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“Goregous garden and welcoming hosts”
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Mill Cottage
Ranked #14 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Reviewed 8 November 2010

We stayed in the Garden Room for the last two nights of our South Island honeymoon - a spectacular finish to a wonderful trip! Rosie and Alistair are wonderful, attentive hosts who made us feel right at home with many thoughtful details to welcome us and useful advice about Akaroa. They helped us make a reservation for dinner in town and prepared us a lovely, fresh breakfast with delicious pastries on the patio, looking out over the beautiful, unique garden, which has many hidden details to discover and enjoy. We relaxed in the garden by the fruit trees, fed the ducklings, savored a nice wine with local cheese and chutney, and slept wonderfully in the comfortable and beautiful cottage-style room with a modern ensuite bathroom. We can't wait to go back someday!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

we stayed 2 nights in the main cottage. Rooms as wedding favors, beautiful patio and garden. Virtually facing a veritable botanical garden with a stream running beside it. Owners very friendly and nice. The cottage where every woman would want to live.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

The climbing roses on the wrap around porch frame your view of the seemingly endless lush gardens of hydrangeas and lavender. Charming and quaint, the restored 1872 cabin has its quirts (shower at one end, toilet at the other), but it offers extreme privacy and the ultimate in restful environments. When you make a reservation, be sure to specify whether or not you wish breakfast to be included. Loved the experience.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

This place is beautiful, a HIDDEN GEM, full of historical charm, character and cosy comforts. What a find! So glad we stayed there. A highlight to our fantastic NZ trip. Reasonably priced too considering you get the whole cosy historic cottage to yourself ,and you can enjoy the huge garden filled with fruit trees, and a cooked breakfast is provided. You can even have it on the verandah if weather permits.

The cottage has been beautifully restored and lovingly kept. The verandah looking on the mature garden is a great place to just chill with some of the complimentary wine and biscuits. The hosts are warm and welcoming and extremely helpful. They even gave us a gift ( a pretty diary).

Try to arrive in the daylight as drive into Akaroa is dark and windy!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

This was a real surprise. We were totally bowled over by the beauty of this place. It is set back up off the main drag and there is just the most incredible silence around it. The cottage is magnificantly restored and and the owners are fantastic people. We could have stayed here longer but our schedule did not allow, Highlights are the beautiful gardens, the little welcome tray, the beautiful rooms and the fantastic breakfasts. Honestly, this place is great! Look at the photos which dont do it justice at all!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2007

Mill Cottage, in the French-settled village of Akaroa, is a discovery
we congratulated ourselves over finding. The owners, Delyse and Brian
Stringett, went all the way to perfect our (sadly) one-night stay on a five-day car trip between the two islands and trout fishing ranches. It is one of those bucolic, throw-back little paradises you read about in Jane Austen. Do visit Delyse and Brian if you want a true getaway experience! - Mac & Ross Francis, New York City

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed 3 April 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 81 Rue Grehan, Akaroa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Ranked #14 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Number of rooms: 18

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