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Designer Cottage
Ranked #5 of 139 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cozy homely stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

It is a lovely design that may not cater to everyone. It is a walking distance to Cafe restaurants, parks and shopping malls and bus stop. Owner has renovated this 125 years historical cottages. There is also the historical artisan well. He has design and has constructed a central garden. During our stay, we enjoyed his company and has learned that he valued heritage cottages.

Room Tip: ensuite room from the main house is cozy, comfortable and well decorated.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sweeliu
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

We stayed in designer cottage only for one night in rooms with shared bathroom. The owner, Chet, was a friendly and helpful guy who provided us with the necessary information - the places to eat nearby, map of christchurch and the few places to check out during our short stay in christchurch.

Designer cottage is located in a quiet neighbourhood, about 5-10min drive away from city centre (several roads around the citycentre were closed due to the earthquake). There is also a 24hour Mcdonalds just a 2 min walk away from Designer cottage.

We took a room downstairs and the attic which had quaint interior design. The attic was pretty spacious with plenty of room! The beds and pillows were very comfortable and also equipped with electric blankets. Bathroom and kitchen were kept very clean! There was also continental breakfast provided (cereal, fruits, bread, coffee, tea etc). Overall, we had a lovely stay there and would recommend it to anyone else heading to Christchurch!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank hobopoh
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Berchem, Antwerpen, Belgium
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46 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

The Designer Cottage in Christchurch, south island of New Zealand

If I travel again to NZ, I shall certenly book the Designer Cottage again.
The old fasion looking Cottage, had all a traveler needs. Two bedrooms, can handel 4 persons, altough we where 2. Well kept, and Clean, Nice garden with rubarber-, strowbarry- plants in it. Nice arums in the front garden, and a little Fontain.
And on top a very nice, gentil host, Ched

D. De Roovere Antwerpen België ( Antwerp Belgium )

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Bompi D
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Christchurch
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2011

Very pleasant experience. Love how Chet and the Team are trying to keep a part of old ChCh alive tastefully, showing it's true beauty. Definitely recommend. Gorgeous quaint setting, stylish interior.

Room Tip: See a part of old ChCh that survived Feb22.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Robyn P
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Auckland
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

I have stayed there twice in the last year, once in the Designer Cottage and once in the Garden Shed. Both rooms had ensuite facilities. Everything was clean and tidy, as was the kitchen/dining area. Breakfast was a good time to chat with the other guests and the host, Chet, to get advice and suggestions. I was traveling by myself so a bit of cheery conversation at breakfast was a good way to start the day. The location is handy to the buses along Colombo St and small cafes and McDonalds. The B&B is about a block away from Colombo St and is in a suburban area.I enjoyed the time there and would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank murrayg929
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

I had the pleasure of staying in Designer Cottage during a 3 day visit to Christchurch.

The cottage is in a great location, just out of the city and an easy 10 min bus ride to the centre of Christchurch.

The room was clean and comfortable,. Chet is a very knowledgable and welcoming host who cares passionately about preserving the few remaining heritage buildings in the area.and takes an interest in getting to know his guests - nothing was a problem and I would highly recommend booking with Chet on your next visit to Christchurch,

Thanks for everything Chet - Great Location, Clean and comfortable room, Genuine,welcoming and knowledgable host, the perfect combination - I will certainly be back..

Martin - Brighton, UK

Room Tip: All the rooms are clean, comfortable and stylishly furnished.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Martin M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

Hosts very welcoming on first arrival but were nowhere to be seen afterwards.

Room was large but quite dirty - there was a lot of dust and cobwebs in the corners.

The continental breakfast was very limited - just a few boxes of cereal and loaves of bread left out in the kitchen. Everything was self-service and we had to do our own dishes.

After spending the day in Christchurch we returned to find the window was left open by the cleaner (our room was on the ground floor so not great security)

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chris140957
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Property: Designer Cottage
Address: 53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 139 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Designer Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designer Cottage was a sailors' retreat in the 70s and is located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the cottage will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street. We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with en-suite and a self-contained cottage. ... more   less 
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