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“Lovely place in Christchurch”
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Designer Cottage
Ranked #4 of 133 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
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“Lovely place in Christchurch”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

The owner is very hospital during our stay at the B&B. Will recommended to our friend visiting the quake city. It is between hotel and Motel, loving the personal touch by the designer owner. Also the location is very close to many cafe and eating area.

Room Tip: Go with room with private bathroom and garden views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Chet and Steve were very gracious and accommodating. It was such a lovely ambience, very cosy and warm. We loved the electric blanket at night. They were very helpful in figuring out our itinerary for our time there and around the area. The breakfast each morning was perfect. We stayed there 3 nights and would definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Christchurch has always been our favourite place for overseas vacation. 2014 marks our third visit to here, being the first in 2011 and next in 2012. When I first came in 2011 I have stayed in Designer Cottage and since then we came back again to stay here in 2012 and 2014. We always had good sleep, good rest, and good breakfast during our stay here especially after a long day visiting attractions around town.

The place has a unique homely feel and environment, crafted by the creativity of its landlord. From the interior rooms and living area to the gardens, Chet (the landlord, owner) has designed the place very well that every corner of the house is unique and has its own signature and that fascinates me as a hobbyist photographer.

As for location, the accomodation is 10 minutes drive away from town center and as for basic amenities such as takeaways, fast food centers, gym, a Countdown store are just within 10 minutes of walking distance. There is also local bus services plying on the main road which is just 5 minutes walk from the house.

Chet, the owner is very helpful & friendly to assist us during our stay and he is very knowledgeable about where to go around and getting tthe very best of your vacation. We hope to come back here again and visit the places and stay at this beautiful cottage again.

P/s: Chet, Please accept the photographs here as our gift to you. Feel free to use it for your cottage.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are very quiet, nicely provided with basic amenities to suit your preference. Be su...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Small cosy and cute cottage for my family during our Christchurch visit. Completely contrast from our normal hotel styles. The host Steve is very friendly and the co Hosting Marmite (The funny cat) just as friendly. Garden is lovely with courtyards and fruite trees. From a concrete jungle city, this place is paradise to us.

The location is prefer with short walk to cafe and restaurants. Nothing I dislike about the B&B experience, am looking forward to our future stay.

Room Tip: Room with ensuite or private bathroom, pay a bit more but worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Our few day stays at this lovely B&B feel completely relax and wanting for more. Being a lazy traveler, the location is just prefect for us, the balance between City center and local experience. Cafe and restaurants always few minute walk from here. The B&B is home to a local designer, so the deco are very unique.

The courtyard garden of this place always feeling relax with running water and beautifully landscaped. Try this Christchurch B&B, you will never be disappointed. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Pay more for the ensuite room facing the courtyard, or any double room with private bathroom. Make s...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Our stays was brief and sweet. We wanna to come back to this lovely place again. The garden is 'Zen' design and sense of peacefulness. Th owner Chet is a local artist, so it is a unique B&B experience. We thanking him for sharing his house with us. Will be back again soon.

Room Tip: Love our normal standard room, wish we could effort for the room with private bathroom ( we are on a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Beihai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014

I recently stayed in Christchurch for a meeting, and was fortunate enough to stay at this friendly B&B.

Chet the owner checked me into my ensuite room with a garden view toward a water feature and lovely courtyard.

The B&B is located off Colombo Street, so plenty of restaurants and eating places. Walk to the city square is easy, but if you are not a walker buses are regular every 15 min from Colombo Street.

Room Tip: Outstanding Ensuite room in the water garden courtyard. Some rooms are share bathroom facilities, so...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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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 #4 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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