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“Outstanding B&B, outstanding wines and bonus: it's handy for the airport”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of House of Ball

House of Ball
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House of Ball
Ranked #3 of 3 Waipara B&B and Inns
Bath, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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“Outstanding B&B, outstanding wines and bonus: it's handy for the airport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We chose this B&B as our last stop before flying out of Christchurch. As an easy one hour drive to the airport it is perfectly located as a last (or first) stop off. There are probably lots of great things to do in the area, but we didn’t have time and didn’t get past tasting the terrific wines made here. Your hosts, charming and entertaining, will make an evening meal for you and give you the opportunity to try their wines. It was a real privilege to be able to try the wines and listen to how they are made whilst looking out over the actual vines. It was particularly nice to actually sample wines with food especially in such convivial surroundings with such warm hospitality. There were a couple that were truly outstanding (we tried over 100 on our trip and there were a couple (including an exceptional Chardonnay) that were up there in the top 5 of our trip. Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had a great stay at House of Ball, including a lovely meal with the family and the chance to try the various house wines, all of which were excellent. We love to taste wine and we really enjoyed hearing all about them and having the opportunity to discuss them with the makers. We're only sorry that they cannot be bought direct in the UK at the moment.
The B&B is a little out of the way, but is not hard to find and convenient for Waipara and the surrounding area. The views over the vineyard and hills were outstanding.
We managed to leave some clothes behind and Julian very kindly got in touch and posted them on for us, which I think gives an idea of the level of service here. We would certainly stay again on a return trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Julian and Lynda have a beautiful B&B to share with you, the room is brilliant both for romantic getaways but also with friends as there is a second room. Julian is a delightful host! great food and of course the wine is great and very reasonably priced. recommended to all our friends

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

Lovely self contained accommodation with ready access to main house for great food! Magnificent rural setting & views. Wonderfully helpful hosts. We had a main meal - easily our best meal in our NZ trip. Added bonus of tasting the great wines produced by Julian & Linda. Only thing to be aware of is if both rooms were occupied you would need to be comfortable sharing a bathroom. Great location for visiting the region.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Julian B, Owner at House of Ball, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
we only take one booking for this building so guests do not share a bathroom with strangers.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

We had a one night stay with Lynda and Julian on our way to Queenstown and it was a good stop off point to break the journey. Julian cooked a soup and simple fish meal for us, which were both delicious, and served their own wine grown and produced at their vineyard. The separate guest accommodation was exactly what we were looking for. All in all, a good choice for a short stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

We stayed here on our recent trip to NZ. The outlook from the house is lovely. And the house itself is beautifully designed. We chose to have dinner at the house the first night which was a great decision. Julian and Lynda were excellent dinner companions and the food and wine was delicious. I only wish I'd had more room in my bag to bring some of the wine home with me! We'd recommend staying here.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2010

I went there on october for vacations and travel around new zealand, the main idea was to see as many places as we could but the truth after seeing the house of ball and the area i got in love with new zealand, julian is super friendly and a really good cook.
If you have the chance share a dinner with him and lynda, i didnt meet lynda cause she wasnt there but im sure shes as nice as julian is, oh and the house of ball wine is awesome .

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: House of Ball
Address: 345 Mackenzies Road, Waipara 7483, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Waipara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Waipara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the House of Ball, a boutique winery,vineyard and Bed and Breakfast on the western hills of the beautiful Waipara Valley. We offer a tranquil retreat with superb views across the valley. With prior notice we also offer the option of an evening meal cooked to suit your wine. We have our own boutique vineyard and olive grove set amongst rolling downs. ... more   less 

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