By far the nicest place we stayed in New Zealand. Trudy and Barry were exceptional hosts in every way, and first rate cooks to boot. Straw lodge is a couple of big and super comfortable rooms on a working, organic vineyard in the heart of the Marlborough region. The vines are right outside the front door and you're free to wander around and ask lots of geeky questions about how the wine is made.
It's all about the personal touch here. From the handwritten welcome blackboard to the cake Trudy baked to help us celebrate my girlfriend's 30th birthday, we felt incredibly looked after here. They even gave us a parting gift of some home-baked fudge!
I honestly can't praise this place highly enough. So, fair denizens of Tripadvisor, give boring Blenheim (with its dubiously titled "vineyard accommodation" which is nothing of the sort) a miss and rest your weary heads here among the vines instead.
We only stayed one night. I wish it could have been ten!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Bed & Breakfast in a unique vineyard setting Far from the madding crowds, in the heart of Marlborough's wine district, you will find Straw Lodge Vineyard, and our very different straw-bale constructed homestead and Vineyard Suites - a very special place where rest, relaxation and rejuvenation awaits the discerning traveller. Nestled amongst organic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines Visible from each suite are glorious mountain ranges, behind which the sun sets in beautiful displays of rich colours. Before you retire to your cosy king size bed, bathe in our warm spa pool at night, and gaze up at the clear skies filled with a galaxy of stars. Each private suite has a lounge and en-suite bathroom. Full sumptuous breakfast created from local produce Rise at your leisure to a treat of a continental and/or cooked breakfast, created from home grown or locally produced foods of your choice. Then set out on our pedal bikes, take your own vehicle, or book a tour through the surrounding wineries. Internet use is free of charge, as are our golf clubs, DVDs, and a bottle of wine from our vineyard! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Straw Lodge Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand