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Reviewed 11 April 2016

This Christchurch B&B is located on the city edge. Easy travel by bus or walk to city center (or 5 min drive). Best part of the B&B is the host and the cottage styles design defined the unique B&B experience (beautiful garden). Basic but very homely, just like visiting friend house with all the freedom. Noting luxury but functionable.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

We stayed in the cottage - 55 Hastings! Chet was a delight and very informative. He was very accommodating and helpful and very kind. The cottage was very quaint and was perfect for what we wanted! Everything was comfortable and beautifully decorated, keeping with the feel of the era! Thank you Chet once again!

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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Keep your expectations low. Clean and hospitable but downright small! Bathroom sink so small the water splashed everywhere when you turn on the faucet. Room small and challenging with two people and luggage. Shower was slick and i fell in it the first night -ouch! Told the owner so maybe they'll put a mat inside. Decent breakfast included eggs from... More 

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Indonesia
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

We stayed 3 nights with Designer Cottage B&B when we first landed in Christchurch. The staffs are very kind that offer us a nice room. Not every room come with private bathroom, so make sure you double check with the confirm booking. The garden is most impressive with a water feature and decking. Breakfast is continental with good serving. We... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

The host Steve has been very kind to us. He is born in Christchurch, so full of travel tips and places to eat with a designed map. The garden is lovely, and we booked a lovely room next to the garden courtyard. The co host Cat 'Marmite' is super cute and friendly. This B&B/ home to the Christchurch Designer is... More 

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Singapore
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

We stayed here for two nights. The hosts were friendly and wonderful. the apartment itself was beautiful, with very interesting pieces (including an ancient radio which my daughter loved!). The garden was lovely, there were apples and pears and grapes.. beautiful. One small issue (if one can call it that), the bathroom is really tiny. It was a challenge bathing... More 

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Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Thanks to Chet and Steve for accommodating all our requests and make our stay so comfortable. We stayed at this lovely place in early March. We enjoyed the congenial atmosphere around the breakfast table. Along with the great food. After an unexpected accident we need a place longer term to recouperte. We are able to stay in a one bedroom... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

It is a short and sweet stay at this humble unique cottage. The cottage is located at the south side of the city with few cafes. restaurants and The Colombo Mall. A short 15 to 20 min walk to city centre. The breakfast is a must, and we did enjoyed the double room with private bathroom. Bathroom is a bit... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We only stayed for 2 nights, but this unique cottage experience is one of the highlight during our New Zealand visit. The owner restored old cottages, and decorated them with his own personality. What a treat for us. Just keep in mind that this is not a 5 star hotel (The designer humble homes). We love our ensuite double room... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

The owner is an architect intent on saving historic cottages which he is refurbishing and offering for B&B. Very hospitable and helpful. Our room was large, comfortable, and even had a dual control electric blanket. There was a very nice Belgian restaurant 5 minutes walk away and the bus stop was a similar distance -- on the line that goes... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Designer Cottage was a sailors' retreat in the 70s and is located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the cottage will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street. We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with en-suite and a self-contained cottage. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Designer Cottage

Address: 53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: $113 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Designer Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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“Just book any room with private bathroom, We love the room overlook the garden.”
 of 5 bubbles nicksF3351BX, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“This is a B&B, not a hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles 839artam, 29 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Any room with private bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles WendyreidK, 11 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The cottage was perfect for a few nights stay, with family or friends.”
 of 5 bubbles AmyD02, 10 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Private bathroom option is the best. do not take the share bathroom option.”
 of 5 bubbles wiling4499, 8 Apr 2016 | Read review
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