FRENCH BAY HOUSE
WHAT WE OFFER
LIFE IN AKAROA
JACQUI & TIM
Jacqui and Tim are a young couple who have recently returned to Akaroa after a busy few years travelling the world. When she wasn't travelling, Jacqui worked in London and Hong Kong. She also ran a chalet in the French Alps, completed a diploma at The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine and worked in a hotel on the west coast of Scotland, The Torridon Hotel. Tim worked as an expedition leader for a luxury travel company, Butterfield and Robinson. This position took him to all corners of the globe on camel, Land Rover, bike and foot.
Jacqui and Tim's flair in the kitchen and background in luxury hospitality make them a great team to help you have an enjoyable and unforgettable stay in one of New Zealand's greatest treasures.
French Bay House dates back to 1874. It's built in the Carpenter Gothic style popular at the time, where builders working in wood recreated Gothic architectural features more usually found carved on stone cathedrals in Europe. French Bay House is one of the best examples in the area with lovingly carved fretwork adorning its roof and windows.
The house was the town doctor's residence, complete with surgery, throughout the 1890's. Known to everyone as 'The Doctor's House', became French Bay House when Jacqui and Tim took over in 2017.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
The Sullivan Family
Just a fabulous weekend away in this dream of a historic house! Loved sitting enjoying our wine in the evenings on the swing bench on the verandah! Thank you for an unforgettable time....we love Akaroa!
Áine & Frank Sanderson
Loved it so much we extended our stay!
We had the most amazing time in Akaroa staying with Jacqui and Tim in French Bay House. We booked to stay for one night and ended up extending as were looked after so well.
Suzy and Murray Anderton
Expectations met and exceeded from the time we arrived!
Amazing hosts, beautiful character property, in top condition. Close to restaurants, waterfront, etc. Superb cooked breakfast with other guests set us up for the day.
Pretty hard to find faults when it's a really nice young couple keen to please.
French Bay House
113 Rue Jolie
00 64 27 339 0944 Jacqui
00 64 27 339 0943 Tim