We traveled in New Zealand for a month with another couple enjoying some of NZ's best B and B's and small inns. This was one of our favorites. Nettie, Bill and Jane are all wonderful hosts. They provide the much appreciated opportunity to visit with them and learn more about the area while offering well designed accommodations with complete privacy. We stayed in Vineyard Suites #1 and #2 which are nearly identical, beautifully furnished and well maintained. Nettie and Bill used to have a furniture business which is reflected in the outstanding quality of the furnishings in the suites. We especially enjoyed the large, well furnished courtyards in front of each suite, each with a beautiful view of the vineyards.
The highlight for us was sitting with our charming hosts under a vine covered arbor and sharing Jane's tasty appetizers, World's End excellent wine and some delightful conversation.
Our only regret was that we opted to drive into town for dinner rather than pre-order one of Jane's platters. Other guests were smarter than were we and after seeing their fare, we regretted both the long drive into town and missing the opportunity to relax further and enjoy the atmosphere, excellent food and company. We liked the wine so much that we ordered a case of the Sauv Blanc shipped to us in California where we also have a winery. It arrived prompty and in excellent condition and we think of Straw Lodge whenever we open a bottle.
My friend and I borrowed the two electric bikes one morning and had a wonderful time biking around the back roads near Straw Lodge. Our husbands went into town to visit the Air Museum which they reported one of the finest museum's they had ever seen. They highly recommend it to all.
With a limited number of rooms, rave reviews and charming accommodations in the middle of the vineyards you will likely need to book well in advance to take advantage of this charming B and B. It's well worth it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Straw Lodge Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand