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Designer Cottage
Ranked #5 of 132 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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“Warmest of welcomes.”
Reviewed 10 April 2009

We stayed two nights at Designer Cottages and have booked to return. From the minute we made contact with owner Chet his efficiency and courtesy shone through and he gave us a warm welcome on arrival, even moving us at no extra cost into one of his bigger properties to give the children more room to play. The house was spacious and the kitchen well stocked, beds very comfortable, and the continental breakfast tray brimming over with goodies. The cottages' location is ideal: plenty of shops round the corner, just a 20 min walk into town but in a quiet suburb with a quaint cottage garden that's a real suntrap. We've been travelling for 3 months in NZ and this has been one of our best experiences yet. If you want the peace of the countryside combined with city amenities, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

My wife and i stayed at the Designer Cottage a few days ago and i have to say it was perfect! The place is really homely and the rooms are huge. There are a few houses next to each other and the gardens, rooms and kitchen/bathroom facilities are first class. I cannot believe there are no other reviews!!!

Chet manages the property and he was really welcoming. He also was a great help with hints and tips for the South Island and local area. The comments on their website are all spot on and i can assure you staying here is an absolute treat. The rate includes a great breakfast (fruit, cereal, toast, yoghurt etc) and the rooms are huge compared to other places in NZ.

Finally for us a big added bonus was free wireless internet. You can spend a lot of money in NZ online and we were able to plan our trip ahead on their fast wireless internet. Stay was perfect - we are booked in there again in 5 days time!!

  • Liked — The huge beautiful rooms!
  • Disliked — Nothing!!
  • Stayed January 2009, 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
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #5 of 132 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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