The beautiful Victorian lodge dates back to 1901, when it was built as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy in Blenheim. Photo: Marlborough Lodge

Elegant suites on offer

A mansion built in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy in Blenheim has been turned into a luxury lodge in the heart of a famed New Zealand wine region.

The Marlborough Lodge has been billed as “the ultimate retreat in New Zealand’s gourmet province”, is a grand country estate situated in 16 acres of secluded parklands.

The historic lodge offers 10 elegant suites that have been designed for every contemporary comfort, an in-house bar and a private dining room serving fresh local cuisine. Guests can also explore the region’s gourmet delights cruising on a luxury launch or on a private gourmet wine and food tour.

Local tourism and hospitality personalities, Chris and Sue Godsiff – operators of the Marlborough Tour Company and Tarquin Luxury Cruises – took over the lodge in mid-2016 and are excited to be behind their latest premium offering.

The beautiful Victorian lodge, originally built as a convent, was moved in 1994 in five pieces to its current site where it underwent its first restoration by Sir Michael Fowler – one of New Zealand’s best known architects of the era – and operated as bed and breakfast accommodation until earlier this year.

The property has since undergone an extensive renovation, overseen by renowned interior designer; Peter Lloyd, who has retained many of the elegant original character features. Bathrooms, décor and furnishing have had a more contemporary makeover – with each suite featuring a unique interior style.

With 16 acres of sprawling gardens, park and vineyards, The Marlborough Lodge estate grounds are an oasis of flora and fauna.

Wander amongst the established trees or stroll to the vegetable garden, which includes homegrown fruit, berries, tomatoes and free range eggs that help flavour the dinner and breakfast menus.

A vineyard makes up part of The Marlborough Lodge grounds, growing the proverbial Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

With daily vineyard and garden tours, guests can explore the grounds, learn about the vineyard and finish with a glass of local sauvignon blanc.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the pool and neighbouring tennis courts, visit nearby wineries, cafes and restaurants by car or bike, or head out and explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds by boat.

Situated in 16 acres of parkland estate The Marlborough Lodge still retains a contemplative mood but its current purpose now fulfills more earthly desires. Photo: Marlborough Lodge