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Greenhill Lodge is a historic homestead located in the heart of Hawke’s Bay, a stretch of beautiful coastline on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
The region’s rolling hills and winding rivers are perfect for fishing, swimming, golfing and canoeing, among other outdoor activities.
This is also an agricultural region and you’ll be treated to local produce and wines from the vineyards here during your stay.
The lodge has a rich history, starting out life as 60,000 acres of land making up the Maraekakho Station, 3,300 of which were bought by Archibald MacLean in 1880.
Greenhill Lodge, named after MacLean’s old home in Scotland, was designed by George Sollitt, with a three-storey viewing turret inspired by the gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, as well as the uninterrupted vistas of the night sky (after dark, climb the turret to use the viewing telescope).
The gardens were added by Alfred Buxton, a renowned landscape gardener during the colonial era. Today, Greenhill Lodge stands as a unique example of High Victorian architecture in New Zealand.
Guest accommodation is comprised of three suites, two guest rooms and one individual cottage, all of which are decorated to reflect the history and luxury of the lodge, as fit for royalty (the lodge once hosted Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1958).
Pick a tome from the library of New Zealand books, then curl up by the log fire in the drawing room for a relaxing and luxurious stay in an historic, rustic setting.
The cottage is a spacious and private standalone property, with a comfortable lounge, kitchen, open fireplace and outside bath. The suites and rooms are named after people associated with the lodge’s history and feature Frette bed linen and Molton Brown bathroom amenities.
Guests can also enjoy the drawing room with its large log fire, the viewing turret, a gym (converted from the old stables) and a billiard room. Outside, there is a swimming pool, extensive gardens, as well as pretty terraces and verandahs looking out at the spectacular view.
Facilities include an elegant swimming pool, a cosy billiard room, a small gym and charming gardens and courtyards.
Breakfast includes free range eggs and freshly picked berries, and can be tailored to your requests. You can also enjoy your breakfast out on the terrace. Be sure to try the locally-sourced cuisine accompanied by world-class local wines
Greenhill Lodge is an exclusive member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an award-winning portfolio of the world’s finest independent hotels, many of which – like Greenhill – are family-owned. Six of the trees originally planted in the lodge’s gardens are on the Notable Trees Register, while the lodge’s ornate Victorian detailing and hand-painted stained-glass windows are the icing on the cake for an authentic stay in a piece of New Zealand history.
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