Historic and central
Posted Nov 6, 2014
We stayed 2 nights while travelling from Christchurch to Picton. Arrived on a public holiday and were welcomed by, and served at dinner by, the only front-of-house person on duty (Jetti). He gave excellent service. The food was generally good, and the special lamb rack with pumpkin mash was the best lamb dish I can recall. On our second night the chef came out to have a long conversation with us at the end of service. A complementary glass of port was available on an upstairs table.
Breakfast was quite good, though the service was a bit random, starting with "you won't be wanting cooked breakfast, will you?"
Our bedroom, the d'Urville room, and the corridors were furnished with many pictures of the French explorer's voyages and a model of his ship. The former use of the building was evident from the very heavy doors. We experienced a small earth tremor at 5:15 in the morning; no damage!