We drove through miles of parched, brown countryside (at the time of our visit) and entered a Garden of Eden - green, watered lawns, fragrant rose gardens, neatly clipped low hedges, drifts of colourful flowers, all beautifully kept. The house is immaculate and we stayed in "Glencoe" which is a delightful room opening onto a veranda where we spent some time sitting and being served lovely afternoon tea. We were so well looked after by Meg, Nigel and Rob. Meg knows how to make people welcome and feel special. The lodge is a little way from the vineyards and we wanted to eat dinner at Craggy Range vineyard, so Rob very kindly drove us there so we would only have to pay for a taxi one way. Nigel's food is amazing. He prepared us a Degustation menu on our second evening when we were the only guests, and course after course of wonderful food appeared. We did enjoy our evening and every moment of our stay. Thank you for looking after us so well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glen Aros is a classic 1914 New Zealand country estate set in the foothills surrounding the wine growing region of Hawkes Bay. From its beautifully secluded location, Glen Aros is only a short drive to the many world class attractions of this diverse region, including wineries, winery restaurants, Art Deco Napier, fishing and golf. As a fully serviced lodge, Glen Aros is ideal for individual travellers or exclusive use of the lodge for small groups of friends or families.Six spacious bedrooms, each with a super king-sized bed and a modern en-suite bathroom are available for single or double occupancy. Tasteful furnishings lend individuality to every room, and enhance the original character of this elegant Hawkes Bay estate. Quiet, independent climate control, heating or cooling, assures your comfort winter or summer, throughout the house.Enjoy creative meals prepared by on-site chef, with an emphasis on fresh, natural foods and local produce. Menus can be arranged to suit guests’ preferences. Choose a wine from our extensive cellar of carefully selected New Zealand and international vintages.Guests can enjoy a stroll in the gardens, or find a private nook to write, read or simply soak up the atmosphere. Alternatively, work out in the exercise room, unwind and relax in the heated pool and spa, or try your skill at billiards, petanque. Wireless internet is also available throughout the property. ... more less
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