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37 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand
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#4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
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Blythcliffe is a superb, 160 yr old grand house, set in 3 acres of extensive, private grounds - right in the heart of the historic French settlement village of Akaroa. We are Akaroa's oldest and most loved grand, heritage house and have a Category 1 listing with Heritage New Zealand,Pouhere Tahonga. We are an easy, flat stroll to all of our excellent cafes, restaurants and swimming beach and centrally located for trips further afield on the stunning Banks Peninsula. Three guest accommodations are available: The Stables, a very spacious, extremely comfortable and completely private apartment, is adjacent to the main house with its own grape lined sunny courtyard. The Willow Room with ensuite and Rose Room with private bathroom are both in the main house with access to our first floor balcony and views across the croquet lawn to the harbour beyond. Included in all rates is the famous Blythcliffe Breakfast, served in our heritage dining room. Fresh fruits, organic yoghurt, cereal, freshly baked croissants, great, real coffee and cooked food to order, including eggs freshly laid by our chickens in the garden and our delicious Akaroa smoked salmon omelette.
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Free parking
Street parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
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Picnic area
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Dining area
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Electric blanket
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Separate living room
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Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
On-demand films
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Mountain view
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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Brian K wrote a review Dec. 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
We were welcomed warmly by Lesly and John and immediately felt at ease in their historic but authentically lived-in home. Blythcliffe is is an architectural taonga of national significance, lovingly treasured but not fawned over. We stayed in the Willow Room for two nights - comfortable, eclectic, clean, quiet, overlooking the extensive, largely native garden. Amazing breakfast that delighted the epicurean. Lesley and John are the consummate hosts and active members of the Akaroa community, who very quickly had us feeling au fait with the locale which made our stay and explorations of the peninsular informed and memorably personalised. We couldn't recommend anywhere more highly.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Dave E wrote a review Nov. 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
From being warmly greeted and shown around the property, to the espresso coffee machine and beautiful decor, this is a wonderful place to spend a weekend. The location, a stone's throw from cafes and the beach while being quiet makes this an idea spot.
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Date of stay: November 2020
AJC wrote a review Sep. 2020
3 contributions6 helpful votes
Enjoyed a restful night in this gracious old villa, one of the Akaroa originals. Really appreciated the old fashioned bath after a long day out. With lovely hosts and fantastic breakfast I would thoroughly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Robin D wrote a review Aug. 2020
New Zealand46 contributions20 helpful votes
We stayed only one night in this delightful, historical old home. Our room was very pretty and had a lovely view over the garden and beyond. Big comfortable bed, very well appointed. Dear little sitting room with various teas and coffees and biscuits to enjoy. Our host was very welcoming and informative. For me the highlight was the delicious breakfast! fresh fruit salad , yoghurts, cereals. Then fresh hot croissants and home made preserves. Then a cooked breakfast of our choosing! I had smoked salmon omelet with all the trimmings. I would definitely recommend and would stay another night next time. Thank you
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
oscorzo wrote a review Jul. 2020
Auckland35 contributions5 helpful votes
We based ourselves at Blythcliffe for a couple of days in Akaroa. Our first time here. Couldn’t have chosen better. Excellent hosts, well versed in the history of Akaroa and the 165 yr old identity house, beautifully furnished, nestled in a wooded valley next to a stream, with easy 3 min walk to the French end of town.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$120 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionAkaroa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blythcliffe
Which popular attractions are close to Blythcliffe?
Nearby attractions include The Giants House (0.4 km), Akaroa Museum (0.3 km), and Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blythcliffe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Blythcliffe?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Blythcliffe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blythcliffe?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blythcliffe?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Little Bistro, Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar, and HarBar Beachfront Cafe.
Is Blythcliffe located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Akaroa.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blythcliffe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Blythcliffe have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.