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Solway House, stylish, and very sunny.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Bach or holiday home, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 4)

Gorgeous ? a little metro, a little retro, and exquisitely furnished with a sprinkling of contemporary art, books and music by Cantabrians. Basking in sunshine all day it exudes warmth and personality with two living rooms, kitchen with Rimu floor, and French doors to a terrace. It is insulated and truly warm in winter and summer with encompassing heating (no draughty heat pumps).

The terrace overlooks our tennis court and garden designed by Marion Morris and guests are welcome to enjoy it. The bedrooms have five star hotel king beds (2nd can split into 2 singles), chic linen, and a selection of plump pillows. The bathroom and separate laundry each have a loo. The location is very quiet and the house is fenced and private and has a security alarm. The house sailed serenely through the 4 Sept 2010, February, June and December earthquakes.

Solway House is beautifully situated to walk to the University through the lovely Azalea and Rhododendrons of the Ilam Gardens. The College of Education is two minutes away, shops are around the corner, and it?s seven minutes by car to the airport and 12 minutes to the city. Two different bus routes to the city pass the University, Westfield Mall and the Christchurch Hospital and are within a stone?s throw. The Orbiter can be caught in Waimairi Road about five minutes walk away.

Many of the city's attractions are in the North West so the house is ideally situated for the Antarctic Centre, Airforce World, Willowbank, Orana Park, Mona Vale, the Riccarton Market, Dean's Bush and the Farmers' Market, Bush Inn shopping centre and cafes and the Avonhead shopping centre and cafes. Tennis courts, bowling greens, swimming pools and golf courses all close by.

All visitors are given my personal guide, updated since the earthquakes to Christchurch which has our favourite places, restaurants and cafe, restaurants, shops and things to do not found in the guide books. We look forward to having you here.

Special conditions:

The house is smoke free but smoking is allowed outside the house.

Cost per night varies length of stay and time of year from $125 to $245 per night. Phone, wireless, broadband to 40GB, electricity to first $300, heating, linen included in the price.

Minimum stay of 7 days at present although will consider shorter stays closer to the time.

Bed configuration needs to be stated at time of booking.

Please enquire about children and dogs.

Extras: Linen (included); Electricity to $300 per month (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Manager indicates their response time is
Within 2 days
Calendar last updated:
1 March, 2017

What makes this house unique

The University, College of Education, Ilam Gardens and 3 bus routes are very close.


4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

Solway House, stylish, and very sunny.
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

The home was clean, comfortable, very well-equipped and lovely.

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean, comfortable, very well-equipped and lovely. The grounds were wonderful, and we were invited and encouraged to make use of the lawn and gather flowers as we wished. The location was perfect for our needs. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Bookabach
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A lovely home to stay in - peaceful and tranquil setting.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely home to stay in - peaceful and tranquil setting. Location is wonderful with bus stopping to the airport and city centre at the end of the street.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Bookabach
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Solway House is a lovely little place in a very convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

Solway House is a lovely little place in a very convenient location.

It is furnished to an extremely high level of comfort , facilities and style.

It is light and sunny and just a joy to arrive to and relax in.

Thank You to Claire and John (-:

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: Bookabach
Owner's Response: We are pleased you liked the house and the art and we enjoyed seeing you relax on the terrace with a glass of wine on your first day. We always like seeing guests use the tennis court and delighted we turned on such good weather for you! Thank you both for leaving the house so well, it was easy to turn around for our family following you.
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Delightful and well equipped house.

  • 5 of 5

Delightful and well equipped house. Beautiful fresh flowers and very comfortable beds. The children loved playing on the tennis court and being invited to pick more flowers. Host very kind and informative about local walks in this leafy area along the local stream.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
  • Source: Bookabach
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having this interesting family from Brisbane so much and hope they will return some time. It gave us a lot of pleasure seeing the children enjoy the grass tennis court and our garden. They were very careful and considerate guests and left the house as they found it which we appreciated very much.
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Ilam, New Zealand

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
New Zealand Dollar
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Price Band 1
2 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rate applies for up to 2 people. NZ$35.00/adult and NZ$35.00/child for extra occupants.   
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Ilam, New Zealand

Property Type:
  • house
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Second Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis