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| Built out of solid Totara in the 1860s for a local farmer, 'The Gables' luxury accommodation in Akaroa has been lovingly restored. It accurately captures the romanticism of the age without compromising on comfort. The wallpaper and drapes have been imported from England, and a Stanley woodstove, imported from Ireland, is used for cooking and keeps the whole house warm in winter. The specially-selected antique pieces give the house its unique atmosphere.
Your double bedroom has its own private courtyard, an en-suite bathroom and a private dining room, which opens out onto a verandah with breathtaking views of the harbour. You'll adore the superb brass double bed and antiques.
Your private sitting room has garden views. Your private dining room features an open fireplace with a kauri surround and a wonderful panorama of Akaroa Harbour towards the heads.
As the only guests you will enjoy the exclusive ambience of "The Gables" while being pampered in the relaxed atmosphere created by Lyn and Chris.
The superb grounds have been landscaped to accentuate the magnificent views. These, together with the magnificent old oaks, walnuts, plane trees and natives, are a feature of the property.
Enjoy the free range hens, sheep, horse, ducks, cats and dog along with a variety of native birds.
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Superb, fresh food prepared by two chefs. With considerable experience both here, in Europe and the UK, Lyn and Chris are women who have the necessary background and expertise to design the menus just for you and your particular tastes. Previous owners of a leading Christchurch restaurant, they bring a sense of pure joy to the culinary arts, and they now lead TOURS IN TUSCANY, TOURS IN PUGLIA and TOURS IN SICILY as well as running "The Gables".
We also now offer private dinners and lunches for groups of 6-10 people. Or if you prefer, Lyn and Chris will cook for your party in your own home. Please e-mail for details. We will be happy to provide a menu and quote for the catering of your wedding or other large function.
You'll love the fresh produce grown mainly in their large potager garden and the free range eggs.
It's all you would expect and more.
| How to find us: head towards Akaroa, past little River & over the hill, turn right at Barry's Bay, past French Farm to Wainui Beach, turn right into Cemetery Road, then into Warnerville Road. You'll find us first on the left. We're 1 hour 10 minutes drive from Christchurch, 25 minutes from Akaroa.
Address: Warnerville Road, Wainui RD2, Akaroa
Prices: $NZ $280 (including breakfast).
Your Hosts: Lyn Baynes & Chris Broome
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