The Old Countryhouse is located in Christchurch, which is still recovering from a 2011 earthquake; it seems like many people skip visiting this area, however the city has done a lot of work so far and it's worth a stop.
Its location, outside the center of town, means a short bus ride from the bus exchange or a long walk. There's a bus stop just across the street and the bus drivers are generally super helpful when you're feeling a bit unsure. Even though it's outside the main part of the city, there's still some restaurants and takeaways nearby.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This place has real wooden bunk beds! They're very solid and comfortable, with warm blankets. Though the rooms aren't overly spacious, there are plenty of windows to open for some fresh air. There are no lockers in the rooms, however it feels quite safe here.
The bathrooms are not gender specific, and most have a toilet and a shower, so there might be a bit of a wait. Be prepared for the fact that the light is on a timer/motion activated and might turn off while you're in the shower! The showers themselves are nice with decent water pressure.
With a central courtyard, there's plenty of room for lying on the grass and relaxing when the weather's good. There's an emphasis on greenery, with a lovely garden and beautiful plants here. Behind the buildings and out of the way, there are clotheslines to hang your laundry relatively out of sight. You can also find a TV room and lounge if you look for it.
The hostel is split into different buildings, each with its own kitchen. This means there's not a lot of people for each kitchen and plenty of space for everyone. The wooden tables are big enough for several people to eat at as well. Although there's free Wi-Fi, it doesn't seem to actually work anywhere and there's always frustrated people about, trying to get it to work.
This hostel is quite clean and comfortable, though slightly on the expensive side. It's got a homey feel and is a good place to spend a night or two.