The only thing that could have made these rustic cottages more romantic would have been a bath; one of those huge claw-footed ones that draw you into them like iron filings to a magnet.
There is something deeply sensual and decadent about wines, and the reds especially envelop and titillate the senses. Imagine now a cottage named after the heady, rich granddaddy of red, Cabernet Sauvignon. Get the picture? There are seven cottages in all, each named after a wine variety and I can only assume the other cottages are also decorated in the hues of their name-sake, hence ours was maroon, with a rich red textured lounge suite, wooden floors, rustic table and chairs and olde world fire-place with a thoughtfully placed luxurious rug in front of it – I bet it could tell a few stories
Anyway, having read the visitor book, it’s obvious that other than hosting conferences, the vineyard cottages are a favourite of those celebrating special milestones – wedding anniversaries particularly. You are isolated; there’s always the option of visiting the West Coast beaches, but why venture outside when there are adventures to be had inside?
The cottages have a special ambiance but one must emerge at some stage for food and then the natural choice is the Hunting Lodge. It’s a gentle meander over the vine- covered rise and the food is very, very good. A few hours and bottles of wine later we wander back over the hill and collapse into bed. The ingredients for a full cooked breakfast are provided on your arrival but there is a price to pay for such hedonistic pursuits and so due to sore heads, we skip this, pack our bags and head back to the real world.
A real shame that we couldn’t stay longer and indulge ourselves, but then we all know what happened to the Romans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “The most beautiful vineyard hideaway I have had the pleasure of staying at"As described by the author of The Australian and New Zealand Wine and Food Pictorial Atlas.The seven cottages and function centre are made from macrocapa inside and out. The golden glow created by the timber, and the antiquities placed in each cottage all combine to take guests back in time, whilst still maintaining the comforts of today. An open plan kitchen, living and dining area are separated from the king sized bedroom by double wooden doors, and the rain head shower is a favourite in the bathroom! In summer guests are able to relax on their private patio, complete with bbq facilities, and during the winter most snuggle up in front of the fire with a bottle of their favourite wine.The Function Centre was designed as the homestead of the complex. Wide sweeping verandahs and large rooms with high ceilings generate a spacious relaxed atmosphere. Cooled in the summer by large bi fold windows and doors which bring the outdoors in, and warmed in the winter by fireplaces in each room, it is a popular destination year round. Furnishings of opulent curtains, comfy armchairs and couches welcome you. It is perfect for conferences, product launches, weddings or your personal celebration! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vineyard Cottages Waimauku, New Zealand - Auckland