New Zealand is one of the most stunningly beautiful natural landscapes in the world. With a good portion of the country still untouched wilderness, it feels like taking a step back in time before mankind left our mark everywhere. NZ is the perfect vacation destination for someone looking to get in touch with nature and leave the cares of a city behind – but you’ll need somewhere to stay. And there’s nowhere more picturesque than The Marlborough, offering big luxury in an intimate setting.
When arriving at The Marlborough, you will be struck by its charm and beauty. Looking like a storybook cottage blended with a country mansion, the hotel has a modern classic exterior with interesting architectural features here and there to intrigue. Nestled in a verdant plain with a tree-lined property, the hotel is set against the backdrop of rolling vineyards that stretch out into the distance, beckoning you on an adventure.
In the distance, mountains rise like sentinels over the best vacation you’ve ever had. Although the hotel has a variety of rooms to choose from, the historic building will have you feeling like you’re the only guests there with an intimate, personal feel. Lay your head down at night amidst luxury and a soothing decor palette of creams and neutral tones with a pop of color here and there
The Marlborough: Intimate Feel, Big Luxury
When you’re ready to search out some food, the on-property restaurant Harvest brings the taste of New Zealand right to you. With fresh ingredients and a seasonal rotation of options, Harvest is the perfect place to explore some local cuisine.
The Marlborough is at the top of NZ’s South Island, giving access to the island nation’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Just a hop and a skip away from wine tasting adventures, Marlborough Sounds cruises and sailing, cooking classes and a number of other vacation destinations, The Marlborough is the perfect home base from which to explore the region.
With 16 acres of park-like wonders on property to explore, you may not even need to leave though. The Marlborough website shares the property’s history, and you may be surprised to learn it was once a convent. “The main building started life as a Convent designed by Thomas Turnbull and built in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy. It originally was located next to Saint Mary’s Church in the nearby town of Blenheim and provided accommodation for 19 nuns, a library, music room, sewing room, office and a beautiful chapel on the first floor.
Native timbers were extensively used in the construction including Matai, Rimu and Kauri. One of the many splendid examples of Victorian craftsmanship is the substantial carved staircase, constructed entirely from Kauri.
In 1994, the Convent was sold and moved in five pieces to its present location at 776 Rapaura, Marlborough. The task of restoration then began under the guidance of architect Sir Michael Fowler.
The property operated as Old St Mary’s Convent B&B until May 2016 when it was sold to its current owners who undertook an extensive refurbishment before reopening early 2017 as The Marlborough, offering 10 luxury rooms all with ensuites.
Along side the Convent building sits a small chapel, built in 1911 also of native timbers such as Matai & Rimu, it was originally located in Grove town some 15 mins away, before it was also sold and moved to its current site in 1999. Although deconsecrated the property was used to hold small weddings. The Chapel was renovated in 2018 and has now become our Chapel bar and lounging area which connects to the large outdoor fireplace which is for exclusive use of our house guests.”
Truly The Marlborough is a unique and vibrant destination in the heart of a beautiful country. You won’t regret a moment of your stay, but you’ll regret delaying your adventure to discover The Marlborough. To plan and book your stay, visit the website.
Located in the Southwest of the Pacific Ocean and the home of the Maori people, there is no place on Earth quite like New Zealand. Made up of two main islands – North Island and South Island – and Stewart Island, NZ is a nature lover’s paradise. With some of the most unique animal populations in the world, New Zealand boasts species that live nowhere else such as the endangered Kakapo, Haast’s Eagle, Kiwi Birds, New Zealand Sea Lions, Yellow-Eyed Penguin plus many, many more. With the unique ecosystem and untouched natural wonders, New Zealand is on almost everyone’s vacation bucket list and for good reason.
The terrain is as varied as the species, and Detour NZ shares these summaries of what each main island has to offer:
“The North Island contains active volcanoes and has significant geothermal activity. Its highest point, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 m), is also an active volcano. This part of the country is heavily influenced by Maori culture. The island offers diverse landscapes from white or black sand beaches in the north to magnificent snow-capped mountains in the centre of the island.
New Zealand’s South Island is the largest, with the Southern Alps almost running its entire length. The highest point of the Alps is Mount Cook at 3,754 meters and it also has eighteen peaks above 3,000 metre. This scenery of this wild and sparsely populated island is highly regarded by many visitors.”
With New Zealand’s rich cultural heritage, natural glory and endless opportunities for adventure and fun, it’s the perfect place to go in 2022. And since you’ll need a place to stay, we highly recommend The Marlborough convenience and luxury with views like nowhere else.