Meet Your Hosts
Your hosts at Cheltenham House B&B are Len and Maree Earl
We developed Cheltenham House in 1996 with our objective to preserve this 1930s home and refurbish it with the guest's comfort paramount.
Minimal changes have been made to the original interior layout of the house and where possible, we've reused and recycled relics from its history. The vintage cardboard and wire light shades over the billiard table remain, and the bases of the old crazed waterbasins have been recycled as rimu-topped bedside tables.
We are both fourth generation New Zealanders with strong connections to the local area.
The Earl family farmed sheep in the Hurunui district for over 140 years.
Len was born just 20 minutes away in Rotherham hospital. His family farmed sheep and grew crops in Culverden. After leaving school he worked at home for a short time before taking on an apprenticeship in motor mechanics and ultimately owned a service station in Culverden until 1991.
Maree grew up in Heathcote Valley just outside of Christchurch. She trained as a primary school teacher and went to teach in Culverden in 1971 where she met Len. Maree is still teaching part time and specialises in teaching children with special needs and learning difficulties.
Now we enjoy sharing our local knowledge with guests. We are happy to make restaurant and activity recommendations and bookings on your behalf. We have travelled extensively within New Zealand and can offer advice on travel times, routes and modes of transport.
You can also make friends with other local characters at Cheltenham House B&B.
Phoebe - the Siamese cat - feels she's earned her place as 'lady of the house'. She's quiet and reserved, but if you're a cat-lover she'll be sure to butter you up for some extra attention.
Geordie - the golden Labarador - came to us with a chequered history having failed his training to become a customs sniffer-dog. But he has since proven that his true calling is as the willing playmate for guests at Cheltenham House B&B.