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“Spectacular Wedding Location”
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Stoneridge Estate
Ranked #1 of 2 Lake Hayes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 19, 2014

As most people looking at this venue will know - it looks amazing on the web and we booked it from the UK having never seen it in real life.

So I can't tell you how impressed we were by how stunning the venue and whole property is in real life! It's really lovely and calming, and well maintained. It was such a privilege to get married somewhere so spectacular.

The reception venue is really cool, if you like the medieval look with stone & wood like we do then it's perfect!

We had the dance floor area at the back with the lower ceiling and it was alittle too hot for dancing (but it was a hot day) but not a lot could be done about that, except maybe a big fan!

We were lucky there was no event the night before so we were able to take the time we needed to set up, took till 10pm for us to set!!

Liasing with Suzanne via email was easy and she replied quickly to my many many questions.

While the venue is expensive we feel it was good value, especially compared to London prices and just how spectacular Stoneridge is.
Their add-on's are expensive though such as tea lights, PA system for ceremony, lighting the candelabra, so we hired from other sources where we could. Food & drinks were a reasonable cost and overall we were happy with the price.

The staff on the day were great, I had lots of guests comment that the staff were very attentive, especially during the drinks reception outside.
They all did everything I asked straight away and checked we were happy with our meals. I can't fault the service at all.

The food was good and I really enjoyed my meal. My only comment would be that the desserts lacked presentation or wow factor & the sticky date was only ok, but otherwise the food was a great success.
The wine was also good I don't think many people drank the non-Stoneridge wines.

It was a really hot day for us and we had the very large sail put up for our outdoor ceremony. Our guests certainly would have melted without it!

If it is hot then I recommend another sail outside Hayes room for your pre-dinner drinks or let guests into room as ours were huddled under the very little shade available.

I would thoroughly recommend Stoneridge for both ceremony & reception venue for your wedding. I'm happy to be contacted directly of you need more info.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Thank KymmieMcwhinnie
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Stoneridge, Owner at Stoneridge Estate, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2014

We thank the reviewer for their comments, and we are so glad that it was a spectacular wedding.

The venue contract specifies everything that is included and also identifies extra costs. We try to make these extra costs transparent so that the client has no trouble understanding the details of the contract.

Thanks again for your feedback, and we are so happy that you chose our venue to celebrate your special evening.

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

My husband and I fancy ourselves a bit of hotel snobs. We only ever stay in 5 star or luxury boutique accommodation and expect the quality and service that comes with the inevitable price tag. After a while even the most sophisticated of establishments across the globe becomes a bit ‘ho-hum’…until we discovered Stoneridge estate, that is.
This place is truly exceptional!
The, lake and mountain views are simply astonishing and ever changing with the light of day. The landscaped gardens are a sight for sore eyes .. beautiful vineyards, bridges and ponds, bursting with rose and lavender.. truly romantic. It is impossible to take a bad photo on this estate!
The lodge and cottage are architectural masterpieces – oozing with the character and charm of yesteryear, whilst providing unadulterated luxury. But what truly keeps us coming back is the unsurpassable hospitality, exceptional service and of course the scrumptious food and fine wine!
The only way to describe Stoneridge is .. absolutely exquisite!

Room Tip: The cottage is magnificent!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ehulst
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Stoneridge as a wedding venue is ideal and perfectly situated just outside Queenstown with amazing views across Lake Hayes.

From the moment we made contact with Suzanne and Wayne, their service was diligent and very professional. They have the ability and resources to manage your entire occasion to perfection and they were very helpful with regular communication making the experience stress free. This made it very easy to organise the wedding from Brisbane.

We married at the Anglican Church in Queenstown, with bus transport to Stoneridge. The double decker bus did have to drop guests at the bottom of the driveway, but that was not a problem.

The food was exceptional and the variety and flexibility of the menu made it easy (but difficult to choose as there was some fantastic combinations). The wine from their vineyards is brilliant and it very representative of Central Otago, and their additional selection of wines is well balanced.

Staff on the day were fantastic. Their attention to detail and etiquette was appreciated. Diego and his team must be commended.

We could not recommended this venue more highly and all our guests provided some many compliments for the beauty of the location.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AC45
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Stoneridge is an incredible venue for a wedding. My husband and I stayed in the cottage while my family were in the lodge. The accommodation was just beautiful and the staff so helpful and professional. I was trying to organise my wedding from Auckland and Suzanne just made everything so easy. We were married in the gardens and had our reception up in the Hayes room. We could not have asked for a better venue. We received so many compliments on both the wine, food and service. Stoneridge and the staff who work there are truly in a class of their own. I could not recommend this venue more highly. It is simply stunning.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank juliebrown2014
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Throughout our wedding planning beforehand and the actual day Wayne, Suzanne and staff were exceptionally professional and really looked after us. The food and wine was excellent. Stoneridge is a phenominal venue and we couldn't be happier that we had our special day there.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank JennyG007
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We held our wedding here in January; and right from the start Suzanne was wonderful with assisting me with the planning of our day. I dread to think about the amount of emails that went back and forth between us - but each of mine was answered with a helpful response. We were married in the chapel which is just gorgeous (we changed some of the decor as it was a little dated), and has an amazing outlook. The grounds we absolutely gorgeous as well, with well maintained gardens and vines. You are spoilt for choice with photo opportunities.
The Hayes room was really great too -food was exceptional - all our guests were raving about it!
Our accommodation had its own private lap pool - it was a shame it was so cold as it would of been lovely to take a dip overlooking the mountains & lake hayes.

Diego was also wonderful - very hospitable, and cooked us a lovely breakfast the next morning.
Everything went the way it should on our wedding day & it was just perfect! Thank you!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kyl_11e
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We began our tour of the South Island by staying at Stoneridge Estate just outside Queenstown. It was magnificent! The rooms were large, airy and well-appointed. The lodge itself was stunning: beautiful rock work and large, rustic timbers accented by interesting metal work. You have to see it to believe it! The folks there were accommodating and very friendly making the stay a real high point of our trip. We also appreciated being a bit outside of Queenstown which can be highly congested with traffic. Arrowtown was just a short drive and we ended up having dinner at several of the excellent restaurants there.

Room Tip: Both of the upstairs suites are lovely.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MaryBlizzard
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Additional Information about Stoneridge Estate

Address: 756 Lake Hayes-Arrow Junction Highway, Lake Hayes 9371, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Lake Hayes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Lake Hayes
Price Range: $395 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Stoneridge Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury bed and breakfast accommodation with panoramic lake and mountain views in a tranquil setting overlooking our boutique vineyard and water gardens. Three beautifully furnished rooms, with ensuite bathroom, private balcony, TV & telephone. Private guest lounge, open fire, SKY TV, DVD player, lap pool and hot tub under the stars. Complimentary Internet. Also a private, self contained cottage with cosy open fire, ideal romantic retreat for couples and honeymooners. Stoneridge Estate, Queenstown New Zealand. ... more   less 
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