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Spa Pool and Sauna Sanctuary
Private room in hostel

Bright sunny room at Backpackers close to centre

Bright sunny room at Backpackers close to centre

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
0 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
0 baths

Set in a landscaped garden with Spa Pool, Sauna, BBQ & herb garden for your use, FREE PARKING. It's about 15 mins (1500 meters) walk to Cathedral Square or you can take the bus (stops opposite). We have plenty of eateries within 5 to 10 mins walk.

Amenities
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
Hot tub
Dryer
Washer
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 10AM
Cancellations

5 Reviews

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Sarah User Profile
February 2016
We didn't notice when we originally booked the listing that this was a hostel, and were a little surprised when we arrived. However, this is a very well-kept place with nice amenities. The room was clean and served us just fine for our stay. We were able to walk into town to grab…
Gerti & The Old Countryhouse Team User Profile
Response from Gerti & The Old Countryhouse Team:
Thank you Sarah and Ryan for your feedback, both the bad and the good. To let people know: I had sent Sarah and her partner Ryan an apology for letting them down on the description in our listing. Unfortunately, these were the first three reviews from our first three guests. We are glad this was pointed out to us so early into working with Airbnb, so we were able to correct the information in our listing fairly quickly and with no delay. (If you are interested to read more about this, please read our response to Gavin and Kristin.) We are glad you enjoyed your overall stay and the amenities we offer to our guests. Have a safe trip! Gerti
February 2016

Gavin User Profile
February 2016
We enjoyed the stay here. It was a quick bike ride to the city centre and 30 mins to the beach. It was quiet and clean. While I didn't notice this in the initial listing, this is a private room in an established hostel. That totally worked for us but may not be what you are lo…
Gerti & The Old Countryhouse Team User Profile
Response from Gerti & The Old Countryhouse Team:
To let people know: I have sent Gavin and his partner Kristin an apology for letting them down on the description in our listing. Gavin and Kristin were absolutely right to say that it is vital for people to know before they book, that they will actually be staying in either our manager's home or in one of our guest villas. I hope it’s needless to say that, given the importance, I had added and updated this information in our listing straight away - we never wanted guests to arrive here with a different expectation for the experience of their stay. Unfortunately though, we already had 3 guests stay with us in the short time the rooms were listed on Airbnb, and they have all three pointed out the inaccuracy in our listing in their reviews. We have owned this hostel for over 18 years, and have always been committed to describing our hostel honestly, its facilities with the garden, giving a realistic overview of what can be found in our close neighborhood as well as our actual physical location and it’s proximity to the city’s sights, cafes, bars etc. We want to inspire and invite only those people who want to experience what we have to offer, and that is why in our opinion, accuracy and honesty is necessary. Even though our villas are set up like living in a large family type home, they have a very homely comfortable feel, which I hope our pictures show. We have had over the past few months, a number of guests telling us they were using Airbnb all around New Zealand and Australia and recommending for us to list our hostel there. We had not thought of this option until then, as we had thought that Airbnb was for private people renting rooms in their private homes, or the entire home/holiday home. However, going by the feedback of these ‘hard core Airbnb-ers', they told us that they occasionally found it tiring to always be in the midst of peoples private spaces, and not being able to be more private. Therefore they had deliberately looked outside the Airbnb website to find alternatives to mix up their holiday experiences. They said that our hostel would be the perfect addition and point of difference to the usual choices on Airbnb, still providing such a homely place, yet with less host interaction. So for us, the main reason to list our rooms with Airbnb, was to offer Airbnb travellers something different, giving those people another choice who once in a while don’t want to stay in peoples homes. On a personal note to Gavin and Kristin, thank you for your honest feedback. It helped correcting our listing quickly so to not disappoint anybody else. Thank you also for the kind words in your email response to my ‘apology’ email. It’s great to know you understood the situation, but even more so to know that you did not feel let down and have enjoyed your stay. All the very best Gerti
February 2016

Erwin User Profile
March 2016
Thanks for all. Thanks for the Time in New Zealand.

Erwin User Profile
March 2016
Was simple but cozy, good for a City Trip slightly outside the City. Thanks for help and more.

Susanna User Profile
February 2016
I was a bit surprised when we arrived to find out this was backpackers accommodation.

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Christchurch, New ZealandJoined in January 2016
Gerti & The Old Countryhouse Team User Profile
We love traveling, staying at new places and exploring new places. After 4 1/2 years traveling, we set up our own place for guests to share. Our team at The Old Countyhouse will help you with any queries about your stay with us. Our team members are travellers who have made t…
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within an hour
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