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Timara Lodge

At a Glance

    Pros

  • their extensive and lovely garden is a highlight
  • the chef is ex-Herzog's and is one of the best around
  • transfers available to/from Blenheim airport

    Cons

  • strict cancellation policy applies
  • no children under 15

Timara Lodge Review

This 1923 house is one of Marlborough's original homesteads; its craftsmanship, skilled use of native timber, and luxurious interior evoke an elegant past. The gardens extend over 25 acres and include a pool, a tennis court, a private lake, and masses of clipped hedging. Chef Louis Schindler prepares sumptuous four-course table d'hôte dinners based on local ingredients; wines included. Wine tours, trout fishing, sea kayaking, golf, skiing, even whale-watching (an hour and a half away in Kaikoura) can be arranged. The owners have their own vineyard and winery, producing the extremely successful Spy Valley label.

    Hotel Details

  • 2 rooms, 2 suites.
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Dec. 22–27, and July and Aug.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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