The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Historic Hambledon

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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.

Brent and Claire Smith
103 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-379-0723
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)3-379-0758

My first-ever night in New Zealand was spent at Hambledon, raising the bar very high for those that followed. Brent and Claire are proud of their magnificent, many-roofed 1856 home, which thrills with its colourful walls and beautiful wood panelling.....

.... Hearts and wallets have gone into the restoration and conversion of this mansion back from a series of apartments to the unified building it once was and creating extensive cottage gardens. One big change from the house of yore though: imposing Victorian mansions were not meant to be this comfortable. I genuinely couldn’t wait for bed (sad, I know). I was sleeping in an antique half-tester awash with luxurious duvet, white cotton and soft gold curtains. Beside me a red carpet sidled up to pale green walls and big windows, and a door led to a separate kitchen area and perky yellow shower room. The other spacious rooms were equally fine, some with four-posters, and all mixed antiques with many modern extras like hair-dryers, bathrobes, TVs, videos, phones and fridges. The house is very central; only five minutes walk to Hagley Park and ten to town, so leave the car in the driveway. Breakfast was a you-won’t-need-lunch extravaganza – six cereals, five dried fruits or nuts, two stewed fruits, yoghurt, raisin bread, fresh croissants and French toast with maple syrup, banana and bacon. I’m still digesting happily.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Historic House    
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Rooms: 4 suites: 1 king/single, 1 queen/single, 1 x 2-bedroom king/twin, 1 x 2-bedroom queen/twin. All with en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Complimentary drinks offered. More than 15 good restaurants within walking distance.
Directions: From Hagley Park, continue up Bealey Ave. Historic Hambledon is just before Springfield Road.

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