Hosts – Noel and Sharon

Beaufort House Akaroa (formerly Wilderness House) is owned and operated by Noel McGuigan and Sharon Rees-Thomas.  Noel and Sharon are hospitality professionals having owned and operated a fine dining Restaurant in Christchurch for 9 years.

They also owned and operated a luxury Bed & Breakfast in the central city of Christchurch until the earthquake of 22 February 2011.

As Restauranteurs they often hosted special events such as weddings, cocktail functions, private dinners, corporate launches and high teas.

Sharon has a background in sales having worked for a prominent telecommunications company for many years.  During her time in hospitality, Sharon managed the Restaurant, was the in-house wedding planner and co-ordinated all special events.  Sharon is a keen collector of antiques and period furniture which is reflected in the photo gallery, her other interests include gardening, cooking, travel and sailing.

Noel spent 15 years in the offshore oil industry, travelling to many exotic destinations as a senior driller. He also lectured in blow out prevention and well control in Singapore and London.

Past businesses include a fully irrigated 500 acre farm and a ski and snowboard rental shop.  Noel is fluent in German having lived and worked in Germany. His passion is sailing having completed several ocean voyages, the proud owner of a 40’ Beneteau yacht named ‘Roaring Meg’ currently ‘on the hard’ in Morocco.

This year’s (2017) planned voyage is a trans Atlantic crossing to Bermuda which will coincide with the America’s Cup (26 May – 30 June). Following the America’s Cup event Noel and crew will sail to Grenada via the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and St Lucia.

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(Note: there is a tracking device on board)

Beaufort House Akaroa, ( formerly Wilderness House) has operated as a guest house/luxury Bed & Breakfast for over 100 years.  We look forward to hosting you in this wonderful old property with the charm, peace and serenity of yesteryear.