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Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #12 of 17 Timaru B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We booked this B&B on line and were really pleased with it. The hosts Tricia and John were very hospitable while allowing us all the space we needed. The room was great and the bathroom a real treat as so many places nowadays only provide a shower. The breakfasts were lovely and well presented. Thanks.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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seftonhomestay, Owner at Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2012

It was great being part of your "Trip of a Lifetime".
Thanks for taking the time to give a review.
Trish & John

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

They have two rooms, one with en-suite, the other with a bath across the hall (ours). Fortunately they provided robes.That said, the bathroom was gigantic, with a large bathtub. Room was large and comnfortable and breakfast was OK. There was a lounge with a computer, fridge, and coffee/tea. The owner welcomed us briefly and then disappeared until next morning.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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seftonhomestay, Owner at Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2012

We are sorry you were confused about the bathroom. We thought we had advertised it clearly on our website that it was a private bathroom as opposed to an ensuited bathroom. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Trish & John

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Sefton homestay was excellent! my partner and i called quite late at about 5pm needing a booking at the last minute and we were driving from Dunedin to CHCH and needed a stopover for the night.
I called them and asked if it was ok if we arrived late like near 1130pm. It was totally fine with them and the bedroom they had arranged was awesome! really warm, tidy, cosy and the bathroom was great - all new and really clean. the heater was on, and they had electric blankets thank god!
The breakfast was yummy! with toast and eggs and bacon. cereals and fresh fruit, tea and coffee. yoghurt and jams. i liked that they had brown bread as im health conscious! Trish really made sure she catered to what you preferred as i didn't want a full breakfast. They were great to talk too and very friendly. The house is beautiful and used to be their family home, the wood structure is lovely.
they had a sitting room as well with tea and coffee and bikkies and tv and magazines. I liked that, although we didn't get to use it cos we ended up there to late. but it looked lovely!
Would highly recommend staying here if you want to stop over in Timaru for a night or two. They are welcoming and its definitely worth it after a long drive.
would stay again without a doubt! thanks guys!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jessica F
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seftonhomestay, Owner at Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2012

It was great to meet you both. We were sorry it was such a short visit. Thank you for the wonderful review.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

A great place to stay, beautiful setting, lovely host(s). We had as excellent time and will definitely be back when next staying in the area. Very welcoming and homely.:-)

Thanks for a very enjoyable stay Trish. All the best.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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seftonhomestay, Owner at Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love to see you both again if you are down this way. Thanks Trish & John

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

After a day long journey from Wellington to Timaru, there is nothing better than a long hot soak in the bath....and what a bath it was! A most wonderful character house with heaps of redeeming features, exceptionally clean and comfortable, central location within a few minutes walk to the beach. Trish and John made us very welcome in their beautifully appointed home. Trish provided an amazing breakfast. Superb value and a most excellent start to our tiki tour of Southern NZ.
Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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seftonhomestay, Owner at Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on your stay with us. We hope you enjoyed your trip south.

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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Sefton Homestay B&B is a great place to stay if you want to spend some time exploring Timaru. The hosts are lovely and very obliging. The house is on a quiet street, yet is within easy walking distance of some great restaurants and cafes. There is a resident elderly lab/samoyed cross who may give you a smile if you give him a pat.
The room we had was the smaller of the two. It was extremely comfortable and the shower in the ensuite was fabulous (lots of pressure and nice and hot)!
It was lovely to stay in yet another character home (built around 1915 and very well looked after).
Excellent breakfast set us up for lots of walking everyday.
Would recommend Sefton Homestay as the perfect base for a stay in Timaru.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

My partner and I recently stayed at the Sefton Homestay B & B, and we had a very enjoyable and relaxing time. The Sefton is a wonderful example of the lovely older Timaru residential architecture and has been kept in immaculate condition. The B & B is located in a quiet street with easy access to the main streets of Timaru.

We arrived two hours early, but Trish easily accommodated this change in time.

I particularly loved the Rimu wooden trim throughout the building. Our room - the Tartan Suite was spacious and opened out onto an enclosed balcony. The room was warm on its own, but there was also a heater, electric blankets and extra blankets for the bed. We also had a dressing gown each waiting for us in our room, which was a nice touch. Fresh flowers were also lovely. Bed was huge! Very quiet, with only one other B & B room; and so it felt just like staying at a friend's house.

The private bathroom was separate to the bedroom, but this was no trouble at all. Bathroom was spotless and the deep bath and strong water pressure much appreciated.

Breakfast continued the feeling of staying at a friend's house. We sat with the other guests and chatted easily with the owners Trish and John. Meal offering was generous, starting with cereal with all the trimmings including a fruit platter, and bacon and eggs to follow.

I wish we had time to stay another night! Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast

Address: 32 Sefton Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #12 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Timaru
Price Range: $110 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sefton Homestay Bed and Breakfast invites you to be their special guests. Relax in our superbly appointed and spacious 2 story character brick home with sweeping views from the mountains to the sea. Refurbished with the feel of yesteryear, with an ambiance and style you will love. Perfect Location: Sefton Homestay B&B is conveniently located just a minute or two walk from the Bay Hill restaurants, Caroline Bay and the Stafford St shops. ... more   less 

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