I've come to Blenheim afew times over the past decade and always stayed here, and I will continue to every time I visit. This is one of the few places to stay in the area that is actually out in the vineyards - most hotels, despite their names are just motels in downtown Blenheim with a view of a wall. Vintners is actually surrounded on almost all sides by vines, and something like half of their units face directly North onto vines and the mountains beyond, which makes for agreat view when you wake up in th morning or in the evenings when you go out onto your patio, fire up the BBQ, and crack a bottle of wine. There are a number of wineries with walking distance, including Nautulus, and Wairu River, so you can really pick your own adventure and don't have to hire a tour company when you stay there. Vintners is furnish townhouses/apartments, which means that they are duplexes that are mostly two bedrroms, although I'm told they have a couple of three bedrooms. Units all have full kitchens, dinnign table and living room/TV as well as two bedrooms with minimum queen size beds. They all have nice patios with outdoor furniture and BBQ, so if you're staying for a while you can cook for yourself or go to any one of the many wineries in the area that serve lunch and dinner. Staff are very friendly and extremely helpful, and all units were clean and well-maintained. I iheard a reference to a complete refurbishment a year or two ago, somebody is taking care of the place. All in all a great place to stay for a while and explore the Marlborough area - I've done the Queen Charlotte Track from here, and I've also just sat around and done nothing when I've been here. Either way, I've always had a great stay.
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- Luxurious and spacious accommodation at affordable rates, Vintners Retreat offers 14 European-styled, two and three bedroom self-contained villas nestled in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s wine capital. Private and exclusive, Vintners Retreat offers it all to the discerning traveller. And mere minutes away are some of New Zealand's best wineries and fabulous restaurants and cafes. ... more less
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- Vintners Retreat Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand