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Beaufort House Akaroa
Ranked #1 of 24 Akaroa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Howick, Auckland
2 reviews
“Just lovely”
Reviewed 21 July 2009

We arrived late in the afternoon and Jim immediately made us feel welcome. The guest lounge was very inviting with plenty to keep us interested in the way of reading material and, Erica especially, enjoyed looking at the collection of china, which is Liz's passion. The room was very comfortable and lovingly furnished with all the extras. The bed and pillows were comfortable with down pillows and fine linen. Handy to the village, a summertime visit would have us leaving the car behind and walking everywhere and exploring the beautiful gardens. Jim & Liz were very gracious hosts and provided a lovely "happy hour' and superb breakfast.
Thank you Jim and Liz

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

This lovely b&b surpassed all my expectations! I travel alone which is why I choose b&bs to stay in. This one ticked all the boxes!! The house and huge gardens were amazing. The house is over 130yrs old and so stunning inside, beautifully restored and the most gorgeous bedrooms and comfortable beds. The furnishings and linens are a showcase for Liz's Interior Design business. The garden is to die for. I love finding a spot outside to relax and read, and I counted 16 outdoor seating areas tucked away under wonderful old trees or on a sunny lawn. All I could hear were the birds......this is amazing as this is only a couple of minutes walk from the main town. Jim and Liz were the most friendly and welcoming hosts. Jim's knowledge of the local walks of which there are many, was so helpful and the breakfasts were the best I have had in NZ. The highlight of my stay was the evening wine with Jim and Liz and the other guests. We had so much fun and tasting their own wine from the gorgeous little vineyard behind the house was wonderful. The free wifi internet was an added bonus! I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
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Rome
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

As we entered the long sweeping driveway a peacefulness started to settle upon us. The imposing two story house nests in a sea of wonderful gardens surrounded by lawns, and much to our delight, a small vineyard (we tasted some of last years harvest at the nightly drinks gathering) to the rear of the abode. Our hosts, Jim & Liz, warmly welcomed us to their home. A brief but through overview of the house & amenities ensured we were familiar with "our house". Out room had a view over the gardens with the harbour in the background; a retreat for a special occasion. The room was light and airy & allowed for reading by the large windows; as a coffee aficionado the provision of a plunger and sealed coffee was a nice touch. We asked out hosts for a dinner recommendation and a booking was made--a short stroll from the house.
The evening was cold though the rooms were warm and quiet. A glass of port ensure we could sip and discuss the days events. Breakfast was a delight; fresh coffee, bacon and banana's on french toast-or we could have chosen home baked muesli with yoghurt and fruit--but the taste buds won over for the cooked brekkie. Very helpful hosts(without being intrusive) and a quiet, almost serene atmosphere made us want to stay longer though our time was complete-we will return though.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

As you can see by my above review rating I couldn't fault this divine B&B. My husband and I had such a great time due to fastidious attention and friendliness of Liz and Jim. We highly recommend this to everyone looking for an unforgetable holiday.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

Jim and Liz went out of their way to welcome us into their lovely home and couldn't do enough for us. The house is full of character and beautifully funished with Liz's flair for interior design. The beds are heaven, so comfortable with lovely linen and down filled pillows so rarely found in a B&B. The garden is ideal for eating and/or relaxing outside and we enjoyed sampling the fruits of their vineyard during early evening drinks. The breakfasts were delicious catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. A lovely peaceful location within easy walking distance of the township and good restaurants. We would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Akaroa and the peninsular.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Wellington
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

Our hosts could not have done more. They have their own vineyard and made sure we had the opportunity to sample the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The garden is a delight also and available to all guests. Our rooms were beautifully appointed and we slept amazingly well before being directed to the cafes and shops only 5 minutes walk away on the edge of an aquamarine sea, resplendent in fish and dolphins for those who have that time. Above us the drive along the crater rim to outlying bays and early NZ history beckoned and we took it all in before enjoying a very good meal in a local restaurant down on the water. Our hosts made sure all this happended. Our stay was too brief but it was memorable. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

We had a lovely two nights staying at Wilderness House Bed and Breakfast in Akaroa. It can only be described as gorgeous and our hosts friendly charming and helpful with plenty of advice on things to do. Jim and Liz hosted drinks each night - the wine made from their own grapes grown in their own small vineyard - which was a lovely way to meet other travellers, and swap experiences. A wonderful breakfast was provided each morning with plenty of choice for restaurants to visit in the evening.
Our visit to this beautiful part of the world was extremely relaxing, and we couldnt have asked for anything more. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beaufort House Akaroa
Address: 42 Rue Grehan | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand (Formerly Wilderness House)
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Beaufort House Akaroa 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to a memorable experience in one of Akaroa’s gracious historic homes. A charming and romantic retreat nestled in a beautiful one acre garden and vineyard. Enjoy cosy open fires and gorgeous bedrooms. Join us for a glass of our estate wine in the evenings. Linger over our special cooked breakfasts. Tranquil, private and secluded yet just a short stroll to the village. Open all year round, multiple night rates and group bookings available. ... more   less 
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