History

The Convent

Designed by Thomas Turnbull and built in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy, this historic Victorian Convent was originally located next to Saint Mary's Church in Blenheim. It provided nineteen bedrooms for the nuns, a library, music room, sewing room, office and a beautiful chapel upstairs on the first floor.

Native timbers were extensively used in the construction including Matai, Rimu and Kauri. One of the many splendid examples of Victorian craftsmanship is the substantial carved staircase, constructed entirely from Kauri.

In 1994, the Convent was moved in five pieces to its present location in Rapaura, Marlborough. The task of restoration then began under the guidance of architect Sir Michael Fowler. And the property operated as Old St Mary’s Convent B&B until May 2016 when it was purchased by Marlborough Tour Company.

Extensive refurbishment, including adding a large commercial kitchen and increasing from 5 rooms to 10 suites, is currently being undertaken and the property will open as The Marlborough Lodge in November 2016 – a luxury lodge offering dinner, bed and breakfast.


The Lodge Chapel

The Lodge Chapel, formerly St. Michael's, is a charming little Victorian wooden deconsecrated chapel situated in the garden. It has unique stained glass windows and may be used for wedding services of up to 40, events or for a moment of quiet contemplation.

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What our customers say

Our favourite place in New Zealand. 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!

Janie

Lovely, relaxing stay, charming team, and amazing food. Well done!!

John & Rose

Thank you for a fantastic 3 days! Beautiful location, outstanding food and a fantastic team. Will be back, for sure!

Betsy & Jamie - LA

Everything was wonderful and I would not hesitate to refer The Marlborough Lodge to others. Thank you for the great experience.

Spradley