The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Queen Street Villa

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Penny and John Pennington
27 Queen Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington, Wellington

Tel: + 64 (0)4-971-6363
Cell: + 64 (0)27-447-8131
No fax number available

The Pennington kids originally inhabited Queen Street Villa during university, but they trickled away with graduations, so Penny and John waved the renovating wand over it and now a student might feel inclined to leave his shoes at the door. Having said that, I spent my time horizontal on the sofa, watching cricket on the flat-screen, and drinking beer! But don’t get the wrong idea, this is a very chic private retreat where Penny’s talent for interiors will make your stay feel rather special.....

.... The lounge is homely with its antique kauri chest, a flame mahogany chiffonier, bean-bags, art works that certainly pleased this particular pair of eyes, and re-upholstered family armchairs that could stand as works of art themselves. Kimonos decorate the bedrooms, displayed over the ergonomically-designed Okooko beds, and there’s even a pillow menu here – poor sleepers have no excuse. Penny and John offer airport pick-ups and will zip you through a quick tiki-tour, namely up Mount Victoria to the best view in the city, although, if you feel like some air, the mountain trails are moments from your door. In fact most of Wellington’s treats are accessible by foot. Queen Street is just ten minutes from Cuba Street, Courtney Place and the harbour. That said, the Penningtons’ Miramar-based Chocolate Frog Café is well-worth driving to for breakfast and hopefully you’ll have time to chat with your delightful hosts there. And do try one their coffees, which must rank among the very best in town.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Self-catering Option    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    
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Rooms: Villa has 3 bedrooms: 1 superking with en/s bath and shower fitting; 1 queen and 1 king that share separate bathroom with shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Cooked breakfast or any other style of breakfast served at the villa, or a complimentary breakfast at the Chocolate Frog Café. Group dinners by arrangement.
Directions: The Villa is very close to the city centre. From Oriental Parade head towards city but stay left to turn into Kent Terrace, then left into Elizabeth Street, right into Broughman, then left into Queen Street. The Villa is number 27.

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