Sumner Hotel News Blog

Le Petit Hotel, Sumner, Christchurch, NZ  opened,  and the Sumner Hotel News Blog, went live,  on the 18th December 2005.

Writing on behalf of my partner – Martine,  in The French Company NZ Ltd., we both have enjoyed the journey, especially meeting and making friends with people from all corners of the world.

Christchurch City post the 2011 earthquakes, now has new beginnings with a unique mixture of old and new culture. Sumner also shares some of those.

While the original web site that we started all those years ago served us well, Google now prefers a mobile-smart presentation and our newly refurbished site reflects that shift especially with the introduction of direct on-line bookings.

We wish all travellers who cross the threshold of Le Petit Hotel, a very pleasant stay with us, and safe happy travelling.

Bruce Whitfield

Managing Director

Pinus pinea; Italian Stone Pine trees common to France & Italy

Travellers arriving at Le Petit Hotel can’t help but notice the distinctive juvenile pine trees – Pinus Pinea, on the street frontage.  Our original news item copied below was published on the 4th Nov. 2010.  Still in their formative state, their umbrella type canopy is just beginning to take shape.

Martine & myself recently had some R & R in France during September…one of the best months in respect of the French climate. Some of the time was spent near Plan du la Tour near the Med. coast, http://lepetithotel.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/chasteuil-to-plan-de-la-tour/
and we couldn’t help noticing a tree with an attractive green umbrella like top…commonly called the Parasol Pine…its correct name being Pinus pinea. Clearly this was one tree which could survive not only the hot dry Mediterranean seaside environment but also the cold winter winds. For some time now here at Le Petit Hotel, we have been pondering what species of tree we could plant safely in our own Sumner location where the climate varies from hot summer winds, salt laden sea air, and also our cooler winter temperatures. So it has been a surprise, in the last few days to locate a source of these Pinus specimens here in NZ at a nursery in New Plymouth : http://www.conifers.co.nz/
Needless to say, we are looking forward to trying the species in our own unique NZ climate.
It’s interesting to note that the Pinus Pinea species is the one that produces genuine edible pine nuts, the tree and its nuts having a history of more than 6000 years at least.

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Conversational French tuition: Le Petit Hotel

 Conversational French

A stay in Le Petit Hotel accommodation in Sumner is different to AirBnB or motel stays especially if you are proposing a future trip to France. Why not seize the chance to either gain some Conversational French skills or just practice what you already know.

When you stay at Le Petit Hotel, you have that opportunity especially during le petit déjeuner.

Le Petit Hotel, Sumner is managed by Martine & Bruce. France is Martine’s home country but is a resident here in New Zealand and has been a French language teacher for many years.  Along with her Consular work and translation services, Martine also provides casual tuition in French.

 

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We are back to posting from Le Petit Hotel

Christchurch’s earthquakes have been very serious disruptors ( of life as we all knew it). Seven years on now (2018) and the reminders of what was, and what’s to come, in terms of the rebuild of Christchurch City, still affects us all greatly. Traffic guidance orange road cones have become the norm around the city as infrastructure and roading repairs/changes continue. The addition of cycle ways to the city roading network has created a lot of both positive and negative discussion particularly where the introduction of these dedicated mini cycle lanes has resulted in narrowed roads for both cars and trucks. One can suspect that much of this civil work may have to be undone when self guidance EV cars and buses make their appearance in the next decade . Roading design then will be concentrated on the removal of road lane encumberances such as the jut outs, now common place in the city, and street corners and intersections will also require simplification.

Here in Sumner, by the sea, we have a lot to be thankful for, including a community spirit that is alive and well, good local shopping for the essentials of life, and a view of the Pacific Ocean with a lovely beach to walk on while contemplating the meaning of life!  And then there are Sumner’s dogs, and I would suggest that our village has a lot of caring dog owners in residence who can be seen religiously street walking or beach walking their companions each day.

Of course I couldn’t let this post go by without mentioning that our own much loved Scottie dog…Kara , now about 9 years old, who is still performing her unique mix of meet and greet at the front door, security duties, and general icebreaker and conversation starter as required, in the hotel lounge. Simply put, we would not be without her. Such is the global interest in Scottish Terriers, there is a closed group on FaceBook called “Adopted by Scotties”.

 

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Menu, Gluten free & or Dairy free breakfast option

Menu option for travellers who endure food sensitivities ( sometime serious)  arising from certain ingredients which typically requires them to have gluten free and or dairy free breakfasts.

Le Petit Hotel management are more than happy to make adjustments to the continental fruit /cereal etc plus croissant breakfast to meet these requirements. Simply add your request to your accommodation booking notice.

Being a genuine French Bed & Breakfast, our renown fresh baked croissants are always available each morning, along with genuine french plunger coffee, hot chocolate, or a variety of teas, together with fresh fruit and yogurt. Recently, …made in France – French Brioche has been added to the petit déjeuner.

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Scottish Terrier, permanent resident manager, Le Petit Hotel

 

Clan Scottish Terrier!

Scottish Terrier Kara
Not really sleeping..but keeping an eye on things.

As Le Petit Hotel’s Scottish Terrier , it’s a while since I’ve been in touch with the wider world…& much has happened in both Sumner and Christchurch . I’ve grown up fast and the earthquakes are supposedly behind us, the experts say, but I am still anxious when I hear strange noises. I’m  now 9 years old, and my black overcoat is showing some grey hair now!

I’m still performing my hotel guest welcoming routine…racing to reach the front door before Bruce, after the door intercom phone rings, so I can see the new guests first. I really live for my meet & greet job. 

Always at my best,

Kara.

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Le Petit Hotel Accommodation, Boutique French Style

Le Petit Hotel, 16 Marriner Street, Sumner, Christchurch
Le Petit Hotel open 24 hours

Le Petit Hotel accommodation provides boutique French B & B lodgings for all travellers, both domestic and international. The property  is located by the beach in Sumner; the premier seaside suburb of Christchurch.

Unlike most AirBnB properties, managers – Martine and Bruce are on-site 24/7 and are focused on providing genuine hospitality to all guests.  However the privacy of individuals is very much respected when required . Both short & long stay guests are most welcome  at Le Petit Hotel’s unique retreat from the city bustle.

The daily room rate includes a served French breakfast and the hotel has free high speed data/WiFi services throughout the complex. The en-suite accommodation rooms are most suitable for 2 adults.

 

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Le Petit Hotel management & Chinese Connections

Campanile Hotel Petit Déjeuner
Delicious Shanghai Croissants

Le Petit Hotel management are regular visitors to China.

China and France are connected by substantial trade ties. The effects of the historical political concession that resulted in an area of Shanghai being administered by France are still apparent. It is well worth the time doing the research to discover how this concession and others in Shanghai came about. While the French have long departed from the concession, with very little effort , any visitor can quickly recognise the influence they left behind .

Croissants, fresh breads, brioche and small delicate cakes are evidenced in hotel breakfasts, especially those that share a European breakfast menu with standard Chinese fare.

 

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Look at me now : The continuing story of Kara the Scottie

Hi there all Scottie lovers…It’s almost 15 months since I left behind my friends at Juscot Kennels in Hamilton, and I’ve had my 1st birthday at Le Petit Hotel. Despite having inherited a twisted right hind leg, I’m doing my utmost to be part of the hotel day to day operations…answering the door, checking the guests in, plus security duties, so much so that several of Bruce & Martine’s guests have suggested that I climb into one of their suitcases & go home with them… Unlike many of my 4 legged relatives, I have developed my own vocabulary for use in the hotel..eg. when I want to go outside, I don’t bark, but I do a bit of a quiet sing song. I’m also quite good at singing along with the piano!
Sometime in the next few months, I’m going into hospital to get a CT scan done on my crooked leg, to see what can possibly be done to help me…but I’m a good patient, so it won’t be a problem.
My shiny black coat at the moment makes me a difficult camera subject, but attached here is a recent photo taken on Christmas day with one of my presents.
Until my next post…yours truly
Kara

Kara, Christmas morning 2010

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