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Chy-an-Dowr / Rosemary Retreat
Ranked #17 of 62 Dunedin B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 December 2009

My wife and I spent two nights at Chy-an-Dowr in November 2009. We loved every minute of it. First, it's a great location, equally accessible for short jaunts into Dunedin, or exploring the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Our room looked out over the water, and was impeccably appointed -- it had the feel of a Victorian seaside cottage. Really it was three separate rooms -- bedroom, kitchen area and modern bathroom.

But the best part by far was getting to spend time with the hosts Susan and Herman. Just wonderful people, as warm and hospitable as you would hope B&B hosts would be. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They went out of their way to help us with everything from letting us use their phone to unexpectedly and unasked setting a beautiful dinner table for us one night when we picked up a few groceries and just wanted to dine in. They are also a wealth of information on the history of the era, and have loads of historical photos that help you put it in perspective.

We loved everything we saw during a three-week tour of the South Island, but no place left us with fonder memories than our wonderful stay at Chy-an-Dowr. We will always look back on it warmly.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2007

This is a nice bed and breakfast run by friendly people from the Netherlands. The website is a little misleading in that it's across the road from the water, not on the water. I'm not sure it's possible to have a private bathroom; we didn't. Decent value.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed 2 March 2007

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights exploring the “Scottish” city of Dunedin with its vibrant student population, the quaint Otago Peninsula (albatross and penguin colonies) and the rugged Catlins Coast further south (more penguins, the New Zealand fur seals and long walks along lonely beaches).

Chy-an-Dowr, the Cornish name for House on the Water, is a quiet, cozy, super clean B&B with all the comfort you can imagine. It is definitely worth the NZ 175 we paid for the Manapai Room.

The 1905 home, a former general store, is located in Broad Bay, a small village halfway up the Otago Peninsula, a stone's throw from Portobello. It has been lovingly restored by Susan and Herman, who moved here from Eindhoven in Holland in 1993. All rooms have views across the Otago Harbour, which separates the Otago Peninsula from the mainland. Susan, a terrific hostess, has thought about every detail, making our stay so memorable. There is a fridge in each room, tea/coffee making facilities, ample towels, comfortable beds and each morning a great breakfast – fully cooked English style if you want it. Susan gave us great advice on what to do in the area. She gladly will make restaurant reservations for you - a definite must in the high season.

We absolutely loved this one and finally mustered the energy to write our first review on Tripadvisor.

Stayed: March 2007
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Address: 687 Portobello Road | Broad Bay, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
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Ranked #17 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Dunedin
Price Range: £87 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 1
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