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“The only place to stay in Christchurch!”
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Stoneleigh Lodge
Sydney, Australia
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“The only place to stay in Christchurch!”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

It is without hesitation that we offer this unsolicited feedback to warmly recommend the accommodation and the facilities of this phenomenal Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Stoneleigh Lodge.

We also want to express our deep appreciation to the hosts, Liz and Chris, who excelled in every aspect of looking after us during our recent three-night stay.

This was about the tenth visit across from Sydney to Canterbury since 2002, but on this occasion we chose to experience genuine hospitality, arriving at Stoneleigh on 11 January 2014. We sought an opportunity to relax and experience more of Christchurch whilst enjoying the surrounds of one of the finest B&B’s in New Zealand, if not the world!

Our arrival on a warm Christchurch afternoon was soon met with the warmth of our hostess - Liz. We were greeted like long-time family friends, and without the officiousness so often experienced in establishments of similar repute. We were made to feel that our arrival was as welcoming an experience for the hosts, as much as it was for us! Indeed, we were very much made to ‘feel at home.’

Stoneleigh needs to be experienced for its French chateau design and its incredibly inviting accommodation (we tried both rooms!). However, bricks and mortar - no matter how luxurious - are not as important as the people that make up a home, and in that regard, our experience of the hosts truly made for a memorable experience that we will continue to appreciate for many years to come.

From the local knowledge imparted by the hosts, to the opportunity to freely walk through the paddocks of Stoneleigh and interact with the alpacas, horses and the two adorable Burmese cats ... this was just what we needed as we concluded a three-week holiday in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Guests are in for a particular treat each morning over breakfast! Liz’s talents in the kitchen are superb, ably assisted by Chris as he moves between his day-job and home-life.

An opportunity to stay at Stoneleigh is as much a privilege as it is a wonderful experience. The home is superb in every detail and draws its guests in to all it has to offer, but none of that would have been possible had it not been for the warm and welcoming ways of the hosts.

Qualmark rank Stoneleigh Lodge as five-star accommodation .. we rank it as 10/10!

We will return to the estate to experience its many facets, but most of all because the Hosts.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. We had such a great time with you both while you were here. We love having guests who stay with us for a few days as we get to spend quality time with you and we really enjoyed getting to know you both. It was a pleasure to show you the alpacas and I only wished one of the girls would have birthed one of their babies while you were here. We had a little premature alpaca baby born yesterday and we are bottle feeding her full time at the moment. Looking forward to your next visit. All the best for now.
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I had the absolute pleaseure of staying at the Stoneleigh Lodge in November. I checked in for 2 days to see if I liked it and could not leave. The Host Liz is a delightful hostess witht he mostess and nothing was too much trouble for her. The suite as I call it was luxurious and of a 5+ star standard. Amazing bed linen and toiliteries. Spotless clean and oh so quiet and comfortable. If you are on the fence about booking this place do not be it is all you every imagined and more. The Alpacas around the land were so adorable and it was so lovely to wake up every morning to the sound of nature and nothing else. Liz and Chris have made a fantastic job of their 2 suites, and I will be a returning guest on my next NZ visit. Well done Liz and Chris. Liz i feel I have made a new friend and I look forward to returning hopefully with my Hubby the next trip. Stoneleigh Lodge is a MUST stay when in Christchurch. I cannot say enough of my gratuitude in finding the perfect vacation accommodation. It made my entire trip fantastic and so memorable! Thank you Liz Chris and Emma

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 20 December 2013
Thank you so much for writing this review, it is very much appreciated. It was real pleasure and a lot of fun having you stay. We also really enjoyed meeting your friends. Have a wonderful Xmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2014. All the very best.
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed our 1st 2 nights in Stoneleigh Lodge. The room was huge and the jacuzzi tub was very nice, the kids enjoyed it! Breakfast was excellent and the opportunity to get close to the alpacas was always there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, we appreciate your wonderful comments. All the very best to you and your lovely family.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

If you are looking for a truly lovely place to stay then Stoneleigh Lodge is it. We stayed with our two girls for a couple of nights after a 12 day moterhome holiday around the south island and were very surprised. This was the first B&B we have stay at and it was magnificent . The room was beautifully decorated with every comfort you could think of. Our girls were very well cared for and LIz was a beautiful host.

Highly recommend Stoneleigh if you are looking for luxury , privacy and wonderful hospitality .

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review. Really enjoyed having you and the girls were a delight. All the best and it would be lovely to see you all again when you are next in the South Island.
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We stayed here after getting married down the road. The owner stayed up to late to let us in and was so nice. The room was amazing, warm and very tidy. The cooked breakfast was amazing and highly recommended. Would defiantly stay here again. Thank- you so much for an amazing place to stay

  • Stayed April 2013
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 1 May 2013
Thank you very much for writing this review, we very much appreciate your lovely comments. Thank you for staying we us and letting us be a small part of your very special time.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

I stayed 3 nights in this wonderful lodge, I can say this was the best experience I ever had during my visit to new zealand. I have traveled all around the world , I always stay in highly class hotels. However with the limited options of hotels in Christchurch I decide to try this wonderful lodge. The house is surrounding with some beautiful farms and gardens. My especial thanks and appreciation to Liz & Chris. They were helpful and wonderful host I really really enjoyed my stay with you

  • Stayed April 2013
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. This is very much appreciated by us. We would very much enjoy seeing you both back at Stoneleigh when you are in New Zealand again, all the very best to you both.
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Huntsville, Canada
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

We stayed at Stoneleigh on our way back from Blenheim, before flying to Norfolk Island.I thoroughly enjoyed meeting their 2 Quarter Horses and talking horses with Liz and Chris took the time in the morning to show off the newborn Alpacas.

Liz and Chris where tremendous hosts and the facilities where excellent.Highly recommend.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Liz S, Owner at Stoneleigh Lodge, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, it is very much appreciated by us. We hope you both enjoyed your holiday and would love to see you both again next time you are in New Zealand. All the very best.
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Property: Stoneleigh Lodge
Address: 55 Threlkelds Rd, Ohoka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Ohoka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ohoka
Hotel Class:5 star — Stoneleigh Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 2
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