Banks House is a very well presented English House. The furnishings are traditional and tasteful. The bedroom (1769 Room) was well presented with Linden Leaves toiletries in the ensuite and excellent quality linen on the bed. The room we had was small in size, no tea and coffee facilities but we had full access to the kitchen downstairs where we could make a tea or coffee and have a biscuit. Milo would have been good but there was none. The ensuite was very small on the side of the room but was fine for what we needed. The room had a lovely view out over the harbour and garden. Simon the host was very friendly, helpful and took care of any requirements we had. The House is relatively close to the main shops (3-5 mins walk) and we walked down to the other side of Akaroa in the evening which only took 15 mins. The House also has some great walks around the location, up to the monument with fantastic view over Akaroa and down to the lighthouse. For breakfast there was a platter of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and toast. There were some very small croissants one for each of the four guests at the table that morning and considering a cooked breakfast isn't offered if would be better if more attractive french pastries were offered - larger fresh buttery croissants (even supermarket croissants from bakeries are fresher and bigger than what was offered), and maybe Pain a Chocolat. European guests do like Ham and cheese, which does go well with a French breakfast so good quality ham would be nicer. Overall however we thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and our stay and would definitely go back. It was our Wedding Anniversary and they had a note and complimentary bottle of wine on our arrival. Lovely place and would recommend to others.
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- Banks House Akaroa offers luxury boutique accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy heritage, character and the charm of a bygone era. All rooms have en suite facilities, European Breakfast included in the tariff. ... more less
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