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The Marlborough Lodge
Ranked #13 of 32 Hotels in Blenheim
Reviewed 11 February 2013

We had our wedding at Old Saint Mary's and stayed with our bridal party for 2 nights.
What can I say? This place is a dream. Our friends and family cannot stop talking about how perfect the venue was. Our experience here has been amazing - we are still buzzing! Hannah was fantastic throughout all our planning right until when we left. Nothing was ever too much of an ask and we are so grateful for the wonderful hospitality that was shown. The day after the wedding we had a BBQ and I remember looking around at everyone. Some were playing cricket, others were sitting by the pool, some riding bikes and even people in the row boat. It was like a scene out of movie and one memory I will never forget. The breakfasts were great too! Thank you so much guys, you truly helped make our wedding weekend the best we could ever hope for. Maybe one day we'll get to come back one day for an anniversary ;)

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2013

It was such a pleasure to have your wedding here, and I am so pleased that you and your guests all had a good time. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Reviewed 14 January 2013

We had the perfect stay at Old Saint Mary's Convent! From the moment we arrived, we felt well looked after. Hannah greeted us warmly and made us dinner reservations at Herzogs. The lodge is a beautiful old building that is perfectly decorated incorporating items from the convent days. The rooms are large and comfortable. Most spectacular are the grounds that are tended to by Maria. The wonderful Maria also cooks fantastic breakfasts. Denham, the owner, is very hospitable and welcomes you for drinks in the evening. Sadly, this was our last stop on our NZ journey, but what a special place to end our trip.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2013

It was lovely to have you and your family stay with us, and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to wleocme you back again in the future.

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

Blessed St. Mary’s Convent

Divinely inspired, St. Mary’s Convent Guest Lodge is heaven sent! From the magnificent sprawling grounds of vineyards, gardens, and ponds, to the charm and hospitality of the owners and staff, Old St. Mary’s has been our best travel experience ever. We were made to feel welcomed right from the start when Hannah greeted us and took care of every need. Denhem, the owner, oozes hospitality and who could refuse to have drinks with him before AND after dinner? He is charisma personified! Maria, the can-do-everything person has inspired us in her ability to tend chickens, manage the grounds with loving care, and cook inspiring omelets just to our liking. The only problem with St. Mary’s Convent is the grim reality that we would have to leave! Hannah, Denhem, and Maria are hereby invited to be guests in our home! We miss them that much already!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2013

It was an absolute pleasure to have you to stay with us. We had as much fun as you did. We look forward to seeing you again, either here at the Convent or at your home.

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We had a fantastic time at Old Saint Mary's Convent.
The property is absolutely beautiful.
The buildings are charming, the grounds immaculate.
You walk outside to gorgeous gardens and the smell of lavender.
The house has that old charm but all the "new" comforts.
The room (we stayed at Sister Ancilla) was big enough to accommodate me, my husband and our two children (4y and 2y old) very comfortably. The bed and beddings are heaven.
The bathroom is very big and you can choose between the old charming bathtub or the powerful shower.
The room is equipped with air conditioning (hot and cold), but we chose to leave our windows open for the nice lavender breeze and birds singing.
It is that old/new combination that struck me as the best thing about the place, it feels like your perfect traditional country house, with all the benefits of a very well run hotel.
Hanna and Maria will look after your every need. From restaurant recommendations and bookings to picking up bikes for us to ride the vineyards and even taking care of some laundry for us.
The breakfast is to die for, second to none!
We felt truly welcomed.
Hanna, thank you very much for making our stay memorable!
We hope we can come back soon.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2013

Thank you Ana for your lovely review of Old St Mary's Convent. We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your family here with us, and hope to welcome you all back here in the future when there will be 3 little ones!

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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We spent our family Christmas of 2011 here in the adjoining Mother Superior and Sister Ancilla rooms: our first warm-weather antipodean version of the festival.

The property is charming: enough of the original features have been retained to suggest the institutional feel of working convents I have visited, yet there is plenty of luxury to remind you that you don't have to be getting up for Mattins at 5am. Rooms are traditionally furnished with dark-wood beds, wardrobes and tables, floral bedcovers and wingbacked chairs: the bathrooms are Victorian-style too and the whole thing is very period with sash windows and wood-panelled corridors.

Highlight for me was the snooker table, even if I remained distinctly amateur: highlight for m daughter were the resident cats (5 or 6 of them) and the opportunity to feed the chickens and collect the eggs, supervised by an older friend of the manager.

Breakfast was fine, served around a single long table (so you meet other guests) and thanks are due to the chickens for their contribution to this too.

Altogether this was a great couple of days and a major part of my daughter's memory of New Zealand as a place of great natural beauty, friendly hosts and pet animals. We would certainly return if in the area again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2012

It was such a pleasure having you and family staying with us over the Christmas period. I remember your lovely girls enjoying feeding the chickens with Maria, and your enjoyment of the snooker table! We hope that you will return again in the future.

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Reviewed 10 June 2012

We liked Old St Mary's very much. It is a lovely old building in the middle of fields with loads of lavender all about, bordered by vineyards. It is run by a long term expat British family, and is very well-maintained and characterful. The rooms are traditional and comfortable, with large bathrooms and space for all your things. The large windows allow a lot of light in, although you may want to keep the curtains drawn at times due to the fact that, at least where we were on the second floor, there is a large walkway all around which allows guests to enjoy views of the surrounding countryside but could slightly compromise one's privacy. Mealtimes are a treat, and we all enjoyed breakfast at the communal table immensely. We also enjoyed the several resident cats, which were full of personality. There are several large common rooms on the ground floor, including a well used billiards room, which we enjoyed a great deal. The host was a delight, always ready to make you a drink of an evening, and chat for a while in the billiards room. Of course, they know the area very well, and are able to arrange wine tours and other such activites, as well as recommend excellent area restaurants (Herzog is expensive but marvellous). There are numerous decorative touches which make playful reference to the hotel's past as a convent, which were mostly tongue in cheek and cute, but I didn't like the enormous cross on the landing. It seemed mocking and a bit creepy. Would you make fun of a Star of David or other such symbol? Nonetheless, this is a fantastic place where we spent an idyllic couple of days and I'd have no problem recommending it to friends.

Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We had been looking forward to returning to the Convent after seven years, as we were married in the gorgeous Chapel on the property and stayed there twice previously. The Convent did not disappoint, and in fact surpassed our expectations.

The current owners have made sympathetic changes to the property, including enlarging the number of social rooms, changing the colour of the buildings to lavendar (it was a deep red earthy colour previously) and tending the most beautiful rose and formal gardens.

The property itself is a thing of beauty and full of history, and we love the way the rooms are set out, with wrap around balconys, and loads of sunlight. The bathrooms are huge, and it is one of those places you can find the time to have a relaxing bath.

Maria the manager is a wonderful presence in the Convent and makes you feel like part of the family. She tends to the gardens, and makes the most delicious breakfasts.

The natural beauty around Marlborough is quite striking, with green rows of vineyards on the plain, surrounded by grey blue shadowed mountains. If you love vineyards and wine tasting, the main vineyards are only a short cycle away. There is no better place to stay in the Marlborough.

Room Tip: We love Mother Superior's room - the bath is great.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oldstmary, Director of Sales at The Marlborough Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2012

It was such a pleasure to meet both of you, and we were so pleased that you felt we had looked after the Covent since your last visit 7 years ago. We hope that you don't leave it as long this time and you return to see us soon.

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Address: 776 Rapaura Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand (Formerly Old Saint Mary's Convent)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Blenheim
Price Range: £685 - £913 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Marlborough Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marlborough Lodge, a luxury boutique hotel (formerly Old St Mary's Convent), has been fully renovated and refurbished and is now offers 10 luxury suites over two floors each with private ensuite. Also offered is a full time concierge, inhouse dining and 16 acres of beautiful grounds. The Lodge is a private haven located in the world-famous Marlborough wine region but is conveniently within 10 minutes of Marlborough Airport and Blenheim township. Children 10+ are welcome at the lodge, or children of all ages if the lodge is booked exclusively. ... more   less 
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