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“Warm kind hosts and beautiful location overlooking the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Anselm House

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Anselm House
Ranked #51 of 130 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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“Warm kind hosts and beautiful location overlooking the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2011

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

We have just returned from Christchurch where Jan & Leigh looked after us superbly well in difficult times. We were due to arrive the day after the earthquake. Jan had contacted us letting us know their circumstances & offering us to chance to cancel should we wish to do so. Our en-suite room was perfectly prepared, tastefully decorated & very comfortable. As restaurants were still closed, we shared with our hosts a lovely evening meal prepared by Jan - Breakfast was wonderful too. Leigh kindly picked us up from dropping of our hire car & took us to the airport for out flight..

Jan & Leigh really are a lovely couple & such generous hosts who like all the people of Christchurch deserve our support.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

First rate B&B with wonderful hosts Jan and Leigh.
Excellent rooms and food, Jan and Leigh do everything they can to make your stay in Christchurch memorable.
Situated next to Riccarton Park, Anselm House gives the impression of being in a semi rural setting despite being convenient for the city centre. Quiet and tranquil. With beautiful gardens, in fact a friend of ours enquired if the photos of the garden that we took were pictures of the Christchurch Botanical Gardens!
10 minutes easy drive from the airport and easily found, it makes an excellent first stop when arriving in Christchurch.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2011

If you want an excellent B & B out of central Christchurch but within easy walking distance this is the one for you. Your hosts, Jan and Leigh are quite charming and most welcoming. We stayed before 5 years ago and when we got here this time it was just like coming home - the welcome was wonderful. The breakfast is always excellent with a great selection. We stayed in the river room, which overlooks the river and although not large is most comfortable with a good en-suite.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2011

Wonderful hosts, lovely historic home with both Riccarton reserve and Mona Vale just around the corner.
Jan keeps a spotlessly clean and beautiful home in a quiet residential suburb of Christchurch. Everything thought of in the house, and wonderful attention to us - Jan and Leigh are very engaging and exceptionally helpful.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sunnyvale CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2010

My wife and I spent the first day of our honeymoon at Anselm Housee . It is less than a five minute drive to downtown Christchurch. Even though our flight was delayed for a few hours, Jan was still waiting for us when we arrived and gave us suggestions for things to do downtown and places to eat. When we got back, we were able to check up on email through their free wifi, so rare in New Zealand and a nice touch.
The room itself is spacious with a large ornate bed on which we slept wonderfully and a desk and multiple chairs set up if you need to work. The bathroom has a heated towel rack and heated floors which were great. They have grown a beautiful garden and the property is situated on the Avon river making for a great setting.
In the morning we were treated to Jan's amazing breakfast. She put together a fresh fruit salad, yogurt, toast, cereal and eggs benedict. Her homemade jam is amazing! Jan and Leigh were great company for breakfast, providing us details and suggestions about driving routes and more things to do in New Zealand.
When we had to leave, she had packed us up some cookies and her homemade jam. We ate the jam everyday for the rest of the week and were sad when we had a little left that security at the airport made us discard.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2010

My wife and I recently traveled to New Zealand and made reservations at Anselm House Bed and Breakfast for the day of our arrival as well as the night before we left the wonderful world of Southern Island New Zealand.
Our hosts, Leigh and Jan, were absolutely marvelous. We felt more like family than we did overnight guest.
Jan is a wonderful cook serving us a hardy breakfast with lots of homemade goodies to enjoy. Both Leigh and Jan had many travel thoughts that they shared with us to help us in our travels.
When we return to New Zealand this will be a spot on our itinerary.
Thank you Leigh and Jan.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Anselm House

Property: Anselm House
Address: 34 Kahu Road | Fendalton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 130 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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