Grasmere Lodge--- what I would do to be there right now! There aren't enough kind words I can say about this place and their staff! Having stayed in a number of the Small Luxury Hotels in New Zealand and Australia on our recent trip, this one is by far the best in many aspects.
Grasmere is located about 90 minutes outside of Christchurch in the middle of tranquility-- a perfect place to relax and enjoy the untouched New Zealand beauty. The views from the River View Cottage are absolutely amazing and it is worth every penny to stay there. At night, you can see every star in the sky and during the day, you can just sit and stare out of the huge picture windows in awe!
Vicki Newbegin and Tom Butler, the general manager, and their staff go above and beyond to make sure your every want and desire are attended to, often before you even ask. Their kindess and attention to detail set their establishment apart from others. Visiting with them is like visiting old friends!
Joanna runs the spa and gives the deepest tissue massage I have had in a long time; she gets all of your kinks out! If only she wasn't so far away...
Scott was our chief when we were there and we miss him and his creations dearly! Fine Dining is a guarantee at Grasmere.
My fiance and I chose Grasmere as the location of our wedding and I couldn't have picked better . My family members and I fell in love with New Zealand and we have Grasmere to thank for so many wonderful memories. We will be back =)
- 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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