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Fable Terrace Downs Resort

623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle 7572 New Zealand
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Welcome to New Zealand's premier high country resort. Just 1 hour from Christchurch International Airport, Fable Terrace Downs Resort offers luxury accommodation and family friendly villas with a variety of activities available either at Terrace Downs or in our local area. Boasting New Zealand's only high country golf course and authentic high country dining, Terrace Downs Resort offers an ideal 'getting away from it all' destination close to Mt Hutt Ski field and Methven. Our Villa Suites are self-contained units with luxurious beds, a delightful raised spa bath and spacious open-plan living areas. These range from one to three bedroom villa suites spread out amongst the resorts incredible surrounds. These wonderful boast villas all modern conveniences and great indoor-outdoor living areas with stunning views. At Fable Terrace Downs Resort you can do as much or as little as you want - the choice is entirely yours! The ever-changing landscape acts as the perfect playground for visitors of all ages and fitness levels and makes Fable Terrace Downs Resort a captivating year-round holiday destination for thrill-seekers and those who enjoy more laidback pursuits. Fable Terrace Downs Resort offers a highly rated par 72, 18-hole championship golf course based at the foothills of the Southern Alps. There are very few scenic alpine courses like it. The Clubhouse Cafe at Fable Terrace Downs Resort offers you the chance to take in the stunning surrounding mountain scenery in comfort, either from the fireside in winter or out on the deck in summer. Designed to complement its outdoor surroundings, the decor features warm timbers, river stones and schist while the menu offers a tasty variety of freshly prepared meals and snacks with great coffee and tea, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 8am until 8pm we offer a relaxing dining oasis overlooking spectacular mountain scenery, with a high country authenticity to our menu that features local produce where-ever possible.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Archery
Bicycle rental
Conference facilities
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Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Golf course
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Horseback riding
Skiing
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Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Derek L wrote a review Jan 2024
Dalton-on-Tees, United Kingdom5 contributions
From arrival to departure we were very impressed by this resort which is situated in the most magnificent surroundings. The staff were welcoming and professional. The Villa was perfect, easy to access with a covered bay for our car. The restaurant staff, again were welcoming, attentive and clearly making an effort to engage with us. The golf course is well kept and challenging. I did comment on the poor state of hire clubs and was assured that new ones were on order and there would be no charge for the existing ones. All in all a most pleasant short stay. We would certainly return.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Moshé S wrote a review Jan 2024
Berlin, Germany99 contributions17 helpful votes
Spacious rooms and a beautiful property define Fable Terrace Downs Resort, yet limited services raised questions about the 'resort' label. Despite a prompt response to an incident in our room, it highlighted its limitations: nonexistent internet (we couldn't even assess speed as it never worked), a nonfunctional intercom, necessitating a direct call from my smartphone to report the incident to the reception, room cleanliness, limited service in the restaurant and bar, and a very basic breakfast. Overall, it was an experience that fell short of resort expectations.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Brad McGlynn, General Manager at Fable Terrace Downs Resort
Responded 21 Jan 2024
Hi Disquemoshe Thank you for your review, apologies that the internet was not functioning correctly during your stay with us, this has been investigated and can be slow at times due to our location. Appreciate the feedback on the restaurant operation which has been discussed with the department Manager. All the best
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michelle wrote a review Jan 2024
Melbourne, Australia41 contributions26 helpful votes
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The views from the villas were absolutely spectacular. It was a peaceful retreat with a dinner that was a culinary delight. The slightly aged decor could be forgiven as the views from the balcony were so consuming. The beds were comfortable.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 7 Jan 2024
Hi Michelletippo Thank you for your review, pleased to read that you had a great stay with us and enjoyed dining with us and the wonderful views of the high country. All the best
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Andyroogolf wrote a review Aug 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand180 contributions92 helpful votes
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We chose Terrace Downs as a birthday celebration stay for the family, hiring a 3 bed house. The views were out of this world, we were more than happy with the accommodation, beds were enormous. We enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast and our evening meal was great (very filling seafood chowder) in a warm cosy dining room with good atmosphere and good service. The golf course is brilliant with some of the most outstanding views you could wish for. All in all a very pleasing weekend stay
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 28 Aug 2023
Hi Andyroogolf Thank you for your review, please to read that you had a great stay with us, and you enjoyed our golf and dining. the views to the mountains at this time of year are quite spectacular. All the best
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Sally A wrote a review Jun 2023
Wanaka, New Zealand599 contributions164 helpful votes
We took advantage of a shoulder season special deal (May) and spent two relaxing nights at Terrace Downs (now part of the Fable group of hotels) The golf course was quite wet, due to recent rain but otherwise in great condition for the time of year. Both the golf course and clubhouse were unusually quiet, but the staff were very welcoming, attentive and efficient. We had two very good dinners and a light lunch in the clubhouse restaurant & made our own breakfasts in our villa (it had a full kitchen)
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 28 Aug 2023
Hi Sally Thank you for your lovely review, great to read you had a wonderful stay with us and enjoyed our facilities. All the best
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LaurenR wrote a review May 2023
Kaiapoi, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
The accommodation is top notch 5 stars easily. Beautiful and clean, incredibly spacious and more rooms than we needed. Unfortunately the couch was so upright and hard we failed to get comfy to watch a movie. I dragged another chair around for some comfort. Would definitely come back but would probably bring more food and just enjoy the room facilities. The restaurant was very average. Friendly enough staff but it was such a mismatch with what the accommodation offered. Evening meal was average, potatoe layered cake tasted it had been reheated to many times and my chicken was overcooked. Breakfast the next morning was typical of a continental breakfast however the coffee was warm. Like I said, I would definitely come back but just would not bother with the restaurant.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Brad McGlynn, General Manager at Fable Terrace Downs Resort
Responded 15 Jun 2023
Kia ora Nomad Thank you for your feedback, I have taken your feed back to the food & beverage team for them to access the quality of the dishes that are being offered also pleased to read that you enjoyed the accommodation Nga mihi
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TheSnakebite wrote a review Mar 2023
Ohoka, New Zealand728 contributions166 helpful votes
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We booked a package one night stay and it was awesome! The Villa room was one of the best I have ever booked. A+++. Very spacious living area with enourmous quality kitchen with everything you would want. Nespresso coffee, Gas Hob, Oven, Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, plus Washing Machine & Dryer. We never used the heatpump or fireplace. Each Villa has a great balcony with outstanding views. Superb restaurant & bar. Good breakfast options. Great Wifi and cell-phone coverage. Free parking. Excellent service.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Jun 2023
Hi The S Thank you for your feedback, great to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our service and facilities Nga mihi
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Wendy H wrote a review Mar 2023
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Spacious and extremely comfortable accommodation. Room has washer and dryer as well as full kitchen. Check in staff friendly & informative. Views spectacular. Food delicious, good selection of wines. No services nearby - remote and peaceful.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Jun 2023
Kia ora Wendy Thank you for review, great to read you enjoyed your stay with us and could experience our facilities and service Nga mihi
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Jay K wrote a review Jan 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand159 contributions74 helpful votes
Fable Terrace Downs can be a heaven for golfers but I do not play golf, unfortunately. I stayed here only for holiday with my friend family and want to off from the stressful real work. We did big shopping in Christchurch and cooked food almost everyday by ourselves. Limited activities but we enjoyed a lot of walking, clay shooting, and offroad buggy activities.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 15 Jun 2023
Kia ora Jay Thank you for your review, great to read that you had a great experience with us and enjoyed the local activities Nga mihi
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deborahbC3444RB wrote a review Jan 2023
322 contributions97 helpful votes
Pros: Accommodation well appointed for the most part Views and location beautiful Golf good Staff mostly accommodating and friendly and know their job The restaurant was excellent and service was excellent Commendation to the staff manager member for the breakfast service who sorted our issue politely and without a fuss She did acknowledge that they had experienced some staffing issues and would let her manager know- we appreciated her professionalism Food service with drinks at the cafe was friendly and prompt and also delicious Cons: Despite ringing a few days before our arrival to double check the online booking and arrange a tee time when we arrived to check in we were early as the tee time was well before the 3pm check in. No rooms were available( not an issue as we were not expecting to check in mid morning) but the tee time was not booked in the system and the reservation appeared as 1 adult. The staff member checking us in was the person I had spoken to on the phone as she had a very distinctive voice and I had recorded the name when I phoned. She dismissed all of this as computer error telling us they had numerous issues in the previous few days- we accepted this and made no further mention- golf went off at the arranged time The next morning at breakfast we were told it wasn’t included despite at check in it was printed on our arrival slip ( albeit for 1which I corrected at the time) this was sorted as mentioned above When we returned an hour and a half later from initial arrival the same staff member who had said they had been fully booked the previous night so no check in would be available until 3 for anyone, yet a party of 4 were checking in! We were in no rush to check in but the lack of consistency in this was not a good look for the property One glaring issue with our Villa was the air conditioning as there was one unit facing into main living area and none in the bedrooms thus they were quite warm Added problem on the master was the door to the terrace was labeled not to be opened so getting air flow was an issue-I acknowledge this would be only a problem in summer but it was not great for sleeping Overall we enjoyed the stay but it came a poor second to the golf resorts in the North Island for service and to others we’ve stayed in around the world. Better front desk staff training needed as the same staff member checked us out with a very poor attitude as it was clear this person had been ‘spoken’ to regarding the issues we had encountered More staff like the manager on breakfast duty would help the profile of the resort
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 15 Jun 2023
Kia ora Deborahb Thank you for your feedback, we have addressed the issues with the team that you have highlighted that were not up to the standard that is expected with further training. On a positive note I am pleased that team members could resolve quickly problems that arose Nga mihi
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fable Terrace Downs Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Nearby attractions include Newzengland Ltd - Clay Shooting & Archery Services (1.5 km), Washpen Falls (7.6 km), and Rakaia Gorge Walkway (2.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fable Terrace Downs Resort?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Fable Terrace Downs Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Fable Terrace Downs Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Fable Terrace Downs Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.