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“A delightful stay and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bains Homestay

Bains Homestay
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Bains Homestay
Ranked #7 of 11 Arrowtown B&B and Inns
banbury
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“A delightful stay and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Ann and Barrie were a delight! Such a warm welcome and the studio above the garage was very spacious together with small kitchen area, a sitting area and a balcony..Welcomed with tea and homemade shortbread in their delightful garden over looking a golf course. Invited for drinks again in garden a little later on - delicious breakfasts with A & B in their lovely house- mushrooms and tomatoes from the garden one of the days- great knowledge of the area- Arrowtown very close by with a great museum, beautiful preserved houses and lovely walks by the river - golf course also close. Can thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2011

Staying at the Bain's Homestay was like visiting friends. They greeted us when we arrived and offered us a drink once we had settled in. They helped us decide on a good place for dinner and we even watched Mr Bain on his Sousaphone with the miner's band entertaining the tourists in the town centre. We enjoyed breakfast with them in the morning but could have opted for continental breakfast in our room if we preferred. We had freshly backed bread and delicious shortbread made for us. The surroundings were beautiful, with a lovely garden and impressive view.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2009

Couldn't agree more with the previous review - an excellent stay with amazing hosts. Really large room on top of a garage and separate from the main house. Beautiful gardens around the house and conveniently located for both Arrowtown (10 minutes by foot) and Queenstown (if you have your own transportation).

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2008

We are so glad we found this B & B in the Rough Guide. It looks looks pretty much exactly as it does on their web site which is to say it's a nice spacious apartment over a garage. There is a beautiful garden surrounding the house and the views are wonderful in every direction. The hosts are very friendly and have stocked the room with more reading material and things to look at than you will ever have time for. There are a lot more amenities than at the typical New Zealand B & B. There are a few oddities like the bathrobes (You'll know which one if you visit) that make you wonder "What where they thinking?" but it made it kind of interesting in a weird way.

There is a small kitchen area that is nicely stocked with breakfast items, snacks and beverages. The shortbread is the best we have ever tasted! They left us a warm loaf of bread both nights and there were a variety of jams, butter and honey to spread on it. We could also have had a cooked breakfast in the main house with the hosts but we were lazy and decided opt for continental breakfast so we could sleep in.

We absolutely loved Arrowtown. A lot of people say it is touristy but it didn't feel that way at all staying at Bains Homestay. The main part of town was relatively close by and there were lots of great restaurants (The crepe place was excellent.). The town was full of locals jogging on the river path, having coffee or taking their kids to ballet practice.

The day we were leaving a couple from Germany was making a repeat visit. That tells you a lot. I imagine that they get a lot of repeat customers since it was very good value in a fantastic location.

  • Liked — warm bread and delicious shortbread cookies
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bains Homestay
Address: R32 Butel Road | Otago, Arrowtown 9351, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
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Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Arrowtown
Number of rooms: 27

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