Need to know
Ten, including eight suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $813.68 (NZ$1,200), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Buffet breakfast is included in the room rates.
Culinarily curious? Chef-led cooking demonstrations can be arranged from NZ$80 a person.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, daily breakfast. In rooms: TV, WiFi, Nespresso coffee machines, tea-making kit, minibar, free bottled water, Ashley & Co bath products.
Our favourite rooms
One of the top-floor suites has the original stained glass windows, which fill the room with colour when the sun hits. Within each category, individual rooms are named after trees and birds in Te Reo, the Maori language.
A brick-paved area surrounds the family-friendly swimming pool, which is heated from October to April. There’s a small clapboard pool house stocked with towels, sun cream and water, and drinks and snacks can be served straight to the poolside sunloungers or the tables arranged on the lawn just beyond the pool terrace.
You’ll find the petite spa in the far end of the revamped chapel. Stained glass windows cast a colourful glow over the sage-green single treatment room. Choose from relaxing Swedish massages, deep tissue interventions, hot stone treatments and massages focussed solely (see what we did there?) on your feet, head and shoulders; all massages use oils from John and Lyn Rainey, New Zealand’s oldest continuously operating essential oil production company. Don’t fancy padding across the soft grass in your lush robe? There’s a private changing and shower suite just steps from the massage table.
Bring outdoorsy apparel to make the most of Marlborough’s dramatic landscape, something bright and breezy for evening meals and an extra case for all that wine you’ll want to cart home.
The Lodge Room on the ground floor is wheelchair accessible and has a fully adapted bathroom. All common areas on the ground floor, including the veranda, are wheelchair-accessible with ramp entry to the Lodge.
Over-eights are welcome; younger guests may only stay if booking the property for exclusive use. There are bikes to borrow and a tennis court and pool onsite.
Very. The Lodge recycles (including grey water), composts (and feeds pigs), and uses green cleaning products. Energy-efficient insulation was installed during the building’s restoration and electric golf buggies are used onsite. The Marlborough Lodge is also enticing native birds to return to the property by planting native trees and shrubs throughout the grounds.