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House of Ball
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

We chose this B&B as our last stop before flying out of Christchurch. As an easy one hour drive to the airport it is perfectly located as a last (or first) stop off. There are probably lots of great things to do in the area, but we didn’t have time and didn’t get past tasting the terrific wines made here. Your hosts, charming and entertaining, will make an evening meal for you and give you the opportunity to try their wines. It was a real privilege to be able to try the wines and listen to how they are made whilst looking out over the actual vines. It was particularly nice to actually sample wines with food especially in such convivial surroundings with such warm hospitality. There were a couple that were truly outstanding (we tried over 100 on our trip and there were a couple (including an exceptional Chardonnay) that were up there in the top 5 of our trip. Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We had a great stay at House of Ball, including a lovely meal with the family and the chance to try the various house wines, all of which were excellent. We love to taste wine and we really enjoyed hearing all about them and having the opportunity to discuss them with the makers. We're only sorry that they cannot be bought direct in the UK at the moment.
The B&B is a little out of the way, but is not hard to find and convenient for Waipara and the surrounding area. The views over the vineyard and hills were outstanding.
We managed to leave some clothes behind and Julian very kindly got in touch and posted them on for us, which I think gives an idea of the level of service here. We would certainly stay again on a return trip.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Julian and Lynda have a beautiful B&B to share with you, the room is brilliant both for romantic getaways but also with friends as there is a second room. Julian is a delightful host! great food and of course the wine is great and very reasonably priced. recommended to all our friends

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Lovely self contained accommodation with ready access to main house for great food! Magnificent rural setting & views. Wonderfully helpful hosts. We had a main meal - easily our best meal in our NZ trip. Added bonus of tasting the great wines produced by Julian & Linda. Only thing to be aware of is if both rooms were occupied you would need to be comfortable sharing a bathroom. Great location for visiting the region.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank barnster
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Julian B, Owner at House of Ball, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2013

we only take one booking for this building so guests do not share a bathroom with strangers.

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We had a one night stay with Lynda and Julian on our way to Queenstown and it was a good stop off point to break the journey. Julian cooked a soup and simple fish meal for us, which were both delicious, and served their own wine grown and produced at their vineyard. The separate guest accommodation was exactly what we were looking for. All in all, a good choice for a short stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Emily B
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