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“Does exactly what it says on the tin” 5 of 5 stars
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Timara Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dog Point Road, RD2 | near Blenheim, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #24 of 54 Hotels in Marlborough Region
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Does exactly what it says on the tin”
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.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

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 back.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

New Zealand lodges are famous for luxury, fine dinning and stunning locations. The cost for two was $1500 US per night, including dinner and breakfast. It was nice, but not that nice. The food was good, but not that good. In the final result I found it lacking. The staff was a bit abrupt and not the usual warm Kiwi hospitality you come to expect. Next time I will save some money, and try a different lodge.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

My husband and I have just returned from a beautiful stay at Timara Lodge. After driving through the stunning gardens we arrived at the beautiful old historic building, which is Timara Lodge. We were greeted warmly by Debra and Louis, the managers. Debra showed us around the Lodge, very welcoming by the lit fires. The room was beautiful with great views of the parklike garden and the large lake beyond. The little details like welcome cards and fruit platters in the room were very much appreciated. But the best was yet to come. Louis cooked some of the most amazing food we had ever tried anywhere for us. It was fresh local produce and all the dishes felt modern and light with immense flavour. We started with tasty little morsels in front of the fire in the cosy lounge room. The rest of the menu just went from one highlight to the next. Especially a carrot gel was quite extraordinary. Even the home made bread was outstanding. At night the bed was turned down and some gorgeous chocolates and fresh water awaited us. We woke to a frosty morning and gorgeous birdsong and after a delicious breakfast strolled through the garden. Even under a blanket of frost it looked beautiful. The gardener was also very helpful with hints and tips for our own garden.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NewJersey, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2009

Traditional gracious quiet and luxurious lodge, beautiful gardens with pool, tennis, croquet and food to die for prepared by manager-chef Louis

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dog Point Road, RD2 | near Blenheim, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 54 Hotels in Marlborough Region
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Timara Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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