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Tophouse Historic Guesthouse Cafe & Bar

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TopHouse Historic Guesthouse offers accommodation, meals and drinks ( in NZ's smallest bar) to travellers and has done so since 1887. TopHouse is located on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park and offers fabulous mountain views from the guesthouse or from your veranda of your chalet. The Guesthouse has a home away from home atmosphere. It is steeped in history so come and experience the atmosphere and feel the warmth. The mountainview chalets are each self- contained and sleep a max. of 4 adults or a family of five. The Nelson Lakes National park is an outdoor persons delight with, boating, fishing, walks & hiking on your doorstep. In the area there is mountain biking, wineries, 4x4 tracks and more. The property is set amongst farmland and is a safe haven for young children. We have the best views to the mountain ranges. Retreat to your deck of your chalet or the garden terrace and watch the bunnies, cows, goats, sheep meander in the fields or read a good book in utter peace.
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Wheelchair Access
Airport Transportation
Meeting Rooms
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
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Nelson Airport58 km
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We stayed in the adjacent cabins - there are 4 next to the house. Beautiful views looking out to snow-capped mountains as situated on the hillside. Heaps of room outside for kids to play and some chickens and sheep to look at. We were the only guests so a very quiet and peaceful
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A lovely place and unusual for us, with only four individual stand alone houses with all facilities complete in each house. We got comfy beds in two separate bedrooms, nice and clean bathroom, full kitchen and dining table, big sofa, totally quiet night, and the bonus when we wak
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I had a reason for staying here on my little tour of the region. My Grandmother worked there in the early 1920s and I was anxious to check it out now it had been restored to hits former glory. We were not disappointed. The rooms were well appointed, with nice soft beds, and perio
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If you like everything to be orderly and predictable, you may be disappointed here. But if you are open to going with the flow and actually talking with other guests, you are in for a treat.

My husband and I stayed three nights in the old lodge. Yes, the four rooms do open up o
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The Tophouse brands itself as an historical Inn as it was built in the 1800s. It has an interesting history with several albums of old photos and news articles of past events. It's a step back in time for those interested in the pioneer days. The furnishings are kind of tattered
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the gold double bedroom
clean bathroom
Full kitchen
Double single bed
Initial smaller room
"Ask for one of the bigger rooms if you can."
"warm comfortable ,country feel great views homely welcoming"
"Take one or four"
"May be more room in rooms not in main building."
"Don't choose the lavender (?) room - its the one with the ghost!!"
US$ 90 - US$ 103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionSaint Arnaud
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