We stayed at Banks House Akaroa for three nights in February after traveling for two weeks in the South Island. Akaroa is a charming little bay with wonderful character homes surrounding it.
We arrived well before check in time and drove to Beaufort House (the sister house to Banks House) to see if we could leave our suitcases somewhere whilst we went for coffee. Sharon was friendly and welcoming and said she would contact Simon, their housekeeper to come and open up the house for us. We drove back to Banks House and Simon welcomed us in and showed us to our room. The house is beautiful with lots of character and decorated with antique furniture and finished with silver and glassware. The garden is very pretty and it was really pleasant sitting out there one evening with a glass of wine. We stayed in the house itself but the little cottage in the garden is lovely and would be worth a stay.
The house is picturesque and when the cruise ships come into Akaroa, you will see groups of travelers outside the house with their cameras poised snapping away taking photographs.
As we were staying three nights we were invited to Beaufort House for drinks and canapes one evening, which was lovely. Sharon and Noel were the perfect hosts and we also met other guests staying at the house.
Akaroa is well worth a visit and I would recommend Banks House to anyone considering staying in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banks House Akaroa offers luxury boutique accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy heritage, character and the charm of a bygone era. All rooms have en suite facilities, European Breakfast included in the tariff. ... more less