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11 Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road Ashburton District, Rakaia 7710 New Zealand
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Enjoy the elegant and comfortable accommodation that St Itas, a former Convent, can provide. St Itas is sited in Rakaia Township, just 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport on State Highway 1. Great first and last stop and base for exploring the Ashburton area. Four rooms: one with a private bathroom , the rest with ensuites, refreshment trays, electric blankets and extra heating, garden views . Guest lounge with Sky TV, DVD player and open fire. Large garden. Free Wi-Fi. Great breakfasts. Walking distance to pubs, cafes, crafts and River Terrace Walkway. Short distance to salmon fishing, Mt Hutt Skiing, Golf,Hot air ballooning, jet boating, bush walks.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Baggage storage
Car park
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Washing machine
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Blackout curtains
Seating area
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Coffee / tea maker
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Desiree wrote a review Mar 2019
This guesthouse was so fantastic that we stayed another night. The decor of the building is beautiful, the lounge area for the guests is huge , welcoming and so comfortable. The hosts are lovely , easy to chat to and very helpful. The cooked breakfast in the morning was a treat. The gardens are also beautiful . The drive around Rakaia is delightful - especially the drive to Rakaiai Gorge.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
The Madkiwi wrote a review Dec 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand135 contributions17 helpful votes
St Itas Guesthouse is fabulous. Its a heritage building with beautiful chattels and facilities. Lovely hosts. We stay here this winter season as Methven was fully booked out, its 25-30 minutes from Mt Hutt so an easy drive.
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Date of stay: July 2018
Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 4 Dec 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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xNicolaPer wrote a review Nov 2018
Sydney26 contributions5 helpful votes
OMG it was like I had the house to myself, a most relaxing luxuriant stay, the owners are fabulous and friendly, the only thing I was missing was some great genuine company. An excellent location to the ski mountain and the breakfast in the mornings exquisite, totally recommended. Thanks, Nicola
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 28 Nov 2018
Hi Nicola Thanks for taking the time to write a review, it was great having you here and we're pleased you enjoyed your stay. We're pleased that you some time on the mountain (as the weather wasn't that great) and also had some time to relax. Thank you again Sue
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michelle h wrote a review Jan 2018
Wanaka, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
After a day's driving I found this lovely guest house by chance. I was welcomed by Sue and was lucky enough to secure a room which looked out on the veranda and pretty garden. The room was inviting and contained every thing I needed.I had a very comfortable sleep and the breakfast was delicious. There is a also a spacious lounge for guest use. A haven. I would have loved to stay longer.
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Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 15 Feb 2018
Thank you for your kind words and the time you took to share them with us, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and it was equally as nice to meet your husband last month as he travelled through. I hope you'll both come and visit us again.
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aiakar wrote a review Nov 2017
84 contributions55 helpful votes
I had stayed at St Ita's a couple of times and I went to school in this building so had booked the Rose Room for my birthday and to show my partner the building. We were delayed getting to the accommodation because of a train delay coming from the Coast and we rang ahead to let Sue know. Rather than keeping her up, I told her I knew where the room was and was happy for her to leave the door open (as she did last time I stayed). Sue informed me that she had shifted us out of the Rose Room to accommodate another guest who wished to extend his stay. She had known about this since the day before but, despite the booking system allowing you to nominate specific rooms, had not thought to contact me to ask if it was OK to move us. I would have then explained that I had booked that room for a specific reason. No quarter was given. In fact, Sue stated quite bluntly that we could change our minds about staying if we wanted to. This was at about 9pm and we still had the drive from Christchurch. It didn't leave us much choice. However, Taylors in Ashburton were kindly able to accommodate us so we took up Sue's offer of "changing our minds". We will bypass St Ita's from now on because of this incident. I no longer recommend this business because of the offhand way this was dealt with.
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Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse
Responded 3 Dec 2017
In response to your review I apologise for my actions as it was never my intention to upset or seem off handed to you when you rang. This was the first time I have changed a guests room and I have taken on board the need now to notify the guest if this ever were to occur again. At the time I did not realise the significance of this room and thought a swap to a room with the same facilities would be fine. I do always try to be friendly and helpful and so offered you the option of finding alternative accommodation as I had got the impression the alternative room wasn't an option. As I am still relatively new to the hospitality business I am sure there are many areas I can improve on and I hope that I learn from my mistakes to ensure guests have the best experience I can offer.
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USD 84 - USD 92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionRakaia
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Itas Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to St. Itas Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Rakaia Salmon Statue (0.8 km) and Salmon World (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St. Itas Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at St. Itas Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at St. Itas Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at St. Itas Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St. Itas Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Salmon Tales Cafe, Little Red Cafe, and Railway Tavern.
Is St. Itas Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Rakaia.
Are any cleaning services offered at St. Itas Guesthouse?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.