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Tophouse Historic Guesthouse Cafe & Bar
Ranked #3 of 5 Saint Arnaud B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 May 2012

This little pub in the mountains outside St Arnaud is unique. An open fire, beautiful view
sand lovely home cooked food. The smallest bar in NZ and you get the keys when you stay and buy on an honour system, totally unheard of in this day and age. Well worth the trip and the manager randall has so much info regarding the local area. The pool is Lake Rotoitiand the fitness center is walking around the surrounding tracks.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

Not everyone will like Tophouse - accommodation is slightly cramped and bathrooms are shared. But these are more than compensated for by the sheer historic interest of the house and the exceptional hospitality of our host. Our general experience of NZ involved a lot of v modern motor hotels. Top House brought a very welcome dose of historic character.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

Great place to stay with character, history, charm and friendly hosts. Breakfast simple but all we needed. Shared bathrooms unless you stay in the separate cabins out the back. We had high hopes for dinner after very good food on our NZ trip but it did disappoint. Wild venison came out as a fairly bland stew with boring roast veges. Wild boar the next night was almost identical! Would stay again for B&B only.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2015
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2014
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Tophouse Historic Guesthouse Cafe & Bar

Address: 68 Tophouse Road | Nelson Lakes, Saint Arnaud 7072, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Saint Arnaud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Arnaud
Price Range: £70 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TopHouse Historic Guesthouse offers accommodation, meals and drinks ( in NZ's smallest bar) to travellers and has done so since 1887. TopHouse is located on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park and offers fabulous mountain views from the guesthouse or from your veranda of your chalet. The Guesthouse has a home away from home atmosphere. It is steeped in history so come and experience the atmosphere and feel the warmth. The mountainview chalets are each self- contained and sleep a max. of 4 adults or a family of five. The Nelson Lakes National park is an outdoor persons delight with, boating, fishing, walks & hiking on your doorstep. In the area there is mountain biking, wineries, 4x4 tracks and more. The property is set amongst farmland and is a safe haven for young children. We have the best views to the mountain ranges. Retreat to your deck of your chalet or the garden terrace and watch the bunnies, cows, goats, sheep meander in the fields or read a good book in utter peace. ... more   less 
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