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The Old Countryhouse

Hostel | 437 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011

82.1% Overall Rating

227 out of 246 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (15/04/2014)

Miku Kawakami thinks…

"Lots of people left the comment "The staffs were unkind", but I didn't feel it, even I felt they are very kind and helpfull!! and every cotage has a big kitchen and big bathrooms, you never look for…"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Hot tub / jacuzzi
  • Late check-out
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

1.Payment is to be in cash on arrival 2. Please remember that you Must Arrive Before 8 PM as our reception will be closed after this time. BBH CARD HOLDERS: BBH Member Prices can only be guaranteed for direct telephone bookings. NO GROUPS: MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE ONLY. IF YOU BOOK FOR MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE THEN THE BOOKING WILL BE CANCELLED. YOU DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 9:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Christchurch?

Contact us directly

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Here, you will experience and enjoy your stay in one of our beautifully restored traditional New Zealand villas (with modern comforts such as central heating, FREE UNLIMITED WIFI), set in over 2300sqm of tranquil landscaped gardens and a relaxing smoke free Spa Pool and Sauna Sanctuary.

There is a decent choice of cafes, restaurants, pubs, take away and supermarkets in walking distance. Read more

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About The Old Countryhouse

Imagine a hostel close to the city centre - a hostel where you can escape the hustle and bustle from the moment you enter the property through the garden gate...

The Old Country house is a warm and friendly hostel that welcomes travelers from all over the world. We have a wealth of experience in the industry and know what travelers value and need during their stay.

Take a walk along the garden path to a charming villa with polished wooden floors and hand-made native timber furniture. Both our villas have been completely restored and are well equipped to make your stay with us even more memorable.

Central heating to keep warm during those cold winter months, Doubles & Twins (with and without private bathrooms) & spacious Dorms - all with firm beds for a good nights sleep. Triple rooms have either one double and one single bed or bunk beds.

Well equipped kitchens and pick your own fresh herbs from our organic herb garden to enhance your meal, TV lounge and a separate reading lounge to chill out & other home comforts such as laundry, guest telephone & Internet, WIFI...

Parking in a city almost always comes at a premium. You can save the parking cost here as we offer FREE on-site parking on a first come first served basis. For all others, there is plenty of FREE on-street parking all surrounding the hostel (so never a problem finding a car park).

A nice treat to enjoy at the end of the day and free to use for our guests.

Our spacious garden landscaped with lots of native plants, fern trees and palm trees is a wonderful space to relax. Plenty of outdoor seating invites you to sit back, rejuvenate, contemplate your travel memories and itineraries or enjoy a good conversation with friends and travel mates.

Best of both worlds: close to the city sights whilst supermarket, fruit & verge shop, post office, take away, banks, restaurants etc. are conveniently located just across the road. Buses to local beaches and city leave from our doorstep.

Just mix of friendly people and keen travelers themselves are waiting to help you and to share all their local knowledge with you to make your stay here most enjoyable.

Guests may check-in any time after 2pm during reception hours. However, we are pleased to report that we now can accommodate guests arriving late. In consideration for our other guests we will ONLY accept bookings for PRIVATE ROOMS outside our reception hours. Please note, if you book a dorm bed with a late arrival, you will be expected to pay for this as we are unable to re-sell this to another guests- to avoid this, we suggest to book a private room for the first night and then change to a dorm room for the following nights.

All cancellations or changes to the booking must be received by us by email before 7pm at least 2 full days prior to your arrival date (NZ local time). We will confirm the receipt of your cancellation or change of booking by return email (during our reception hours). But, if we do not hear from you and you do not arrive, then we will charge your credit card with the full amount for your booking

Regretfully we can only accept children age 14 and older and only with bookings into private rooms.

We only accept bookings for a maximum of seven days and up to 6 guests. Please enquiry to us directly for bookings with more than 6 guests. Bookings for a longer period of time will be canceled.

Please be aware of our EXTENDED CANCELLATION policy for bookings between 24 December and 3 January, where any cancellations must be received by email ONE WEEK PRIOR TO your arrival date. Cancellations within one week will be charged at 100% of your booking.

Accommodation Information

All our beds are handmade with native recycled timber and (dorms or private rooms) are ready made with fresh clean linen, so you can look forward to a restful sleep. Guests with bookings into private rooms will also enjoy a complimentary towel.

The entire property is heated through our Gas Central Heating system.

Location Information

Only 1500 metros from the city centre and the Intercity Bus Depot.
Only 20 minutes by car to/from the airport.
Bus Stop to city centre and local beaches right outside the hostel
ATM's, Restaurants, Pubs, Take Away, Cafe's and Supermarket between 1 minute to 10 minutes walk.

Daily FREE shuttle to the train station

In Winter: Daily shuttle buses to the ski fields