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Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stopped over for a few nights at the Marlborough Lodge during our honeymoon. The lodge itself and the grounds surrounding it are stunning. And the whole place had a very intimate and romantic atmosphere. We especially loved sitting by the outdoor fire with a glass of wine, staring up at the stars! Our room was clean and cozy, with a good sized bathroom and good quality toiletries. The complimentary minibar was a nice bonus. We also enjoyed borrowing their bikes for an idyllic tour of the vineyards in the area. The food was exceptional. We are foodies and like to try out high end and Michelin starred restaurants back in the UK and abroad and we have to say that the food at the Lodge was superb every breakfast and dinner - if they had Michelin ratings in NZ, it would deserve a couple of stars! The service was perfect from start to finish. Holly in particular was so welcoming when we first arrived late in the evening and all the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Serene, classy and gorgeous. Marlborough Lodge is a beautiful place to stay, the setting is tranquil with vines and gardens. The rooms are very well appointed, I very much like the nice touch of a complimentary mini bar with a great selection on offer. The service is unstuffy and excellent. The food was divine and world class. If you want to treat yourself in the heart of NZ wines, Marlborough Lodge is the place. A wonderful place.

Stayed at The Marlborough Lodge , the welcome from General Manager Peter White made us feel very much at home, pre dinner drinks was relaxing beside the fire, the dinning room dinner was the best ever, the Chef Jason came out to talk and I'd rate the meal 11 out of 10 . What an amazing experience. Breakfast stared with lodge made croissant totally amazing property and large gardens and heated swimming pool- we will be back ! Had enough from city life and traffic? TML is the place to be 😉

Has been a brilliant experience to be in the Marlborough Lodge for my stay in Marlborough. Truly hearty service with world class cooked food,historical building with outdoor fireplace and beautifully trimmed garden & vineyard surrounded. Truly enjoyed my stay and recommended.

To be fair The Lodge was at a slight disadvantage before we arrived as we were so blown away by Edenhouse where we had just stayed. If you are looking at staying in both these accommodations I would suggest staying here first – I think that would have worked better. The drive in and grounds are a delight. The house is lovely and sits beautifully in the middle of its spectacular setting. The welcome was warm and being handed a glass of delicious wine did no harm! We were shown to our ‘suite’. Just a large bedroom with two armchairs which at best in Europe would be a junior suite. This seems to be a thing in New Zealand. Very lovely, everything brand new. Odd shaped room (Kingfisher) which meant the chairs looked at the bed and not the TV but in fairness didn’t have the TV on so no matter. At the price point I would have expected something slightly more luxe – possibly a fireplace? As it is it is a little bland and featureless. But pristine. Main beef would be it has two lovely stained glass windows which do not have curtains. This means I am woken by the dawn as I am a light sleeper. Fortunately, for the second night, I found a mask and slept fine. Dinner was superb. Excellent chef. The first choice of main of venison leg or monkfish was a little challenging and we asked if there was an option. John Dory – yes! We had a super meal. For starter and dessert there is only one option. It would have been nice to have a choice as quail is not something I would ordinarily eat – albeit it was fantastic and Mr Fleetcat does not really do fruit puddings – also for me first class. The fireplace in the garden for pre-dinner drinks is inspired. A highlight of the trip was after-dinner stargazing round the fire – just beautiful. Nearly got the lodge up to a five again. There is no point reading reviews before (I think) November last year as the hotel was completely renovated and is under new management. Seemingly Trip Advisor cannot separate this which seems a bit unfair. The chapel in the garden is still being worked on as were some of the common areas while we were here and I think that sums up our overall feeling. This is a work in progress and hasn’t quite found its feet yet. I am sure the management will get it there. Oh and if you are local and looking for a wedding venue don’t think this will be bettered.

Stayed 3 nights 2/22-2/25/17 and spent most of the time visiting wineries with our wonderful driver/guide Gary Norris from the Marlborough Tour Company which is a part owner of the Lodge.They arranged an outing on a tour boat out onto the sound where we visited mussel farming and tasted freshly caught and cooked mussels. The hotel is beautiful, the grounds wonderful as are the staff.Pre-dinner appetizers and drinks served out at the roaring outdoor fireplace. Breakfast and dinner included in the fee and the food is exquisitely prepared and presented and served very professionally. We fell in love with New Zealand and the Lodge and the Marlborough region and though this was pour third trip to New Zealand we had never before been so impressed. We can't wait to return. Yes, it is pricey, but worth every cent.

From the moment one pulls through the gates and drive through the beautiful grounds one immediately knows you have found a gem. Selfishly I hope it remains a hidden one! Peter White and his wonderful professional staff greet you and show you round the old translocated convent. Every room has been tastefully furnished to the highest standards. Our suite was exquisite - spacious, light, comfortable and equipped to the highest standards. Dinner and breakfast were faultless. The grounds are extensive, well kept and interesting with a huge range of specimen trees and shrubs. The outdoor fireplace beside the chapel is a lovely spot for pre-dinner and evening drinks A perfect base to visit the Marlborough Vineyards and Blenheim area.

From the moment owner Peter White welcomed us, we knew we were in a special place. Peter has lived all over the world (Australia, England, Canada and now New Zealand). We started out our stay with a lovely talk about wine. (This is the Marlborough wine country). And an invitation to walk among their grape vines. And the food? Well, I wish our foodie son had been with us! I will always remember the pomegranate molasses dessert with a swish of cheesecake underneath, nestled up against white chocolate and pistachios. Oh my. Truly loved ALL the staff! Both professional AND friendly. Felt sad driving out the lavender-lined driveway. Would be a great place for a wedding!

Had a great time at The Marlborough Lodge. The hospitality and professionalism was excellent. The lodge and surroundings so beautiful. The whole team were making special effort to make us feel at home. Had a memorable experience and would love to get back.

The newly opened Marlborough Lodge is a serious treat. Peter and staff are absolutely attuned to guests' needs and desires, and the personal attention is heartfelt. The lodge is stunning...we stayed in a second floor suite that was beautiful with incredible views out over the surrounding vineyard. They have some brand new bikes which are perfect for the many gorgeous back roads right out the door.

776 Rapaura Road Rd 3 Blenheim

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool

Located within a mile (2 km) of Hunter's Winery, Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate is within 2 miles (3 km) of St Clair Winery. This 3.5-star bed & breakfast has 5 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Wairau River and Cellier Le Brun are also a short drive away.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. At the end of the day, relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 5 air-conditioned rooms feature balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players. Hair dryers are also included.

Property features

At Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a library, and a garden. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with tours or tickets, and offer sightseeing advice.

Room options

Chapel Suite - Full Breakfast

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room Mother Superior

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room Novice

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room with Queen Bed Grace

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 87 reviews