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“Wonderful B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shelbourne Villa

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Shelbourne Villa
Ranked #7 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
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Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2008

We stayed in Nelson at the Shelbourne Villa for three nights and enjoyed three delicious, creative breakfasts with truly top-quality food. We loved staying in the Master Bedroom Suite; it was decorated perfectly and we felt very at home there. We borrowed CDs from the library, which was a very nice touch. Val was at a quilting seminar for most of our stay, but Wayne was the perfect host/chef. In addition to Hopgoods and Bar Delicious which are only a 5 minute walk away, we had a great meal at the Boat Shed Cafe, which is a short drive from Shelbourne Villa. If we are lucky enough to return to New Zealand, we would love to stay at the Shelbourne Villa again!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2008

We had a wonderful stay at Shelbourne Villa which is under the ownership of a delightful couple called Val and Wayne who did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome, comfortable and well fed. They were also great with maps of where to eat, go, and what to enjoy in the Nelson area. It was really great to come back after a day out and to find some delicious homemade biscuits waiting in your room for you.
The location was perfect as the main shopping area and restaurants were only a 5 minute walk away. The breakfasts were yummy - homemade muesli was the best I’ve ever tasted & I can’t even begin to describe how delicious the cooked breakfasts were.
A sitting room off the dining room offered plenty of reading material, games and free computer use. The complimentary aperitifs in the evening were a nice added touch

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2008

We stayed for two days at the Shelbourne Villa in Nelson and our experience was absoutely outstanding. Shelbourne villa is in a lovely setting with flower gardens. Our room on the top floor was huge, beautifully decorated with original art. We had a large balcony with a great view of Nelson, a study, a lovely bathroom with a claw-foot-like tub and beautiful blue ceramic bowl. This was the nicest room of any we stayed in on our three week trip to New Zealand.
Our hosts, Wayne and Val were friendly and very helpful. Val cooked wonderful creative breakfasts, and both helped us select the best restaurants (Nelson has some fabulous ones) and side trips. My only complaint is that our stay was too short. We will certainly go back to Nelson and the Shelbourne Villa.

  • Liked — Our room, the setting, location, friendly hosts
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2008

We moved to NZ 9 months ago and have traveled extensively on the North and South Islands. We have stayed in countless B and B's and Shelbourne Villa ranks among the very best. The location in perfect (walking distance to the center of town), the home is historic and beautiful, and, most importantly, the hosts, Val and Wayne, were fantastic. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or travelling with your 80 year old mom (which we were!), Val and Wayne will make your stay memorable and do everything they can to make your visit perfect.

  • Liked — Nice facilities, friendly hosts
  • Disliked — Everything was perfect
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2007

Four of us stayed here twice in March, before and after our five day walk along the Abel Tasman track. Our friends from Australia were as taken with Shelbourne Villa as were my wife and I.

The rooms are very well appointed (I particularly recommend the loft) and the breakfast was superb. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. We were able to leave some luggage at the house while we were away on our walk.

The property is a two minute walk from the town centre with its good choice of restaurants (try Hopgoods) yet is in a secluded and tranquil spot of its own.

  • Liked — It's a classy place to stay that's right in town
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank Charles2006
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London, U.K
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38 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2007

Stayed for 2 nights in this lovely B&B which is ideally situated only a few minutes walk from the town centre.
Wayne & Val were the perfect hosts being friendly, helpful and welcoming and made our stay comfortable.
The rooms were lovely, thoughtfully laid out and very clean.
They have thought about the small details which made it really feel like a home away from home.
We would absolutely recommend a stay in this beautiful house which oozes character. Wish my garden looked like theirs !
If you are staying in Nelson this is the place to be! I
Wish we had stayed longer.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2007

Nelson seems likely a bustling town in the general emptiness of New Zealand but would be considered small compared with a town in the UK. However it is a lovely place to visit and the range of quality restaurants is superb - particularly Hopgoods which was excellent food at an amazingly good price, one of the best in New Zealand apparently.

Nelson is a good base for access to a number of activities in the area and the Shelboure was a real find. The room we stayed in was incredibly clean and beautifully furnished. The owners Wayne and Val have obviously put a lot of care and attention in to the establishment. They also put the same care in to looking after their guests and will offer advice and help in places to visit and where to eat. We stayed for several days and thoroughly enjoyed the varied breakfasts Wayne provided. Of our 3 weeks in New Zealand this was our favourite accommodation without doubt and woood recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank J_Bolowski
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Additional Information about Shelbourne Villa

Property: Shelbourne Villa
Address: 21 Shelbourne Street | Central Nelson, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shelbourne Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shelbourne Villa is an ideal B&B accommodation option for visitors to New Zealand's Nelson City & the Abel Tasman Region. Independently rated by Qualmark as 5 star - you won't find a better combination of comfort, convenience of location and quality in Nelson City. Four guest suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and room to spread out - our Loft is the best room in town. Fabulous breakfasts. Quiet location only 5 minutes walk to down-town shopping, galleries and restaurants. ... more   less 
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