Ngaio Marsh Room
Acclaimed mystery writer Dame Ngaio Marsh first studied at the College’s School of Art while still a schoolgirl and in 1919 she graduated with an arts degree. She then joined a touring theatre company and travelled to England to pursue her theatrical studies. Marsh returned to Christchurch when her mother became terminally ill and by the end of the 1930s she had published seven more novels (her first was written in England) and had become an international celebrity. Marsh’s association with the University continued in her later years as drama lecturer and producer for the Drama Society’s Little Theatre. The theatre seated just over 200 people. It not only taught skills to student actors who looked to a future on the stage, it was also an important social centre and its use of up-to-date technology was exciting for early audiences. In 1967, the University of Canterbury named the theatre at its new Ilam campus after her.
Situated on the ground floor of The Classic Villa, this corporate room has traditional polished timber floors, kauri doors, ornate plaster ceiling roses, thermostat controlled room temperature, luxury bedding, and mirrored wardrobes to capture the intimacy of yesteryear.
Step outside to views of the Christchurch Arts Centre, the Christchurch Tram and Christchurch’s famous pedestrian boulevard.
The Classic Villa is only steps away from the Christchurch Art Gallery, museum and botanic gardens.
In your bedroom
• Luxury lead light Rimu double bed
• Sheepskin underlay
• Electric blanket
• Wool-down duvet
• Thermostat controlled room temperature
• 20.5 inch LCD flatscreen TV
• Sky Sport and CNN
• Direct dial phone
• Free high-speed broadband Internet connection
• Wireless WiFi connection
• Clock radio
• Light dimmers
• Writing desk
• Porcelain tiles and vanity
• Massage shower
• Underfloor heating
• Fan heater
• Heated towel rail
• Heated mirror
• Complementary toiletries
• Tour bookings
• On-site car parking
This room has a total surface area of 13sq meters (140sq feet), offering you comfortable living right in Christchurch’s most desirable location in the center of the city.
On-site car parking available upon request.
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