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Designer Cottages Heritage Retreat Boutique B&B


Since the time I arrived in New Zealand as an international student, the old cottage has always intrigued me.

For the past many years, the cottage lived in my dreams. Now, I live in it. The path to realising my dream is full of exciting stories. Before telling you my stories, may I have the honour to share my cottage home with you.

Designer Cottages located in peaceful gardens, just off Colombo Street, near Sydenham Park.

Delightful 20-minutes walk to city centre (also gay venues) and 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants.

Seasonal, corporate & long stay rates apply.

Wifi available.

Note: All rates are including free wifi and GST, and are subject to change.

Check-In: 24-Hour. Check-Out: 10am (late check-out by arrangement).

Payment Policy

Your credit card is required for payment and cancellation policy guarantee. Deposits may require during busy seasons.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation penalty of one nights accommodation applies if the reservation is cancelled within 48 hours of arrival or in the case of non arrival.

About Designer Cottage

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.

We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with ensuite and a self-contained cottage.

Your friendly host, Chet, has an honors 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.

Your host: Chet

53 Hastings Street West

Freephone: 0800 161619
(Toll Free in NZ only)

Phone: +64 (0)3 377 8088

Mobile: 021 210 5282


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Our Rates

Single or double room with private bathroom with continental breakfast: $130-$180

Single garden sleep-out with continental breakfast (suitable for backpackers): $80-$120

Single or Double room share bathroom with 3 other rooms – continental breakfast included: $90-$150

Self-contained Cottage (sleep 4 persons, excluding breakfast): $200-$280 per night

Note: Please Check-in to 53 Hastings Street West Please

Visitor Reviews

"Very welcoming and enjoyable stay."

Bruce and John,
Winchester, New Zealand

Dear Chet,You're a great guy! I look forward to seeing your smiling face. :) Also, you have been the person who has changed my view of Christchurch and I had a great time! Next time I will fly straight to Christchurch and not Auckland! Kind Regards.

David Channell

A lovely and cozy home! We enjoyed hanging out in every room. Chet is a sweet host and makes a mean cup o' coffee!

Dot & Paul, New York, USA

Dearest Chet, many thanks for your kind hospitality. A great Ambassador for Christchurch & more...

Ken, Canada

Chet knows a lot of nice restaurants. Ask him - you will be happy. It was wonderful to start my trip at Chet's Cottage. You'll enjoy it.

Bruno Ressegatti, Switzerland

Wonderful time with Chet. Your zany lifestyle and humour is infectious. Thanks very much.

Brian & Margaret Shelton, Rushden, Northants, UK

A nice change from boring Christchurch hotels!

Roland Horth, Auckland, NZ

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