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Erected 1899 – Late Victorian Townhouse

New Zealand Historic Places Trust Classification 3
Luxury hotel accommodation in Christchurch City, New Zealand. Bed and breakfast.

Built in 1899 The Classic Villa is a beautifully appointed Italian style Historic home erected on part of the land chosen in the early settlement of Christchurch by the Reverend John Raven and known as Ravens Paddock, opposite the then Christchurch Boys High School and Canterbury College where Lord Rutherford studied.

CV-Sitting-HiResThe Classic Villa has recently been lovingly restored, renovated, extended, and tastefully refurbished to provide some of the finest boutique hotel accommodation available in central city Christchurch, New Zealand.

The tasteful refurbishment has been recognised by the Christchurch City Council, awarding it a Heritage Award the year the hotel opened in 2006.

This luxury boutique hotel is situated on a quiet one way pedestrian boulevard, directly opposite the Christchurch Arts Centre and only steps away from The Christchurch Art Gallery, The Christchurch Museum, The Christchurch world renowned Botanical Gardens, Avon river, Cathedral Square, Court theatre, Movie theatres, Golf course, Tram, Central City shops, Cafés and Restaurants.

Wake up to a sumptuous Mediterranean breakfast, a walk in the botanical gardens, a tram ride followed by a refreshing coffee in one of our colourful cafés, or, take a leisurely stroll to the Christchurch Town hall, Convention Centre, Casino and many other attractions.

Relax and mingle at the end of your day in our luxurious lounge and outdoor garden area.

Complimentary tea coffee and non alcoholic beverages to make your stay more memorable and enjoyable.

Locally owned and operated, its excellent hospitality has been recognised with the following awards:
Annually on Expedia Insiders’ Select List – 2009 1st in NZ
2006 – 2017 – 5 Star Qualmark Boutique & Lodge – *****
2010 – 2017 Qualmark Enviro – Silver
2006 HANZ National finalist – Best new/redeveloped accommodation hotel.
2006 Civic Trust Award for promoting higher environmental standards.
2008 Finalist Champion Canterbury Awards-Champion Host-Small Enterprise: Celebrating Business Excellence, Passion & Success.

CV-Courtyard1-HiResBut most of all the Classic Villa is proud of our hospitality. We want to ensure every guest has a comfortable stay. At The Classic Villa, the boutique accommodation has a personal touch, from the charming refurbishment, to the carefully appointed rooms to the genuine service.

See some feedback from our guests:

“Perfect Location – Fantastic Staff that welcomes you!”

Reviewed 17 February 2014 on Trip Advisor
CV-LoungeNight-HiResThis property is a very nice oasis in the middle of a city that is rebuilding post earthquake. In a city where so many have experienced disaster, this villa stands tall a step above with wonderful accommodations but even better than the very comfortable setting is the staff. Ana, the bubbly Polish associate, greeted us with a wonderful optimism, excitement and energy. She checked us in and insured that we were totally comfortable. It was made obvious from the start that the common area was ours to use and not an invasion on the owner’s space which made us feel very much at ease. The night Manager was as engaging and provided us with great conversation and set the tone for a wonderful experience. The breakfast was a huge highlight here in a most comfortable open space that did not intimidate. The breakfast and conversations with other travelers was a special experience in our 4 week trip! The rooms were warm, charming and comfortable with a sense of the villa’s history throughout. Thankful for the Classic Villa for a wonderful experience while we keep the people of Christchurch in our hearts. So glad we were there!


Reviewed 18 February 2014 on Trip Advisor
The Classic Villa Example BathroomThis place seems to usually be referred to as a boutique hotel. Whilst that is fair, it could just as well be classified as a first rate B&B. My wife and I stayed there recently for two nights. We were highly impressed. Indeed we cannot even think of any minor criticism to make! Our room was advertised as a Luxury Room. It justified that description, very comfortable and relaxing, and having the benefit of tasteful decor and furnishings. The breakfast room was spacious and clearly a lot of thought had been given to the preparation and display of the ingredients of the meal in order to make it memorable. Excellent! The two people managing this little hotel were interesting to talk with and gave us helpful advice about Christchurch and the local restaurants.

“Not only classic, but also classy”

Reviewed 19 March 2014 from Trip Advisor
Meetings3The Classic Villa offers everything that is good about the ’boutique hotel’ concept. It’s small enough to offer real personal touches, in terms of service. Peter looked after us so well, making coffee to suit our respective tastes, offering advice for dining locally, and generally keeping things on a very even keel. Christchurch has been through so much over the past three years, it’s reassuring to find positivity and good humour in spades! I was unwell one night of our stay, and Peter showed real concern. The hotel offers free wifi, and lots of lovely hot water, tasteful toiletries, a comfortable bed, and good storage space. The location of The Classic Villa couldn’t be better, it’s a short stroll to Cathedral Square. Thanks Peter, from us both.

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About our hosts

Peter Morrison - Host at The Classic Villa 5 Star Boutique Hotel
Host Peter Morrison

For over 35 years, Peter Morrison has attributed his whole career to the hospitality industry, especially in the accommodation sector and to the many organisations where Peter holds various executive roles, including his current role as a member of Hospitality NZ Board.

In the mid 1970s Peter started his career as a management trainee for Lion Nathan (as it is now known) gaining invaluable experience from various hotels. His first Managers job was the Gables Tavern in Herne Bay, Auckland. He moved to New Plymouth in 2001 and managed the State Establishment (Cobb & Co) and Westown Motor Hotel and then moved to Christchurch in 1986. From the early 90s, Peter started his own company called Morrison Hospitality Management Ltd, where he continued to manage the Hotel Russley after becoming one of the owners.

Since the mid 90s, Peter’s company has successfully owned and managed a number of accommodation, bar and restaurant establishments including, Morrisons on Merrin in Avonhead and the Mansfield House & Tavern in Merivale – an award winning bar and restaurant.

Since 2006 Peter has along with his partner Jan Clarke been hosting guests at the Classic Villa in Christchurch. This has received a number of national and international accommodation awards while maintaining a 5 star Qualmark rating and Silver Enviro Qualmark

Peter and Jan between them they have three adult children, two daughters, Kate Morrison, Anna Morrison and one son Nick Clarke-Taylor who have and continue to work in the wider hospitality industry. Peter enjoys boating, fishing, rugby and golf and also enjoys cooking, playing the Piano, great cuisine and of course, a fine glass of wine.


Our Environmental Policy


The Classic Villa is rated Qualimark Enviro-Silver. 5 Star Qualmark. Luxury hotel accommodation in Christchurch City, New Zealand. Bed and breakfast.Help us to champion the care of our country’s precious resources.
We have developed an environmental plan and welcome your support for this initiative.
Most of our Guests want to help, so we invite you to join with us by enjoying our hospitality and understanding our environmental policy.

We love our city and environment, here’s how we care for it:

We reduce our energy by:
– Buying local produce where possible to reduce transport emissions.
– Our appliances are all energy-efficient models.
– Low-energy light bulbs are installed in all areas applicable.
– Meridian, our energy supplier, buys power from renewable hydro generation resources.
– If you hang your towel for reuse we have the opportunity to save water, energy and minimize our use of detergents.

We reduce our waste by:
– Recycling, separating our rubbish.
– Refilling our high quality toiletries.
– Only one newspaper a day for the Hotel.
– Free Wifi Internet to get news sooner.
– Faxes are printed on already used paper.
– Not printing unnecessary Emails.
– Not purchasing products with excessive packaging.

We reduce our water use by:
– Using only water-efficient washing machine and dishwasher.
– We have installed dual-flush toilets.
– Our garden is on a regulated irrigation system.

We reduce pollution by:
– Using only biodegradable cleaning products.
– Use natural/low or non-allergenic toiletries.
– Offer to book taxis for guests with “Green” operators.

We support conservation with our community by:
– Regenerating native vegetation down the side of our Hotel.
– Offering our guests the opportunity to learn about our local environment.
– Buying locally produced quality art.
– Co-operating with Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism
and the Cultural Precinct with offers to visiting Media and Tourism officials.
– Encouraging our guests to purchase sustainably and NZ made e.g. Untouched World (the first company in the world to be recognised by the UN for sustainability.

Tripadvisor - Winner, Certificate of excellence 2016

Tripadvisor certificate of excellence winner 2015

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