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Riverstone House bed and breakfast Geraldine is just a couple of minutes wander from some lovely bush walks and close to the Geraldine township (only 1.5km away). With cafés, restaurants, artists and boutique shops Geraldine is an ideal stop on the Southern Scenic route from CHC (Christchurch International Airport) to Tekapo. Rather than just passing through we recommend a stay in this delightful rural town.
Riverstone House is approx ½ hour drive away from a selection of 7 Golf Courses. There is fishing in the nearby lakes and rivers. With many short and longer walks and hikes and DOC reserves close by, outdoor enthusiasts can spend hours or days in the region
We cater for a boutique clientele. Our guests are more than welcome to wander around our lovely lawn and garden setting enjoying the Native Birds singing, a mixture of Bell Birds,Tui, Fantails, Waxeyes and Kereru(native wood pigeon). Included in our garden are New Zealand Native Plants, Rhododendrons, Roses and other well established plantings. Our home is set well back from the road giving the feel of a quiet country retreat.
With two suites we can cater to a range of guest options.
Our downstairs Garden Suite accommodation is a lovely queen suite with en-suite and private terrace.
The Upstairs Garden View Retreat can be a super king, split king single and has an extra double sofa bed in the living room. It has a large family bathroom with shower and a bath with panoramic views of the garden.
Our upstairs retreat apartment gives guests the entire floor to themselves and is ideal for privacy. If required the apartment can be transformed into family accommodation for four people.
We are Ken and Jenny Jordan, your hosts at Riverstone House bed and breakfast Geraldine.
We had one of the oldest nurseries in New Zealand, at Tinwald, Ashburton, until we decided on a life style change as our sons were not interested in continuing the family business. We specialised in growing Rhododendrons and Camellia, with a very strong interest in growing hostas, trilliums, maples, tree peonies and of late, lilies. There are many examples of these in our new garden at Geraldine.
For approx 8 years Jenny managed the Ashburton i-Site Visitor Centre. Jenny has her Level 4 in Tourism, Diploma in Business and Diploma in Tourism Management.
In 2016 we purchased Riverstone House in Geraldine from the family of New Zealand’s champion rally driver Hayden Paddon. We have renovated and converted the home to bed and breakfast accommodation. With our extensive nursery history we are enjoying the large gardens and lawns and the native birds singing.
Our home is made of river stone and timber is set on 1.5ha.(approx 3 acres) Our home overlooks our large NZ native garden with many rhododendrons and camellias are in this setting.
Depending on the season, we may have some farm animals on the property. There may be lambs, sheep, calves or heifers.
We are also in the process of developing a pond and water garden.
Included in our family at Riverstone House are a British Short-hair cat and a Jack Russell dog who will escape on us if she can. Our pets are not allowed in the guest suites. Meg the Jack Russell is contained unless you are a dog lover. Coco will try to sneak in so please keep the bedroom door shut. Coco has a bell so you will hear her coming.
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