I've just read over the other recent reviews and I don't what to add. Nettie, Jane and Bill could have done literally nothing else to make our stay more enjoyable.
From arrival drinks and snacks (happy hour!) with their own lovely wines (Worlds End SB and PN) through to advice on where to visit and eat over our 3 night stay. Meeting the other guests at drinks and over breakfast was also a joy - and seeing Nettie handle some of the guests would make Kofi Annan proud - she has the patience of a saint.
Both the platter and the breakfasts were amazing as others have said. Mostly from ingredients sourced at the local farmers market and with truly great skill in preparation from Jane (PERFECT eggs every time and just-crispy bacon!) everything was lovely.
And you'd have thought that's it. A top notch B&B experience with great hosting. Oh, and the lovely lab Texas escorted us in for breakfast each morning.
But here's where they really blew us away by being so kind. We took their advice and asked them to book us a meal at the Herzog Winery Restaurant (which we also recommend) and we asked them to organise a taxi. Nettie instantly volunteered (!) Bill to drive us there to save one of the taxi fares. Just amazing.
We also took their advice to book tickets to the winery concert on our final night happening at Villa Maria (which was also great fun!). Nettie said she'd lend us some blankets to it on. When we got back in the afternoon they had been into town and bought fold-up chairs for us to use.
JUST AMAZING. These guys are some of the genuinely kindest, warmest and lovely people we have ever met. If we lived locally, we'd want to be friends with Nettie, Jane and Bill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Bed & Breakfast in a unique vineyard setting Far from the madding crowds, in the heart of Marlborough's wine district, you will find Straw Lodge Vineyard, and our very different straw-bale constructed homestead and Vineyard Suites - a very special place where rest, relaxation and rejuvenation awaits the discerning traveller. Nestled amongst organic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines Visible from each suite are glorious mountain ranges, behind which the sun sets in beautiful displays of rich colours. Before you retire to your cosy king size bed, bathe in our warm spa pool at night, and gaze up at the clear skies filled with a galaxy of stars. Each private suite has a lounge and en-suite bathroom. Full sumptuous breakfast created from local produce Rise at your leisure to a treat of a continental and/or cooked breakfast, created from home grown or locally produced foods of your choice. Then set out on our pedal bikes, take your own vehicle, or book a tour through the surrounding wineries. Internet use is free of charge, as are our golf clubs, DVDs, and a bottle of wine from our vineyard! ... more less
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- Straw Lodge Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand