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Beaufort House Akaroa
Ranked #1 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1 review
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“Immaculate, homely, welcoming”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

Wilderness House is paradise. All recently renovated, it felt safe, solid and warm, and was full of all the little touches that make a stay really special - Liz and Jim really had thought of everything. Comfy bed, great hosts, just completely fantastic. I couldn't recommend it highlky enough, I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

This was another return visit for us, as Wilderness House is one of our favourite B & B's. Since we were here a year ago, Jim and Liz have completed major work on the house, structural and decorative, such that post-earthquake it is even more structurally strong and in pristine condition.
As always, Jim and Liz's attention to us was great; - pre-dinner drinks of their local wine, dinner reservation made in the village for us, immaculate room complete with fresh flowers from the gorgeous garden, and an excellent breakfast.
Many thanks; we will return - again!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Wilderness House was by far the best accommodation we had the pleasure to stay in during our short trip to New Zealand. Liz and Jim were wonderful hosts with a warm and welcoming nature. The house has been beautifully restored. We stayed in the Fyfe Room which has beautiful views. The decor is in keeping with it's late 1800s build and Liz's eye for interior design has certainly ensured that the house has kept it's period charm. The breakfast was wonderful with lovely fresh products. Michael enjoyed a wonderful freshly cooked eggs Benedict with salmon. Nothing seemed too much trouble. The house is just a short walk from the beautiful bay in Akaroa. For a small town it certainly does not lack in choice of restaurants with many different national fusions. We certainly benefited from Liz and Jim's knowledge of the area. Jim took particular pains to maps out some lovely sites to visit. We felt totally relaxed after our all to short visit. We cannot recommend Wilderness House highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

wonderful house & beautiful gardens. all our needs generously catered for by warm & helpful hosts. what a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

What a fabulous find. We arrived completing the final leg of our drive holiday through New Zealand to discover the charm of yesteryear combined with the luxury of today well within walking distance to the attractions of Akaroa village. Our hosts, Jim and Liz are the proud owners of a beautiful home built in 1878 that has been recently refurbished to a high standard while still retaining a period feel. We stayed in the Sheppard room which had its own Juliet balcony overlooking the garden and vineyard. Nice touches included new bathroom with underfloor heating, comfortable bed and plenty of room to unpack. Our hosts invited us to use their well appointed guest lounge where we enjoyed tea and coffee and a port beside the antique fireplace. Breakfast was served in the formal dining room with views to the garden. The menu changed daily, included local fresh produce and is far better than what you would find in most hotels. Jim and Liz went out of their way to make us feel welcome in their home and were a great source of knowledge about local attractions and assisted with bookings when needed. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

A lovely relaxing night away in a beautifully decorated and fully restored house. Very gracious and welcoming hosts. Beautiful garden settimg and vista. Very comforatble beds, beautiful linen and wonderfully soft pillows ensured a peaceful sleep. Kim just loved the Akaroa eggs - a specialty breakfast set in the gracious dining room with a very welcoming and hard to leave fire. Can highly recommend the Trading Post restaurant for a special dining experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

We had 3 lovely nights at Wilderness House. The experience was wonderful. Our hosts were very friendly and eager to help. The drinks on the terrace were welcome each night. We would highly recommend Wilderness House for those who love their 'luxury B&Bs"

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Beaufort House Akaroa
Address: 42 Rue Grehan | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand (Formerly Wilderness House)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Beaufort House Akaroa 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to a memorable experience in one of Akaroa’s gracious historic homes. A charming and romantic retreat nestled in a beautiful one acre garden and vineyard. Enjoy cosy open fires and gorgeous bedrooms. Join us for a glass of our estate wine in the evenings. Linger over our special cooked breakfasts. Tranquil, private and secluded yet just a short stroll to the village. Open all year round, multiple night rates and group bookings available. ... more   less 
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