Designer Cottage

Designer Cottage 53 Hastings Street West, Sydenham, Christchurch view on map
Designer Cottage
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Great kiwiana Christchurch B&B, New Zealand..... Peaceful, attractive, convenient and friendly.....

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.

Your friendly host, Chet, has an honours degree in Landscape Architecture and is passionate about traditional buildings and his landscaping ideas. Designer Cottage is one of his finest collections of the charms of yesterday and all guests are welcome to view the ‘Designer Village' and hear his stories about the cottage.

Features of our bed and breakfast accommodation in Christchurch include:
-Peaceful surroundings
-Private Garden and Courtyards
-Internet & wireless access available
-Free pick-up from city on arrival (by arrangement only)
-Off street parking available
-Two minutes walk to amenities (Restaurants & cafe etc)
-Walking (1.8km) to city centre
-10 minutes walk to Jade Stadium
-Excellent bus routes (No 10 from Chch Int. Airport)
-Hospitable host

  • 3 Stars
  • Breakfasts
  • Check-in Time: 2:00pm
  • Check-out Time 10:00am
  • Clothesline
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Non Smoking
  • Parking - Off street
  • Shower Facilities
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  • We were fortunate to have the whole cottage to ourselves. The owners were extremely accommodating of our late arrival and early departure. The restored cottage has brand new facilities and a superb kitchen cum dining area. Most comfortable bed so a good night's sleep. 5
    DAPHNE NOCK - Jan 31, 2016 (Stayed Jan 2016) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Daphne for the great reviews. We feel lucky to have you staying with us and share this unique christchurch holiday at Designer Cottage.
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  • Designer cottage was a pleasant find just 10min walk from where i was working, whereas other accommodation options required a taxi and were more expensive overall. Room was cosy, bathroom was small, but adequate with plenty of hot water. Breakfast was a treat having conversation with other guests & chet, a rare thing for me when away from home. Much nicer than hotel. Thanks chet, will be back. 5
    Maleta Knight - Nov 26, 2013 (Stayed Nov 2013) Travelbug verified review
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  • Designer cottage is a rare find in the midst of a busy central city suburb. Christchurch’s colombo street (main street) is only down the road but we felt like we were miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The rooms at designer cottage are cosy and homely. Our talks over breakfast gave us great ideas for planning our south island adventure. Thanks chet. We will be back some time. . 5
    Susan Harrison - Sep 12, 2013 (Stayed Sep 2013) Travelbug verified review
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  • Designer cottage is a unique and very homely bed and breakfast. We arrived to a very warm welcome from chet the owner, who took us for a walk through his very interesting urban village. Our ensuite room with private bathroom was very nice and cosy. The new breakfast room was great complete with huge table, great coffee, recycled materials and chets own artworks which added the personal touch. We will be back. . 5
    Stephen - Jul 31, 2013 (Stayed Jul 2013) Travelbug verified review
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  • A rather impersonal experience. Bed and room were fine, but very small toilet/shower room off the kitchen was inadequate for number of guests and a mission to get to when people eating at the table. Eating breakfast amid the debris of others and bathroom smells was not ideal. No information available about off street parking or internet. Overall barely satisfactory. My comments have been discussed with the owner. 1
    Annette Inglis - May 6, 2012 (Stayed Apr 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Dear Annette Inglis, We always recommend guests book an ensuite room for their own privacy. Personally I was surprised when I saw you had booked the cheaper share bathroom option. Over the last 10 years we have had many guests return many times and some have gone to become good friends. We try to offer a balance between a homely stay, good value, and down to earth casual experience. From our own travel experience we have recognised the B&B experience is not suitable for all travelers. Best Wishes
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  • Difficult to go into detail. We needed a room for the night before flying to Sydney. The room was fine. The kitchen downstairs was not needed; the shower and toilet were fine. The chap who took us in and showed us our room was also fine. 4
    JOHN HAKEMAN - Mar 3, 2012 (Stayed Feb 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for your kind review John.
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  • Cozy,quiet place in downtown. A plenty of fresh fruits in every morning. Manager is not always in house,so you had better to have his mobile number. 4
    MASAKO KAWASHIMA - Jan 12, 2012 (Stayed Jan 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you or the kind review...
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  • Good fun 5
    PHILIP ROSE - Jul 5, 2011 (Stayed Jun 2011) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Philip. Looking forward to seeing you again. Warmest Regards, Chet
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  • Chet, the owner, was friendly and informative. The cottage was musty/moldy and in great need of renovation, with rotting floors. Can't speak to the other rooms in a different building. 1
    MARK MCKNIGHT - Feb 28, 2011 (Stayed Feb 2011) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Mark Sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. We would happy to move you to our modern ensuite room. Best Regards, Chet
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  • Staying at designer cottage with sympathetic host Chet was a warm welcome to Christchurch after arriving at the airport. Service was excellent as well as personal, price/quality ratio very good, recommendable to all travellers that prefer the more intimate atmosphere of a B&B over more impersonal hotel atmosphere. 5
    TJITZE VOGEL - Jan 23, 2011 (Stayed Dec 2010) Travelbug verified review
  • Dear Tjitze Vogel, We had a great time during your stay with us. You always welcome to Designer Cottage. Again thank you for the kind and wonderful comments. Best wishes, and hop to keep in touch. Warmest Regards, Chet
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