We selected Vintners retreat as our base to explore the Marlborough region and shared a 2 bedroom “manor “villa with our friends for 5 nights. The location is very central for wine tasting as the majority of the Wairau Valley wineries that are the core of Marlborough’s wine production region are within a few minutes’ drive or cycle. Blenheim was about 10-15 minutes drive, Picton and Havelock about 30 minutes away.
The 2 storey manor (units 9 & 10) is well located within the small estate, overlooking a vineyard and set back from the main road. It includes a single lock up garage, although we found it easier to park outside as did most other guests. The unit was well appointed with living, dining, kitchen, laundry, powder room, second bathroom and external patio at ground level, a small external terrace, 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom upstairs.
The kitchen was fitted out with all the necessities for cooking in, which we did for breakfast every morning and a BBQ one evening, however this area has a multitude of good restaurants at the local wineries and in Blenheim, so cooking was not on our agenda.
We combined wine tasting with boat tours of the Sounds and found Vintners retreat to be ideally located and perfectly suited to our needs. As with most people we met during our New Zealand holiday, Martin and Shulah were very warm and friendly hosts.
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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