Husband & I made a last minute decision to go to Martinborough for a long weekend. We thought it would be a busy weekend being the last of the school holidays but we managed to take advantage of someone elses cancellation. We somehow managed to pick the best weather...calm, sunny and clear.
Aylstone was great. Booked due to the reviews on TA. It didnt disappoint. We stayed in Room 1 with a great view out over the neighbouring vineyard. Big comfy bed with great bed linen. If I was picky I would say the bathroom wasnt the same great standard as the rest of the room but was clean and functional. I think it was the wheelchair accessible room.
We dined in the restaurant attached to this property-Brasserie One. Our meal was delicious. The duck trifle was yummy.
We borrowed the bikes and cycled around some of the local vineyards tasting wine. On a great day as we had this was fun. Finished up with a beer sitting outside at Margrain which is right next door to Aylstone. Best view there. On a personal note we tasted our best wines at Margrain. Their Pinot was as we like it and at $50 somewhat cheaper than a lot of the others.
Although Aylstone is somewhat on the outskirts of town, having a good restuarant on site and in close proximity to the wineries we wanted to visit, made it a perfect location for us.
My only gripe would be that the rooms would be greatly impvoed by having their own fridges. When in a wine growing region, people often end up buying cheeses and other nibbly bits to enjoy with wine later in the day and we did not expect to have to put it in a communal fridge. Also,if each room had a fridge, you could have 'real' milk in your tea or coffee in the morning rather than having to make a dash outside to the communal room or resorting to using UHT milk in your plunger coffee.
My other suggestion would be to offer a cooked breakfast option. Continental is included with your room. Great selection of fresh fruits with a couple of cereals, juice and toast with tea and coffee. Great for one day but we would have liked a cooked option on our second morning and would have been very happy to pay for it.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to coming back to sample some more great food and wine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aylstone Boutique Retreat in Martinborough, just 1 hour from Wellington, offers six boutique rooms with exquisite views, classic furnishings and ensuite bathrooms, set amongst World Class Martinborough vineyards offering peace & tranquility. Mini Bar & Platters are available and on request Ice buckets. ... more less
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