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Lisburn House
Ranked #15 of 63 Dunedin B&B and Inns
Chepstow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“An excellent introduction to New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

we recently started our holiday in New Zealand with a three night stay at Lisburn House. The welcome, accommodation, comfort and service were of the highest standard. My wife was unfortunately quite ill for a couple of days and nothing was too much trouble for Olivia.

We enjoyed our stay in Lisburn House greatly and have no reservations in rating this lovely old NZ house as 5 star.

David and Susan Phillips

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

We stayed two nights in November. Olivia, the hostess, was running the place on her own while her husband, Alan, was away. Olivia is the complete antithesis of Basil Fawlty. For her nothing is too much trouble. She is warm, generous, cheerful, attentive. Being Irish (from Derry) she doesn't mind a chat and we had quite few in depth conversations while we solved the world's problems.

Lisburn House is an historic Dunedin house and they have gone to great lengths to preserve its Victorian charm.

Her breakfasts are superb. Beautifully presented (silver service), top grade ingredients (eg a jug of freshly squeezed orange juice) and cooked to perfection - both she and Alan are chefs.

Thank you Olivia for making our stay such a pleasant one.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed here when we visited Dunedin and it remains one of my favourite parts of New Zealand trip and I owe a lot to staying at Lisburn House. The room was stunning, the bed was incredibly comfortable, the house is in unbelievable condition and has amazing history, but the highlight for me: Allan's breakfasts. He will cook anything you like. First morning I had French toast with seasonal fruit and it was incredible. Allan has been cooking professionally for years and those breakfasts are worth the money alone!

Do NOT waste your money on a chain hotel in Dunedin. You will rob yourself of half the experience.

Thank you again Allan and Olivia!

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

The service here was awesome.
Allan was so friendly and helpful, letting us know good places to eat, and nice places to drive/walk etc. He also made a delicious breakfast for us each morning, and offered to make whatever we requested.
The room was really clean, and you get your own bathroom just across the hall. It is a little way out of the main town, but if you have a car, it's well worth it.
The house itself is so beautiful, too. A history lovers dream.
Well worth the money, we loved it here.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

What a great weekend we had at Lisburn House for our wedding anniversay. Every thing was perfect from when we arrived on the Saturday afternoon, being greated by Olivia and Alan, who where the perfect hosts. We had pre dinner drinks beside the open fireplace with the other guests staying there for the night. Following the pre dinner drinks we had a supurb three course meal. After the meal we again retired to the open fire for an enjoyable evening with the other guests.
We stayed the night in the blue room which was beautful. The following morning we had a late breakfast which was delicious and we were given several choises of what was available for us to eat. After breakfast we had plenty of time left to allow us to wander around the whole property to admire the rest of the building and grounds. Although we live in Dunedin we chose Lisburn House as we had dined there before and thought it would be a wonderful place to spend and enjoyablel night away. We were not disapointed. We would not hesitiate to stay there again and recommend this accommodation to any one as a perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

The rooms definitely have got some wow factors. I loved their furnitures and wallpapers, which, according to the host, were all imported from UK and Italy etc. My husband and I lived in the rose room. It was spacious and comfy. My friends stayed in the Victorian room. It looked most classical among all three rooms. But I think my faviourite is the blue room. No one was staying there that day, so the next morning I went in and had a look. Really loved that light blue colour!

Downstairs there were a beautiful living room and a dining room. Breakfast was yummy and the presentation was lovely. The host lady asked us breakfast preferences and cooked to our needs.

In a city like Dunedin I always want to live in a B&B rather than a hotel because it suits the city's atmosphere. I think it was a right desicion to stay in Lisburn. It was built in 1865 and marked as heritage inn in NZ. The renovation made it comfortable and clean. There is nothing I dislike about it. It was simply wonderful!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

When you stay at Lisburn house you don't feel like you're staying at a B&B, you feel like you're staying with friends! Lisburn House definitely lets you feel a little of that old world Dunedin charm in their historic house. We stayed in the blue room in which everything you could wish for was provided. It's a good sized room with impeccable old world furnishings. Most importantly the four poster bed was incredibly comfortable! Alan and Olivia are your charming hosts and nothing is too much trouble! As soon as we arrived, Alan made a pot of tea and we sat down in the lounge room and chatted - it was very welcoming. The location of LIsburn House was very convenient and there was parking available at the rear of the house. They have free wifi in the house (we can't do without our internet connection), and there are facilities for coffee/tea in your room. The rooms are also equipped with guest robes and plenty of lovely fluffy towels. We would definitely stay at Lisburn House again if we were in Dunedin.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lisburn House
Address: 15 Lisburn Avenue, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Lisburn House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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