My husband and I were fortunate enough to ring in the New Year 2013 at Greenhill Lodge. The new owners, John and Christine (and their energetic, friendly dog Nessie!) are supreme hosts! Because of their unique one-booking at a time policy, we had the luxury of their company as well as the entire, beautiful estate and grounds to ourselves for 3 magical days. The home is big enough that it would be a wonderful place for a group of friends or extended family to spend quality time together, but at the same time it is intimate enough that it can be enjoyed just for two. The accommodations have been perfectly maintained to preserve their historical integrity while also providing every modern convenience. We spent several blissfully happy afternoons simply reading on the shaded, breezy front deck, or sitting in the sun by the pool, or strolling through Christine's beautiful gardens. Every morning we enjoyed Christine's homemade muffins and delicious granola with local yogurt, honey and preserves, and John's expertly-made egg dishes to order! During the day we went fly-fishing and would explore the beautiful Hawkes Bay wineries and restaurants. And each evening was a treat, enjoying conversation with John and Christine while partaking in homemade canapes and delicious wines from the area before heading out to dinner at local wineries or restaurants that they recommended for us. We love hotels and have stayed in many luxurious places all over the world where service and amenities are spectacular; Greenhill will join the list of some of our favorite places including Le Sirenuse in Positano, Eden Rock in St. Barths, Dar Ahlam in Morocco, and the Nam Hai in Vietnam. Greenhill was truly unique in terms of providing personalized, gracious service in a gorgeous, historic setting. All in all, a perfect stay and we couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate a special holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A gracious, elegant and historic country homestead located just 25 minutes to Napier and 15 minutes to either Havelock North or Hastings, ideally situated in the heart of New Zealand's food and wine country with over 50 wineries, local farmers markets and organic produce stores nearby.Greenhill is an opulent yet tranquil retreat, situated on a hilltop overlooking lush farm and grazing land.Having hosted English royalty this historic homestead houses two luxurious suites and two elegant guest rooms, most of which open to wide verandas and sensational views over magnificent gardens with historic mature trees. A private Cottage set apart from the lodge offers two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms with an elegant lounge and a luxurious outside bath. Behind the lodge lies a swimming pool, croquet lawn and a flourishing private orchard with a herb garden.Greenhill offers the finest luxury lodge experience in Hawke's Bay. ... more less
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