I was taking a non-kiwi for a short tiki tour around the North Island to show off our stunning scenery and famous hospitality. Having already spent some time in the Wairarapa region and having previously stayed at the Summit Lodge with family - I knew it would be perfect for the job. Our room and en-suite were a luxurious treat with tasteful, clean and comfy furnishings and a rustic and tranquil outlook onto the native garden and spectacular Gladstone landscape. In fact, all of the guest facilities were amazing - the spacious, high-tech entertainment lounge (perfect to watch the rugby on!) with roaring fire, guest study and welcoming large homestead style kitchen - complete with another roaring fire - leading onto the Lodge courtyard. The layout of the Lodge and friendly but non-intrusiveness of the hosts allowed flexibility for guests to be as secluded or sociable as they wished - so even though there was also another couple staying we had plenty of space and privacy.
We opted to have the full 3 course dinner with wine and a full breakfast. It was some of the yummiest and most plentiful food/wine I've ever been served (even better that most of it is home-grown and/or locally sourced). It was a pleasant evening chatting with Tracey and Jim (the hosts) over dinner as well as the other couple staying. The hosts local knowledge and experience is definitely helpful for planning what to check out in the area too.
I particularly like the ethos that Summit Lodge has been built on (without it being an "eco-preachy" experience), and that you can interact with the equally friendly Lodge animal residents as much or as little as you like.
It certainly is a unique and memorable experience, with a lot of obvious care, thought and passion going into the design and running.
I'll definitely be back and the non-kiwi absolutely loved it too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Summit Lodge, Gladstone provides 5-star, peaceful, quiet accommodation for a maximum of 6 guests in a private wing of the lodge. Each guest room has ensuite facilities and a private patio as well as heat pump/air con. A large lounge is available exclusively for guest use and the Lodge offers wifi access throughout. Beautiful views of farmland and rolling hills, alpacas to meet and feed and range of cats as well as a Labrador dog. Cooked and continental breakfast options with home baked bread, home toasted muesli, fresh fruit, espresso coffee/teas, free range eggs and locally cured bacon. Dinners available with notice featuring local, seasonal produce; served dinner-party style. Single storey and wheelchair accessible, Child-free. Close to several wineries, golf courses and many other Wairarapa attractions. 15 Min drive to Masterton and Carterton and 20 mins to Greytown and Martinborough. Local country inn, 3km. ... more less
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