OUR STORY

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 sold and underwent an extensive refurbishment before opening in November 2016 as The Marlborough Lodge, offering 10 luxury suites.  We encourage you to tour through the site so that you may get a full understanding of our unique Luxury Lodge sitting in 16 acres of parkland like garden, surrounded by the world renown vineyards of Marlborough.

 


The Marlborough Lodge

 

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What our customers say

Beautiful Lodge, excellent service, superb wine country!

Susan & Carl

Fabulous! Every was wonderful. 5 stars!

Polly & Buck

Lovely, relaxed home away from home. Staff is wonderful, grounds are stunning.

Roberta & Victor

Extremely pleasant stay, regret we cannot stay longer, will recommend in all aspects to our travel agency.

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