Historic Homestead on 13 Acres, Marlborough N.Z. Wine Country
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Located in the heart of New Zealand's premier wine district, this beautiful Historic Homestead, overlooking a vineyard, is exclusively yours to enjoy. Hawkesbury was built in 1883 and has been tastefully restored. Set on 13 private acres, in a quiet valley neighbouring the famous Marlborough wine trail and cycle route, Hawkesbury is one of the oldest character Homesteads in Marlborough. The history of the property and park like grounds with century old trees, create a timeless romantic setting from a bygone era. Ideal for just a couple or as a luxury recreational retreat for an entire family or group. It is complete with its' own private swimming pool, full size tennis court and bicycles.
There are 4 large double bedrooms,(3 and 1/2 bathrooms) including a grand master downstairs with carved 4 poster bed, fireplace and en-suite with luxurious tiled shower, over sized claw foot bath and its' own private entrance. Upstairs,there are 2 bathrooms and 2 of the 3 bedrooms open onto a spacious tiled verandah. There are beautiful views overlooking the rose gardens, horse paddock and vineyards, through to the distant surrounding mountains. The lounge features 12 foot ceilings, a large open fireplace and library. Directly adjoining this room is the sun-drenched dining room which flows directly onto a covered veranda with additional alfresco dining. This area overlooks the tennis court and magnificent eucalyptus trees. The sunny pool and courtyard area features another large covered veranda with circular table and barbecue. Ideal for evening alfresco dining with views to the lighted pool, fruit trees and park like grounds. Come home each day to the huge farm house kitchen after exploring vineyards, beaches, golfing, trout or deep sea fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, horse riding or just relax by the pool after a game of tennis. There is an 18 hole golf course 5 minutes away and bicycles are provided to ride through the vineyards. Numerous wineries ( over 60), producing Marlborough's world famous Sauvignon Blanc and other excellent wines, are only minutes away from this unique property. e.g. Villa Maria, Highfield, Cloudy Bay, Alan Scotts, Wither Hill, Montana and Hunters,just to name a few. Many fine restaurants are also close by and you will soon see why Marlborough is considered NZ's 'Gourmet Province'
Located in a peaceful rural valley, you are ideally situated to explore the upper half of the South Island. You are only 5 minutes from a small market town (Renwick), 15 minutes from Blenheim, (Marlboroughs main centre), 30 minutes from Picton and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. To the South is Kaikoura, with world class whale watching and swimming with the dolphins, to the west you are 90 minutes from the arts and crafts of Nelson, southwest is the high country and trout fishing in the Lakes. The airport is only 8 minutes away and there are many daily direct/short flights to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.
This Historic Homestead, with its full facilities and surrounding acreage ensures a long lasting memory of peace, privacy and timeless tranquility.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9
- King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room seats 0
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Wood Fireplace
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Covered Parking
- Exclusive use of the 13 acres of park like grounds set amongst century old trees. Full size private tennis court with rackets provided. Sole use of the swimming pool. Located in a beautiful valley, bicycles are provided for cycling through the vineyards, on the 'wine tour' cycling route. With every 1 week booking 6 bottles of premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc will be included. For every 4 night booking up to 4 Queen Charlotte Track Passes will be included ( value $50)...moreless
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Music Library
- Computer Available
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
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Hawkesbury Homestead Vacation
Hawkesbury Homestead Vacation
During our recent New Zealand vacation, three couples, all from the US, stayed at the Hawkesbury Homestead for a few days. Hawkesbury is an old farmhouse that has been updated and is located among vineyards in the Marlborough wine region of New Zealand. The 3 bedroom, 3-1/2 baths were more than adequate for the 6 of us, and the kitchen and dining area are quite spacious. We enjoyed the large sitting area also. Hawkesbury comes with a very good WiFi system at no extra cost, and there is also a desktop computer that is hardwired with broadband, and internet speed was excellent. The house was clean, well stocked with cooking utensils, and the kitchen pantry contained adequate supplies of spices, salt, pepper, etc. There is a small supermarket less than 5 minutes away in Renwick, and a larger supermarket and many other amenities in Blenheim, approximately 10 km away. There was a Gala apple tree loaded with apples in the back yard for our enjoyment, and we picked several to take with us upon our departure for the North Island. There was also a grapefruit tree and lots of walnuts for our use. The owners met us upon our arrival with a delicious cheese board and their private label Sauvignon Blanc, and gave us a good tour of the house. The Hawkesbury and First Landing Sauvignon Blanc that they provided (rent for a week and you get 6 bottles) was as good if not better than any other Sauvignon Blanc that we found. The location is wonderful. There is one winery within easy walking distance, and numerous wineries, some with outstanding restaurants (the restaurants at Brancott and Rock Ferry were particularly good), within a few minutes by car or bicycle (four bicycles are available at Hawkesbury). The Marlborough area reminded us of the Napa Valley in the US with the outstanding wineries and beautiful vineyards. Hawkesbury's location is convenient for day trips to nearby attractions such as Picton, Queen Charlotte Trace, Nelson, and others. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hawkesbury and recommend it to anyone planning a New Zealand vacation. If we are fortunate enough to vacation again in New Zealand, we will certainly include a few days at Hawkesbury in our plans.
- Guest Linda (Tennessee)
- Date of stay 03/17/13
- Review Submitted 04/27/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children.
We arrived at Hawkesbury Homestead after a long day in the car. We were so pleased to see a beautiful heritage home in the middle of the vineyards. Our hostess Lynda Marie was waiting for a with a beautifully prepared dinner and some selections of wines from her vineyard. There were five adults in our party. We had several areas to sit outside at with a variety of views. One day we enjoyed swimming in the pool after an intense game of tennis. The tennis court was set up with the best ofa ball retrieval landscape. The interiror of the house was extremely inviting. We prepared our dinner every evening of the four that we were there in a well-stocked kitchen. We enjoyed comfortable beds with convenient bathrooms. Towels and toiletries were provided. We also appreciated access to a computer that allowed us to stay in communication with our families in the states. It also allowed the interislander ferry to alert us to a change in itenerary. The location of the home gave us access to a variety of regions. However, the home was so lovely and enjoyable we spent one of our days lounging. Fortunately, a scrabble game was available for our evening entertainment. Yes, sometimes we are easily amused. Lynda Marie was generally available and gave us plenty of information for seeing the sights in the area. Should we return to New Zealand. The Hawkesbury Homestead would definitely be on our list of locations.
- Guest Cheryl (Northern Michigan, USA)
- Date of stay 03/17/12
- Review Submitted 04/16/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Perfect Wine Country Getaway
Perfect Wine Country Getaway
Three of us stayed here in the middle of a two-week tour of New Zealand. The overall trip was packed with all kinds of activities and excitement. However, my favorite part of the trip was relaxing at Hawkesbury House. The kitchen is wonderful, the patio is a delightful retreat, and the neighboring vineyards are fantastic. LInda and Charlie are extremely gracious hosts, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company on the first night of our stay. If you stay here, you will not be disappointed.
- Guest DS (Mountain View, CA)
- Date of stay 02/19/11
- Review Submitted 09/28/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Great for Family, Friends and Business
Great for Family, Friends and Business
Six of us used the Hawkesbury Homestead for a long weekend the back-end of a business trip in Sydney. The night we arrived, Charlie and Lynda greeted us with some of their local wine (First Landing, the Sauvingnon Blanc, was sensational) and a cheese plate that were over the top. Making the evening more special was the great conversation we enjoyed with our hosts. The next day we went fly fishing in gin clear water (you could drink the water right from the stream) and finished up the night telling stories in front of the fire place at the Homestead. The following day, we had a leisurely outdoor lunch at a local winery followed by some touring and tasting of the local wines (fantastic reds and whites). Inspired by the local wine, we played tennis before settling in for dinner. Again, we ended by telling stories in front of the fire. For us, this was the best business trip ever. But it easily could have been the best couples weekend, boys weekend, girls weekend or family getaway. We highly recommend the Hawkesbury Homestead if you want to get away and be surrounded by vineyards and nature. Yet, it's just 15 minutes from the airport and downtown Blenheim. Five Stars!
- Guest Jeff (Berwyn, PA USA)
- Date of stay 03/10/11
- Review Submitted 04/03/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Honeymoon in Marlborough
Honeymoon in Marlborough
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon in November 2010. It was a dream for both of us. Beautiful wine country, lovely historic home and the amazing owners (Lynda and Charlie)... made it a dream vacation for both of us. It is so peaceful and the gardens are stunning. We spent hours on the patio watching the birds; other days we took the bikes out for rides to the vineyards. If you want to stay in a beautiful home in a prime location this house is perfect for you.
- Guest Brooke and Mac (Denver, Colorado, USA)
- Date of stay 11/19/10
- Review Submitted 02/16/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
A wonderful gem in Marlborough!
A wonderful gem in Marlborough!
My husband & I spent a week at the Hawkesbury Homestead and loved it! Lyndia and Charlie Kelly greeted us on a rainy Saturday afternoon with a beautiful dinner and a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect way to start our first visit to New Zealand. As we shared dinner with Lyndia and Charlie we began to unwind as we looked out the picture window of the rolling hills with horses running and playing while the rain came down and made a wonderful sound on the tin roof. As I expressed to our host and hostess it was a magical moment one that you would read about in a novel! We are avid readers! Hawkesbury Homestead is a beautiful 4 bedroom home from the 1800’s and one of the first homesteads in Marlborough. It is right in wine country so you can walk or ride bikes to the local wineries. Bikes and helmets are provided. The homestead has been re-modeled for comfort and function. A big kitchen that is fully supplied for enjoying meals at home, outside BBQ for hanging by your private pool or sitting on the back or front porch enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner with a nice New Zealand wine. If you enjoy playing tennis then there is a private tennis court that looks out to the vineyards and rolling hills. We stayed in the master bedroom downstairs that looked out on the vineyards and we enjoyed the 4 poster king bed, fireplace, updated master bathroom with claw tub for soaking! My husband and I spent our nights (after wine tasting and exploring all day) in front of a huge roaring fire (there are 3 fireplaces in the home) in the sitting room at the front of the house while reading and having a glass of wine. Also, in the front sitting room you will find many brochures, maps and information for things to do and see around Marlborough. Lyndia and Charlie were always available to answer questions. We only used the first floor since it was just the two of us but this home would be perfect for a family get together or for friends who like to travel together. In addition to the downstairs Master there are 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs with bathrooms and one of the bedrooms has a full porch for you to sit and enjoy the view of the vineyards. Owning a wine shop & tasting room, we are constantly searching for new wines and therefore we usually stay at a working winery or private home. We would highly recommend Hawkesbury as a place to explore wine country, unwind, re-kindle/re-charge your relationship or as a gathering place! Thank you Lyndia & Charlie!
- Guest R & B Winetravels (San Clemente, California)
- Date of stay 01/09/10
- Review Submitted 04/22/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Wonderful Marlborough Experience!
Wonderful Marlborough Experience!
Our group of seven adults had a wonderful stay at the Homestead in the Marlborough Wine Country. The house was a perfect way to enjoy the local experience... right in the wine country and close to all the vineyards. The rooms were well appointed and in great shape. Our hosts, Lynda Marie and her husband Charlie were very attentive to our needs and helped us with planning our daily adventures. Their suggestion to prepare dinner for us the first night we arrived was not only a wonderful meal, but also a perfect way to meet them and learn more about the local area. We would not change a thing. We all enjoyed ourselves and would plan to return again soon. The only comments we could add to help improve the experience would be to correct the banner ad for this unit to acknowledge there are 3.5 baths, not 4.5 available to the renters. Also, window coverings on the ground floor bathroom would help to provide more privacy. These are minor issues and in no way detracted from our overall exoerience. We look forward to our next visit.
- Guest DG-USA (San Francisco, CA USA)
- Date of stay 02/28/10
- Review Submitted 03/27/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers.
$700/night(3 night minimum)for up to 4 guests,$50 pp extra guests Dec,Jan,Feb,Mar. $3800/week for up to 4 guests (7 nights),$250pp/week extra guests.Dec,Jan,Feb,Mar $600/night(3 night minimum)for up to 4 guests, $40 pp extra guest all other months $3,300/week for 4 guests ( 7 nights), $200 pp/week extra guests all other months.
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About the owner: The Homestead was originally built by Cyrus Goulter in 1883. His son Charles raised a large family at Hawkesbury and was famous for breeding Merino sheep. The property remained in the Goulter family for over a hundred years. My husband and I bought the property some years ago and have extensively renovated it so that it is now back to its full splendour and available for guests to enjoy.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
This is an unique opportunity to experience the peace, tranquility and timelessness of a Historic Homestead. A setting that includes century old trees in park like grounds that are exclusively yours to enjoy with beautiful views of mountains and vineyards. Sole use of swimming pool and tennis court. Watch horses roaming freely over several of the acres.
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Historic Hawkesbury Homestead with 13 acres of park like grounds.
Downstairs en suite with claw foot bath.
Tennis court in park like grounds, rackets and balls provided.
Fully equiped Farmhouse kitchen.
The Historic Homestead is surrounded by vineyards and 100 year old trees.
Covered veranda overlooking the vineyard; watch a sunset or moonrise.
Beautiful park like grounds with trees over 100 years old.
3rd upstairs bedroom with doors opening onto veranda.
Downstairs master bedroom with 4 poster king bed,firepace and en suite.
Private swimming pool, 36 x 18 feet.
traditional and timeless.
The back veranda/barbecue area. Relax and enjoy a Marlboough Sauvignon Blanc.
One of the three upstairs double bedrooms.
A Stairway that has been used and polished for 129 years.
Beautiful sunny upstairs bedroom, king size bed and doors opening onto veranda.
One of the upstairs bathrooms, with claw foot tub and glass shower.
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Date last modified - Saturday, November 02, 2013
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