We spend three nights in the Rush cottage, which is actually located in the middle of the vineyard. The house has two bedroom upstairs, and living room, kitchen and bathroom downstairs. It is 100 years old, and you shouldn`t stay there if you do not like old houses. Even so, we didn`t see any ghosts. But the place has a soul, you sort of feel the energy of the place in some way, and it is all good. The fireplace in the living room combined with nice red wine from the vineyard right outside your doorstep was truly special. We also had lunch at the Black barn cellar door right next door, which was great! If you like a modern style, large marble bathroom and sterile tile floors, this isn`t for you. If you can handle old, squeaky and authentic – this is for you. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a unique vineyard adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Black Barn Vineyards in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand offers fourteen unique properties for nightly rental. Each is fully self contained and exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. Each is selected for its prime location, unique character and original style. They are all luxuriously appointed to reflect their individual character with the very best in furnishings, bedding, fabrics, kitchenware and amenities. From an eight bedroom luxury retreat to a two bedroom turn-of-the-century cottage in the heart of the vineyard, for a truly unique holiday experience, these properties are recognised as amongst the very best available in New Zealand. As we do not wholesale or advertise our properties all bookings are directly with the winery. Therefore you will not find us in travel shops or discount brochures and 80% of our guests are either repeat visitors or personal recommendations through word of mouth. So which-ever one you choose, you can be assured of a discrete, private, luxurious stay. ... more less