Darling apartment is absolute gem. 5.5 Stars. Very comfortable abode, central, private, homely, safe, beautiful garden, great service. Close to the city centre; highly recommend.
Our best accommodation in NZ during our 17 day trip. And lucky for us that we decided to spend 4 nights with Christine and her husband. The welcome was wonderful and all the advice of things to do and see was very much appreciated. We really felt like we were family! The downstairs accommodation was perfect for our needs - a couple with a 12 year old daughter. The exceptionally clean apartment was well equipped with everything. The main bedroom with study/library was huge and very comfortable. Our daughters bed was not just a converted sofa or roll-out bed, so she was happy. The decor was a lovely combination of old and new with a nice arty feel. The apartment's location is fantastic. Easy 5 minutes walking to everything central, and yet a peaceful leafy street. And the added bonus of access to the well stocked and maintained vegetable patch! Highly recommended as the perfect antidote for the usual stresses of travel.
My wife and I spent three days at the Cathedral Garden Apartment as part of a 3 month trip around the world. I can summarize our experience with three words: 'we loved it!' Christine made certain we had everything we needed on our arrival including coffee, tea and milk in the fridge, brochures for touring around Nelson and offered us use of their bikes. She even shared the bounty from their vege garden.
The apartment is very clean and comfortable with a well appointed kitchen, a large bedroom with a writing desk, cable TV and DVD's, and a couch/sitting area, and an adequate bathroom with a shower. The garden alone is reason enough to book if you like reading in a sublime and beautiful location. There's even a private sitting garden for the apartment just off the kitchen. And if you are indoors, the wi-fi signal is strong.
Lastly the location couldn't be better - just across the street from the Nelson Christ Church Cathedral and a 2 min walk from the bustling lanes of restaurants and shops, the apartment is a great jumping off point for exploring the city or the nature walks nearby, including the Center of NZ hike.
We would gladly return to this lovely place.
Christine welcomed us like we were long time, valued friends. She is a caring, thoughtful and kind person with such interesting conversations and a great sense of humour and this is displayed in her 'character', comfortably furnished super clean garden apartment. Christine and Lincoln have included so much for the convenience and delight of their guests. Condiments, nice snacks, chocolates, books, wonderful art and pottery, beautiful Persian floor rugs - very much an architects' and art lovers 'home away from home'.
We really enjoyed staying at the Cathedral Gardens Apartment with its cosy, sun-filled garden - rather like the "Secret Garden" with furniture and nooks - if Nelson itself wasn't such a draw-card we could have happily stayed there all day, snacking as we were invited to do on the garden goodies. We should have brought our "Secret Garden" CD.... we think that Christine may have enjoyed that too.
The apartment is spacious and light filled - given the glass 'celestory' windows. The cooking facilities and kitchen/dining area are equipped with everything you need and more! There is a lovely alfresco experience - even when one is inside, yet it is so private.
Considering we were in Central Nelson, 50 metres only from Nelson's beautiful Cathedral and only a few more steps further to the main restaurant and Pubs areas we heard no traffic nor any disturbing noise. Free parking is conveniently on the street immediately out the front of the house and the straight path access with our large luggage was no problem at all.
Our only and continuing regret is that we could not stay longer to be able to really become friends with Christine and her very nice husband Lionel - we liked them so very much!!!
Perhaps we could reciprocate and spoil them as our guests should they come to stay in Australia???
Thank you again for the nicest.stay we enjoyed in New Zealand.
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I have stayed at this lovely place once on buisness for two days it was fantastic and I've since tried to re book several times but it is very popular I strongly recommend this if you like something that is self contained,private,with its own wee garden and seating area outside great bed and a lovely host Christine,walking distance to many resturants,gardens,gallery's,shops,museum, movie theatre,supermarkets and many beautiful walks.
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