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Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection
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St. Catharines, Canada
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“If only we had known earlier...”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

...how amazing this place was, our itinerary would have been different, and we would have spent more time in Akaroa. We stayed at the Akaroa cottages on our last evening in New Zealand. It was perfection. Quiet, tranquil, amazing views - a little slice of heaven. We were sad to leave, and will be sure to stay longer next time! Great restaurant recommendations (Bully Hayes) from the maangers, and a quick drive to town. We stayed in November 2011, and still think about our visit.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We had one night in a very comfortable cottage with a great view. Really comfortable bed. Kitchenette compact but complete and breakfast on the verandah was accompanied by wonderful birdsong. Entrance sign is a little discrete but GPS helped. Great night sky viewing from the open space by reception. Staff very helpful about getting into town. Bring your own breakfast things as the breakfast materials available on-site are a little expensive.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

We spent 3 nights in the Rowan Cottage in Akaroa Cottages and had a wonderful visit. Megan and Kyle, the managers, are very helpful and friendly, enjoyed conversations with them about the local scene and living in the area. The location is perfect.........close to town, but up on a bluff where you can see the water. The property is beautifully kept, as are the rooms. And the song birds are just icing on the cake. Thank you, Megan and Kyle for a memorable anniversary!
Sandy and Gary Nearpass
Denver, CO, USA

Room Tip: We loved the building with the Rowan Cottage and the other side (don't know the name of that one...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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bucks
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Our cottage was clean and comfortable with stunning views over the harbour . It was very pleasant to eat fish and chips with a glass of wine on the verandah. The receptionist was very helpful. The cottage could do with modernisation and more cupboards - a lot of wasted space. Although not far from town you do need to take the car as the road is very busy and has no pavement. We enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Epsom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

You can't fault the luxury of these gorgeous cabins, ours had a view to die for. The managers were more than helpful and really friendly. I had the longest bath in the spa bath in our room and the self contained kitchen facilities were excellent.

The Akaroa Shuttle service from Christchurch was brilliant, and the very knowledgable singing bus driver was worth every penny! The driver dropped us off outside the cottages. The walk up the long gravel drive with 2 suitcases was a challenge!

I guess the only slight downside was the location, again the views were amazing but it was a little out of the main town. We didn't have a car. It's a 2 minute drive, but about a 20 minute (beautiful and scenic) walk. Not a problem for us, but it could be for other travellers with no transport so I thought I would mention it. But, the managers were also only too happy to drop us down into town and did on one occasion.

The place of Akaroa is definitely well worth a stop and is absolutely stunning.

I would definitely go back and it's definitely been added to our "places to retire" list :o)

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Megan H, Manager at Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection, responded to this review, 17 March 2013
Thank you for your great review, i would like to take the opportunity to advise all people looking at our property that we are 10-15 min walk away as on our website from Akaroa township and you would have to walk along the main highway which has enough room to the village, while it is only a 2 minute drive. the walk back is the killer (UPHILL). Should you travel by Bus please get dropped off at the visitors centre and ask them to ring us and we will come down and pick you up. The gravel road on our property is not suitable for pulling suitcases.
We have to agree this would be a supper place to retire, even to live is pretty fantastic Akaroa is relaxed and friendly.
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We were really looking forward to our stay at Akaroa Cottages and expected a boutique style studio within walking distance of Akaroa and views over the bay, as described on the website. We were left to find our own way to a dreary 50+year old croquet hut, poorly maintained and surrounded by dense woodland. The walls were plain off white and the carpet, curtains and bedcover plain grey/beige. No attempt had been made to dress the room by adding colour or lamps, cushions, throws, pictures or flowers. It was very basic and not even clean. I had a long dress to hang in the wardrobe and I had to wipe out the dust from the base before I could use it. Also some of the drawers in the kitchen area had been neglected and needed a good scrub. There was a wood burning stove in the corner of the room, which again could have been a quirky feature, but it still had the remains of the last fire in the grate which must have been there for sometime. It is also too far to walk along a busy road into Akaroa so you need to tackle the difficult entry/exit route every time you go out. As you might gather we would not recommend this property and question the star rating! The photo on the website is taken from the reception area. With the exception of a couple of newish looking cottages close by, most of the other buildings were dated and definitely not 5 star. Sort yourselves out Akaroa Cottages.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Megan H, Manager at Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection, responded to this review, 17 March 2013
We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us here at the Akaroa Cottages. All our cottages are privately owned,and we have been trying now for some time to get this cottage and some of our others upgraded, the owner of this one is coming to see us with in the next week as we to would like to see these cottages have some life put back into them. The inside of the cottage though is not at all like you have described, The New curtains, carpet all natural colors and the Walls are painted in Akaroa, we triple sheet all our beds in White Sheeting. It is not everyone's taste but my last 3-5 guests that have departed have loved it. We have Fresh garden flowers in all our cottages. We also have both our cottages photo's on all web listing just so you can see what you are purchasing for your stay. The newish looking rooms are our 2 and 3 bedroom cottages which have been on the property since it fist started in 1998. Unfortunately when the croquet club from down in the village was re located up here and purchase by it's owner they failed to give it that lease of life that she needed back then. I am a little taken back with your score of service , as we pride our self on service by going the extra mile. Should you have come to us when you arrived or found this issues we could have fixed some of your problems. FOR all incoming Guests reading this The Bush view cottages are historic icons that have been relocated to the Akaroa Cottages many years ago, while they are rustic 70's NZ batch style on the outside, they are comfortable Studio style accommodation the inside that have Flat Screen TV, Digital SKY , Comfortable beds top quality bedding, Spa Baths etc. Surrounded by Trees and gravel roads a little dust is normal, they are cleaned daily at this time of the year. They are not everybody's cup of tea, and if you are after 5 star which we are not, DO NOT book these bushview cottages email us manager@akaroahbc.co.nz and we can advise the best style suitable for you
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Yorkshire
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Reviewed 26 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the 3 bedroom sea view cottage as two couples. This is one of about 10 cottages and studios located in well-maintained wooded grounds on a bluff overlooking Akaroa. The location and views are fantastic. The main driveway was being repaired while we were there but the alternative access was fine and the roads to the cottages, although a little steep in places are absolutely fine. The staff at reception, including the couple who manage the facility, were really helpful and friendly and gave us lots of good advice.
However, the cottage that we occupied does need some modernisation and improvement. The bathrooms look very dated and the decor and furnishings need a make-over. The deck furniture consists of 4 really cheap plastic chairs that you get in garden centres for about $20 and a really old small table with rusted feet. Even with 4 people the deck is too narrow, and in reality the deck is too small for a cottage that can accommodate 6 people. (The cottages are individually owned but centrally managed, so the improvements needed are down to the owner and not a reflection on the management company, who seemed to us to be doing an excellent job. I hope our comments provide some impetus to the cottage owner!)

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Megan H, General Manager at Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection, responded to this review, 28 February 2013
Thank you for the constructive review of the 3 bedroom, We do have the owner tied to a date to come and discuss, we hope to be able to upgrade this cottage with a large deck and a complete revamp inside including some furniture. Thank you again and we hope to see you back.
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Property: Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection
Address: 6888 Christchurch Akaroa Road | Banks Penninsula, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand (Formerly Loch-Hill Country Cottages)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akaroa Cottages is part of Heritage Hotels group (Heritage Hotels).We have recently upgraded most of our cottages with new curtains, carpet and paint with some new furnishings. Perfectly located just 1.5 kilometers from the historic and unique French settlement of Akaroa, this idyllic Heritage Collection resort offers luxurious self-contained accommodation in a truly magnificent setting. Capturing the charm of this special location, Akaroa Cottages are crafted from timber and stone and are surrounded by tranquil native bush. These Private spacious cottages are complemented by stunning views of the beautiful Akaroa Harbour and the undulating hills of Banks Peninsula. Most of the Cottages have Double Corner Spa baths, Log burners and Views and they are all privately set. We cater for groups, couples weddings and Families. ... more   less 
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