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St. Itas Guesthouse

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Enjoy the elegant and comfortable accommodation that St Itas, a former Convent, can provide. St Itas is sited in Rakaia Township, just 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport on State Highway 1. Great first and last stop and base for exploring the Ashburton area. Four rooms: one with a private bathroom , the rest with ensuites, refreshment trays, electric blankets and extra heating, garden views . Guest lounge with Sky TV, DVD player and open fire. Large garden. Free Wi-Fi. Great breakfasts. Walking distance to pubs, cafes, crafts and River Terrace Walkway. Short distance to salmon fishing, Mt Hutt Skiing, Golf,Hot air ballooning, jet boating, bush walks.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Public Wifi
Self-Serve Laundry
Tennis Court
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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11 Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road Ashburton District, Rakaia 7710 New Zealand
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Christchurch Intl Airport51 km
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St Itas Guesthouse is fabulous. Its a heritage building with beautiful chattels and facilities. Lovely hosts. We stay here this winter season as Methven was fully booked out, its 25-30 minutes from Mt Hutt so an easy drive.
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Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 4 Dec 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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Property's Favourite Review
After a day's driving I found this lovely guest house by chance. I was welcomed by Sue and was lucky enough to secure a room which looked out on the veranda and pretty garden. The room was inviting and contained every thing I needed.I had a very comfortable sleep and the
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Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 15 Feb 2018
Thank you for your kind words and the time you took to share them with us, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and it was equally as nice to meet your husband last month as he travelled through. I hope you'll both come and visit us again.
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OMG it was like I had the house to myself, a most relaxing luxuriant stay, the owners are fabulous and friendly, the only thing I was missing was some great genuine company. An excellent location to the ski mountain and the breakfast in the mornings exquisite, totally
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Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 28 Nov 2018
Hi Nicola Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it was great having you here and we're pleased you enjoyed your stay. We're pleased that you some time on the mountain (as the weather wasn't that great) and also had some time to relax. Thank you again Sue
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I had stayed at St Ita's a couple of times and I went to school in this building so had booked the Rose Room for my birthday and to show my partner the building. We were delayed getting to the accommodation because of a train delay coming from the Coast and we rang ahead to let
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Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 3 Dec 2017
In response to your review I apologise for my actions as it was never my intention to upset or seem off handed to you when you rang. This was the first time I have changed a guests room and I have taken on board the need now to notify the guest if this ever were to occur again. At the time I did not realise the significance of this room and thought a swap to a room with the same facilities would be fine. I do always try to be friendly and helpful and so offered you the option of finding alternative accommodation as I had got the impression the alternative room wasn't an option. As I am still relatively new to the hospitality business I am sure there are many areas I can improve on and I hope that I learn from my mistakes to ensure guests have the best experience I can offer.
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On arrival to St Itas your not quite sure what your in for. Religious? Scary? considering it is the old Catholic primary school. BUT - what a beautiful surprise. Our room was fantastic. Facing the front the bed was sooo comfortable and the bathroom big and modern. The space in
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Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 10 Nov 2017
Hi and thank you for taking time to write a fabulous review, it is great to hear you enjoyed your stay here and we'd love to have you visit again if your ever over hear again.
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"Double bedroom at the front of the house"
"Any room would be great."
"The Rose room, where we stayed was excellent."
"We stayed in the rose room - great view of the garden outside and you have your own bathroom!"
US$88 - US$99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionRakaia
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