Wilderness House

42 Rue Grehan , Canterbury, 7520 New Zealand (Show map)


Choose from four charming rooms with harbour or valley views all with their own bathrooms. Relax on the verandahs or wander around the gracious one acre garden containing protected trees, rare camellias, roses and a small private vineyard. Linger over our delicious cooked breakfasts using produce fresh from our kitchen garden. Enjoy the elegant guest lounge overlooking the garden and in winter, indulge in the comfort of an open fire. Secluded and private we are just a short stroll to the village and harbour.

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Innkeepers: Jim & Liz Coubrough


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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.0
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Extraordinary renovations...

4.0 on October 22, 2011

We have stayed at Wilderness House a several times over the last five or six years, but a recent visit prompted me to finally write a review. Jim and Liz own one of the best B&B's we have ever stayed in. They are wonderful hosts, very warm and welcoming. It is always a pleasure to enjoy evening drinks with them while tasting the wine from their own vinyard and talking about local history and activities. The vinyard and surrounding garden is exquisite, and Jim and Liz do an amazing job keeping it beautiful no matter what the season. The house was always truly gorgeous, but we were stunned upon our most recent visit a few weeks ago to see the major renovations they have done! Liz's flair for interior design and her amazing antiques collection have combined to make the house completely extraordinary, enhancing the character of the house while maintaining its historic charm. The rooms are superb, all of them are unique and have beautiful beds and linen. They do a fantastic job with breakfast and the food is well above what we expect from a B&B, even of this calibre. He is also always very generous with his time recommending local walks and attractions, pulling out maps and brochures to ensure we make the most of our time. Akaroa is a beautiful place to visit, and Wilderness House is the perfect place to stay. Thanks Jim and Liz we look forward to seeing you again!

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Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC) - International

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Inn Details

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On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone , Free Wi-Fi available, (Free Wi-Fi) available, Secure off street parking, Antiques & collectibles

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Canoeing, Golfing, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Harbour Cruises, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Over 14 years old only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: In the event we are unable to replace a cancelled booking the following applies: Cancellation within 7 days of arrival date: 30% forfeit of the total booking price. Cancellation within 2 days of arrival date: 100% forfeit of the total booking price.
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  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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