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Old Saint Mary's Convent

5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Rapaura Road, RD 3, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
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Ranked #10 of 46 Blenheim B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014
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Kerrville, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
9 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I cannot say enough nice things about this superb B & B in the Heart of the Marlborough wine country. Apparently this really was a convent, originally built in 1901. The restoration made extensive use of the lovely old wood and a stunning carved staircase to retain the original charm and character of the convent. Maria, the hostess, was extraordinarily... More

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Thank you for your lovely review, it really does sound like you had an very enjoyable stay with us. Maria is a treasure and I am pleased to see that she continues to provide our guests with superb service. Our Sister Ancilla room is beautiful overlooking the gardens, and I am pleased that your husband managed to get out and... More

Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

There was no 'whining' here....absolute luxury with a casual atmosphere. Maria is an excellent hostess and catered to all our needs. Great amenities include wine, spirits and finger-food platter in the evening~ .....all without the add-on costs. Wonderful cooked breakfast in the spacious, tranquil, light-filled dining room with lovely views of the gardens. The location couldn't be better; right in... More

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It was a pleasure to have you staying with us, and we hope to welcome you back again in the future the next time you are in New Zealand. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We arrived here tired at lunchtime and were treated to Maria's generous hospitality - a platter freshly prepared and served on our balcony with house (produced by the owner) wine at no charge. Once we had caught our breath we took a stroll in the gardens - full of seasonal fruits and flowers that Maria harvests for breakfast. The following... More

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We are so pleased that you had a good stay with us and that Maria looked after you so well. Yes her platters are very yummy! Denham always enjoys spending time with the guests and getting peoples feedback on his wines. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. More

Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed in the Chapel Suite and were amazed at the size, beauty, and uniqueness of this B&B. We were treated like royalty and spent our time in the pool, walking among the vineyard, and relaxing on the porch. The housekeeper/chef extraordinaire - Maria - made us a platter for dinner, and while we were enjoying, we spied her picking... More

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It was a pleasure to have you here to stay and glad you enjoyed the evening platter that Maria put together for you. Yes Maria loves to go out into the garden and collect fruit for our guests, she is a true gem. We hope to se you again if you return to New Zealand. More

Westport, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The convent has been lovingly restored with no expense spared. The grounds are like a botanic garden. White embroidered sheets and tablecloths blew gently on the clothesline. The pool is an added luxury with large royal blue towels and chaise lounges to rest in. The Inn sits in the middle of acres of vineyards with exquisite restaurants a short distance... More

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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at Old Saint Mary's Convent, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and will pass on your comments to Maria who I know will be pleased that you also enjoyed your time here with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in the area. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Love this place. We stayed here five years ago and have returned for a longer stay this time.The gardens are beautiful and the lavender is so calming. We arrived at midnight and the host was charming even at that late hour. Beautiful breakfast this morning and a walk in the vineyards was lovely. Staying in the Mother Superior room is... More

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We are so pleased that you have returned to stay with us and that your stay was enjoyable. I will pass on your comments about the glorious gardens to Maria, and we hope that you will return again in the near future. More

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Old St Mary's is the best place to stay in the upper South Island thats for sure. The settings, the rooms the hosts are all excellent. We stayed with our two children aged 9 and 13 and they had so much fun biking on the bikes supplied, swimming , exploring the many farm animals and the acres that surround the... More

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Thank you so much for the lovely review of our property. I know that Maria and Denham enjoyed your company and we hope that you will come back and see us again in the future. Thank you as well for sending through the link of a possible tour company for us to work with, greatly appreciated. More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Beautiful is the only way to describe the drive down the tree lined driveway to a gorgeous homestead. Maria was there to greet us. What a gem this lady is - she can't do enough to make your stay perfect and her breakfasts were excellent. We had complete access to the wine in the bar area and were joined by... More

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It was a pleasure to have you staying with us, and Denham and Maria I know enjoyed your company as well. Lucy sheep is doing well and is now busy keeping the grass up at Denham's cottage nice and short! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We got married at Old Saint Mary's on 16th February 2013 and, without doubt, couldn't have asked for anything more! First of all, the venue: the photos on the website honestly don't do it justice! It is simply beautiful (try and hunt down our wedding photos on their facebook site for an idea!). The grounds are lovely, surrounded by vineyards.... More

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It was an absolute pleasure to be part of your wedding and to ensure that the day was special for you. We wish you all the best for the future, and hopefully you will come and visit us again when you are over this side of the world. All the best. More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We stayed here in February 2013 at the end of our tour of south island, unfortunately only for one night. What an amazing place. Rooms were comfortable and very clean. The convent has been beautifully preserved and is set in lovely gardens. We were amazed to find a pool and sun beds. We were well looked after by Keith, Hannah... More

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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at Old Saint Mary's Convent, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back if you ever cross the world again to visit New Zealand. More

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Additional Information about Old Saint Mary's Convent

Address: Rapaura Road, RD 3, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Old Saint Mary's Convent 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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