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The Downs B & B
Ranked #2 of 9 Geraldine B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 January 2010

We arrived in Geraldine after spending an extortionate amount of money at a lodge over Christmas which was sadly lacking in all areas of good service and value.

So when we got here and found the rooms spacious and clean with a guest lounge adjacent to our room ( all to ourselves as only ones there at the time), with friendly and gracious hosts, free drinks both soft and alcoholic, we were ecstatic.

We relaxed straight away, it was hard not to as we sat on the deck, in the sun, overlooking gorgeous gardens. We had a beer to hand, magazines and books, all available for free in the guests lounge. Perfect.

Later we had to do some laundry and there was free facilities to do this as well.

Geraldine is a lovely town and there was a craft fair on at the time and we purchased some nice momentos to take home. But it is known as the craft capital of NZ! It was Boxing Day when we were there and so many of the restaurants were closed or had reduced menus. So we were amused to find the only evening meal we could get was a
' Subway' sandwich and tub of ice cream. But this was fine- we were so relaxed and at ease that we laughed it off and took it back to our room to enjoy some evening drinks and chill out. We had our ice cream with the trifle that Myron and Alycen so kindly shared with us.

We loved it at the Downs and it was perfectly situated on our route across country towards Christchurch. We would heartily recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2007

Stayed here for the first night of a trip around the South Island of New Zealand. Following our arrival into Christchurch, we followed the advice of a fellow Tripadvisor.com member who suggested that instead of overnighting in Christchurch, we head right out, south to Geraldine (about 1.5-2hrs drive) and spend the night there, to get a head start on the rest of the driving the following day.

This bed and breakfast is owned by a very nice couple, and is situated just outside the town of Geraldine. The accomodations are clean. At $250/night (for a bedroom with bathroom and an additional room with two single beds), it's not bad value. Breakfast was great - choice of hot food, coffee, tea, etc.

There is also a common area you can visit at any time with books, magazines, tea, fridge, and even cookies.

Good place to spend the night.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Downs B & B

Address: 5 Ribbonwood Road, Geraldine, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Geraldine
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Geraldine
Price Range: £104 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Downs B&B we pride ourselves on our excellent service and facilities. Situated in a quiet, leafy residential area of Geraldine and only 1.5kms from the town centre where there are restaurants and unique shopping. A choice of hearty breakfasts are provided made from local and home grown produce. A comment from our visitors book.'This is the standard all B&Bs should be judged on' For information on prices and to make a booking please go to our web site. ... more   less 
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