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“A piece of paradise found...”
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The Gables
Ranked #20 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
West Sussex
Level 6 Contributor
788 reviews
98 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
“A piece of paradise found...”
Reviewed November 17, 2010

A chance finding on the internet took us to one of the highlights of our New Zealand and Australian tour, and certainly making our last night in NZ memorable. Our hosts, Chris and Lyn were not only charming and fun, but provided a relaxed and calm environment in which to wind down, after a long ride (don’t approach The Gables over the mountain road unless you have 4x4 and nerves of steel – I don’t know how our Toyota hire car did it!).
Not only did we have beautifully appointed bed and sitting rooms, with lashings of hot water in the shower, but we chose to have an evening meal instead of eating in yet another restaurant. What a wise choice this was, with excellent food and wine, followed the next morning by a top rate, all you can eat, breakfast.

We hope that our travels take us back to NZ since The Gables and Lyn and Chris will be our top spot to visit and stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Stopped in here on our South Island trip and simply couldn’t get enough of Akaroa or of this fabulous little place and its welcoming hosts.

Whatever you do, show up to breakfast with a good appetite – you won’t regret it!

Well worth the short drive out from Christchurch – even if only for a look at the fine gardens!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We spent the last two days of our New Zealand holiday at the The Gables and it was wonderful. The house, garden and sea views were a delight, the food superb, and our hostesses lovely, warm, friendly people. We felt so relaxed and happy in this unique place. A truly memorable experience and one we hope to repeat in the not too distant future. Gill and Paul Humphrey UK

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Beijing
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

We had planned to visit Akaroa on a weekend but found that The Gables had no room the day we wanted to go, so we changed our plans to come a bit earlier than planned so we could stay here. We were not disappointed! The welcome we received was like being welcomed by old friends, with all the stops pulled to make sure we were comfortable. The sole guest room is very comfortable, with a plush bed that I slept very soundly in, and the lounge is full of books for guests to peruse. And what a great puppy they have!

We chose to eat dinner at the inn, since their cuisine came highly rated, and we enjoyed the meal immensely, especially since Lyn and Chris joined us for the main course so that we could chat with them and get to them a bit better. The same prevailed over breakfast, which was among the best we had in our time in NZ--homemade preserves with our toast, a lovely frittata and homemade granola. What could be better?

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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western colorado
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

This B&B has our highest possible recommendation. The hosts, both chefs, are very good at what they do, the farm is beautiful and comfortable. The en suite bedroom is lovely and guests have a large sitting room with a fireplace all to themselves as well as several porches, and a huge acreage with many outdoor rooms for sitting. Quality, professionalism, pampering, and aesthetic appeal are the most obvious things about The Gables, but there is so much else. We love the hosts, the setting, gardens, animals and pond. It is, simply, the measure we use to compare everything else to. There is no other place in the world we've been which measures up.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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houston
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

We have stayed at the Gables a number of times over the past ten years. It is located in the Banks, Peninsula, a spectacularly beautiful part of the South Island. Lin and Chris are charming and attentive hosts. Their meals are exceptional and unique, with almost all the food grown on the premises. The guest room is somewhat small, but very tastefully appointed. We always make a stay at the Gables a part of our itinerary when we are in the Christchurch area.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Florida
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

I found this B & B while looking for places to stay on the South Island. This Bed and Breakfast is tucked away across the bay from Akaroa. The ambiance of the house, the beautifully kept flower gardens, the organic vegetable garden and wonderfully landscaped grounds immediately won me over. The views of the bay and surrounding countryside are spectacular. The hosts, Lyn and Chris, are extremely accommodating to all your needs. There is one beautifully appointed guest room, so prepare to be pampered as you will be the only guests. Both hosts are chefs by trade and provide a delicious breakfast, as well as the opportunity to have dinner cooked for you for a fee. They have a menagerie of animals to enjoy during your stay which adds immensely to the experience.The area around Akaroa has plenty of things to do and experience. You can see little blue penguins and the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, as well as, New Zealand fur seals. I would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast for a memorable kiwi experience.....

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Gables
Address: Warnerville Road | Wainui RD2, Akaroa, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Ranked #20 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
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Number of rooms: 1

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