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4.5 out of 5

"Really great to get to stay in such a peaceful setting. " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 09 Feb 2020

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Hotel Description

At Gunyah Country Estate, you'll be 6.5 km (4 mi) from Rakaia Gorge and 11.8 km (7.4 mi) from Washpen Falls. Highlights at this Edwardian guest house include washing machines, free WiFi, and heated floors.

You can enjoy dining areas, sitting areas, and private yards, featured in all 7 shared rooms. You'll find nice touches like rainfall showerheads and Tempur-Pedic beds to enhance your stay. Room service, free local calls, and safes are also available.

The fine-dining restaurant, Gunyah Estate-The Lodge, serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast and dinner. The guest house's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Enjoy access to ecotours and a driving range. Conference space and a meeting room are among the business amenities offered. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area, and laundry facilities. Full breakfast is available daily between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 4-star Windwhistle guest house, you'll be 12 km (7.4 mi) from Hororata Golf Club and 32.6 km (20.3 mi) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve.

Stablehand Quarters 2 Bedrooms Self-Catering Holiday House

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
AU$141* Per night/room 1 Mar. - 2 Mar.

Country Estate Deluxe Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite, Garden View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Granary at Gunyah 3 Bedroom Self-Catering Holiday House

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Country Estate Deluxe Double Room,1 King Bed, Ensuite Mountain View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Country Estate Classic Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite, Garden View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Country Estate Deluxe Twin Room, 1 Queen and 1 Single Beds, Ensuite, Balcony Garden View

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Gunyah Country Estate ratings based on 22 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Gunyah Country Estate

Everyone (6) Couples (15) Family (1)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Aug. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Aug. 2020 by Owner

Thank you for your positive review!

5 out of 5
Really great to get to stay in such a peaceful setting.

Posted by on 9 Feb. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

9 Feb. 2020 by The Team at Gunyah

Thank you for your positive comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and our beautiful little slice of paradise! Kind regards The Team at Gunyah

5 out of 5
Lovely property. Our springer spaniel, Alfie, loved the grounds!

Posted by on 6 Dec. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

7 Dec. 2019 by SImonetta

Thank you for your positive review! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Simonetta

5 out of 5
Lovely old homestead in huge grounds. Quiet, tranquil setting. Our hostess was a lovely lady and the dinner and breakfast we had were above average.

Posted by on 30 Nov. 2019

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30 Nov. 2019 by Simonetta

Thank you for your positive feedback! We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Kind Regards Simonetta, Owner

5 out of 5

Hotel with character

Very nice hotel with lots of character. Beautifully situated close to the mountains and others scenic spots. Very nice and attentive host. We has a great stay!

Posted by on 24 Apr. 2016

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17 Nov. 2016 by The Team@Gunyah

Thank you for your positive feedback. We look forward to hosting you again in this amazingly beautiful part of the country!

4 out of 5

Lovely quiet destination, magnificent country hous

Pros: Amazing country house, beautiful furniture, relaxing atmosphere
Cons: The food was good, but not great. Nothing to complain about but a lift in quality would fit well with the rest of our stay
Location: Very quiet location in the foothills of Canterbury. Rakaia Girge, Mount Gutt, Methven all within 30 mins drive.
An amazing country house sets the scene for this quiet and beautiful location. Friendly hosts, good food and a homely atmosphere make it perfect for a romantic escape.

Posted by , from christchurch on 3 Jan. 2016

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17 Nov. 2016 by The Team@Gunyah

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate your comments.

5 out of 5
Pros: Tranquility
Cons: No tea or coffee in room
Facilities: Above average; Value: Fair price; Service: Outstanding;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Auckland on 11 Jan. 2015

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11 Jan. 2015 by

Dear Karen thank you for your review. When it comes to tea dn coffee, it is complimentary and served. All you need to do is ask and we will deliver it.

3 out of 5
Pros: Lots of antique furniture, wonderful fireplaces
Cons: Hard to find
Location: Under-developed, Difficult to find
Facilities: Basic, Everyday, Beautiful unique furnitur; Value: Average price; Service: Sufficient, Polite; Cleanliness: Pleasant, Lovely;

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Gold Coast on 26 Jul. 2014

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Comment from Hotel Management

26 Jul. 2014 by

Dear Farhad, thank you for yur review. We are sorry you founf Gunyah hard to find. In the 12 years I have owned this estabishment we have only had one other guest who said the same-the problem is that not all gps systems are correct. Neinghbouring farms too have similar problems wiht the gps sending trucks miles away from here. We always advise guests to check directions from our website. We will try and make that message clearer in the Wotif description. Kind regards Gunyah Country Estate

5 out of 5
Pros: The location, homestead and grounds are simply amazing!
Location: Away from it all
Facilities: Outstanding; Value: Great deal; Service: Outstanding;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Christchurch on 12 Feb. 2014

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4 out of 5
Pros: Staying in a colonial homestead
Cons: It is FAR from everywhere, and the meal provided was un imaginative and badly cooked, even with silver service.
Location: Tranquil
Facilities: Typical; Service: Courteous; Cleanliness: Delightful; Lovely garden and cats.

Posted by , from Mauritius on 6 Feb. 2014

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About the Gunyah Country Estate

Location Sleemans Road, Windwhistle, 7572

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this guesthouse measures 377 square feet (35 square meters) and includes conference space. A library, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Gunyah Country Estate. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A complete renovation of Gunyah Country Estate was completed in December 2015. This 4-star Windwhistle guesthouse is smoke free.

  • 7 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 377 sq ft of conference space
  • 35 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1912
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Ski equipment storage
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Separate dining area

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free long-term parking , Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Airport: Christchurch International Airport (CHC) (65 km / 40.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking, extended parking, and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

Gunyah Country Estate offers 7 shared accommodations with safes and hair dryers. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate dining areas. Beds feature Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads. Business-friendly amenities include desks along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Accommodations are shared
  • Washer
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • Tempur-Pedic beds
  • In-room dining
  • Private outdoor space
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Heating
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Gunyah Estate-The Lodge - Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Reservations are required.

Room service is available.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 10:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
Guests arriving after 8:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 50 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for NZD 20.0 per stay.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: NZD 30 per accommodation, per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 66 lbs)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. Parties and events are allowed on site. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

  • Debit cards
  • UnionPay
  • Events/parties allowed
  • Staffed front desk
  • Security system
  • LGBTQIA friendly
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: NZD 32.5 for adults and NZD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: NZD 30 per accommodation, per stay
  • Early check-in fee: NZD 50 (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: NZD 20.0 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 50 per night
  • High chair fee: NZD 15 per stay
  • Laundry fee: NZD 30 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Gunyah Country Estate
  • Gunyah Country Estate B&B Darfield
  • Gunyah Country Estate Darfield
  • Gunyah Country Estate B&B Windwhistle
  • Gunyah Country Estate B&B
  • Gunyah Country Estate Windwhistle
  • Gunyah Estate Windwhistle
  • Gunyah Estate Windwhistle
  • Gunyah Country Estate Guesthouse
  • Gunyah Country Estate Windwhistle
  • Gunyah Country Estate Guesthouse Windwhistle

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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