Fodor's Expert Review Timara Lodge

301 Dog Point Rd., RD 2, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7272, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

Luxury, pure, simple luxury, is the hallmark of this1923 house, one of Marlborough's original homesteads, with a luxurious, finely crafted interior that evokes an elegant past and 25 acres of gardens. There’s an English-country house feel and beautiful outlooks from the luxurious, tastefully decorated suites and rooms. Most spacious is the Lake Suite, with a sitting room, while the Garden Suite features a smaller sitting room overlooking the garden. The Mountain Room has a private entrance, two-person spa bath, and romantic balcony window, while the gorgeous Balcony Room sits on a glassed-in verandah, with all-day sun and expansive views. Tucked into the grounds are a pool, tennis court, private lake, lawns, 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, and whale-watching (1½ hours away in Kaikoura) can be arranged. The owners have their own vineyard and winery, the highly successful Spy Valley.

PROS

  • the huge garden is a highlight
  • the chef is one of the best in Marlborough
  • transfers available to/from Blenheim airport

CONS

  • strict cancellation policy applies
  • no children under 15

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Quiet
Countryside
Classic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-572–8276

HOTEL DETAILS

2 rooms, 2 suites
Rate Includes: Closed July and Aug., Some meals

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