Old St. Mary's Vineyard Estate

776 Rapaura Rd., RD 3, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7273, New Zealand

Drive through the huge parklike grounds and lavender-lined driveway and you'll come to this striking turn-of-the-20th-century building, which was once a convent and is now a luxurious haven with beautifully decorated rooms, rambling lawns and gardens, and evening glasses of Marlborough wine (they produced their first vintage in 2009). A heated pool, petanque, billiards, croquet, and tennis are available to occupy idle moments, and free bikes are also available. The Chapel honeymoon suite is the pick of the rooms, but each has a lovely view. If you're planning to get married then the garden chapel will be perfect. The small group of nuns who once lived here still visit from time to time.

PROS

  • in 60 acres of vineyard and rambling gardens
  • in the heart of Marlborough wine country
  • complimentary predinner drinks
  • a cold dinner platter can be arranged (charge)

CONS

  • only downstairs rooms are easily accessible to guests with limited mobility

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Sceney, Quiet
Countryside
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-570–5700

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed June–Aug. Breakfast

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