68 Tophouse Rd St Arnaud 7072, 7072 Saint Arnaud, New Zealand – Excellent location – show map
Excellent location – rated 9.2/10! (score from 91 reviews)
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Helen & Miles Anderson
Tophouse was built in 1887.It was built of "Cob" and originally was built as an accommodation house for travellers and Drovers and has always been a Hotel ,now it is Bed & Breakfast for those people that want to experience what it is like to sleep in one of New Zealands first accommodation Hotels It has been kept original with a lot more comfort than the old days. Two large open fires are spectacular features in the two main rooms ,one in the Dining room and one in the Lounge. There are 4 bedrooms. Two bedrooms are off the dining room, a Queen and Double and two off the Lounge ,a Queen & Twin .The bedrooms are small as were built in the old days but very cosy . There is shared bathroom facilities down the hallway which have recently been beautifully renovated, two showers ,two toilets . Tophouse sits high on a hill and gets amazing views of the Mountains.,beautiful sunsets and amazing night sky. There is also has the smallest "Bar" in New Zealand also historical . We have a restaurant in the dining room weekends Friday,Saturday, Sundays, bookings essential ,weekdays on request. Tophouse is full of history Ask about the story of the Double Murder /Suicide when you arrive.
Miles and I are the new owners of Tophouse after falling in love with the area after living in Nelson and visiting this area on 4WD trips. We belong to a 4WD club. I (Helen) have retired from a lifetime of Nursing and Miles being a Builder has sold his business . It is a lifestyle change for us . We are passionate in welcoming visitors to share this old Historical Inn with the amazing views of the mountains and encourage people to venture out and explore the beautiful Nelson Lakes. Our passion is 4WDing ,while Miles enjoys the hard stuff I enjoy visiting new places. We both enjoy gardening ,cooking and restoring old places ,tramping & mountain biking,. We love talking to guests about the history of Tophouse and the surrounding area in the dining room with the massive old fireplace always going in winter. We both dive with lots of dives "under our belt"having explored many islands in the Pacific,but that's another story.
We are 7 Km away from Saint Arnaud on the Blenheim /Nelson side . Saint Arnaud is an Alpine Village on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. Located there is a Visitors Centre which is run by The Department of Conservation which will guide you to all the great activities available in The Nelson Lakes National Park, eg,Tramping ,Hiking,Mountain Biking, Fishing, Skiing, Kayaking, 4WDing. Saint Arnaud is a pleasant area to walk around .It has a Grocery/Petrol Station with a Cafe . Lake Rotoiti has a nice clean water front with ducks and look for the huge Eels under the jetty.It is a very picturesque Alpine Mountain Lake district. The Alpine Lodge and the Saint Arnaud Tavern are restaurants in the Village. The Alpine Lodge does nice pizza to eat there or takeaway. Fish n Chips are available Friday night (closed until July) beside the store. Both restaurants have play areas outside. The Rainbow Ski field is about 1/2 hour to the base of the ski field from Tophouse and we are also the closest accommodation. Ask us about a lovely 25 minute walk through native bush not far from Tophouse (about 10minutes by car ) to see another old cob house and horse stables which are older than Tophouse
Languages spoken: English
Rainbow Valley8 miles
Restaurant Alpine Lodge4.3 miles
Cafe/Bar Clinker Cafe4.3 miles
Supermarket Saint Arnaud4.3 miles
Lake Lake Rotoiti4.3 miles
Mountain Mount Robert6.2 miles
The Rainbow ski field12.4 miles
Nelson Airport36.1 miles
Marlborough Airport52.7 miles
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Most popular amenities
- Toilet paper
- Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
- Bathtub or shower
- Shared toilet
- Free toiletries
- Shared bathroom
- Garden view
- Outdoor furniture
- Outdoor dining area
- Outdoor furniture
- Sun deck
- BBQ facilities Additional charge
- Shared kitchen
- High chair
- Dining table
- Electric kettle
- Washing machine
- Socket near the bed
- Ski pass vendor
- Ski rental (on site)
- Ski school Additional charge
Pets are not allowed.
- Cycling Off-site
- Hiking Off-site
- Canoeing Off-site
- Skiing Off-site
- Fishing Off-site
- Dining area
- Sitting area
Media & Technology
- Flat-screen TV
Food & Drink
- Chocolate/Cookies Additional charge
- Bottle of water Additional charge
- Special diet meals (on request)
- Snack bar
Free! WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free! Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
- Accessible parking
- Secure parking
- Daily housekeeping
- Shared lounge/TV area
- Private check-in/out
- Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
- Laundry Additional charge
- Meeting/Banquet facilities Additional charge
Front Desk Services
- Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
- Outdoor play equipment for kids
- Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
- Fire extinguishers
- Smoke alarms
- Adults only
- Electric blankets
- Designated smoking area
- Smoke-free property
- Soundproof rooms
- Ironing facilities
- Non-smoking rooms
- Entire unit located on ground floor
Health & Wellness Facilities
- Beach umbrellas
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2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 6 and above are considered adults at this property.
To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.
Crib and extra bed policies
Crib by request
|NZD 20 per child, per night|
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
This property doesn't offer extra beds.
The maximum number of cribs allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.
All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Tophouse accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Please note there is no restaurant on site.
Please inform Tophouse of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.
This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.
FAQs about Tophouse
Room options at Tophouse include:
The prices at Tophouse may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.
Check-in at Tophouse is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.
Guests staying at Tophouse can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.4).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Tophouse offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):
The following parking options are available to guests staying at Tophouse (subject to availability):
- Free parking
- On-site parking
- Secure parking
- Accessible parking
Tophouse is 3.7 miles from the center of Saint Arnaud.