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17 Fareham Lane, RD 1, Blenheim 7271, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 47 Blenheim B&B and Inns
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“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

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!

Room Tip: Try some of the vineyard's organic Sauvignon Blanc!
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

What a pleasure it was to stay at the Straw Lodge! It was by far our favorite hotel in New Zealand. The lodge is small with only a couple of rooms so the feel of the entire experience is extremely intimate and personalized. The owners, Trudy and Barry, are unbelievably welcoming and hospitable.

Every morning begins with a custom breakfast, in our case a very American eggs, bacon, toast and juice. Afterward you can walk around the vineyard, talk with the winemaker or even use their bicycles and helmets free of charge to bike around the vineyards. Trudy and Barry even gave us a ride to Hertzog for dinner one night (that is also a treat). On clear nights, don’t forget to walk out in the backyard and look at the magnificent starry sky. It’s truly a unique experience.

The setting in the middle of the vineyard is serene and peaceful. The rooms themselves are comfortable, spacious and tasteful – and the fact that they are built out of bales of hay is so cool! All in all, staying at the Straw Lodge is a unique and special experience. We highly recommend it for anyone who is visiting Marlborough.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

We spent Christmas 2012 at this wonderful B&B with our two teenage children. Although thousands of miles away, we felt like we were with family. Need I say more? The food was scrumptious and the rooms were impeccable. We ride their bicycles around the countryside, soaked our tired legs in the chilly river and just enjoyed the open spaces; a wonderful three days.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is a beautiful B&B in a gorgeous setting with the nicest hosts. Trudy and Barry recently bought the B&B and vineyard from the prior owners and they couldn't be better hosts. The place is beautifully kept up. The room is very large with a separate sitting area and its own terrace looking out on the vineyard and the valley. Trudy kindly gave us a bottle of wine with grapes from the vineyard to enjoy in our room. And they cooked us an excellent breakfast. We had dinner and went on a tour of Hans Hertzog Vineyard while we were there and would also highly recommend that.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed one night at the Straw Lodge in September 2013. Nettie and Jane were the most gracious hostesses one could ask for, and I fell in love with giant Texas immediately. The room was very comfortable and private, and we took full advantage of the bicycles as to explore the river and surrounding vineyards. I was initially concerned the Straw Lodge could be too far from town, but it turned out to be a perfect, quiet, peaceful getaway that spoiled you with luxurious seclusion. Jane set a new standard for eggs benedict (best hollandaise ever!), and we purchased a number of their delightful World's End label wines to enjoy back in the States. Would absolutely return - but would stay for at least two nights next time around!

Room Tip: ask Nettie and Jane for recommendations regarding which vineyards to visit and other activities... a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our little cottage was separate from the main building and 2 suites.
It was a sweet place, separate bedroom, lounge/kitchen, laundry area, outside patio where we bbq'd our own steaks.
Kitchen was made of beautifully made NZ wooden cabinetry, good size w full sized fridge, coffee plunger. Took cup of tea to bed, opened the curtains and watched the vineyard dawning.

Great hosts, very clever and affable. They have one of the best welcoming late afternoons. Bill had finished his day's work in the vineyard, and joined us in the enclosed outdoor area for wine and shared deli platter. Once we finished one bottle, a second was very quickly produced!!

We elected to have breakfast in the main guest area, and it was very lovely.

Golf clubs were loaned to us, and we were given the best tips for places to play golf. We elected for a little 9 hole course, where the green fees were posted in an envelope in an honesty box.

Bill kindly drove us to a restaurant for our evening meal, and we arranged a taxi back. With all the wonderful wine, it's worth not driving of an evening!

Room Tip: either the suites, or the cottage. The 2 suites have a nice outlook, and are made of straw. The co...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Having read all the previous reviews we were looking forward to somewhere special to end our holiday in NZ. We certainly found it. Nettie, Bill & Jane were superb hosts from the moment we arrived until our sad departure. We arrived early evening to a pre-arranged platter absolutely full of fresh local produce accompanied by their own 'Worlds End' extremely drinkable & excellent Sav blanc. Their own Pinot was also available but we just loved the white.
Our Hosts made a point of meeting us for complimentary drinks on the first evening to get to know us, a really nice touch, lacking at other B & b's we have stayed at on this trip.
During our stay we were offered a walk around the vines to learn a bit about wine & all absolutely loved it. Nettie, accompanied by Texas took us through the vine growing & grape picking process including tasting the odd grape to compare the different flavours & textures of the different grape varieties.
Our rooms, suites one & two were spacious, with huge beds & every thing we could need. I was a little disappointed at first to find no bath ( what did I expect in a straw eco-house?) but the shower was powerful & roomy so no real problem. We were also offered use of the hot tub, so after a days cycling around the vinyards, a good soak in the tub was most welcome.
As well as our bedrooms we had use of a guests dining room & lounge, shared between the two suites. As we were a party of four we had both suites & the other areas to ourselves.
Breakfast was everything you would expect with a wide range of cereals, home made fruit salads, jams etc etc. All you could ask - and more.
One of the evenings we cooked a meal on their huge gas BBQ finished off with strawberries freshly picked from their own garden. What more could you ask.
Without doubt this was the nicest of all the stops on our tour, a relaxing heaven with fantastic hosts. Definitely a 5 star memory..

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Address: 17 Fareham Lane, RD 1, Blenheim 7271, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 2
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 
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Straw Lodge Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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