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Designer Cottage
Ranked #3 of 133 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“good stay”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

We enjoyed our visit and stay at this unique B&B. The hosts are lovely, and the friendly cat Marmite is adorable. Our ensuite bedroom is tastefully and the garden courtyard is just lovely. Breakfast room is clever us of recycle materials. The local Jams Barker introduce by the owner Chet is prefect introduction to our New Zealand trip. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Private bathroom with a garden view
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Sathiam A
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2014

I had a lovely week at the Designer Cottage. The staff were very friendly and really helpful. I will tell my friends to go and stay there as well. The tin shed which I stayed in was nice, tidy and cosy.

Room Tip: If you are by yourself, the tin shed is very good.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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4 Thank Wobbie12
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Shenzhen, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stayed at Designer Cottage for the 2 nights and wished we could have stayed a little longer. The city centre is only about 1.5 kms from Designer Cottage and the walk into town took us past some great little cafe's and shops.

Close the city but far enough away to be quiet and relaxing with some great eateries close by.

Marmite the cat kept us all entertained at breakfast gazing into ther fish pond!

Chet our host was full of useful info on how to fill in our short time in Christchurch. We will have to come back to carry on exploring this great city.

Room Tip: Our newly decorated ensuite room was excellent and recommended.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Chong w
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Singaraja, Indonesia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Our first visit to New Zealand, Christchurch. The b&B host (chet) has been very kind to us. The garden is a luxuary for us, where open spaces are limited. Animal such as chickens and the funny cat (Marmite) is really refreshing to our experience in Christchurch. Not mentioning the host is very well travel, and tell us many good places to visit in Christchurch. Again we hope to stay with Designer Cottage again. Many thanks again.

Room Tip: The room with private bathroom, with a view toward the cottage garden.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Puerto Rico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

If you are looking for a relax experience in Christchurch. Personally I would highly recommended Designer Cottage Christchurch Bed and Breakfast. This house belong to a christchurch designer, a home away from home experience.

The garden is stunning, and the location is very close to Cafe and many restaurants. Walking to the city square took us about 20 min. The owner is very welcoming and friendly. Thank you for the great time.

Room Tip: Ensuite Rooms in the garden courtyard with garden views are great. The price is worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Kathy B
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

When we booked our room at the designer cottage, we expected nothing more than a clean room with a bed, and a breakfast. We received much more.

The room was indeed clean and comfortable, freshly renovated, and that with some taste (there is definitely some design). The cottage itself is an old but well maintained house, with several annexes. The continental breakfast is served in one of those annexes, all the guests sitting around the same table and exchanging about their experiences in a warm and chatty atmosphere. Our hosts were extremely kind and helpful, and gave us some sound advices on what to do, where to eat, etc... We learnt some very interesting facts about Christchurch thanks to them. Overall, they did their very best to make us feel welcome and comfortable and we had an excellent stay there. We ended spending three nights there instead of two as originally planned.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank MzTR
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Coburg, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We had a great 2 night stay at Designer Cottages. Steve and Chet were friendly, hospitable and gave really helpful advice on what to do during our stay in Christchurch. The guys managed to squeeze us in at very short notice and allowed us to check out the cottage first. The cottage we stayed in had a little bit of a mouldy smell but we didn't find it affected our stay at all. The cottage was cosy, furnished with interesting, antique pieces and had a really unique feel to it which we loved. The location is also really handy - a 20-30 minute walk to the city centre, to great coffee and to the Botanical Gardens which was perfect for us.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 #3 of 133 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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