We felt as if we were guests at a private house party while at the Grasmere Lodge. The property looks like the old TV show, "The Big Valley." Jo greeted us at the door, not letting us lift a finger. Tom hosted us for our all too short visit. The main house is so warm and comfortable, we almost wished it would rain so we could hunker down to spend a day by the fire. Rain it did not, so we were able to take advantage of hiking, shooting, and exploration of the working cattle/sheep farm in the shadow of snow-capped mountains. Meals, prepared with local, seasonal ingredients by the very capable Louise, equaled the quality one would find in high-end London/San Francisco restaurants. Add personal touches by the aptly named server, Heaven, and you have a perfect outdoor/indoor holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Grasmere Lodge is at the heart of an operational 6,000 hectare grand pastoral station (ranch) surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. 100% purely Kiwi owned and operated Grasmere has been a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels since 1995. The 150 year old Homestead houses character rooms such as the library, lounge, bar and evening dining rooms. Thirteen guest rooms spread through the lodge, chalet and cottage boast panoramic views of lakes, rivers or rugged mountains. Meals feature the best of New Zealand produce and may include farm-raised venison, lamb or salmon or regional delicacies in season, such as whitebait from the West Coast. They are accompanied by an extensive wine list, which comprises award-winning New Zealand wines, including a number from the local Canterbury region. Carefully trained staff embody traditional southern hospitality, and are well-informed about the region and all it offers. From the lodge enjoy horseback riding, walking, kayaking, mountain biking, clay bird shooting or taking part in the daily 4WD station tour. Relax and rejuvenate in Mountain Spa or by the heated outdoor swimming pool. Gin-clear streams and lakes challenge the fly-fisherman while scenic flights from the airstrip entertain further afield. ... more less
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