Native timbers including rimu, kauri and heart matai were used to build this house in the 1880's. The Welsh slates on the roof came to Nelson as ballast in a sailing ship. Today Cambria House is a beautifully restored homestead. The old fireplaces, wooden panelling and original doors have been combined with modern luxuries such as ensuite bathrooms, televisions and internet.
Cambria House is light, sunny and very comfortable. Share a cup of tea or coffee and home-made biscuits on the deck, in the garden or in the guest living room with its log fire. Or perhaps you may prefer a glass of local wine and a glossy magazine with the CD playing in the background.
"To sit in the shade on a perfect day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." Jane Austen
The leafy garden is a feature of Cambria House. A notable tree at the front is the very large Puriri with its bright red berries; another is the Camellia which produces stunning pink and cerise flowers. Our large sunny deck leads into an enclosed garden with rambling old roses, ferns, hydrangeas, citrus trees and a magnolia. These are great places to read the paper or mingle with other travelers, before heading out to one of Nelson's many attractions or wonderful restaurants.
Breakfast at Cambria House is a highlight of the day and many of our guests return because they love this experience. It is served at our large kauri dining room table or alfresco on the deck, at a time to suit you. Our homemade muesli is a particular favourite. In addition to cereals, fresh and lightly stewed fruits, yoghurt and fresh juices we offer cooked breakfasts. You can choose free range eggs (cooked how you like them) bacon, mushrooms and lightly grilled tomatoes. Or perhaps you'd prefer scrambled eggs with locally smoked salmon, or maybe freshly ground coffee with toast and boysenberry jam or manuka honey. If you have special requests or dietary requirements we will be happy to accommodate these. Every effort is made to use local produce.