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Akaroa House
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
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“Just fantastic in every way!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

Akaroa House is by far the nicest place of any kind that we have ever stayed - I wish I could give it even more stars! I stayed there with my family when they were visiting NZ for my wedding in February 2013. Right from the initial contact, Alison was incredibly lovely and friendly - I felt like she was a friend by the time we actually arrived. She accommodated every one of our requests, including acquiring a cot and highchair for my sister's baby from a friend! She also left a wonderful basket of wine, chocolate, biscuits etc. for us on our arrival, which was such a nice surprise.

When we arrived, I was amazed by the house itself. It is very large, and has obviously been lovingly restored to an extremely high standard. The kitchen was beautiful and made it easy to make great meals - it had everything we could possibly need to cook for a large number of people. The many bedrooms were all wonderful - decorated beautifully, with crisply-ironed linens, and with heat/air conditioning in every room. The bathrooms were also beautifully renovated and luxurious.

The situation of the house itself is spectacular - it overlooks the harbour and has stunning views! The garden is wonderful as well, with beautiful roses all along the back porch. We really enjoyed the use of the barbecue in the lovely summer weather!

My whole family adored Akaroa House and it was the highlight of their trip to NZ. I honestly wish I could live there ;) and can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 24 March 2013
Hi Victoria - thanks for the neat review. It was so exciting to be part of your wedding trip, and Akaroa House is just perfect for families meeting up from various parts of the world. Large enough to all have space - but all together when you want to be. The views are just fabulous - it is such a great spot. Thx for finding us - All the very best with your plans. Kind Regards Alison :)
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

We stayed at Akaroa House for 3 nights over the christmas break, and the accommodation was nothing short of amazing. Anything we could possible need had been accounted for, which made the entire trip enjoyable and relaxing. I have already recommended this spot to several friends and my only regret is that we didn't book for longer. Thanks for the excellent hospitality. Cheers, Andrew

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouse, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 24 March 2013
Thx for feedback Andrew - so pleased the house worked out well for you, and I remember the weather stayed nice for the wedding too. It's been such a fab summer. Although anytime of the year Akaroa House is a great spot to overlook the village and sea either from the shelter of the verandahs or if too cold inside with fire and/or heatpumps going! sorry for delay in getting this up - forgot how to get in to website to respond - so techno phobic. Have a great year - Alison :)
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

Akaroa House can only be described as magical! Beautifully and comfortably appointed bedrooms, bathrooms and outdoor/indoor living spaces. Our hostess, Alison, was brilliant! Delicious meals/afternoon teas and knowledgeable about all things related to the area. She even went out of her way to assist with forgotten luggage.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouseAkaroa, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 6 December 2012
Hello Diana - thank you for that - it was fun to meet you all and well done on walking the Banks Peninsula Track - I thought Da Mona Lisa Project did really well. Kind Regards - Hi to all the team

Alison : )
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

Akaroa House was our staring point for a four day walk on Banks Track. Our group consisted of 5 girlfriends about to set out on a trek of a lifetime. Nothing was too much trouble, from the afternoon tea on arrival, lovely dinner, great company, beautiful decor and cosy lounge. The stunning views over the town of Akaroa and the harbour and the recommendations for the cafes, shops and fish monger were unforgettable. There is nothing like local knowledge to aid in enjoying a visit to a delightful part of the world.
I would recommend Akaroa House as a must for any friends or family visiting Banks Peninsula. Alison is a charming hostess and clearly enjoys meeting and looking after her guests. The house is beatifully decorated - all the furnishings, linen, towels are gorgeous and every attention to detail is meticulous.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouseAkaroa, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Hello Lorrae - it was lovely to meet you all, and well done on your tramp of the Banks Peninsula Track in all weathers!. It worked out well that I was in residence and could offer your group DB&B. Akaroa House often offered as a self-catering house. All the very best and hope to hear from you again. Kind Regards - Alison : )
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

Can highly recommend this accommodation if you're heading to Akaroa - any time of year. We visited over a cold winter weekend and were very warm and comfortable in the welcoming home with 7 heat pumps and a fabulous wood burner.

Alison and her team have done a superb job of presenting the home with numerous added extras. We all attended the Akaroa Cooking School and can recommend that as part of a 'girls getaway!'

Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouseAkaroa, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 25 July 2012
Girls weekends do seem to love their time at Akaroa House. It is such fun being all together in the one large house - the heatpumps and fire have proved their worth for winter guests : )
thanks Janet for taking the time to review and hope you are enjoying those Cooking school tips : )
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

8 of us headed to Akaroa for a girls weekend and chose Akaroa House for our accommodation. So glad we did. From the ease of booking with Alison, all arrival details explained etc then arriving on a cold wet evening in mid Winter to find the place warm and so inviting, it proved to be a perfect choice. We soon had the fires lit, dinner underway and all settled comfortably in the roomy lounge with a wine in hand. Choice of who had which bedroom was incidental as they were all warm and comfy with bathroom handy and plenty of them.
All in all a great 3 night stay in a great place.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouseAkaroa, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 25 July 2012
Thank you Jen for choosing Akaroa House for your weekend away, and taking the time to review your stay. I am so pleased you had a great time. The Akaroa Cooking School is such a great "fit" with Akaroa House. Kind Regards Alison
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

I stayed overnight at Akaroa House in February with a friend from Belgium. This really is a beautiful home with oustanding furnishings, lovely garden and wonderful view.
We had intended to stay in Christchurch but luckily for us most places were full so we made the trip to Akaroa and what good fortune this was. My Belgian friend absolutely loved Akaroa House and our overnight stay was the best place he had visited and made a great way to finish our South Island trip.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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AkaroaHouseAkaroa, Owner at Akaroa House, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Hello Winston and Luc - not sure how my response got overlooked on this one. Lovely to meet you and hear of your travels. Thanks for coming over the hill to Akaroa - it is worth the trip. Kind Regards - Alison : )
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Additional Information about Akaroa House

Property: Akaroa House
Address: 13 Aylmers Valley Road | PO Box 205, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to Akaroa House. Offered as luxury holiday home accommodation. Stunning sun and views over Akaroa village and sea - then up to the hills. A beautiful heritage property fully restored in 2004 offering five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The French Tub ensuite opens out to the gardens. A peaceful retreat in a great location in Akaroa village. ... more   less 

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