Create fine food memories staying in glamorous 5-star luxury in the midst of a famed New Zealand wine region.
The Marlborough Lodge opens later this month in New Zealand’s heartland Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc country - named as Luxury Travel Guide's 2016 Culinary Destination of the Year.
Billed as “the ultimate retreat in New Zealand’s gourmet province”, The Marlborough Lodge is a grand country estate on 16 acres of secluded parklands, located in the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region.
The historic lodge offers 10 elegant suites that have been designed for every contemporary comfort, an in-house bar and a private dining room serving fresh local cuisine. Guests can also explore the region’s gourmet delights cruising on a luxury launch or on a private gourmet wine and food tour.
Local tourism and hospitality personalities, Chris and Sue Godsiff – operators of the Marlborough Tour Company and Tarquin Luxury Cruises – took over the lodge in mid-2016 and are excited to be behind their latest premium offering.
The beautiful Victorian lodge dates back to 1901, when it was built as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy in Blenheim. In 1994 the convent was moved in five pieces to its current site where it underwent its first restoration by Sir Michael Fowler – one of New Zealand’s best known architects of the era – and operated as bed and breakfast accommodation until earlier this year.
The property has since undergone an extensive renovation, overseen by renowned interior designer; Peter Lloyd, who has retained many of the elegant original character features. Bathrooms, décor and furnishing have had a more contemporary makeover – with each suite featuring a unique interior style.
With 16 acres of sprawling gardens, park and vineyards, The Marlborough Lodge estate grounds are an oasis of flora and fauna. Wander amongst the established trees or stroll to the vegetable garden, which includes homegrown fruit, berries, tomatoes and free range eggs that help flavour the dinner and breakfast menus.
A vineyard makes up part of The Marlborough Lodge grounds, growing the proverbial Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes. With daily vineyard and garden tours, guests can explore the grounds, learn about the vineyard and finish with a glass of local sauvignon blanc.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy the pool and neighbouring tennis courts, visit nearby wineries, cafes and restaurants by car or bike, or head out and explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds by boat.
Despite being just 10 minutes from Marlborough Airport and Blenheim’s town centre, 20 minutes from Picton, and surrounded by world famous winery cellar doors, The Marlborough Lodge offers an unexpectedly peaceful and private haven for guests in the midst of its sprawling 16-acre country estate.
What to do
Make the most of your stay in New Zealand’s largest winegrowing region by visiting one (or all!) of the innumerable cellar doors that are dotted throughout the area - including the famous Cloudy Bay and Brancott Estates. Several companies run tours from Blenheim town centre, or hire a bicycle and cycle the vines at your own pace.
How to get there
Nestled in the world-famous Marlborough region, Blenheim is at the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country. Regular buses and a small airport mean the charming town is exceptionally well connected to all national centres - it’s also just 1.5 hours’ drive from Nelson and a scenic four hour drive from Christchurch. If you’re heading over from Wellington, opt for the picturesque ferry crossing that docks in nearby Picton.