Room review: Understated luxury at Queenstown House Boutique B&B and Villa Apartments
Eleanor Hughes feels comfortably at home in understated luxury.
Located on a quiet, elevated street of residential homes overlooking Queenstown, this property offers boutique accommodation for up to 30 people. The original 40 year old house has been recently refurbished to provide five en-suite bedrooms. Intimate shared lounges, an outdoor terrace and manicured gardens make it very welcoming and warm.
Next door, fully self-contained apartments are available with one- to three-bedroom configurations. A spacious kitchen overlooks tastefully decorated living rooms, with fireplaces and modern velvet-covered seating, open to the dining area. The balconies have fabulous views.
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It takes just 26 minutes from the airport on the airport bus, which includes a six-minute uphill walk from the Stanley Street bus stop to the accommodation on Hallenstein Road. Views encompass central Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, as well as gondolas silently ascending and descending the pine-covered hillside to Bob’s Peak and the Skyline complex.
While staying in the house, we enjoyed the understated elegance of the generously sized Earl bedroom offering two single beds with fluffy pillows, cozy duvets and blankets. A leather sofa and armchairs around a coffee table make the room cozy with a wall heater, Sky TV and tea/coffee making facilities available.
The small balcony with table and chairs offers a view of Les Remarquables. The bathroom is spacious with shower, basin, hairdryer and a range of toiletries with the heated towel rail heating thick white towels.
Two common lounges are available. The cozy winter lounge has attractive armchairs to snuggle up in, and a piano and bookcase stuffed with paperbacks add a cozy touch. I’m sure when the fire is lit on a cold day it would be hard to leave. Next to the breakfast room, soft instrumental music welcomes you throughout the day. In the other bright and airy living room, New Zealand art by Don Binney adorns the walls.
Get out of
With parking available you can drive into central Queenstown but it’s not worth starting the car as it’s only a ten minute walk to restaurants, supermarkets and shops . A few more minutes and you’re on the waterfront for the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, Million Dollar Queenstown Cruise on Lake Wakatipu or KJet for jet boat blasts on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers.
Queenstown Gardens is about a 15 minute walk away, with the gondola 12 minutes away. The walk back will get your heart pumping, it’s uphill, but there are always taxis available! If you’re feeling energetic, the start of the Queenstown Hill walkway is a short walk from the front door. This steep 1.5-2.5 hour return walk offers stunning views of Queenstown, Frankton, Jack’s Point and the mountains beyond.
The continental breakfast of muesli, Weet-Bix, Coco Pops, cornflakes, yoghurt, homemade muffins, banana cake, melty hot croissants and chia shots – with fruit on top, would have been filling. But the a la carte breakfast menu also appealed. The Eggs Benedict – two poached eggs cooked to perfection on an English muffin with crispy bacon, spinach and Hollandaise sauce – were the perfect size, as was my companion’s Hikers Delight – scrambled eggs with spinach and salmon .
Also on the menu, pancakes, crumpets and toast, avocado on bagel and mushrooms or eggs on toast with a choice of bacon or salmon to accompany. Coffee is excellent – Wellington’s L’Affare, Nelson’s Sublime and Allpress, with tea and orange juice also available.
Hosts Sam and Paul are extremely welcoming, and breakfast with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables is a great way to start the day.
Difficult to find… I sometimes had trouble getting Internet in my room and the tiled and cold floor of the bathroom in the early morning shocked me a little.
With a two-night minimum stay, room rates at Queenstown House Boutique B&B and Villa Apartments start from $295 per night, which includes breakfast and aperitif with canapes. To see: queenstownhouse.co.nz.
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The writer stayed as a guest of Queenstown House Boutique B&B.