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

Marlborough Lodge was the last luxury lodge we stayed in after 3 weeks (9 lodges) in the South Island. All experiences have been lovely but this place is just gorgeous. The staff were all so delightful, the food great and the building and grounds just stunning.

belindaellenscott

Our entire stay was absolutely amazing. Our room was spacious and very comfortable with beautiful views of the vineyards. This property is exceptional in every way, the gardens breathtakingly beautiful. Breakfast and dinner were included as were drinks and canapés before dinner outside . Karen and staff were exceptional, nothing was too much trouble. The Lodge has bikes and we went for a pleasurable ride through the vineyards . A truly fabulous and memorable stay.

255103linda

It was a typically crisp Autumn evening so we started with a glass of bubbles and delicious canapés beside the huge outdoor fire. We could just as easily have settled into the comfy sofas inside the chapel, now transformed into a cosy space for pre-dinner drinks, wine tastings, and browsing a range of beautiful NZ-made gifts. This was not our first visit to The Marlborough Lodge, but the first since the change of guard the kitchen. The menu changes daily and is a showcase of local produce with a touch of European flair. Portions are generous and our plates were bare when they returned to the kitchen. That says it all. The Lodge effortlessly combines elegance with comfort and under Karen's stewardship the staff are efficient and friendly and knowledgeable too. We locals are lucky to have a place of this calibre on our doorstep, visitors who stay here are just lucky.

Donna M

My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

ThomasNY