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Mt Rosa Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Gibbston B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Just perfect...”
Reviewed 12 November 2012

(from Kristen, on behalf of Kris and Mike)

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay with Maureen and Brian last week at their beautiful home after the hard rigours of the Milford track. I had carefully researched where to stay, and when we drove up the long drive past little Mt Rosa and the vines to the lodge, the mood was certainly set for a wonderful few days to come. We were not disappointed!
Maureen and Brian are warm, lovely people, and they do us a great service by opening up their stunning home and views of the Gibbston valley to us travellers. We stayed in the Mt Rosa suite, and the room was beautifully appointed and luxurious, with great views to the blossoming cherry trees and hillsides (some crowned with snow) down the valley. There was a cheeseboard with gluten-free crackers and relish to greet our arrival, which was a great treat for me, being gluten-intolerant. I must also recommend Brian's pinot noir, which my husband heartily approved of, and I agree!
For the three days we were there, Brian and Maureen took good care of us, and treated us to lovely (and filling!) breakfasts. Look out for Maureen's delicious yoghurt, and the good fare they serve up, including eggs, bacon, cereal and toast (including the best gluten-free bread I have ever had), and mushrooms. It will start your day very well indeed. Their knowledge of the region is also impeccable, and they have many tips about restaurants, wineries and the local area that will help in guiding you about where (and what) you want to do while you are staying in Queenstown. I must also mention that Maureen's dinners are divine, and my husband and I are still hotly talking about the incredible whitebait fritters that she served up on our last night there (please, Maureen, can I have the recipe...?) If only they were so readily available in Australia...
Staying at Mt Rosa Lodge is an amazing experience, and I can't talk highly enough of Maureen and Brian. I can't wait to come back and experience their lovely welcome again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 15 November 2012
Thank you for your review of your visit to us at Mt Rosa Lodge.Really enjoyed our dinners together and the lively conversations we had. Hope the frost fighting in the vineyards which was happening during your stay gave an insight into life on a vineyard and all the things that go into the bottle before we can actually enjoy the wine.
We look forward to welcoming you back and hopefully with your family in the future and maybe in a different season to experience how different it can be.
Thank you both again for the memories.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

This is one of those gems you come across in your travels that you nearly want to keep secret because you don't want too many people to know about it. However, it would be a disservice to fellow travellers to stay quiet on this one.

The location is breath taking, Brian and Maureen are so warm in their hospitality and every detail is beautiful. We spent the afternoon drenched in the sunshine surrounded by the gorgeous views, eating delicious foods, drinking amazing wines and honestly just felt like we were in the middle of no where. The amazing thing is though that you are still so close to town and the range of things to do while in the area. It's the perfect location.

We spent the evening by the fireplace, again enjoying a delicious drop and had such a great time. Every time of the day is stunning here with the landscape changing as the light changes. We were there in March but would love to go back in the Winter. I can imagine this place is beautiful any time of the year.

The place has such a character and is definitely one of those spots you wish you could never leave. We felt so relaxed and welcome here.

Have fun!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 20 October 2012
Thank you for the wonderful review of your stay with us.We remember very clearly the wonderful evening spent by the outdoor fire and watching the colours change over the mountains and to top it all the moon rose over them.Wonderful to share those moments with you all.We look forward to a visit in another season which can be equally as dramatic.Thank you again.
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Auckland
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

What an amazing spot! Lovely accommodation/rooms and stunning views out over the Gibbston Valley. Brian and Maureen are the perfect hosts and know the area so well. It's the ideal spot from which to explore the whole Queenstown & Wanaka area. We can't wait to go back and stay again!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 20 October 2012
Thank you for the review of your stay with us.Really enjoyed your wonderful conversations over dinner and wish you every success for your ventures.Look forward to having you back to Mt Rosa Lodge.
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Auckland
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

A tip off from a work colleague alerted my husband and I to this little gem in the Gibbston. We were attending a wedding in Arrowtown and were after a relaxing but high quality place to stay for the weekend and this was just perfect. Our room was exactly how I like it - private, tasteful & luxurious, warm and spotlessly clean. The beauty of the Gibbston Valley is captured here, surrounded by the mountains and a gorgeous vineyard (that produces a fabulous drop) this really is paradise. There are also a number of wineries to visit in close proximity and our exceptional hosts Brian and Maureen helped us out with the best things to do in our limited time. An amazing couple who possess an endless amount of knowledge about wine and the surrounding district, natures rugged beauty at its best, incredible food and wine in a comfortable and welcoming setting. This is one of my most memorable getaways, I can't say enough for this Lodge, we
would highly recommend it to everyone and hope to return one day soon. Thank you Mt Rosa.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 5 October 2012
Thank you for the review of your stay with us at Mt Rosa Lodge.Yes it is well placed for the weddings either in Arrowtown or the wineries close by.Wonderful to spend time with you both and look forward to welcoming you back another time in another season.It is snowing at the moment, out of season but not unexpected.Thanks again
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We had a 4 day stay with Brian and Maureen, the views of the colours of the vines in the early morning sunshine were superb.The location is exceptional looking west up the Gibbston Valley. Directions to the house were fine but you need to watch out for the small signs as you drive up through the vineyard as they are at ground level and we missed them first time. We had a complimentary room upgrade which was unexpected and much appreciated.The accommodation was excellent with underfloor heating and gas log fires making the room very snug and comfortable in the cold weather, as we had heavy frost every morning. We enjoyed a good meal and a chat around the log fire each evening with Brian and Maureen and enjoyed hearing about wine making from Brian. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 30 May 2012
Thank you so much for the wonderful review of your stay with us and share in the colours of autumn.Your images that capture your visit are truly outstanding.It was our pleasure to upgrade you to the Mt Rosa Suite and also to offer the complimentary dinner with the multiple night stay.We intend to continue with this offer for as long as we can as it does enhance the guest experience.
Trust we shall see you during another spectacular season and you are warmly welcomed back.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

With a visit to Christchurch on business from the North Island, on Friday 4th May 2012 - my husband had booked a flight to Queenstown and a night at Mount Rosa Lodge for the Saturday. It ws a a complete surprise and a most welcome one as having visited this idyllic venue in the past I had hankered to return. It was every bit as luxurious and welcoming as our first encounter, The blazing log fire - the beautiful meal prepared by Cordon Bleu Host Mureen enhanced by the local wines just confirmed to me that this is my favourite 'breakaway' venue of all time. I would recommend it to any traveller - you will not be disappointed, The autumnal colours over the vinyards were breathtaking - waking up to such scenery is awe inspiring and fond memories of your stay will remain with you for ever.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 21 May 2012
Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us at Mt Rosa Lodge.Wonderful to welcome you back at a different season to experience the surroundings nearly in winter mode.We trust your break has recharged you and would love to see you back when you next need a chance to get away.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

Maureen and Brian are the best hosts you could ever ask for with the most amazing accommodation. This was the highlight of our 2 week south island tour.

We had the most wonderful time, their eagerness to offer ideas and suggestions for our day trips was second to none.

Highlights were the dinners sharing wine and stories as you would with the best of friends. I will never forget the wonderful night sky with the stars sitting in front of the outdoor fire until well after midnight.

If privacy is more your thing then the design of the property is brilliant.

We stayed during Jan 2012, we will be back. Brian and Maureen, thank you so much for a great experience. Ed and Carol, Waverton, Australia.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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vineyard19, Owner at Mt Rosa Lodge, responded to this review, 8 April 2012
Your review was amazing and thank you to the both of you.The wonderful night under the starry sky was one of the highlights for us living here as well.For you to experience it with us to share this experience is the rewarding aspects of the hospitality business we so love.
Unfortunately we were unable to extend your stay as you wanted but hope you had a wonderful time in this region after you left us.
Look forward to your return.The Valley is looking stunning right now with the vineyards changing colours by the day.
Thank you again for the review of Mt Rosa Lodge
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Property: Mt Rosa Lodge
Address: 55E Gibbston Back Road | RD1, Queenstown, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Gibbston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gibbston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Mt Rosa Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mt Rosa Lodge is set on a private vineyard growing pinot noir grapes on an elevated site. Spectacular views from all suites and surrounding lodge. Suites are luxuriously appointed with every detail to make your stay perfect. WiFi is available in all suites. Queenstown airport is 25 minutes away and the award-winning wineries and restaurants are nearby. This is the perfect romantic accommodation among the vineyards on the outskirts of Queenstown On site are walking trails and bike trails are nearby. Close to four Ski Fields. 5 Golf Courses and the myriad Adventure Tourism Activities. Complimentary Glass of our own Pinot Noir to enjoy with a complimentary Cheeseboard upon arrival. Grapepickers Platter for two available at $75. Close enough to Queenstown in a very private an peaceful panoramic setting. ... more   less 
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