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Grasmere Lodge has evolved from a traditional farm homestead built in 1858 to a sophisticated and tranquil retreat which offers adventures galore.
There are seven lodge rooms overlooking the lake, and a further Junior Suite in the same building; the Chalet houses four suites (and two of the rooms can become a suite when joined with the sitting room), and the Riverview Cottage has just two suites, making it a perfect option for families. All of the rooms and suites are supplied with homemade biscuits, port and tea and coffee and have under floor heating and Jacuzzi baths. Inspiration is taken from the surrounding natural beauty, with outside colours reflected in the walls and furnishings inside.
Canapés, pre-dinner drinks and digestifs are an occasion to socialise at Grasmere, as is supper, and guests all sit together. Local New Zealand produce is used as much as possible, and the four courses on offer are delicious. Fussy eaters beware - there is no menu and it's more a case of get what you're given, which luckily is always delicious. For those who prefer to dine in more intimate surroundings, then this can easily be arranged as well.
Complimentary activities include kayaking, reading in the library, a 4WD tour of the property, mountain biking and use of the outdoor heated pool and gym. Other activities on offer are clay pigeon shooting, horse trekking, skiing and guided excursions in the local area.
Why we love it
The wine cellar hosts an impressive collection of 5000 New Zealand wines.
Katie, Original Traveller