Old Saint Mary's Convent Marlborough (RD 3), New Zealand

“Heritage hotel with fascinating religious history set in 60 acres of vines, park-like gardens and olive groves. Five suites with modern amenities, antique furnishings, rimu panelling and stained glass windows. Plus an outdoor pool and private chapel. Full of character and charm. ”

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“Originally built in Blenheim in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy, over 80 years later Old Saint Mary's Convent was moved in five parts to Rapaura, where it was turned into a heritage hotel. The result is winning - five ecclesiastically named rooms (including the Sister Ancilla, Mother Superior and Chapel Suites) are a charming mix of grand Victorian architecture, modern luxury and romantic ambience. Clever restoration has ensured original features remain, such as a gorgeous carved staircase, high ceilings, rimu panelling and native timber floors, and even more character is added by religious antiques, Victorian furnishings and stained glass windows. Rooms open out on to the wraparound balcony with wicker chairs, the perfect spot for a sundowner (try some of the wine produced on the property) looking out over the glorious garden with lavender bushes, a lake and secret spots to catch the sun. Enjoy breakfast in the rectory, where food is made with produce from the garden and eggs from the chickens. There are over 60 acres of park-like gardens, vineyards and olive groves to be explored by bike or on foot, or go further afield to the Queen Charlotte Track, watersport haven Marlborough Sounds and the award-winning Omake Aviation Heritage Centre. Modern luxury with a stunning historical backdrop.”

Written by  Maud Sampson

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Facilities

Bicycles available
Wedding license
St Michael's Church in garden
Bar
Parking
Towelling robes
Free wifi
Wifi
Rooms with balcony/terrace
In room DVD
Outdoor dining
Good wine list
Has own winery Old St Mary's
Sit-out Terrace
Billiard/pool table
Library
In room music system
Satellite / Cable TV
Swimming Pool
Outdoor
Garden
With lake, vegetable garden
Suites
Disabled access
Sitting Room
Air conditioning

Activities

Birdwatching
Local markets
Other Activities
Hunting
Trekking
Golf
Fishing
Great walks
Queen Charlotte Track
Riding
Watersports
At Marlborough Sounds
Rafting
Sights nearby
Omake Aviation Heritage Centre
Wine tasting

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5 rooms from $387 per night

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Recommended for

Country Escape
Total relaxation
Weddings
Honeymoons

Activities

Birdwatching
Local markets
Other Activities
Hunting
Trekking
Golf
Fishing
Great walks
Queen Charlotte Track
Riding
Watersports
At Marlborough Sounds
Rafting
Sights nearby
Omake Aviation Heritage Centre
Wine tasting

Other highlights

Wedding license
St Michael's Church in garden
Views
Of surrounding vineyards, gardens and Richmond Ranges
Free wifi
Luxury
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Good wine list
Has own winery Old St Mary's
Sit-out Terrace
Colonial
Victorian furnishings and stained glass windows
In/by a Nature Reserve
60 acres of park like gardens, vineyards, olive groves
Historic
Built 1909 for Sisters of Mercy
B+B
Disabled access
5* Luxury
Quirky
Small family of cats lives on property
Antiques

Hotel size

5 rooms
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