My partner and I decided at the last minute to go to Akaroa for the weekend, and it just so happened L'abri was available. Swayed by the gorgeous views and the promise of a luscious breakfast and friendly cats, we booked a room rather than the cottage. Due to some glitch in the computer system, I received an email saying that "This is not a booking confirmation", but Jane herself called me to confirm that indeed she was expecting us. That was only but the first of few very thoughtful attentions that we were graced with.
We were greeted by my name written on the blackboard in the entrance (and later, Jane added my partner's name just to be fair), and we were soon escorted to our room. The property is very recent (3-4 years old) and beautifully planned to provide optimum views as well as maximum privacy in the rooms. I couldn't resist posting a picture to Facebook right away and making plenty of jealous friends in the process (3G works fine here, just like anywhere else). The view in the main living space is especially breathtaking, as the entire back wall is essentially a large window / patio door.
The room is beautifully decorated, luxurious and plush, with down comforters, ample pillows and electric blankets. With its double-glazed windows and wall heater, the room is plenty warm, but mindful of our comfort, Jane provided an additional heater just in case. In the room there is a kettle with tea and coffee, and amazing homemade buttery walnut cookies made by Jane from her own walnut trees. We spent the evening playing with Jane's two cats (who were fighting each other for our attention), and sitting around the fire talking until it was time to make our dinner reservation in town.
If you enjoy your privacy and want to save some money, you may be tempted to go for the cottage option, which comes with a continental breakfast. However, I strongly suggest you book a room, if only for the feast that will be bestowed upon you the following morning. Besides, I truly think it is a profitable option, as you will be so full you will not need a lunch later on! We started with a glass of orange juice and tea / coffee, a warm croissant, and yogurt, fruit salad and Jane's homemade muesli and tamarillo preserves. I am not usually a muesli person, but the irresistible toasted almonds and coconut had me reaching for seconds. Then, we each had a delicious egg breakfast, chosen from a gut-wrenching choice of 5 delicious-sounding options, and lovingly made with Jane's own free-range eggs. We even got to see the hens themselves later to thank them in person.
All in all, we had an impeccable treat of a weekend, and most of all we were delighted to get better acquainted with Jane, an extremely attentive host and very resourceful woman. We would highly recommend L'abri B&B and would definitely come stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up to expansive water views of beautiful Takamatua Bay, tranquil rolling hills, nature surrounds and charming gardens dotted with nut and fruit trees. Enjoy Jane's special welcome and hospitality and the pleasure of her delicious gourmet breakfast made from fresh produce mostly from L'Abri's own garden! Enjoy the modcons of the light-filled home and your beautifully appointed room and bathroom, or relax in the picturesque ambiance of the deck and let your cares drift away... ... more less
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