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Rockhampton, Australia
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had a lengthy holiday to New Zealand and our visit to Sally and Neil's home in Wellington was one of the highlights of the trip for us. Their home is beautiful and in a good location, but it was the great hospitality offered to our family that made this such a special spot to stay. Our children were made...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Jodie and Trevor's family were among our favourite guests ever and we feel that we have made new friends. Their children are lovely and the stay of three days was a pleasure for Sally and myself. We felt sad at having them leave! Need I say any more?

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Close to the city, so easy walking to the cit, waterfront and everything Wellington has to offer. Friendly hosts. Very comfortable, clean accomodation, lovely antique furntiure in keeping with the historic villa. We would definitely stay here again when in town!

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

It was nice to receive another positive review bringing our "Very Good" review total to three (our "Excellent" total remains at 69 reviews, and there are no other reviews). Sally and I always enjoy the company of interesting guests, whether around the fire or over breakfast and these guests were no exception. I hope our paths cross again. Neil

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 March 2016

With a family of four (including our 5 year old twin daughters) in Wellington for a Christmas concert, Gardens Homestay was absolutely perfect for us. The home is a beautiful heritage property, furnished with some lovely antiques and if it was not for the rain we might have enjoyed a dip in the pool. Neil and Sally were fabulous hosts...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

We always enjoy having families stay as our daughter Nina, now 21, lives in Dunedin. The girls were a delight and the conversation, mostly about house restorations, was beyond interesting! Accomplished, worldly guests like these are a pleasure to host.

Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

As the title states, our stay with Neil & Sally was simply delightful. From the moment we arrived until the time we departed we were made to feel truly at home. We received a great guide of Wellington to follow which made our visit to the city much easier and ensured we got to see as much as we could....

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

This s a wonderful review and we're very grateful for the kind words. Being a B&B host means meeting widely traveled people from around the world and Steve and Emma were certainly interesting guests and lovely company We enjoyed their stay as much as they enjoyed being here and only regret that they didn't stay longer with us. Guests like...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 March 2016

We weren't able to find a hotel in Wellington due to the popularity of the Edinburgh Tattoo, which was performing in Wellington the night we were there. So, we thought we'd try a B & B. We happened upon Gardens Homestay and we both agreed that it was one of the best things we ever did! Neil was a true...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

I suspect that we've converted this lovely couple from Boston to B&B stayers! We were very pleased to be able to help by delivering our charming guests to their next hotel. As travelers ourselves, Sally and I know that the little things matter so help where we can. Thank you for staying with us!

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2016

We stayed four nights at Neil and Sally's lovely B&B. We loved it and wished we could have stayed longer. The location was perfect for all the main attractions of this great city. I chose this home through Tripadvisor and was not disappointed. It is right next to the Botanic Gardens lower end where the Rose Garden is, also the...

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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Our stay at Gardens Homestay was wonderful. Neil and Sally were great hosts. We were welcomed by Neil on arrival and were shown to a beautiful room. We were walking distance away from the centre of town. Neil gave us a walking route to follow which was just perfect for us to see round this city. If we are ever...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

What a pleasure to host this delightful Scottish couple! They brought interesting stories from around the world and we only wish their visit had been longer. Thank you for a very nice review! Neil

Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Our two night stay at Sally & Neil's Garden Homestay was such a pleasure! We've each stayed in five star hotels and a wide range b&b's around the world, but this was the best b&b experience either of us had ever had. We would never even consider staying anywhere else when we're in Wellington.

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Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

We had a perfectly lovely six nights in the gorgeous home of Sally and Neil. The location in Wellington was perfect for walking to all the CBD sights and the suite and breakfasts were delightful. What stood out to us on this visit, for each of us in our entire family, was the incredible warmth and generosity of the hosts....

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

Yes, we made new friends indeed! Amy's family were a real delight to host and watching the kids enjoying the swimming pool was fun for them and for us! The whole family fitted in perfectly, such interesting people. We miss them now they've gone on their South Island tour but we hope to see them again on their way north....

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 24 January 2016

We have stayed at "Gardens Homestay" on two separate occasions. If anyone is in need of a B and B that: is extremely beautiful; oozes charm and character; has outstanding, attentive, caring and fun hosts; is well situated, being close to the botanical gardens and city centre; easy to get to on public transport (it took us less than an...

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NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens Homestay, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! Thank you for all the kind words, Richard, it was indeed a pleasure to have you stay and I'm sure we'll see you again. I think the difference with Gardens Homestay is that every guest visit is a special experience for us as we're part time B&B hosts and we only take one party at a...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gardens Homestay Bed and Breakfast was built in 1892 and lovingly restored during the 1990s. Your hosts are Fly by Wire Ride inventor Neil Harrap and his wife Sally Guinness. The elegant facade features stained glass, iron lacework verandah and bay windows. We're located in historic Thorndon, five minutes walk to Parliament and downtown Wellington. We're two minutes walk to the Botanic Gardens and many cafes, restaurants and specialty shops on historic Tinakori Road. Bird Sanctuary Zealandia is located three minutes drive away, a paradise for birdwatchers. 24 Hour parking provided at the door. We have one suite only and take one party of guests at a time so as to ensure the best of attention. Read our reviews to see what our guests have to say. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gardens Homestay

Address: 11 St. Mary Street | Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range: £160 - £221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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“There is only one room, a suite actually, and it is a great place to stay with the long balcony off the main bedroom.”
 of 5 bubbles bettysmate, 1 Mar 2016 | Read review
“only 1 and it's great!”
 of 5 bubbles TravelandAdventure, 9 Dec 2015 | Read review
“The rooms were upstairs and they were fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles K7827REjohnm, 4 Mar 2015 | Read review
“One big ensuite with two bedrooms and one Bath and sitting area well suited to someone with teen or child, possibly two couples who want to flip a coin for the bigger room”
 of 5 bubbles janeth795, 8 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Only one person or small group at at time at Gardens Homestay B & B.”
 of 5 bubbles KTBMD, 6 Feb 2015 | Read review
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