St James Bed & Breakfast
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St James Bed & Breakfast

14 Regent's Park Drive, Christchurch 8051 New Zealand
Beautifully kept gardens
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5.0
#4 of 22 guest houses in Christchurch
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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St James Bed and Breakfast is a luxury bed and breakfast situated 8 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and a short drive from Christchurch City Centre.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Horseback riding
Meeting rooms
Massage
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Skiing
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Housekeeping
Iron
Refrigerator
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Romantic
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Debbie R wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night at the end of our stay in New Zealand. This is the best Bed and Breakfast I have ever stayed at - it’s more like an upmarket hotel. Our room, which was clean, spacious and comfortable, was on the ground floor and opened out onto a little patio overlooking the beautiful gardens. Breakfast was excellent with a wide choice of food and there was also a cooked option if we had wanted it. The airport is only about 8 km away and very easy to get to. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from , Owner at St James Bed & Breakfast
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Hi Debra Thank you for taking the time to review our Bed and Breakfast. We very much value you feedback and your letting us know that you enjoyed staying with us. We really enjoyed meeting you both and wish you all the very best.
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MooseMom10 wrote a review Feb 2021
New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is, absolutely, the finest B&B we’ve stayed in. Margaret and Paul are incredible hosts, the B&B is amazing, the breakfast incredible, and the attention to detail is unsurpassed. From our welcoming glass of wine and enthusiastic greeting from the humans AND the resident puppies (especially Gracie), to the chocolates and slices, and fresh fruit in our rooms (we were with another couple), to the very comfortable beds, to the lounges (plural) and outdoor areas (plural) and the pool and pool house...we didn’t want to leave. The breakfast kept us full until dinner — everything was yummy! We’ll find a reason to return to ChCh just so we can stay again. Thanks again, Margaret and Paul!
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: A luxury B&B with a mid-range price. Any of the 3 rooms are outstanding. We had the two rooms...
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JM_slo14 wrote a review Mar 2019
Celje, Slovenia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at this place for several nights. It exceeded all expectations - fantastic room with great bathroom (had the downstairs room). Modern, lots of nice details, spotless & super clean.

I liked the privacy of the garden.

Owners Margaret and Paul are very welcoming and prepared to meet any need.

Personally loved the dog & cat, both are cute and friendly.
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Date of stay: March 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Margaret F, Owner at St James Bed & Breakfast
Responded 6 Apr 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how you enjoyed your stay with us. We are very happy to learn that everything worked so well for you. We enjoyed meeting you and enjoyed learning a little about life in your part of the World! Look forward to seeing you next time cheers Marg and Paul
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relli85 wrote a review Nov 2013
Melbourne, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in Christchurch at 5am and the day before I emailed Margaret and asked whether there would be a chance we could arrive early. She advised us that we could check in at 8am so that was when we arrived. When we got there she said she was surprised to see two of us and at the time I hadn't realised I had chosen the wrong option on my booking and only booked for one person. When we got there she told us our room wasn't going to be ready until later because the people she had in our room hadn't checked out yet as she had expected. That was fine as she was doing us a favour and letting us check in early so we came back at midday and our room was ready at 12.30pm. When we were shown to our room we realised that something was definitely wrong as we had booked the Loft Room and we were being given the Queen Room with shared bathroom. I queried this as the Loft Room is advertised with a private bath room, a couch and separate single bed and the room we were given was a small room with only a bed. The bathroom was down the hall in a separate area. Margaret told me that the bathroom was "private" because it was in an area no one else was using and she confirmed it was the room we had booked and the private bathroom had been supplied. It was very obvious that the room we had booked was not what we received and Margaret was aware of this. I am not sure whether we were given this room because I had accidentally booked for one instead of two people but I cannot see how this would affect being given the correct room. I wondered whether the Loft Room was going to be given to us at 8am like we were told but because we had accidentally only booked for one person, she had decided to move us to a different room. I also noticed that the Loft Room was empty and down the hall so I couldn't understand why it was not given to us. Margaret was nice enough to let us leave after the first night without having to pay for the second night we had booked. When we were paying she let me know that I had only booked for one person and I was surprised and told her that I would definitely pay for two people as it was an accident. What's most disappointing is that this place would have been a really great place to stay if the room we had booked was the one we were supplied with. The area is really nice, Margaret was a lovely host and her breakfast was fantastic, it was just really disappointing that we didn't get what was advertised.
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Date of stay: November 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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odiegody wrote a review Mar 2015
Ann Arbor, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Maggie runs and exquisite bed and breakfast she is the ultimate hostess with an amazing home lovely grounds always there to help you if you need her provides a beautiful gourmet breakfast she made our experience absolutely wonderful we hope to go back there again
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Date of stay: March 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Marg05, Owner at St James Bed & Breakfast
Responded 17 Jun 2015
So lovely to hear that you enjoyed your time here... I do hope that the rest of your stay was fantastic. . Looking forward to seeing you again when you come down
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gladiatorlondon wrote a review Mar 2014
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived about 1.30am, having already pre-warned Margaret, our host, that we would be late. Taped to the door was the entry key and what .room we would be having. Being so late, and a little bit jet lagged, we of course were late getting up for breakfast. All the other guests had long gone out. Not a problem to Margaret, she said not to worry, and got us our breakfast. Full monty too! St James is near the airport, but any aircraft noise is minimal, so it is really convenient. There is a lovely garden that guests can use. We spent the rest of the morning lazing out there, still getting over the jet lag. NOTHING seems to faze Margaret at all. Anything you want or ask her, is readily available; the rooms are quiet and comfortable, which is an understatement; breakfasts are fresh and plentiful. We had booked a room for our return to Christchurh, but in the event, we arrived a day early, hoping against hope that Margaret could accommodate us. All the "public" rooms were booked, but she quickly made one of the family rooms available for that night for us. Not a problem!! Is this the best Guest house on South Island? If it's not, I don't know where the best one is, because you would have to go a long way to find it. We were a month on South Island, and in our opinion, St James is the best, and we must have stayed in 15-20 different places, most of them very good, so we are in a position to judge.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the downstairs room, and you'll get a suite with doors onto the patio!!
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Michelle T wrote a review Oct 2012
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Many thanks to Margaret for a wonderful stay.
We arrived in Christchurch very late, before beginning our motorhome adventure in the South Island. Margaret was fresh faced and full of smiles as she settled us all into our room. We were all spoiled at breakfast time next morning and Margaret and Spoodie took the children on a tour of the garden and paddock, with special treats for the pony.
We returned at the end of our adventure, with an overnight stay before heading back home. Again, a continental breakfast was ready for our disgracefully early departure and the children couldn't wait to get in and tell Margaret all about their adventures!
Brilliant location, we were able to bus in and out of town at minimal expense and were ridiculously close to the airport.
Don't bother with the stale and cold airport motel, book in here and you won't regret it!
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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katrina b wrote a review Jan 2012
palmerston north
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Margaret is the ultimate hostess, the perfect combination of friendly yet uber-professional.
The breakfasts were to die for, always different and with attention paid to the smallest details. Sometimes I was even lucky enough to come by extra food for lunch - but don't expect that! This family house turned into a bed and breakfast has fortunately suffered minimal if any damage from the ongoing earthquakes and is a very welcoming place to rest and relax with bedrooms with ensuites, lovely big baths and a gorgeous outside atmosphere as well with balconies, verandas and a lovely garden. I highly recommend St. James Bed and Breakfast to anyone.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Discuss with Margaret what your particular needs are - I'm sure if she can help out she will.
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Gerald S wrote a review Apr 2019
Plainfield, Illinois
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is truly an amazing place and the owners are so very courteous, friendly, and helpful. Nice comfortable room and bed. Great breakfast. Beautiful location. We would definitely stay there again when visiting Christchurch.
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Date of stay: March 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Margaret F, Owner at St James Bed & Breakfast
Responded 23 Apr 2019
Dear Gerald Thank you taking the time to let us know how you found your stay with us. We are so glad to read that the location and home worked well for you and also that you enjoyed your breakfast. We certainly enjoyed meeting you both and hope that you stop by sometime in the future.
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FamilyOE wrote a review Jan 2019
New Zealander
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying a weekend here is a treat. It ticks all the boxes. Comfortable beds, well appointed rooms, stunning views of the garden, multiple choices for breakfast including home baking, and a wonderful swimming pool to relax in. The hosts Marg and Paul are very welcoming and generous. We stayed in the Poppy Suite which offers two lovely bedrooms, super large bathroom with spa bath and separate toilet. Both rooms look over the gorgeous garden. This is a genuine bed and breakfast, delivered with style.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Marg05, Owner at St James Bed & Breakfast
Responded 31 Jan 2019
Hi there, thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed staying as much as we enjoyed you staying at St James. Very much looking forward to catching up next time
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Answer from Marg05
Christchurch, New Zealand
Hi there Rebel thank you for contacting me re staying at St James in 2015 ...you will absolutely love the Tranzalpine. It is quite an amazing experience. It is no problem to leave your luggage here when you take the overnight excursion, and taxis run between St James and the railway station and meet every train. Unfortunately I am unable to pick you up from the airport, however you can book shuttles online, or taxis are there all times of the night and day. We are only 2.8 kms from the airport and relatively inexpensive. I would be very happy to run you to the camper van depot on Monday morning I do hope this helps with your travel planning kind regards Margaret St James
MooseMom10 wrote a tip Feb 2021
New Zealand79 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A luxury B&B with a mid-range price. Any of the 3 rooms are outstanding. We had the two rooms upstairs."
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Peter M wrote a tip Nov 2018
South Fremantle, Australia32 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only used the Poppy suite. If you book this you won't be disappointed.Did not check out the others but I assume they would be similar."
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Reklaw252 wrote a tip Feb 2018
Battleford, Canada389 contributions252 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't miss the breakfasts served by Margaret. They are exquisite."
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chrisahess wrote a tip Jan 2018
San Diego, California8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Stable was seperate from the main house. Very private and quiet."
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RickNStl wrote a tip Nov 2017
Tesson Ferry, Missouri104 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with in-room bath facilities."
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Which popular attractions are close to St James Bed & Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Air Force Museum of New Zealand (7.6 km), Christchurch Botanic Gardens (7.7 km), and Riccarton House & Bush (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St James Bed & Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at St James Bed & Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at St James Bed & Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St James Bed & Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pedro's House of Lamb, Thai Orchid, and Brazooka - BBQ Brazil.
Are there any historical sites close to St James Bed & Breakfast?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riccarton House & Bush (6.2 km), Mona Vale (6.1 km), and Kate Sheppard House (5.5 km).
Is St James Bed & Breakfast accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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