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Tophouse Historic Guesthouse Cafe & Bar
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

Really nice historical pub. Cosy night in front of the fire. Delicious meal. Tiny bedroom but very comfortable bed. Had the place to ourselves. The hostess left for the night and said "lock the door behind me please. I'll be back at 1030 tomorrow if you're still here".
Spent two days doing short walks in St Arnaud. The bird life is fabulous.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank StevieNZ
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We stayed overnight at the Tophouse, including dinner and breakfast. The place is a lovely old accommodation house with a heap of history. We shared the weekend with a fun bunch and met some nice people. the dinner was lovely, and the rooms very cute.
The history is very interesting and Nigel the host is a great story-teller.

All in all a great weekend away - would recommend it.

Room Tip: Some rooms have doubles and some have singles - might be best not being directly off the dining room if there is going to be a crowd.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank donyoung
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Arrived here at night with a group and were delighted to find a historic fireplace and great dinner waiting for us.
Thanks Nigel for looking after us. Loved the history and the feel of this place, about an hour south of Nelson which is also pretty. From here it was only an hour's drive to the Marlborough vineyards so would highly recommend this spot as worth a night to enjoy the cozy feeling of your own historic homestead on the edge of the alps.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Whereisjan
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

This was so much fun. We surprised a group of friends going to the Marlborough wine region by pre-arranging a surprise diversion for a night at Tophouse B and B, which is a magnificent, historic homestead with big mud brick fireplace and a quaint tiny bar (the smallest in NZ).

When we flew into Nelson at dusk, we drove our 5 friends south an hour to St Arnaud without them noticing instead of east to Blenheim.

When they thought we were lost, Nigel the owner was magnificent when he came out and told them it was too late to drive anywhere else and there may be a few mattresses to spare!
The surprise was complete when our friends went inside to find a welcoming sign saying "Surprise" and dinner laid out for all of us in front of the historic big old fireplace.
And what a stay it was. Dinner was magnficent and the wild venison was so tender that I wished we had all ordered it.

The rooms were spacious and charming...they had their own heaters and the warmth of the fireplace filtered through the homestead.

Nigel was most entertaining as a raconteur, describing the murderous history of Tophouse from more than 100 years ago over the love of a woman. You can still see the shotgun pellets on the underside of an external roof near the cute little bar.

As another reviewer has mentioned, the small bar has an honour system and you can even pull your own delicious draught beers as well as enjoy the quality NZ wines waiting for you.

Tophouse B and B is history with a capital H and a reminder of days gone by when everything was uncomplicated and fresh.

A really lovely experience only an hour south of Nelson and 3 hours north of Christchurch.

Room Tip: All were historic and lovely
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Manager_Janet
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We can't comment on the dinners or accommodation (the rooms looked clean and olde-world but comfortable), but we did enjoy a lunch and two morning teas on three separate visits, and a couple of beers in the ultra-small bar (beers on tap, serve yourself). Sitting in front of the open fireplace and listening to the story of the on-site murders many, many years ago made for an enjoyable break between Nelson and Murchison. Very genial host. Take the time to try it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Judy F
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