We were recommended to this lodge as it was ment to be one of the best in canterbury,
The location is absolutely amazing and the property and accommodation is flawless in presentation
However the food is tasteless bland and a real Disappointment! Regarding a shot glass of Sobert a dish ( one of the four included in the meal ) is a complete rip off
The bathroom did not have underfloor heating Or was broken the fan heater in the bathroom also did not work and this was disappointing as the 3 days we spent at Grasmere the weather was very cold.
The bed was comfortable and had beautiful linen.
Our sleep in was ruined at 7.45am with a helicopter landing not less then 25 meters from the front of all the lodge rooms and stayed running for about 15 mins while picking up a group of guest that had the whole lodge caring for them over the priority of other guest and this came up in conversation with other guest at breakfast and lunches as the were at time waiting periods for longer than 60-70 mins after being seated for food to come to the table!
When speeding $4000 in total for our stay at Grasmere we are sad to say and not alone as two other couples felt the same that we would not recommend or be returning which we feel really sorry as it truely is a magic setting to be if not the best but one of the best lodgesin NZ.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Grasmere Lodge is at the heart of an operational 6,000 hectare grand pastoral station (ranch) surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. 100% purely Kiwi owned and operated Grasmere has been a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels since 1995. The 150 year old Homestead houses character rooms such as the library, lounge, bar and evening dining rooms. Thirteen guest rooms spread through the lodge, chalet and cottage boast panoramic views of lakes, rivers or rugged mountains. Meals feature the best of New Zealand produce and may include farm-raised venison, lamb or salmon or regional delicacies in season, such as whitebait from the West Coast. They are accompanied by an extensive wine list, which comprises award-winning New Zealand wines, including a number from the local Canterbury region. Carefully trained staff embody traditional southern hospitality, and are well-informed about the region and all it offers. From the lodge enjoy horseback riding, walking, kayaking, mountain biking, clay bird shooting or taking part in the daily 4WD station tour. Relax and rejuvenate in Mountain Spa or by the heated outdoor swimming pool. Gin-clear streams and lakes challenge the fly-fisherman while scenic flights from the airstrip entertain further afield. ... more less
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