house, Nelson City B&B
Ranked #11 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oslo
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“Ah House - yes, yes in Nelson”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a beautiful B&B in attractive Nelson. Very friendly hosts. Very nicely decorated rooms and beautiful outdoor garden. Super comfy bed. Lots of pillows. Delicious breakfast will be served on the terrace, if weather conditions permits it. Hoopgood's restaurants and Main St. just 5 minutes away. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Mark and John are great hosts, fun and friendly and Mark's attention to detail is exceptional. The Garden Room is spacious and extremely comfortable and we loved eating Mark's delicious breakfast outside our room. The location, only a 5 minute walk into town, was perfect. We stayed for only 2 nights and left feeling it was too soon!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I just finished up a 2-week trip in the South Island with a 3-night stay in the garden apartment at the Ah House, and couldn't have been happier with our stay. Mark and John were so welcoming and helpful, and gave us great ideas for things to do in and around town. Thanks to their suggestions we got tickets to a play we really enjoyed (part of the Nelson Arts Festival), and enjoyed a walk up to the top of a hill with spectacular views of the city. The breakfast was amazing, especially the homemade jams and muffins, and the house and garden were beautiful. We slept incredibly well thanks to the vey comfy bed, and loved the robes, super soft and nice to lounge about in. The location is ideal, a nice stroll down the hill to excellent restaurants and shops. If you like dogs (and maybe even if you don't) you will love Bella, their little terrier, who is just a sweetheart. All in all, a great choice for a stay in Nelson, and we hope to return soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2013

It has now been a week since we left Nelson and we are pining dreadfully. Mark and John are superb hosts with the most welcoming of personalities and outstanding breakfast skills. Their house is beautiful, delightful, roomy, fascinating, clean beyond reproach, peaceful, central and earthquake proofed!! The lemon eating dog was an unexpected and brilliant added extra. We are looking forward to our return visit immensely and until then will spatter fat with fond memories. Cheers guys for making our Nelson retreat so incredibly special.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

It's all about location, atmosphere, environment, and value.
Ah House ticked all my boxes for the above - just off the city centre, so peaceful but walkable to everywhere you'd want to be in Nelson; friendly and helpful/informative welcome from Mark; great room with more extras than you'd expect; considering all that, good value for money too!
Highly recommended - so much so that it converted my partner to gaystays :-)
Daniel and Jon

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Evesham, UK
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

It is difficult to add anything more about this wonderful B&B that hasn't already been said in previous reviews so I will say just this - to miss out on staying here whilst you are in Nelson is to miss out on
a) excellent hospitality from Mark and John ( not forgetting the lovely Bella),
b) the chance to stay in the amazing Garden room
c) fantastic breakfasts
d) enjoying a beautiful garden
e) great location

There are lots of other reasons to book a stay at Ah House and if it's booked up for your dates - change them!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Spent 2 nights with Mark & John in their (Ah) House during tour of South Island and before driving on to Picton to catch ferry to North Island. One steps off the street, after parking car in garage they provide, in to a bit of New Zealand that will always be England! What a fantastic place. Extensive accommodation to rear of property overlooking garden with plenty of outside seating. Massive bed, sofas, chairs, dining table, music system, which had been turned on quietly for our arrival, books, magazines, etc., and kitchenette to rear. Shower room smallish but perfectly adequate. Hospitality second to none - wouldn't be anything else from 'Northern Lads'! Advice given on attractions, restaurants, in and around Nelson. Breakfasts were a treat. Near enough 'silver service' in M&J's dining room. Delicious full cooked or continental breakfast to one's choice and time with great conversation while they prepared/served. (If you have any 'Willow Pattern' china pieces you want to get rid of, let them know beforehand!). Great end to our travels in South Island. Thanks guys!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ah house, Nelson City B&B
Address: 23 Examiner Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand (Formerly Ah House)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #11 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ah House, Nelson City B&B offers you a relaxing, private, holiday & business self-contained accommodation in the heart of Nelson's beautiful city centre. Set in the leafy streets behind the cathedral, our great location offers you easy access to everything. Our garden apartment has its own private access. We offer you a warm welcome, flexible checking in and out times (please ask us for details). Our rooms have twin-singles/double/super king size beds, free broadband. You also have a choice breakfasts or one of our breakfast hampers, Books & magazines for your enjoyment and we are happy to to chat with you about Nelson and region to help you explore. Room service is provided on request. Whether you are visiting Nelson for business or pleasure we are ideally situated to maximize your stay. We look forward to welcoming you soon. ... more   less 
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