We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great house - excellent hospitality”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Beaufort House Akaroa
Ranked #1 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great house - excellent hospitality”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We spent two nights at Wilderness House over the Christmas/NY period. The heritage house is set in immaculately maintained gardens and inside it's furnished with just the right nod to its history but with all modern facilities (eg all-new bathroom/wireless internet). Jim and Liz were the the perfect hosts - introducing guests to each other over wine in the evening and cooking up their famed breakfast in the morning. Through their in-depth knowledge of Akaroa, they were able to help us organise exactly the activities we wanted to do. We can definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Andrew M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

236 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    222
    14
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
23
187
2
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (39)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Florida
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

As a result of the Sea Princess not being able to accommodate us back on board due to bad weather, we were given this amazing property to spend the night. Jim, the owner met us at the Akaroa gym where over 700 of us were stranded, and just 4 of us got picked for this gorgeous property. We spent time in the main living room with Jim and Liz learning about Akaroa and New Zealand in General, and the rooms were amazing. We had the most comfortable bed, gorgeous furnishings, and even the next morning, breakfast was served in the cozy warm dining room and it was delicious. We could not have found a more accommodating host and hostess as well as the beautiful accommodations if we had tried. We consider it a blessing that our ship was not able to get us back on board, and the entire town of Akaroa rose to the occasion to house all 700 of us for the night. I would highly recommend this Inn and its location so close to everything in Akaroa. God Bless you for making this night the most memorable of our trip in its entirety.

Room Tip: they are wonderful! You can't go wrong with any room at this Inn.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank lynnr11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Wilderness House for a weekend trip to Akaroa. Wilderness House a heavenly home a short stroll away from downtown Akaroa. Make sure you set aside some time to tour the tastefully furnished, amply decorated villa, explore the wide network of garden paths, and have a cultivated conversation sipping Pinot in the lounge before you go for dinner. Jim and Liz are amazingly attentive and very friendly hosts who had us enjoy their company in no time. Their intimate knowledge of the local scene comes really handy when arranging activities. The breakfast the next morning made the whole stay perfect. Wilderness House is spotless clean, an amazing achievement given the thousand little things around.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Boris G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed at Wilderness House for two nights. It was the penultimate stay of our tour around New Zealand. It is a charming, beautifully decorated house with wonderful gardens and its own vineyard.
Jim and Liz are wonderful hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them and their breakfasts seem to be legendary in ,
Akaroa, and you can see why!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Lynne677
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Very nice and relaxing stay. The hosts are very welcoming and we had a nice chat in front of the fire with some local complimentary wine. The premises have been thoughtfully and tastefully restored and are a joy to stay in. The rooms feel homely and comforting, the beds sooo comfortable with gorgeous soft linen. The views are wonderful and you don't need to close the curtains so you get a nice private view of the hills beyond. To top it all off you get treated with an amazing breakfast with fresh produce and special treats.
Highly recommended!

Room Tip: We had the fyfe room which has a bathroom with a bath and gorgeous views over garden and hills beyon...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Denissa H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Abingdon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed June 24, 2012

We had planned a car tour of South Island, staying at a succession of B&Bs booked via the internet from UK. We arrived at our first B&B (in Akaroa) around 5 pm and to our dismay, found it totally deserted! So we sought refuge elsewhere and were very lucky to be attracted by the lights blazing from Wilderness House. Jim and Sue were busy hosting a family gathering to celebrate a birthday and to mark the local ANZAC day commemoration in which they had been involved. But we were welcomed most warmly into the group and plied with drinks and canapes. That chacterised the hospitality we enjoyed at the beautiful Wilderness House.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Bernard P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2012

Wilderness House was a total revelation when we found it tucked into the hill in Akaroa. Built in 1878 it was everything you would imagine a colonial home to be. From the wonderful wooden verandahs, beautiful internal staircase and wonderfully sized rooms.

Lilly and Jim are the perfect hosts and I don't think our views are tainted by the amount of their chardonnay or pinot noir that we consumed during the evening drinks with their guests. They are a very welcoming couple, available but not overly attentive (in an over bearing way).

Much has been written about the gourmet breakfasts and most of it is true (at least the good bits). We loved the relaxed come and go atmosphere, the gorgeous garden and the sheer quality of the interior decor.

We would certainly go again and recommend it to anyone. (They even threw in a minor earthquake tremor whilst we were there!)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank MichaelSK63
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Akaroa hotels
0.8 mi away
Akaroa Village inn
Akaroa Village inn
#1 of 6 in Akaroa
104 reviews
0.4 mi away
Akaroa Criterion Motel
0.2 mi away
La Rochelle Motel
La Rochelle Motel
#3 of 6 in Akaroa
219 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 mi away
Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection
0.4 mi away
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
0.3 mi away
Akaroa Fyrne Brooke House
Akaroa Fyrne Brooke House
#11 of 24 in Akaroa
9 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Beaufort House Akaroa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Beaufort House Akaroa

Property: Beaufort House Akaroa
Address: 42 Rue Grehan | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand (Formerly Wilderness House)
Phone Number:
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TripOnline SA and Priceline so you can book your Beaufort House Akaroa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing