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“Absolutely stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Akaroa House

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Akaroa House
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
christchurch
2 reviews
“Absolutely stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

Decided to have a sophisticated weekend away with a group of female friends, and so booked into the Akaroa Cooking School's Gourmet Food class. It was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a wet and windy weekend. To make the weekend that little bit special, we looked for some accommodation that was out of the ordinary. We stayed at the Akaroa house and were not dissapointed. The house was beautiful in every way and the owner, welcomed us not only with a gorgeous hamper of treats, but also a friendly phone call. The house was a wonderful combination of luxury with tasteful restoration and home-from-home comforts (not to mention the most glorious bath!!!) We all had a wonderful stay and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

Akaroa House has become one of our ultimate NZ favourite places to stay. This is our third visit and it is our hope that we can continue to come back. Everything about Akaroa House is perfect. The location, beautiful views, amazing entertaining kitchen, luxury bath, amazing lawns and fruit trees. The house exudes warmth and is incredibly well set up. The extra touch of a very thoughtful welcome food basket adds to the experience. Alison has great attention to detail and has a friendliness that makes you feel very welcoming to this very special House. Her follow up to ensure we enjoyed our stay simply shows the passion for ensuring all guests experience the very best.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2010

We stayed at Akaroa House in November 2009. This was a fiftieth birthday celebration for two of the 6 of us. We had intended to sample local restaurants but the kitchen was so beautiful we cooked our meals instead and spent most of our time at the house drinking wine, talking, reading and generally relaxing. The rooms were amazing - lots of period charm but with modern bathrooms and amazing views. the grounds are beautiful. Akaroa is a great place to visit - we did venture out on one boat trip which was good but we froze!! But the highlight of our trip was the fabulous house which was kust what we needed for a happy reunion and birthday.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2010

We have set the standard now, and we find it hard to go anything less for our Annual girls trips... of 11 girls on tour... where we have a 3 day weekend every year locally. And Akaroa was certainly one we won't forget nor wish to. Akaroa house, was warm, and relaxing, we felt very special. And it had great open plan for us all laughing round the table together having a few wines and cooking our French style dinner in the beautiful kitchen. We will be back next time it is Akaroa's turn again! Recommend it to anyone :)
Cheers, Phillippa Jacobs.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

We felt priviledged to stay at Akaroa House. It suited our needs perfectly (three girlfriends catching up for the weekend). The house was spotless, the beds very comfy, and the views were magnificent. It was also great that we all had our own bathroom. The location was great, and we could also walk everywhere. If I return to Akaroa, I will definately stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2010

This is a gorgeous property overlooking the harbour in Akaroa. The house has been beautifully restored and renovated and is furnished with great taste. However it still retains that very homely, welcoming feeling. Everything is so well done from the fully equipped huge kitchen, a gift basket on arrival, beautiful beds and linen and big generous bathrooms. I loved the old verandahs which run around three sides of the house and outdoor living spaces are great. We drove into the village of Akaroa but it is easily walkable. One of the most fantastic properties I have stayed in.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2010

I stayed at Akaroa House with my boyfriend and his mother, who was over from England. It's a beautiful house, lovingly restored with comfortable rooms (we had a great en suite shower / bathroom), and a nice big kitchen diner. We rattled around in it - it would be perfect for a group of friends or a nice family get together (I can imagine great meals around the big dining table or a barbeque in the garden) - but it cost us similar to a decent hotel for three people, and was so much more pleasant (spacious and private). The garden is beautiful with an awesome tree in it (I can't recall if it's a monkey puzzle or a norfolk island pine, but its lovely!), and the sea views are a bonus. It's only a short walk into Akaroa. The owners are friendly and helpful too (the wine in the fridge was a lovely touch :-) I'd highly recommend this place for a relaxing break. We will get back there some time soon all being well.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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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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