Edenhouse New Zealand
213 Thorpe-Orinoco Road, Ngatimoti, 7196, Nelson
Privately Owned by Peter & Bobbie Martin
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Peter & Bobbie Martin – joint owners
Peter’s previous career was in financial markets in London. Bobbie’s was an interior and garden designer in London.
5-star Luxury Lodge, Andrew Harper Collection, Luxury Lodges of New Zealand
History & Story
That this small resort in the Nelson-Abel Tasman countryside deserves to be considered amongst the very top tier of luxury accommodation is beyond debate. Its history is one of continuous accolades and recognition from the travel industry’s most discerning judges, be that Tatler magazine, The Robb Report, UK House & Garden, or Andrew Harper and his Harper Report – a small selection of those who have singled out Edenhouse as one of New Zealand’s finest luxury hotel experiences.
The Lodge itself, built in 2003, and the surrounding 8 acres of gardens (set within a wider 50 acre estate) are testament to Bobbie Martin’s expertise as an interior and garden designer.
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Main Strengths, Special Touch
The hospitality here is hands-on from owners and founders Peter and Bobbie Martin; and besides their skills and charm as hosts, it is their personal touches which ensure a warmth and authenticity that is rarely achieved in bigger properties. Peter and Bobbie are assisted by a team of 15 who all reside in the local valley.
As anybody with even a passing knowledge of New Zealand geography will attest, Nelson-Abel Tasman is often envied for the startling extent of its natural beauty, spread across an easily-navigable corner of the South Island.
The region counts its blessings, and rejoices in them too. They are blessings of climate, landscape, lifestyle and opportunity, in a place sheltered from the outside world – protected by its surrounding, nestling hills and the glorious and benign expanse of Tasman Bay.
Key sites/activities in the area
Within easy reach of Edenhouse there are the beaches, mile after mile of them strung along the gentle Nelson coastline, a place for summer basking and swimming, year-round kayaking, boating and fishing, and source of some of the country’s best seafood – reaching their ultimate expression in the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
A few minutes’ drive from Edenhouse is the Motueka River, world-famous for its trout fishing. A helicopter can whisk you high into the majestic mountains of the Kahurangi National Park, one of the truly great outdoor playgrounds, full of wild back-country rivers, stunning hiking trails, rugged peaks and alpine forests.
There are treats for every sense: world-class vineyards, art galleries and artists’ workshops, farmer markets, craft breweries and country pubs, cafes and restaurants, cycle trails, walking trails, wine trails, idyllic villages, intriguing backwaters and the city of Nelson itself.
Everywhere are the riches of the land, thriving in a mix of fertile soil and the country’s most benignly sunny climate: orchards, market gardens, dairy farms and cheesemakers, hop gardens, vineyards, kiwifruit and berry farms, even the remnants NZ’s now-defunct tobacco industry.
Please contact the Lodge, prior to booking, if children are under 6 years of age.
Guests have a choice of staying in two luxurious suites in the main lodge or the beautifully appointed and very private 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom garden cottage.
That Edenhouse caters to only a handful of visitors at any one time contributes much to its sense of sanctuary and exclusivity.
Restaurants & Bars
• Meals are created from local produce, which burst with freshness and flavour, matched with award winning local wines that delight the palette. All wines and other beverages are included in the dinner tariff.
The bountiful bays speak for themselves, with their abundant stocks of finfish, scallops, mussels and oysters. On land, meanwhile, the mild weather, fertile soils and family growers with generations of experience make for a cornucopia of local produce. Arguably the world’s best apples grow here, and equally-highly-regarded berryfruit, especially strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Organic produce is common, and delectable. It can feel more Mediterranean than southern Pacific at times – from the asparagus of early spring to the sun-ripened tomatoes, eggplants, peaches and peppers of late summer, then olives, grapes and figs.
Best of all, there’s no shortage of experts to prepare it for you. Nelson Tasman is home to a legion of artisan producers, of all sorts, including those who specialise in oils, preserves, smallgoods, specialty breads, baking, cheeses, spices and saffron.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• 2017 – Andrew Harper Grand Award winner “Favorite Hotels” – Edenhouse “an idyllic hideaway” & “the food is memorably delicious”.
• 2017 – Andrew Harper Grand Award winner “Owners of the Year” (worldwide) – “Peter and Bobbie Martin are superlative hosts”.
• 2016 – The Hideaway Report – “Hospitality just doesn’t get any better than this” & “Edenhouse is a true gem”.
• 2014 – Robb Report “The World’s Top 100 Resorts” – Edenhouse: “Consistently ranked by top travel magazines as one of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand”.
• 2010 – Tatler (Conde Nast) “101 Best Hotels of the World” – “An instant word-of-mouth winner”.
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