What can we say? We stayed at some of the top rated "lodges" in NZ and this small, quaint, former sheep station was voted as No. 1 or No. 2 by the three of us.
The property is fabulous and historic but the shining light are your hosts, John and Christine. They became the third owners of the property about 18 months ago. No retirement for a "retired" executive of the Langham hotel chain - putting all that hospitality experience to work.
We only spent 2 nights - we will return and spend more time in Hawke's Bay doing more wine events.
First - gracious and knowledgable (about the area) hosts. Christine is a fabulous cook and breakfasts and dinners were superb. In keeping with "local", John only serves Hawke's Bay wines.
John acted as our tour guide - lining up the Napier Art Deco tour (well worth it) but more importantly a 1/2 day wine tour (his first). He carefully selected 3 (oldest, newish and monied, and quirkiest) wineries. Unfortunately because our first 2 visits spent so much time with us as they knew John - we had to skip one before heading to Napier. John knows his wines and is building strong relationships with the wine makers.
We were fortunate to have the cottage with spectacular views, lots of space, good internet, and yes cows much of the day coming to the porch.
We guarantee you will have a fabulous time...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A gracious, elegant and historic country homestead located just 25 minutes to Napier and 15 minutes to either Havelock North or Hastings, ideally situated in the heart of New Zealand's food and wine country with over 50 wineries, local farmers markets and organic produce stores nearby.Greenhill is an opulent yet tranquil retreat, situated on a hilltop overlooking lush farm and grazing land.Having hosted English royalty this historic homestead houses two luxurious suites and two elegant guest rooms, most of which open to wide verandas and sensational views over magnificent gardens with historic mature trees. A private Cottage set apart from the lodge offers two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms with an elegant lounge and a luxurious outside bath. Behind the lodge lies a swimming pool, croquet lawn and a flourishing private orchard with a herb garden.Greenhill offers the finest luxury lodge experience in Hawke's Bay. ... more less
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