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William M
Waikanae, New Zealand
Interesting Place
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Jun 2019
This is a restored Victorian villa and has retained all of its original charm. Loved the view over the harbour and Victorian Precinct, both of which are well within walking distance down the hill. The whole place was scrupulously clean and the bed comfortable. The owner, Rodger, is an interesting and open character and certainly adds to the charm.
Our only negative point were some aspects of the room. It was advertised as a two bedroom suite with on-suite. What we found was the second bedroom was in fact constructed by building out into the roof space from the original room, accessed through a half height hatch door. All of this may have added to the charm were it not for the fact there was not ventilation like a period dormer window or skylight. Our teenage daughter christened it the "Coffin" and promptly claimed the main bed with her mother.
The other slightly jarring note was the ensuite which was in-fact framed as a triangular space in one corner of the room. Its size was more reminiscent of something in a caravan with the sink over the toilet and a tiny shower cabinet.
Date of stay: April 2019
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Reviewed 14 March 2019

Rodger has done a wonderful job creating items for & restoring his family's historic home. It is in a great location, close to downtown Oamaru & the Blue penguin colony. We really enjoyed out stay & Rodger was very helpful with information & very interesting to talk to. We stayed in the Bessie Clark room. Beds were very comfortable & the view of the city & harbour from the bathroom is superb.
We loved looking around at all the marvelous wood in the house & the lovingly decorated rooms & common spaces.
Perfect for a couple or a family.

Room tip: Bessie Clark has a Queen plus a single bed with a great view
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank 893carmar
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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Room was gorgeous with a view. Lovely character and warm. Very kind Roger who looked after us. Could view Oamaru and Victorian precinct. Would stay here again! Perfect for an overnight or family stay.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank krispydonut
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Well done Roger.....we loved this place, it's comfortable, it's unique, fabulous views from most rooms, we enjoyed the sun going down with drinks overlooking the town and rogers vinyl records...if you want somewhere welcoming and different, come here....ok, if you want a flash breakfast, have it down the street.....but this place is a joy! It's a B&B, and the owner is great!

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank alfagtv
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Stayed overnight last minute booking. Owner was very nice very helpful he knows a lot about the area where to eat, where to drink places for entertainment & to visit a wealth of knowledge all in all a very nice gentleman. And knows so much about the history if his home. Great room very personal very comfortable nice to have a real carpet lol. Beds very comfy my room had a great view out over the harbour. Complimentary breakfast is available I could not because of early start but did view the breakfasts & they looked very good for a freebie. Onsite parking a bonus. All in all a very pleasant stay at a very reasonable price. I would recommend highly.

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank Colin V
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Booked to stay 4 nights after the TripAdvisor reviews but only stretched it to 3 (paid the $600 for 4 nights) and stayed at a motel for the 4th.

Rated 1star because the bed was comfortable.

The add in bathroom is a cubby hole we've had bigger in hostels in India. Turn water over handbasin on and spirts onto floor. Shower doesn't keep water in so ultimate result - toileting with wet feet. Old towels should be cleaning rags AND wet flannel (was it someone else's?) and used soap offered first.
Room not serviced so had to ask for dry towels on 3rd day.

Continental breakfast offered in price but we ate our own as cereal looked as old as the house.

Single bed in room with orange candle wick bedspread...

Sadly, we had just come from a lovely motel with very large bathroom and separate bedroom - costing less than the $150 per night charged at Federation.

Parking is abysmal - owners bus, ute and another permanent car, made for technical parking with our ute.

Would I stay here again - never!!!!!

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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