We had the pleasure of staying with Jan and Leigh twice during our recent visit to the South Island. We experienced such a lovely stay with them that we were sad to leave. They're conveniently located about 15mins from the airport and not far from the city and sights. We stayed in the room overlooking the river which was both beautiful and serene. Both bedroom and bathroom were spotless. However the true reason to stay at this B&B (asides from its great location) is the hospitality of Jan and Leigh. Over the two stays they felt like family to us. Jan's breakfasts are amazing - enough to feed an army. Her homemade shortbread is also fantastic. They introduced us to the joys of manuka honey. Leigh is a fantastic story teller and provided us with so much information and history on the places we were going and had come from. In short, we would happily stay with them again and definitely recommend Anselm House in Christchurch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Features & Attractions: Free personal Airport transfer and TranzAlpine /Coastal transfer— Free Wireless LAN, email available —Secure off-street parking — Short walk to banks, mall, restaurants — Outdoor tables by Avon River — Walk to Hagley Park, Botanical Gardens — Handy to University & Mona Vale — TV in each bedroom — On bus route. Kia ora! Jan and Leigh welcome you to Anselm House, situated on the bank of the Avon River, central Christchurch. Anselm House is a landmark home designed by the famous New Zealand architect Heathcote Helmore and is constructed of pink Hanmer marble in which fossilized shells can be seen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the riverside garden or to cross over the brick bridge and visit historic Riccarton House and Deans Forest. Cathedral Square, The Art Centre, Art Gallery and Museum are an easy walk through Hagley Park and the Botanical gardens. Canterbury University and Mona Vale are also within easy walking distance. As New Zealanders, we offer friendly, genuine kiwi hospitality. We are willing to help with travel suggestions. We are endorsed as KiwiGreen Certified using only eco-friendly products and practices which minimise our carbon footprint. An evening meal is offered by arrangement. Free 24 hour coffee /tea accessible with cookies and seasonal fruit; a fridge is available for guests' use. Tariffs: Doubles from NZ$ 190.00 per night, per couple. Singles from NZ$ 170.00 per night. Longer stays by negotiation. All enquiries are answered within 24 hours. Interests include agriculture, horticulture, medicine, rugby, sport and education. ... more less