The Oaks of Darfield
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The Oaks of Darfield

2171 Clintons Road, Darfield 7571 New Zealand
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kirsti1961 wrote a review Jan 2018
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family booked out the 3 double rooms for one night. The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms clean and showers hot! Hamish is a most likeable and attentive host and made us feel very welcome.
We also ate at the restaurant where they kindly accommodated dietary requirements. A very enjoyable start to our NZ holiday! Thanks Hamish!
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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desireekoh13 wrote a review Feb 2017
Singapore, Singapore179 contributions42 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Before anything else, massive, massive THANKS to Hamish for staying up to 1am to check us in. We left Christchurch late, and one of us had had literally no rest after a long journey from Chicago. Pulling into the Oaks was a welcome relief, especially since we had another lodging decline our booking based on late arrival.

The Oaks is a handsome heritage house, and our room was luxuriously spacious, including the bathroom. Touches of classy treats can be found from the Whitaker's mini chocolate slabs on the bar counter downstairs to the pampering shower amenities to the fluffy bathrobes to complimentary fancy bottled water places bedside. There bed and linens was super comfy, and all the ingredients for a great night's sleep were in place.

A few touches, however, marred The Oaks from its full potential as a delightful, charming country bed & breakfast. With no screens on the windows, insects slipped into the room easily, being summer. For continental breakfast, while the impressive selection of spreads - including premium jams from Italy - would get any toast fan (me!) excited (especially since my number one peanut butter, Pics, was present!), the croissants were cold and hard. Perhaps an oven toast to warm them up, especially since they had gone all the way to provide French presses for coffee and very high end Dilmah tea?

Just a few easy fixes would complete the picture, and truly transform the Oaks' luxurious offerings. We didn't get a chance to spend a proper evening but there was a very cozy drawing room with bar that looked wonderful for a nightcap with a good book in one of the armchairs. I would have also loved to linger on that pretty porch!

We left refreshed and ready to drive across the Southern Alps. Thank you once again for accommodating us - certainly in the spirit of providing respite for weary travelers!
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rebecca B wrote a review Nov 2019
Dallas, Texas73 contributions15 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This quaint old house is the perfect place to stay on the way to Mt Cooke or Arnold’s Pass.
Hamash was the perfect host, greeting us upon checkin and showing us to our room.
The bathroom was across the hall, although ours exclusively. Plush bathrobes are provided, which let you go to and from the shower without worrying about clothing.
The breakfast was continental, consisting of croissants, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, milk, instant coffee, teas, hot chocolate, several juices, breads for toasting, and butter/jams. It was all served in a little room in the upstairs hallway.
There is a restaurant on the first floor, which we didn’t try.
The bathroom has large pump bottles of liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. They smelled wonderful.
There is a heating towel rack, which was a nice touch, an electric heater, and a magnified mirror, which is a plus for putting on makeup.
There are stairs to the rooms, and no lift that I was aware of. This might be difficult for some people who have a hard time going up and down stairs.
The only downside we experienced was the train tracks across the road. There were trains running all evening and night. Also, this road is a main thoroughfare for big trucks, which made it difficult to keep the windows open due to the noise.
We did enjoy our stay at the Oaks of Darfield Inn.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Old Bald Rocker wrote a review May 2020
132 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Chose this B&B as a convenient stopping off point after crossing Arthur's Pass on our way to Christchurch. The room was comfortable and clean but the breakfast arrangements were not as we would have expected for a B&B (fairly limited choice and continental only). The host was not as friendly as we had met elsewhere in NZ but we could tell he was busy during our stay so this was understandable and he was helpful in suggesting somewhere for us to eat in the evening as his restaurant was full.
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Date of stay: March 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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djmcc50177 wrote a review May 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand244 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our 51st. Wedding Anniversary and so off we travel out to The oaks of Darfield and the treasured experiences of their lovely restaurant.
Any time we have a reason to celebrate, we often get in the car, enjoy the drive and sit back and enjoy the elegant old school service but without the fuss of over the top silver service of the past.
Instead, you have Hamish, ever the quiet, efficient and professional Manager who makes each visit an occasion and celebration.
We both ordered the Fillet with mushrooms, potato cooked in duck fat, peas with Garlic and a small greens. Just Delicious.
Then for deserts we ordered the orange sticky date pudding and a different version of Tiramisu. The Orange sticky date was divine and the Deconstructed Tiramisu was very good without being exceptional.
Each time we visit , the food is always a real treat to savour and enjoy.
B.Y.O. may be allowed but would need to be arranged with Hamish prior to coming.
Bed and B Breakfast is part of the Oaks of Darfield offer and parking is plentiful out the back.
The whole building and setting is so lovely with this old villa so beautifully set amongst the old trees and grounds.
Footnote - if you feel like getting out of town and out in to the Country, the Oaks is perfect for a nice leisurely day out or even just for a coffee and desert perhaps.
Best to book - do note - Theyopen I think from Thursday to Sunday only so do check before hand.
Some days such as Mothers Day, there is a special high tea for Mothers day offer from12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with no other menue available on that day.
For us, We will be back again as soon as we have a reason to celebrate or to just get away out of the city and enjoy a nice relaxed day out and would suggest that you too to go out and enjoy The oaks of Darfield experience.
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Date of stay: May 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: As yet, we have not stayed here but would love to stay in the future.
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Michael M wrote a review Jan 2018
Linz, Austria12 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We (a group of three friends) only spent one night here on the way from the big lakes in the South before crossing the Alps over to the West Coast - for which The Oaks was ideally located - but it was one of the true highlights of our first NZ vacation. We arrived on a sunny summer evening, and the house looked like straight out of a film set. While it's close to the main road (so there can be some traffic noise during the day, while it's quiet at night), it felt very cosy and secluded, surrounded by trees and green lawns. We were the only guests that night, and Hamish welcomed us and showed us the magnificent rooms, furnished and decorated with great attention to detail, with beautiful views across the fields, large comfy beds and spacious bathrooms with power showers - just what we needed after a long day of driving and hiking. We then headed down for dinner at the restaurant, and enjoyed every last bit(e) of our three-course meal - from the delicious, well presented food to Hamish's excellent service - while watching the sun set through the trees in the garden, and a little rabbit hopping over the lawn. We slept extremely well and rose to another sunny morning, which was even more delightful thanks to the fantastic breakfast offered. We felt very spoilt being able to choose from 4 types of muesli/cereals, 4 types of bread and warm croissants, a large selection of tea and coffee, different types of milk, freshly made fruit salad, juices, jams and marmelade, biscuits and mince pies... What a great way to start into the day!
We very much enjoyed our stay and our host's hospitality! Thanks to Hamish's training and experience as a butler, you truly feel like a guest in a luxurious English country house.
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Date of stay: December 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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WIvebeenthere wrote a review Dec 2017
Toronto, Canada164 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hamish made us welcome in a lovely old heritage home. The room was well appointed and comfortable and the en suite bathroom was just fine. The only negative was the proximity to the main road, but fortunately traffic drops off late at night. Besides, if you have a wonderful meal and sufficient wine in his dining room, you won't hear it at all! Breakfast was a DIY job in the kitchenette, but more than enough after the previous night's big meal. The superb croissants Hamish made tempted us right off the 'no breakfast' wagon!
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Graeme B wrote a review Apr 2017
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great evenings dining with friends. Hamish is an amazing host whose service and cooking was outstanding. The Central Otago pinot was a fantastic combination with the rack of lamb entree and the the perfectly cooked beef main.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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whiteed2 wrote a review Mar 2016
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely stay at The Oaks in Darfield - the B&B has everything you could possibly want and need from a B&B - beautiful setting - great sized rooms and bathrooms with locally produced amenities - tea and coffee room and breakfast in the morning was great too. Hamish was a great host and went above and beyond, even helped us jump start our car when we left the lights on and ran out the battery.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joanna P wrote a review Feb 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My hubby and I have just been lucky enough to have stayed a night in The Oaks of Darfield. A 160 year old beauty delightfully planted amongst the bucolic Canterbrian countryside shaded by a stand of lovely old oaks evocative of a heritage homestead straight out of an Austen inspired memoir. Hamish Jenkins is your quintessential discrete, yet perfect host who appears at your side without so much as a sigh as if reading one's mind - hand delivering my glass of bubbles as I dressed for the wedding we were attending.
We were able to book in early and enjoyed the largest suite at the end of the lovingly restored hall with its own large and luxuriously appointed slumber soft bed with it's own clean and carefully curated ensuite. There is also a charming wee kitchen for guests to use at the other end of the hall complete with tea, coffee, juice and magazines.
There are so many thoughtful personal touches I may forget some.. but they include a personal torch in your bedside drawer, a gorgeous range of handwash, gels, moisturisers from a boutique line in Matakana, a handsome breakfast spread and so much more.
I cannot recommend this establishment highly enough and only wish we could have spent more time at the Oaks.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Large end room with enquite
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djmcc50177 wrote a tip May 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand244 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"As yet, we have not stayed here but would love to stay in the future."
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Joanna P wrote a tip Feb 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Large end room with enquite"
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Which popular attractions are close to The Oaks of Darfield?
Nearby attractions include Homebush Stables (6.1 km), Polkadotcom (5.2 km), and 234 Cottage Gifts (4.9 km).
What food & drink options are available at The Oaks of Darfield?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Darfield Bakery, The Fat Beagle, and Red Chilies.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Homebush Stables (6.1 km).
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