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Historic Homestead on 13 Acres, Marlborough N.Z. Wine Country

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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, 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 veranda. There are beautiful views overlooking the rose gardens, paddocks 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, Brancott, 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.

Keywords: Villa/Homestead

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Lynda Marie Kelly
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018

About Lynda Marie Kelly

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 many years ago and have extensively renovated it so that it is now back to a lovely country casual style. We love to travel, enjoy adventure and hospitality, and take real delight in having guests from all over the world enjoy Hawkesbury.

What makes this villa unique

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 cattle roaming freely over several of the acres.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here in February 2015, as a group of 8. The house was beautifully restored and had a lovely history. It was a great size for a group, and we made really good use of the swimming pool, tennis court and bikes. We cooked at home every night, and the kitchen facilities were excellent. We loved the shared pantry idea - there were loads of different condiments, tinned food, sauces etc left there by the owners and other guests, which you are encouraged to use and then replace with anything you might want to leave behind. We definitely made use of that, and left lots of goodies for the next guests too! Lynda was a very welcoming host, who met us at the house and showed us around before leaving us to it. We even got given a bottle of Hawkesbury Homestead wine! Would definitely recommend it as a place for guests. You need to drive if you want to head into town for anything, but given the size and set up of the house, you may be tempted to stay in for meals like we were!
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Renwick Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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)


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Historic Homestead on 13 Acres, Marlborough N.Z. Wine Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Red Springs, NC

Wonderful homestead!

  • 5 of 5

My mom was visiting from the US, so I decided to surprise her by renting the homestead for just the 2 of us. She loves old homes/antiques, so she was quite excited. We each had a floor to ourselves and enjoyed the pool and the bikes. A tennis court is also available. The location was ideal for day trips to Picton, Havelock and the Queen Charlotte Track. Lynda was wonderful to work with and was available if needed. Highly recommend the homestead in wine country!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family of five

  • 5 of 5

This was our favorite place we stayed on out trip to New Zealand. The house was a wonderful historic building smack in the middle of wine country! All modern amenities, lots of things to help keep you busy, like tennis, swimming and bike riding offered on site. The owners are THE most welcoming people and we felt right at home in this cozy setting.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christmas 2014 at Hawkesbury

  • 5 of 5

Our family (parents plus 2 adult children and husbands) spent Christmas at Hawkesbury Homestead. We were looking for something special and were not disappointed in anyway; the Homestead, the location and the welcome and hospitality shown by Lynda & Charlie was all outstanding.

Hawkesbury is beautiful, it has a wonderful homely feel where we all felt instantly comfortable and relaxed. We loved all that Hawkesbury offered; beautiful home, gardens plus swimming, tennis, bikes, BBQ and the wonderful quiet rural / vineyard surrounds.

Marlborough is a wonderful location to holiday in; the endless vineyard vista's or the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Hawkesbury Homestead location is perfect to enjoy it all.

And if that is not enough and you are lucky enough to stay here, don't forget to step outside and night and take in the night sky - outstanding.

A special place; loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hawkesbury Homestead Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Michigan, USA

Hawkesbury Holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Perfect Wine Country Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2011
  • Stayed: February 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
110 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.