237 Annesbrook Drive, Nelson

No wonder Ambleside has the number one ranking among international guests for Nelson B&Bs. With its rimu timbers, bay window charms and adorable garden this is a renowned retreat for visitors from throughout the world and also a home for owners to savour.

Ambleside has been purpose built as a Bed & Breakfast with its private, four-bedroom all-ensuite guest wing with guest lounge plus separate accommodation for owners with their own lovely lounge, master bedroom and office. Forward bookings from October to March are at record levels and recent testimonials are typical of what’s to be seen on Trip Advisor’s forums: “Still the best B&B I have had the pleasure to stay in.” says one; “No better place to stay in Nelson in our opinion,” another visitor says.

While the preference is for the property to be sold as a business, those looking for a lovely large home of 222m2 (plus garage) with extraordinary features for family or guests may also find Ambleside irresistible. This 1936 bungalow has been beautifully restored and a new architecturally designed guest wing added at the rear. The kitchen offers modern storage solutions including a double door pantry and a side by side fridge freezer with plumbed water station.

James Hardie Linea weatherboards have been specified to match the original Rimu cladding and a new Colorsteel roof was installed over the entire building. As well as insulation, the walls between each guest room are fitted with sound proof batts. The gardens are a delight; wonderfully landscaped with a variety of colour, shade, fruit trees and cottagey flowers including some splendid roses.

The location is perfect for this business, close to the airport and golf course and a 20 minute walk to the beach. All manner of tourist activities operate, a pick up and drop off service to Ambleside’s door and the Nelson bus service stops right outside.