AMBER HOUSE - at the centre!™
Bed and Breakfast Guest House (B&B) in Nelson city centre, New Zealand
The Rose Room has eleven foot high ceilings with twin crystal chandeliers and is furnished in late Victorian style. The original Victorian French doors made from Kauri wood have now been double glazed with low emissivity glass for quietness and insulation and open on to a verandah providing a separate private access to our Irish rose garden at the front.
The Rose Room has fitted carpet and is air conditioned with a Hitachi reverse cycle heat pump. It has a large desk with a chair, wardrobe with digital safe, cordless DECT 'phone, alarm clock radio, hairdryer and a chess set.
There is a 32 inch LCD colour TV (with both Nicam stereo and Fastext/Teletext that receives 3 of the 23 channels in High Definition resolution) and a DVD player.Daily wireless access to our high-speed internet connection is available free of charge upon request and allocation of a password.
A shower, wash hand basin and WC are all in a long and narrow en suite compartment. (We did not wish to move the original walls and room proportions of Amber House, so we have again taken space from an adjacent corridor.)
The Rose Room is spacious and has two Orthopaedic Queen-size beds, each with individual LED reading lamps, so a maximum of four persons can be accommodated.
A cooked breakfast of your choice is included in our Rose Room prices - or you may choose to help yourself to a free 'continental style' buffet breakfast at any time between 04:00 and 10:00hrs in the morning. Fruit, biscuits and hot or cold drinks are also available free of charge in the dining room opposite at any time.
Place your order with Mila the previous afternoon for a complimentary cooked breakfast of your choice served in the guest dining room opposite the following morning. Take fruit from the bowl there whenever you fancy.
We do also offer room service.
Room service is available at a moderate extra charge payable to the cook in cash when she arrives with your meal. If you've paid the Rose Room tariff and
wish to have your complimentary breakfast served al fresco on the East verandah in front of our Irish rose garden rather than in the dining room
- just say the word and pay the moderate extra charge when it arrives.
Rose Room guests can also order (for a moderate charge) other meals and snacks prepared and served at their convenience.
Rather than ringing the "School Bell"if you need us and we're not visible, please instead press the electric door bell push just to the left (when standing outside) of Amber House's front door.
This small bell push wirelessly activates five different chimes located in the front hallway, upstairs landing, main kitchen, Garage and the cottage at
the back of the section 200 feet away.
[If you need us at a time when these chimes are likely to disturb other guests, please use the cordless phone in your room: dial 539 0605 (no need to use the South Island area code of 03) to initiate a free local call and your call will be automatically diverted free of charge to the family's cellular (or mobile) number of +64-21-202 4961.]
Please visit this page for information on our call charges...
We'll try and respect your privacy and will try and come into your rooms to empty the waste-paper basket, etc while you are out during the day - unless, of course, you tell us not to.
It would be a good idea to hang your towels out to dry on the rotary drying frame in the back garden first thing in the morning as the sunny Nelson climate usually ensures they'll be bone dry within a couple of hours.
[Less environmental stress than switching the heated towel rail on, eh?
Kiwis value their
"clean and green" image so we also ask that you turn off your lights, TV, stereo and air conditioning unit when you go out.
Please do NOT switch off our computer (or close the lid of any laptop supplied or it will enter hibernation mode) or then we'll have to go and get George to enter several different Broadband passwords...]
We'll probably take both towels and your washing back to your room if you forget... Ask us for beach towels if that's where you're going.
We don't usually turn down beds unless you are physically handicapped and will change the bed linen every 3 or 4 days.
If you do have an accident and need bed linen changing earlier, don't hesitate to say!
We don't allow guests to use our front loading automatic washing machine as the various dials and buttons can be complicated to explain to guests and they
would not be covered by our insurance. If you do need more than just a few items washed with our own load, we charge similar prices to a service wash in a
launderette: $7 per washing machine load.
You'll need to hang your items on the rotary washing line and take them down again yourself unless you bribe us with winsome words and pleasing smiles or recipes (grin). We charge $12 dollars per hour (or part) of dryer time if you need to be wasteful and use our electric dryer rather than the rotary clothes line.
We keep the fruit bowl and biscuit jar well stocked in the guests' dining room so just help yourself. In summer you can also pick your own strawberries and cherry tomatoes in the back garden on the way back from bringing in your towels or washing... We don't do ironing unless you're going to a wedding or special occasion (20 dollars per hour or part) but can provide you with a steam iron and board and mending materials.
"...The real plus on the service side, is that you will be staying with hosts who really know their neighborhood and can give you the best independent advice about places to eat, shop and visit, unlike hotel staff who don't always live locally and don't know about these things or perhaps get some kind of kick-back for referrals. Wouldn't it be great having your own local source of up-to-the-minute insider information about what's going on? Your hosts can give you useful nuggets of information, such as the many delightful specialty shops...(and) help you make the most of your trip, when time is at a premium..."
We would rather be modest and let our Guest Book speak for that aspect.
We would like to close by mentioning our beds and our breakfasts.
Our beds are comfortable and will ensure you get a good night's sleep. The Rose Room has orthopaedic mattresses and guests staying in this room should ensure that they set the alarm clock radio if they have a early start. You should also not forget to tell us the previous afternoon or early evening what you would like cooked the next morning since, within reason, we'll serve you whatever you fancy for breakfast if you've booked the Rose Room.