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“A Step Back in Time”
Review of Banks House Akaroa

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Banks House Akaroa
Ranked #7 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“A Step Back in Time”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you Denise, for taking the time to write about your Banks House Akaroa visit.
We enjoyed your company and hope to see you back this way again in the future!
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Nice little place with an easy walk down to the harbor and restaurants.
We stayed in the guest cottage behind the house.
Lovely garden even in late summer.
Good coffee at breakfast.
Fast internet
Friendly staff

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thankyou Dan , hope your back is better and you are back hang gliding again in the skies!
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We spent 2 nights at Banks House and was met on arrival by Simon who was so helpful and friendly. The Garden Room was beautiful and the furniture in the house takes you back on memory lane. Quiet street but walking distance from the warf. Can recommend Banks House.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you Elise, so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Akaroa with us at Banks House.
Banks Peninsula a beautiful part of the country, in the 1920's Akaroa was promoted as 'the Riviera of the South' ...
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I spent two nights here covering New Year's Eve 2013 and loved it. The guesthouse is actually a historical home, beautifully refurbished. The owners themselves do not live there but in another historical home at the far end of the village. The effect of this is that you essentially have the run of the place - can sit about reading peacefully in either of two living rooms and can help yourself to whatever coffee/tea/biscuits are available in the kitchen. If you staying here alone, this can effectively be like having not so much rented a room as a house!

The guesthouse is kept spotless, and in all respects is very tastefully furnished - although recently renovated, the decor has not drifted at all far from the 'heritage' mood of the house itself.

Proprietors Sharon and Noel were very kind and welcoming - even to the extent of suggesting that I have breakfast not at Banks House but at Beaufort House (where they live). They both evidently take pleasure in welcoming people and on both mornings Noel joined us in the dining room and regaled us with some fascinating anecdotes. All in all, you are made to feel very much at home.

The only caveat I could think of is that the 1769 room was (thus far) without a wardrobe: that didn't bother me, as I was travelling light and staying only a short while, but others might want to keep that in mind. This is mere detail, however: there are surely very few places to stay in Akaroa that are as good as Banks House.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thank you Gary, we thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay at Banks House and hope to see you again in the future! There is plenty to see and do in Akaroa and a pleasant get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I trust you were rested on your return and managed to finish the books :)
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Osmotherley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Arrived late afternoon after a long drive in he rain after whale watching at Kaikoura. Made to feel very welcome, nice touches like a blackboard with our names and those of other guests saying welcome. We were given the run of the house including a kitchen, 2 lounges, sky TV and Internet access. Very comfortable rooms and all immaculately clean.
Made to feel very welcome and treated to excellent continental breakfast with a suitably French theme . All too short a stay as heading for Dunedin but time for a drive up the spectacular Stoney bay road for views if the amazing scenery. All best wishes for the accommodation and comes highly recommended. Not cheap but doesn't pretend to be

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you Ian for your kind comments, it has been a pleasure to renovate the 1878 house and yet modernise it to todays standards. We stayed in B&B's in the UK last year and were impressed with the boutique style of accomodation. I am pleased you made it to Stoney Bay, it is a great drive and superb views of Akaroa and the Peninsula. Our very best wishes to you, Jane & Jake for 2014!
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We've had some brilliant welcomes in New Zealand, but this was the first time that we've been welcomed as the very first guests to a new B&B. Banks House is the sister property to Beaufort House, on the other side of Akaroa bay, and is intended to offer a similar sort of bijou bed-and-breakfast experience but on a slightly smaller scale. We booked on the Friday afternoon before the long Labour Weekend, having not realised (as visitors to the country) that space would be at a premium. Banks House really stretched our budget but it had the distinct advantage of having space *and* not requiring booking for a minimum of two days, and it was worth every cent. We were given an upgrade on our room (there's four, two each at two price points) as we were the only guests and to minimise any disturbance from some work that was still being completed on one room. The Garden Room was very appealing - fresh and bright, and nestled into the beautiful, blooming garden. The room was spotless, the bed immensely comfortable, and the space incredibly warm and quiet on a very blustery night. The continental breakfast was fantastic: warm fresh bread and croissants, a superb fruit platter and a selection of cereals and yoghurt including - a highlight - fruity, creamy bircher muesli. The friendliness and helpfulness of the hosts, and their enthusiasm for the new venture was the icing on the cake. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sharon R, Owner at Banks House Akaroa, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your pleasing and inspiring review on our new property!
We have enjoyed renovating and refurnishing this special 1878 historic property in Akaroa.
Last week we unexpectantly received a Tourism Award for the website and it Smart Phone capabilility. Your review has put a wonderful capping to the project - thank you once again and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in beautiful Akaroa!
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Property: Banks House Akaroa
Address: 158 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Banks House Akaroa 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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