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Gardens Homestay

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11 St Mary Street Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand See on map
Free Wifi
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Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
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Gardens Homestay Bed and Breakfast was built in 1892 and lovingly restored during the 1990s. Your hosts are Fly by Wire Ride inventor Neil Harrap and his wife Sally Guinness. The elegant facade features stained ...More glass, iron lacework verandah and bay windows. We're located in historic Thorndon, five minutes walk to Parliament and downtown Wellington. We're two minutes walk to the Botanic Gardens and many cafes, restaurants and specialty shops on historic Tinakori Road. Bird Sanctuary Zealandia is located three minutes drive away, a paradise for birdwatchers. 24 Hour parking provided at the door. We have one suite only and take one party of guests at a time so as to ensure the best of attention. Read our TripAdvisor reviews to see what our guests have to say. Less
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Room Service
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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US$190 - US$263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The best kept little secret in central Wellington! Location very handy to CBD and Botanic Gardens and a few steps away from lovely cafes, restaurants and shopping. Neil and Sally are consummate hosts, nothing was ever a problem and the suite was luxurious! Thank you...More

Thank Barbara O
Response from NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens HomestayResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you for the praise! We're fortunate with our central location being so close to all the main points of interest, it makes visiting Wellington so much easier. We do all we can to make guests comfortable and everyone loves to climb into a warm...More

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Don't miss this opportunity to stay this heritage home in a great location. Thorndon is a characterful area with restaurants and easy walking distance to the city centre. We stayed three nights at Gardens Homestay. Neil and Sally welcomed us into their home and we...More

Thank Sue B
Response from NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens HomestayResponded 19 November 2017

Thank you Sue! We're overwhelmed by this very kind review and appreciate the glowing words. If there's such a thing as the 'perfect review' it would be just like yours! We really enjoyed your stay, we prefer the longer stays as we get to know...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

This historic home is ideally situated and has been thoughtfully restored and renovated. The hosts are kind and helpful. The accommodation has two separate (connected) bedrooms and a balcony giving a great outlook down to the city. Staying here was a special experience and I’d...More

Thank localkiwi
Response from NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens HomestayResponded 20 April 2018

It's always lovely to receive a positive review, not that we've ever received a bad one! Thank you for the kind words, we'll keep aiming for the best experience that we can offer our guests. Sally and Neil

Reviewed 11 April 2018

This is the perfect place to stay in Wellington. A beautiful heritage home in an excellent location. An easy stroll into central Wellington and you can take the cable car back. Plenty of restaurants locally and Sally and Neil are the perfect hosts.

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Response from NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens HomestayResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you Christine! A short, sweet review and much appreciated! We enjoyed your stay and I hope our paths cross again someday. Sincerely, Sally and Neil

Reviewed 26 December 2017

There are not many ways our experience at the Gardens Homestay could have been better, and if there are I don't know them. Neil and his family are extremely hospitable and also incredibly interesting people themselves. My parents and I stayed with them for 4...More

Thank il-capitano-z
Response from NeilHarrap, Owner at Gardens HomestayResponded 28 December 2017

Thank you for the very kind review, Ben! We really enjoyed the company of Ben and his parents. Such an interesting family and their four day stay went by so fast! The painters were working for two of the days but the family didn't mind...More

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11 July 2017|
Response from RobvR2015 | Reviewed this property |
Saw your email Neil
25 January 2017|
Response from NeilHarrap | Property representative |
Sorry but we're unavailable but may have a suitable alternative for you. Email me on our website address. Neil
Daisy M
23 July 2016|
Response from NeilHarrap | Property representative |
Hello Daisy, Yes, we can take a reservation on those dates. Please can you advise the number in the party and I will provide further details and information. I would appreciate you contacting me on our email address which... More
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"Single suite, wonderful view"
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"There is only one room, a suite actually, and it is a great place to stay with the long balcony off the main..."
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