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.
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