Our three night stay in a vineyard suite was just not long enough to begin to soak up the beautiful scenery looking out over an organic vineyard to the mountains beyond, the cozy suite, plus the amazing breakfast feasts each morning. Nettie and Jane are first rate hosts and chefs (they say 'just cooks') but this breakfast beats the Four Seasons hotel buffet in Bangkok - previously my gold standard breakfast. Even got to try delicious fresh milk from their 'share' cow nearby.
Nettie and Jane and, of course, everyone's new best friend "Texas" the black lab, are born hosts, inviting you in for a glass of wine and canapes on arrival and providing great tips on the area's wineries, attractions and restaurants. We'd pre-requested a picnic for Christmas Day and enjoyed Xmas ham rolls on fresh baked bread, apricots from the Straw Lodge organic garden and a Xmas cake so delicious I had to get the recipe. I can't rave enough about the amazing food. I'm a very passionate cook and love good restaurants so was in heaven in Straw Lodge. The food seems to be overshadowing the rooms in my review - they are very cosy, nicely done in a vineyard cottage style with everything you need, lots of books and magazines and gorgeous views to wake to.
Thanks to other reviewers' advice we stayed in one night for the "not to be missed" vineyard platter - highly recommended!!! See photo. More than enough for two for dinner. Best enjoyed with a bottle of their own wine.
Before we left Straw Lodge we decided 3 nights was not enough and cancelled our Melbourne vacation in 2 months time to rebook here for 5 nights. Can't wait for more of this warm hospitality and superb food. Will try out the hot tub next trip - what a stunning spot as the sun sets. Great walking/jogging through the vineyards also to burn off the brilliant food.
Thanks Nettie and Jane for making us feel so welcome and so well fed in Marlborough. Can't wait to return!
- 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