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Aylstone Boutique Retreat
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

We spent a delightful two nights staying here in late April. On the spur of the moment we decided just go somewhere different for a few days escape from busyness. We decided on Martinborough as we hadn't been there before and wanted somewhere quiet. We were late arriving but fortunately being mid week Aylstone Boutique Retreat had a two night vacancy.
We had a choice of two rooms and I chose the girly one decorated in red French Toile. The bedding was sumptuous and the room large and warm with underfloor heating. We may have been fortunate that no one was in the room above us so it was wonderfully quiet and cosy, overlooking a Petanque Court, manicured gardens and surrounding vineyards.
The rooms don't have fridges but we were offered a wine bucket with ice if and when it was required. They supply good quality coffee and cookies. The bathroom was large, with nice towels and quality toiletries. Wifi and a daily newspaper was also included.
We had a great time, the situation is beautiful and the autumn colours from the surrounding vineyards were picture perfect.
We were sorry we didn't try the Restaurant as we preferred to go into Town for dinner on both evenings. We did have breakfast which was a continental one. They make cappucinos etc to order. Overall we had a lovely experience and made a good choice in choosing Aylstone.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Toddy04
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

We spent 3 nights at the “Aylstone Boutique Retreat” in January 2010.

Location:
The hotel is located in the town of Martinborough. The location is perfect for visiting all the vineyards around, also for a trip to Cape Palliser and Lake Ferry. The hotel is constructed around the owner’s house, with guest rooms secluded from it, distributed in different parts of the building, sharing a lounge area where you can sit and read or watch TV in the evening. The whole complex is in white colour and quite elegant.

Room:
All rooms are on the ground floor. We had a room with an own little private courtyard where we could walk out just in the garden area and vineyards. The room itself was spacious and very clean. Room service could be improved a bit: some bath facilities were not refilled, like toilet paper, shampoo etc. We also had to ask the lady doing the room service to please leave the room after the room service like we left it (in particular, to leave the windows closed instead of opening them and leaving them like this). She could have been friendlier at this time point, because it was her mistake and we were really very friendly when telling her about it.

The breakfast is served in the restaurant. It was ok, but nothing special.

The hotel provides bikes for free to drive from vineyard to vineyard –by the way, if you are looking for delicious food and wine in a wonderful vineyard setting sitting outside at little stone tables, go to Vynfields!

Taken together, we enjoyed our stay here and can recommend staying here, if you a looking for a luxurios vineyard accomodation in the Martinbourogh area.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank TravelSiMa
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

We stayed for one night over a long weekend having read some other reviews on Tripadvisor. It is a lovely place to stay, luxurious rooms with decent heating - infact we got too hot at one stage and had to turn everything off! The room was very big and well appointed with beautiful linen and furnishings. The bathroom however was quite small in comparison and there was no bath which was a bit of a disappointment - there was only a shower.
We walked into town quite easily and there is a restaurant on site which apparently is excellent but we ate up the road at Tirohana estate on the one night we were there.

Another reviewer had said there was nowhere to hang their clothes but they must have rectified this as we had a place to hang our clothes with coat hangers supplied.

One thing which we discovered - and I am not sure if this is the same for all the rooms - but in our room (no.4) when the next door room were in their bathroom we could hear their conversation word for word as if they were standing right next to us. And they were not shouting or anything, just having a normal conversation.This was a bit weird and not very private. It also meant that when they came home after midnight we were woken up when they were in their bathroom. So I'm not sure what's up with that or if other rooms experienced it...?

Apart from that I really liked the place! But maybe the walls need a bit of soundproofing or something. I would be interested to know if other people experienced that as I would return if I could stay in a better soundproofed room as everything else about the place was perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank JenZim
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

Best place to stay in the region, for sure. Check out wotif.com for their 'stay 2 for the price of 1' special. We got the room with the queen size bed (others have king), room was still perfect.

Alystone is currently for sale, a great buy in my mind!

PROS:
- Lovely hosts.
- French provincial designed rooms.
- Free wireless internet.
- Private outdoor area.

CONS:
- Design of restaurant needs to be updated to match the rooms. The chef and food are amazing, just update the chairs/art/etc.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank neb
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

Husband & I made a last minute decision to go to Martinborough for a long weekend. We thought it would be a busy weekend being the last of the school holidays but we managed to take advantage of someone elses cancellation. We somehow managed to pick the best weather...calm, sunny and clear.

Aylstone was great. Booked due to the reviews on TA. It didnt disappoint. We stayed in Room 1 with a great view out over the neighbouring vineyard. Big comfy bed with great bed linen. If I was picky I would say the bathroom wasnt the same great standard as the rest of the room but was clean and functional. I think it was the wheelchair accessible room.

We dined in the restaurant attached to this property-Brasserie One. Our meal was delicious. The duck trifle was yummy.

We borrowed the bikes and cycled around some of the local vineyards tasting wine. On a great day as we had this was fun. Finished up with a beer sitting outside at Margrain which is right next door to Aylstone. Best view there. On a personal note we tasted our best wines at Margrain. Their Pinot was as we like it and at $50 somewhat cheaper than a lot of the others.

Although Aylstone is somewhat on the outskirts of town, having a good restuarant on site and in close proximity to the wineries we wanted to visit, made it a perfect location for us.

My only gripe would be that the rooms would be greatly impvoed by having their own fridges. When in a wine growing region, people often end up buying cheeses and other nibbly bits to enjoy with wine later in the day and we did not expect to have to put it in a communal fridge. Also,if each room had a fridge, you could have 'real' milk in your tea or coffee in the morning rather than having to make a dash outside to the communal room or resorting to using UHT milk in your plunger coffee.

My other suggestion would be to offer a cooked breakfast option. Continental is included with your room. Great selection of fresh fruits with a couple of cereals, juice and toast with tea and coffee. Great for one day but we would have liked a cooked option on our second morning and would have been very happy to pay for it.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to coming back to sample some more great food and wine.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank micsgirl
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