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The Marlborough

776 Rapaura Road Marlborough, Blenheim 7273 New Zealand
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The Marlborough, originally built in 1901 as a convent, it was completely refurbished in 2016 and is now a Boutique Hotel & vineyard opening in 2017 offering 10 elegant rooms over two floors each with private modern en-suites with full bathtubs and walk in showers. The Marlborough's decor highlights some of its beautiful historic features and mixes those with a contemporary decor creating a warm and inviting private haven for you to call home whilst exploring the Marlborough region. Surrounded by the world-famous Marlborough vineyards, it is just 10 minutes from Blenheim Airport and 15 mins from the township of Blenheim making this the ideal location to experience the world renowned wines of Marlborough and then just 20 mins away is the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Here you will find largely uninhabited waterways with secluded coves and native bush running to the waters edge. With an array of marine life such as dolphins, seals and the occassional Orca along with an abundance of birdlife. There is also the renowned hiking trail on the Queen Charlotte Track running some 70klms, when can be day in sections or staying overnight. Omaka Aviation Centre with its Peter Jackson collection of World War I and II aircraft and memorabilia is world class and just 15 mins away. There is also a wide array of excellent artisan food producers and artists providing you with much to eat, see and do whilst staying with us. We offer a full Concierge service, bkfast daily, pre dinner drinks/canapes served by the beautiful chapel bar or by our outdoor fireplace, we offer in house dining at our Harvest Restaurant (additional charge), featuring an a la carte menu showcasing the excellent wine and produce of the region. Our signature turndown service each evening is also included in our half board tariff. There is also a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to relax and enjoy as well as walking trails through the gardens and vineyards that surround the buildings and beautiful birdsong from sun up to sun down. A outdoor heated swimming pool (heated Oct - Aprl), complimentary bikes, tennis courts & racquets, pentanque, croquet and disc golf are all on site and complimentary. Children 7+ are welcome at The Marlborough, or children of all ages if booking exclusively.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Boating
Diving
Golf course
Hiking
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
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boxdoc7 wrote a review 8 Apr
Las Vegas, Nevada67 contributions80 helpful votes
Great reception Chef made lovely vegetarian meal for me after meeting with him The potatoe dish on the menus to die for The man in charge of grounds spent 2 wonderful hours with us going thru vegetable garden and the vineyard Great gifts every night on our pillows Local wine in our room every night We would return!!
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elizabeth S wrote a review Feb 2024
Free Union, Virginia307 contributions120 helpful votes
Beautiful and elegant, friendly and intimate with a feel for high end elegance in a cosy setting. Having stayed there with family on a private tour in its earlier years, we had a chance to revisit for a special dinner with a group this visit to wine country, what a gem, a must visit spot in the heart of NZ wine country
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Well located and easy to find, near some notable vineyards, reserve ahead
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tal111 wrote a review Aug 2023
Birmingham, Michigan12 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a beautiful inn in the heart of Marlborough wine country. The rooms a spacious and the service is impeccable. From the moment we walked in the door we were treated like family, not just guests. Everything about the place is first rate, from the peronal attention of the staff to the complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres in the evening, to the grounds, parts of which are reserved for guests only. And they encouraged us to pick the fruit right off the trees, which we did! Our "host" Rob was wonderful to us during our stay, always making sure we had everything we needed. Topping it off is the Harvest restaurant, which you enter through a hidden hallway from the Inn. The food there is excellent. While we were there, the restaurant won a "hat," which we were told is the New Zealand equivalent of a Michelin star. Our daughter, who has traveled extensively and stayed at many fine hotels, said the Marlborough was the best place she's ever stayed. I agree.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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ina504 wrote a review Jun 2023
Los Altos Hills, California94 contributions63 helpful votes
We stayed in wonderful properties in New Zealand but The Marlborough House was my favorite. (and I loved the others) There was something so special about this property. Just the right size to be secluded and intimate with the possibility of meeting others. Phenomenal restaurant with service to match. Wonderful touches like happy hour in the garden, and gift shop with excellent small mostly handmade gifts. Rooms are gorgeous with amazing bathrooms and all the amenities.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 20 Jun 2023
Dear ina504 Lovely to have you stay and very happy to hear that you enjoyed what we have here at The Marlborough and that we could make your stay memorable. Hope to see you back this way when next visiting NZ . Safe travels
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Juja80301 wrote a review Apr 2023
Boulder, CO122 contributions66 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at this lovely inn. Check-in included a bit of a tour of the property, including some commentary on its interesting history (check out the photo album in the lobby area). Our premium room was very comfortable and included gorgeous views over the vineyard. We enjoyed the complimentary happy hour each evening by the outdoor fireplace and delicious meals, breakfast and dinner, in the restaurant. The property is quiet and beautifully landscaped.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from The Marlborough, General Manager at The Marlborough
Responded 15 Apr 2023
Dear Juja80301 Thank you for taking the time to review We certainly do have an interesting history with the move of this building to this site some 30 years ago hard to believe when looking at it now as seems like it must always have been there Thanks for choosing to stay with us and hope to see you again
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AnnieLouDean wrote a review Feb 2023
Keswick, United Kingdom87 contributions54 helpful votes
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What a fabulous hotel! This is a real gem, attention to detail in the rooms, furnishing, food, everything. We were offered a glass of wine on arrival produced in their own vineyards. Our room was stunning leading on to a balcony that ran all around the first floor. Mini bar was complimentary although nothing was mini! Stunning bathroom with freestanding bath and huge shower. Everything we needed or could have wanted. We ate in the restaurant both nights sitting on the terrace overlooking the beautifully maintained gardens. Before dinner we enjoyed complimentary cocktails in the old chapel. Breakfast the following morning was in the same venue with a great menu. Outdoor games were set and there was a heated swimming pool. The staff were very attentive and looked after us well. We had a great 2 days and cannot recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Apr 2023
Dear AnnieLouDean Thanks for the review we enjoyed having you with us for a couple of days Glad to hear that you loved what we have here and for your recommendation it means a great deal to us all Hop that the rest of your stay in NZ was wonderful
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A3827ZSalanr wrote a review Jan 2023
Baltimore, United States7 contributions4 helpful votes
One of the nicest boutique hotels we have ever visited. The staff was just the best! Angela the owner was just great! She showed us a pictorial history of the hotel, and went overboard. Minibar was complimentary, farewell gift, great service and breakfasts, and the dinners were wonderful. We have stayed at another hotel in Marlborough and this is the best by far. What a setting!!! Best beds we have had. Definitely a 11 out of 10! We are experienced 5 star travelers and this hotel is one of the best!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: There are no crowds and this seems like your private estate. Food and wine were great. Away...
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Responded 15 Apr 2023
Dear A3827ZSalanr Wow thank you for the review it is very much appreciated and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed all that we have and do here Have to agree that the setting is pretty special Thanks for choosing to stay with us and hope the rest of your trip was just as enjoyable
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Caitlin S wrote a review Jan 2023
This is comfortably the most amazing hotel we have ever stayed at - we visited here for our honeymoon. A gorgeous heritage building set in acres of beautifully manicured grounds, it is an absolute delight to wander around the gardens. The food at the restaurant was incredible and we ended up eating there every night just to explore more of the menu. However, the best part of our stay was the staff who were so attentive, friendly and personal. The evening drinks and canapés were a highlight of our day and even when I spilt red wine on my white jumper they went out of their way to remove the stain. We cannot recommend this place enough and is worth every penny - we will be back for sure!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 15 Apr 2023
Dear caitliinsE6311OK So glad to hear that we helped to make your honeymoon memorable Hopefully we will see you back for an anniversary trip Glad we could help with the stain removal !!
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ctmgordo wrote a review Dec 2022
18 contributions43 helpful votes
It is hard to put into words how magical our stay at The Marlborough was. Indeed, in a lifetime of travel, it was our all-time favorite hotel experience. The buildings and property are brimming with history and charm. The location is outstanding. The restaurant, Harvest, was the best food we had in all of New Zealand. But it’s the people here that make the place so incredible. Every detail is thought through, and every touch is customized. We received a personalized card in our room each night, and the pre-dinner drinks and canapés were as if one was being hosted by your closest, kindest friends. We were on the fence booking this property given the relatively high room rate, but it was beyond worth every penny. They are generous and do not nickle-and-dime their guests. We simply cannot say enough positive. Book your stay immediately! You will have fond memories for years to come. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Plan to eat many or all of your meals at the hotel’s restaurant, Harvest.
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Responded 15 Apr 2023
Dear ctmgordo Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your wonderful review We loved having you stay with us and always enjoy the conversations over cocktails each evening with our guests Glad to hear that you enjoyed all that we are doing at The Marlborough and thanks for the recommendation Hope to see you back this way sometime
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Bill P wrote a review Nov 2022
Lakeland, Florida36 contributions53 helpful votes
Perfectly balanced leisure with refined luxury. The staff was very attentive and almost next time they saw you were calling you by name. You never saw housekeeping but you room was magically serviced when you returned. Both morning and evening turndown. The property is beautifully landscaped. I believe the house was redone during Covid and it is beautiful all by itself. From the artwork to the wallpapers just beautiful.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from The Marlborough, General Manager at The Marlborough
Responded 14 Nov 2022
Dear Traveler177640 We throughly enjoyed having you stay with us and glad you enjoyed all that we have and do here at The Marlborough Very much appreciate your review and will pass on to all the of the team as mean a great deal to us all Thanks
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PRICE RANGE
$1,334 - $1,840 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Old Saint Mary's Convent
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandMarlborough RegionBlenheim
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Marlborough
Which popular attractions are close to The Marlborough?
Nearby attractions include Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (7.6 km), Pollard Park (5.5 km), and Seymour Square (5.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Marlborough?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Marlborough?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Marlborough?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Marlborough?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Marlborough?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arbour, The Burleigh Gourmet Pies, and Gramado's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Marlborough?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is The Marlborough accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.