Straw Lodge, Blenheim, New Zealand
The boutique vineyard home-stay Straw Lodge is housed in a unique eco-friendly straw-bale building nestled amongst the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines of Barrow's Vineyard. Situated on the world renowned wine producing river flats of the Wairau Valley it provides stylish, five star B&B and self-catering accommodation, with the option of fully hosted home-stays for individuals or small groups. This is a unique service. It combines private accommodation, a working vineyard, home-cooked and fresh home-grown produce, a taste of wine from the vineyard and the option to be advised/booked on individually designed wine, trekking, cycling, walking, fishing, skiing, discovery, craft or gourmet trails of Marlborough.
The guest accommodation is separated from the main house in three separate private areas. The Lodge's straw-bale construction, double-glazing and wood finish provides a quiet comfort that is accentuated by quality fittings and custom designed /hand crafted furniture. The suites have vineyard settings with extensive mountain views. Vineyard Suites 1 & 2 are located in a separate wing to the east of the main house, with the vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc vines to the door. They have a spacious, open plan layout. The king bed can be converted into two single beds, plus a double bed/settee can be put up for extra guests. The courtyards of these two suites can be inter-connected. The third suite is to the west of the main house, unconnected to other accommodation facilities and in a delightful courtyard setting, with its own car park, entrance and courtyard.
Facilities: Guests are welcome to wander through the vineyard and have free use of the large out-door spa that is set amongst the vines, two BBQ courtyards, one open, the other a large covered area with gas heating, open fire, library of books, DVDs and reference material on Marlborough's attractions, history and landscapes, separate guest's kitchen/dining area equipped for guests who wish to prepare their own evening meals, orchard, garden and pottager areas provide a variety of produce and guests are free to help themselves, complimentary use of the Lodge's bikes to explore the neighbouring wineries, 3 sets of golf clubs are available, laundry facilities are available for guests' use.
•Qualmark 5 star rated guest & hosted rated
Destination: Blenheim, Marlborough.
Official website: Straw Lodge
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