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“Magnificent home in a wondrous location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Akaroa House

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Akaroa House
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Newcastle, Australia
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144 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Magnificent home in a wondrous location”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

The trouble-and-strife's "milestone" birthday saw 9 of the extended family celebrating in beautiful Akaroa and veging out at Akaroa House. A tastefully restored and enlarged heritage home, Akaroa House offers spacious and luxurious accommodation while at once feeling "at home". Alison was an efficient yet unobtrusive host and overall our experience could not be faulted. A sad and reluctant good-bye after only 4 nights.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Alan - that was such a lovely idea for your wife's certain birthday - so special to get everyone together - so pleased the house worked well for you. Kind Regards - Alison
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife and i flew over from Sydney with our 6mth old, to meet up with my family in Chch. Akaroa house proved to be the perfect solution to an idyllic getaway for us all.
Alison was more than helpful in the lead up with sorting payment and offering up some local knowledge and tips to assist.
The house itself is nothing short of exquisite, and we found ourselves spending more time than intended soaking up the sun on the porch and simply lazing about under the majestic Norfolk pine which dominates the back yard.
When we did manage to draw ourselves away and venture into the Akaroa village, it was a brief 5-10 minute walk to all the cafe's and shops.
We're back home one week, and already planning our next trip over!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Stanstills
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Such a lovely idea choosing somewhere independent so that even the local family get to be on holiday :) pleased the house worked out well for you all - and the little stroll to the cafes shops - means you can have a food or drink treat knowing you will wear it off (a little!) venturing up the hill!! Kind Regards a :)
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014

After a 10 day South Island trip our party of 8 adults stayed at Akaroa House. We all agreed this to be our favourite accommodation out of several very good ones. Not only was it spacious, comfortable clean and very well equipped, it was stylishly furnished and with views to die for.
Our hosts Alison and Ross were very friendly and accommodating. Thankyou both for the privilege of staying in you home.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank John B
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Hello John - lovely to have you stay at Akaroa House and nice to meet you all, whilst we were next door. So pleased you loved the house and the views are always stunning :) Trust settling back to work hasn't been too onerous. Kind Regards A :)
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We have stayed at this lovely home three times and it has never failed to delight. Very well equipped with a great kitchen and lots of dishes, serving ware, glasses the lot. The lovely large dining table and all fresco sitting areas lend themselves to entertaining and we always do at least one massive family feast. Everything is top quality, but not intimidatingly so, the slipper bath is a delight and the heat pumps, log burner and gas fire ensures every one is cozy whatever the weather. The rooms are good sizes and have lovely clean linen. Our English son considers this his NZ holiday home, and now wouldn't think of coming without a stopover at Akaroa House. Special place, special memories, lovely hosts, what more could you want?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rokeby481
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you so much for the endorsement of your return visits :) Akaroa house is very special for sharing with extended family for some quality time together. Until next time all the very best :) Kind Regards Alison.
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed December 13, 2013

What a fabulous house! A group of friends stayed there for 2 nights after completing the Banks Peninsular Track. The kitchen was to die for! Didn't want to leave the house to eat out so bought supplies from the local shops and cooked up a storm in the kitchen. Only complaint was we didn't have enough time there. Our stay at Akaroa House was the "icing on the cake" after 4 hard days of walking! We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Lyn M
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you for your feedback and Akaroa House would be a lovely treat after four days of walking the Banks Peninsula Track - well done. The house does provide great dining options - inside or out depending on the season. Kind regards Alison .
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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We had an amazing time staying at Akaroa House - the house was perfect in many ways, and it facilitated a very successful coming together of two families. There were so many spaces for family to hang out, and everyone was very relaxed. We used the house as a reception venue for a small wedding, and it worked incredibly well. We feel very lucky to have been able to have that weekend, and by all accounts it will go down in family history as something special.

The owners of the house are very efficient, friendly and were responsive to our queries. Our family are thinking of doing the whole thing again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank ploops
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing Akaroa House to be part of your intimate wedding weekend - I am so pleased everything went well and the details sound gorgeous. Kind Regards to you both. Alison : )
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 17, 2013

A fantastic house for a group or a very large family. Loads of room for everyone to spread out and have space. Great cooking facilities, not that we used them because we ate out at fabulous Akaroa restaurants, and plenty of bathrooms. Great location on the hill with a lovely lawn for early evening drinks. Loved our stay at Akaroa House and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Kate L
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
thanks so much for your reviews ladies. Akaroa House and the Cooking School do work so well together for a fun get together. The house is a lovely spot for overlooking the village. Servicing may be available if desired. Have a great summer : )
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Additional Information about Akaroa House

Property: Akaroa House
Address: 13 Aylmers Valley Road | PO Box 205, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to Akaroa House. Offered as luxury holiday home accommodation. Stunning sun and views over Akaroa village and sea - then up to the hills. A beautiful heritage property fully restored in 2004 offering five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The French Tub ensuite opens out to the gardens. A peaceful retreat in a great location in Akaroa village. ... more   less 

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