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37 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand
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#4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Akaroa
Travellers' Choice
Blythcliffe is a superb, 160 yr old grand house, set in 3 acres of extensive, private grounds - right in the heart of the historic French settlement village of Akaroa. We are Akaroa's oldest and most loved grand, heritage house and have a Category 1 listing with Heritage New Zealand,Pouhere Tahonga. We are an easy, flat stroll to all of our excellent cafes, restaurants and swimming beach and centrally located for trips further afield on the stunning Banks Peninsula. Three guest accommodations are available: The Stables, a very spacious, extremely comfortable and completely private apartment, is adjacent to the main house with its own grape lined sunny courtyard. The Willow Room with ensuite and Rose Room with private bathroom are both in the main house with access to our first floor balcony and views across the croquet lawn to the harbour beyond. Included in all rates is the famous Blythcliffe Breakfast, served in our heritage dining room. Fresh fruits, organic yoghurt, cereal, freshly baked croissants, great, real coffee and cooked food to order, including eggs freshly laid by our chickens in the garden and our delicious Akaroa smoked salmon omelette.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Dining area
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
On-demand films
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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Kelly wrote a review Dec 2021
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We popped in on the day of our stay and the hosts were very accommodating. They had a room available and showed us around. The place was fabulous, room very comfortable and cosy and had all the little extras. Loved the tea room, it was especially quaint. Breakfast was delicious, both continental and cooked options. Couldn't ask for anything more. Great value for money. Would definitely be back when in the area.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
JLYP wrote a review Nov 2021
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Superb breakfast, lovely walk and the courtyard room is sumptuously furnished and comfortable. The house history is interesting and enthusiastically explained. James and Lesley have furnished with period pieces very tastefully. Would stay again a flash.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Didn’t see other rooms loved the courtyard room
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Claire G wrote a review Nov 2021
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Blythcliffe is enchanting on every level. I was swept away with the history of the house and authentic interior styling, the garden is a charm with old fashioned roses galore and sculptures from local artists. Sipping wine on the verandah gazing out over the croquet lawn felt like I was back in the era - all of it, fabulous! Breakfast was hearty and delicious, the homemade marmalade to die for... There is an ease about Blythcliffe and owners John and Lesley are warm and generous hosts. Thank you both for a memorable stay, Claire
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Yalini S wrote a review Oct 2021
Christchurch_NZ20 contributions15 helpful votes
It's always such a pleasure staying at Blythcliffe. Lesley and John are warm hosts, and they and their stately home and beautiful garden immediately put you in relaxed, holiday mode. We've spent many an hour relaxing over a glass of wine/cup of tea on their deck and garden, and it's always a treat waking up to the lovely breakfast on offer. It's been many years now, and we keep returning; clearly they're doing everything right! Thanks so much, Lesley and John.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Clarehungrygirl wrote a review Oct 2021
Leafield, United Kingdom23 contributions7 helpful votes
Thank you John for a fabulous stay. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing night in your lovely back bedroom. So lovely waking up to the birdsong in the woods behind the house. The room was super comfy and beautifully decorated with crisp linen, snug rugs and fresh roses. The gift of French bubbly was a treat and we loved the tea/coffee and treats left in the guest lounge. Breakfast was delicious! Looking forward to seeing you again. Clare & Meg
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$120 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionAkaroa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blythcliffe
Which popular attractions are close to Blythcliffe?
Nearby attractions include The Giants House (0.4 km), Akaroa Museum (0.3 km), and Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blythcliffe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Blythcliffe?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Blythcliffe?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blythcliffe?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blythcliffe?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mandala Restaurant, The Little Bistro, and Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar.
Is Blythcliffe located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Akaroa.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blythcliffe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Blythcliffe have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.