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Mountain View Villa
Ranked #17 of 42 Blenheim B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 June 2011

From our arrival, to the accommodations, to the view, the breakfast, the dinner .... This place rocks! The setting above Blenheim provides amazing views, not only from the inviting terrace but also from the pool, jacuzzi and the rooms. The breakfast was a never ending feast of homemade pastries and the best Eggs Benedict we ever had. The 5 course tasting dinner was out of this world - And we're from New York, which has plenty of highly rated Restaurants. This place is very intimate but not uncomfortable. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

The lucky traveller sometimes finds a perfect place, we did. So when in Blenheim, stay at Bec Lodge. Sarah and Dave Anderson are charming, attentive and helpful hosts. Their welcome is genuine and thoughtful. The accomodation is first-class, the view and ambiance are stunning. The food is excellent. Dave is chef with a creative skill rarely found. We enjoyed a 'Degustation' dinner that was delicious and subtilly balanced where food and wine were in perfect union. We unreservedly recommend Bec Lodge - stay and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

Perfect stay. Everything you could want in a luxury lodge - beauty, modern amenities from the kitchen to living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. Dave and Sarah(owners) are fabulous hosts and they happen to be two married chefs, which is a HUGE bonus. Our travel agent highly recommended the "degustation 5 course dinner with matching wines" and said she had heard rave reviews. She was right . Dave was our chef and every course was like the best dish ever ! My favorites being the caramelized pumpkin gnocchi, duck leg with dark cherry compote, angus filet over dauphinoise potato with red wine jus and finally the dessert trio: creme brulee, lemon tart, and blue cheese with honeycomb. We savored every moment of a beautiful evening. Each morning we were treated to a delicious gourmet breakfast made to order by Sara. The Espresso machine was also a treat. Of our month vacation in New Zealand and Australia this was our favorite accommodation.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

Thoroughly recommended - we were made very comfortable by the managers and enjoyed a very nice meal there . Nice views and not far out of town.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

Having read the latest reviews before writing ours, we totally agree with everything said by the last few reviewers and feel there really isn't much more we can add! You simply run out of superlatives because it is such a truly amazing place to stay. Sitting on the hilltop with stunning views, it is stylish, relaxing, comfortable and peaceful. Sarah and Dave are great hosts and the atmosphere is the perfect balance between being spoilt and pampered without too much fuss. 2 nights was not enough! My husband is lactose intolerant and Dave cooked us a special 3 course meal which was one of the best meals we had during our 6 week trip to NZ and Oz and that includes eating at the Sydney Opera House restaurant. We are still talking about that meal to our friends! We can only wish Dave and Sarah (and baby Noah) all the best with their new venture - they certainly deserve it. And we can only dream of going back.

Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

My Wife and I stayed here for two nights in Jan 2011. We had planned to be more active during our stay, but after a busy few weeks travelling this was the place to stop, read, chill out and eat fine food.

Having planned to spend some time around the vineyards, we were also planning on eating out. But once we had sampled Dave's food (Sarah is also a chef, but was busy with a new baby), we rapidly adjusted our plans in order to stay in! A truely fantastic chef, Dave accommodated our requests with perfect understanding and produced two brilliant three course meals, as well as two divine breakfasts (breakfast is included in the room rate). On top of that, there is a constant avaliabilty of fruit, drinks and snacks. It is also all self catering if you should wish to make use of the perfectly appointed kitchen.

The whole environment is very relaxing with a pool long enough to do lengths, a spa pool, massage avaliable to book (which my Wife made use of) and sun loungers plus a BBQ area and oudoor dining. The internal space is fantastic, free wifi internet, national phone calls and afore mentioned bowls of fruit and soft drinks all just make being here so easy. There is nothing to worry about and nothing is too much trouble from the hosts. They strike the perfect balance of attentive service and allowing privacy.

The bed rooms are very comfortable with lovely bathrooms, and all very private. We were lucky enough to be staying here on our own, but should other people have been here I think we would have not felt imposed upon. It would be an absolute ideal place to book out for a group.

Can't praise BEC Lodge, Dave and Sarah enough, go there!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

From the moment we arrived and saw the Bec Lodge atop a hill overlooking the vineyards, to lookking out at the pool, we were hooked on this place, The three night were not enough and my husband and I and our friend talk about th day when we can return. After 3 weeks of touring Australia and New Zealand, stepping into this home-like setting was heaven - cookies in the cookie jar, plastic glasses for our wine in the hot tub, a help yourself refirgerator and fruit. Dave and Sarah were the perfect hosts - both are chefs. Dave's gustation menu was heads above that of what we had at Herzog Winery the next evening. - and less expensive! We grew to love the homemade fruit and yogurt parfaits for breakfast. We didn't miss a TV at all. Dave and Sarah had helped us via email to book a wine tour and other acctivities when we were there. There was nothing I would improve about the experience - it was well worth the money. There is no better way to enjoy the Marlborough wine region than to stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mountain View Villa

Address: 81 Cob Cottage Road | Riverlands Rd 4, Blenheim 7274, New Zealand (Formerly BEC Luxury Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Blenheim
Price Range: £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mountain View Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the hillside in Marlborough wine country, the Mountain View Villa combines luxury accommodation and amenities with the natural beauty of New Zealand. Relax in one of our spacious rooms with beautiful en-suite bathrooms, or take advantage of our splendid facilities. The Villa features a swimming pool, steam room and outdoor spa, as well as offering luxurious massage treatments on site. Surrounded by vineyards, the property is the prefect location to experience Marlborough's world famous wine country. Whether it's outdoor adventure, local culture or relaxing in style, Mountain View Villa is situated perfectly to suit your desires. The property is also available for small groups, celebrations and events, as well as exclusive use. Please contact us for further details about our special rates for larger bookings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bec Hotel Blenheim
Bec Spa Blenheim
Mountain View Villa Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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