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Beaufort House Akaroa
Ranked #1 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
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Melbourne, Australia
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105 reviews
104 hotel reviews
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“Splendid”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Our booking was helpfully transferred here after our original accommodation closed due to illness. However, I don’t think that we couldn’t have chosen a better place. Tucked up a sloping drive around 5 minutes’ walk from central Akaroa, Wilderness House is a large old mansion, run by a delightful couple.

Our room was upstairs, with a small but practical balcony looking into the trees. The bed was extremely comfortable, the wi-fi worked well and the room had pretty much everything needed.

We had to miss the early evening drinks due to a booking at The Little Bistro (expensive, but delicious), but the excellent breakfast indicated what we might have missed. The cooked dish in particular was top restaurant quality and the chat around the breakfast table most interesting.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Wilderness House is a wonderful old house, with lovely grounds, beautifully decorated rooms and fantastic friendly hosts. We particularly enjoyed the wine made from Jim's on grapes! It was great to be able to walk to the nearby restaurants. We would definitely recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

After a demanding year and the busyness of hosting family gatherings over the Christmas period, we were looking for a relaxing treat in one of our favourite holiday spots. We could not have done better than Wilderness House! The location is ideal, so accessible to the township but nestled quietly away from traffic and tourists. The house, its hosts and setting are just perfect! We appreciated the genuine warmth of the welcome, the generous hospitality and opportunity to meet our fellow holidaymakers over the evening wine and nibbles session prior to dinner, the fine table settings and wonderful breakfasts, and the comfort and luxury of our surroundings. Liz and Jim provided a wonderful haven for a few magical days and we have returned home to pick up our busy lives, feeling relaxed and restored. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay any longer!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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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
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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.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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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
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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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