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Fletcher Lodge
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“Exceptional hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

Ewa's hospitality really makes this place special. She took particular care to help us with dinner choices, made reservations for us, provided maps for us to use, and helped us plan our days in Dunedin. Her husband was also an excellent host as well as a great breakfast cook! The Lodge is a historic site and only a few minutes walk downhill to town.

Room Tip: The rooms upstairs have far better views and bathrooms.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

We had to go to Dunedin at short notice last week. I booked Fletcher Lodge through Bookit partly because there were very few options available to me as the city was busy with students and their families returning to University, people attending a convention and an annual bagpipe event.

Everything about Fletcher Lodge is excellent. We were greeted on arrival and shown around. Our room, bed and other facilities available were fabulous and included a heated floor in the bathroom for one very cold Aucklander (me). We are not early risers and mentioned we didn't need breakfast but Ewa made sure there was a lovely fruit selection available for us plus croissants and toppings and a selection of beverages. Fletcher the young schnauzer is very friendly if you like dogs but well under the owners control in case you don't.

The house is a heritage house and Ewa knows the history and is able to discuss it and the building.

I highly recommend staying here and would definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

Ewa was a great hostess during our stay in Dunedin. She was quite motherly as she guided us through the last two days of our trip to New Zealand. She was great at listening to what we were looking for during our limited time there. So much so that we are looking forward to a return visit!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

The charm and excellent informative welcome outwheighed the out of centre uphill location. The efforts made to make us feel at home were much appreciated, as was the help in booking a visit to the albertross colony. Country house style fresh cooked breakfast. Fletcher Lodge has perfected hospitaity as a fine art. The rooms are excellently furnished with every comfort.
A great South Island tour stopover.
The off street parking is a bit challenging but your hosts are happy to help.
Dunedin itself was somewhat sad and rundown, with less than perfect evening meals available within walking distance of Fletcher Lodge, however, with a car, there is plenty to see and do, particularly on Otago Perninsular.

Room Tip: Ask for the Carghill Room
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

First impressions of Fletcher Lodge were very positive and simply got better every minute! The gardens, with an elegant circular stairway and water feature; grand entrance and Reception area are everything you would expect of a fine country mansion - but to achieve this in a city setting is a feat in itself. This fine building offers imposing public rooms, and most bedrooms are on the grand scale, although one or two are smaller, offering something for everyone (we got a tour!). There are also two apartments with two bedrooms in each.
We used Fletcher Lodge as a base, and stayed in the Craigard Room on several occasions: a light and airy space overlooking the patio and garden, which has beautiful mahogany furniture and a four poster bed, sumptuous drapes, huge plasma screen TV, and a gorgeous bathroom, with bath and shower. Delightful touches, such as towels tied with ribbon and fluffy bathrobes add a luxurious touch, and the free WiFi and many little extras helped to make this a real home from home. We also had the memorable Edinburgh Suite on one occasion, which was a truly luxurious experience (all of the above but more so – with oodles of space and a balcony!)
The public rooms include a wood-panelled guest sitting room with ornate stained glass roundels in the windows, an open fire and sherry for an aperitif; a dining room with ornate furniture, shining silverware, opulent crockery and tableware; and grand hallways, with a stunning, ancient suit of armour standing guard over the magnificent staircase.
Breakfast is an event, with delightfully presented fruits, cereals and fruit juices, along with perfectly cooked croissants and choice of cooked dish and hot beverage.
Ewa and Keith are the perfect hosts: their knowledge of Dunedin, Otago and the wider New Zealand being encyclopaedic. They went out of their way to make our stay a real treat in so many ways (even looking after our excess luggage while we went off elsewhere!), and we are counting the days till our next visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely - my favourites are Craigard and Edinburgh - both of which have garden views. E...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

When I think of our stay at Fletcher Lodge I only see stars and definitely five of them. We were met in the driveway by our cordial and ever so helpful hosts Ewa and Keith. Ewa showed us to one of the most magnificent bedroom suites we’ve every stayed in. To say it was five star, furnished and appointed to the extreme, would be selling in short. It was a gorgeous, huge room with private balcony and large, sunny windows. Fletcher Lodge is a beautifully restored 1924 residence that gives you a glimpse into New Zealand’s heritage. Every detail, from the furnishings to the fine china on which our gourmet breakfast was served, was meticulously observed. We unfortunately had to depart very early our last morning at the Lodge and missed the regular breakfast provided. Ewa kindly packed for us a breakfast take away for our journey west. This was so kind and beyond the call of duty. If you truly want a superb accommodation experience and, if you enjoy the finer pleasures of life, we implore you to book with Fletcher Lodge. You deserve only the very best. Roger & Lenny stayed at Fletcher Lodge, Dec. 5-6, 2011.

Room Tip: We had the huge bedroom suite on the second floor with private balcony...definitely the best room in...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

We were coming to the end of a holiday when we stayed here and had stayed at a really good places, so had got quite choosy. However this place was absolutely charming. It is owned by an English and Polish couple (not Portuguese as another reviewer stated). Ewa was in Poland to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday, so their son some came down from Wellington to help. Both father and son were very very interesting and helpful. Our room was very nice and breakfast was excellent. There is free Internet access.

They have a file of recommended restaurants and made reservations for us. We stayed three nights and the three restaurants they recommended were excellent.

I cannot give this an excellent rating for the following reason. I am disabled and have difficulty with steps, therefore a groundfloor room was requested everywhere. We had a groundfloor room here. But there are two sets of steps with nothing to grab hold of to be able to access the property. To access the property I needed help from 2 people – my husband and the owners son. They were very helpful and there was never any problem, but we were not informed about this access problem and we should have been, so we could make the decision whether to come or not.The owners were awate of my mobility problem before we came.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fletcher Lodge

Property: Fletcher Lodge
Address: 276 High Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Fletcher Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few minutes walk from the Dunedin City centre, Fletcher Lodges complex offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities.Nestled in a secluded, established gardens the lodge complex is conveniently located within minutes of many of the citys finest and most popular cafes and restaurants.A Lodge stay offers the charm and personal attention of a bed and breakfast whilst extending the amenities associated with full service HotelsBuilt by Sir James Fletcher in 1924 to serve as his private residence whilst he oversaw the construction of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition complex, the main historic property offers a rare glimpse of New Zealands Heritage. ... more   less 
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