As the gale force winds came in, we could imagine the sheep farmers who set up Grasmere, entirely isolated in the glorious and bleak valley in which the lodge sits, seeking shelter in a draugty barn or snuggling for warmth with a merino sheep. Such musings taking place from one of the extremely luxurious chalets as we settled down to sleep, reflecting on a delicious meal, still warm from one of the many wood fires which are always lit when needed to bring a little extra cheer.
Currently run by Tom (and a relaxed, friendly team) who starts you off each night with a glass of wine and a canape and is on hand during the day to give you a tour and a bit of history of Grasmere. A very engaging and vivacious character.
- 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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