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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dog Point Road, RD2 | near Blenheim, New Zealand
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Ranked #21 of 55 hotels in Marlborough Region
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014
CMSYD17 Sydney, Australia
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Sydney, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The website for Timara Lodge almost doesn't do it justice. The house and gardens are absolutely stunning. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the two suites overlooking the lake which I would highly recommend for the best views. Most importantly when you stay at Timara, make time to just walk through the gardens or relax in the... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Stayed at Timara Lodge for 3 nights in May. It was a great experience, combining warmth and comfort with a touch of luxury. The staff were great and the special dinner the chef cooked one night was outstanding with food from the region matched with Spy Valley wines. Timara is in a beautiful setting with large established gardens set around... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This was an exceptional find. Everything from the welcome by Debbie to our farewell was perfect. Food was outstanding as cooked by Louis, the chef cum manager, who also recommended the excellent wines. The grounds were well manicured with good opportunities to walk and relax. The suite was very comfortable. The general ambiance was one of being a house guest... More

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London, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
71 hotel reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Excellent does not reflect the quality of this lodge. Located in the depth of the vineyards and wineries of Marlborough, Lake Timara Lodge oozes elegance and charm yet all with a simplicity and warmth. All members of the staff were absolutely marvellous with loads of suggestions and help. This lodge was built in the 1920s and has four comfortable suites.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We have just had the most fantastic weekend at Timara Lodge. Everything about it was perfect. The service was incredible - everyone was so helpful and professional and nothing was too much trouble. The food was absolutely amazing - we are all foodies and it was such a treat. We have stayed in a number of similar lodges and this... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Exceptional 3 days spent at Timara Lodge with 7 others. Louie's food was a standout, as well as the incredible level of service. Deborah and her team, made us feel very welcome, nothing was a problem. Timara Lodge is set amongst a haven of daffodil filled fields, spring blossoms and immaculate grounds & a lake. The birdsong in the morning... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Incomparable setting. Wonderful restful garden, lake and sculptures. To walk among the huge mature trees, colourful rose garden, and many other surprises is a great experience. And then there is the walk around Lake Timara, topping off an unique experience. really first rate dining experience, and wine cellar. Warm and friendly staff. Not to be missed.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is an amazing property. We were greeted by name and given a tour of the lodge and shown our rooms, then brought a coffee to enjoy. The meal was the best I have had in my life, a culinary delight summed up in one word - delicious - expertly matched with local wines. The room was peaceful and serene... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Great food. Could not have been more attentive or helpful. Of Relais standards and surprised not one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011 via mobile

Its a very special place and it would be hard to find a comparible one at any place in the world. The botanic garden with the lake is outstanding. The lodge has a special character and the suites are super-cosy. The staff makes the picture perfect. It is my preffered place to stay in NZ and I will definitely come... More

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Address: Dog Point Road, RD2 | near Blenheim, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Timara Lodge 5*
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#12 Luxury Hotel in Marlborough Region
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Lake Timara Lodge is embedded in 600 acres of pasture, a romantic lake, formal English style gardens with sweeping lawns, native and exotic trees, a historic arboretum, perfume garden, daffodil lawn, woodland walk and an extensive rose garden featuring more than 350 roses. Accommodation is in a historic homestead, with one of the highlights of the package being a four course dinner including local Marlborough wines provided by Michelin trained chef Louis Schindler from Austria. ... more   less 
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