Built in 1901 for the Sisters of Mercy, this historic Victorian Convent was originally located next to Saint Mary’s Church in Blenheim. Native timbers were extensively used in the construction including Matai, Rimu and Kauri. One of the many splendid examples of Victorian craftsmanship is the substantial carved staircase, constructed entirely from Kauri. In 1994, the Convent was moved in five pieces to its present location in Rapaura, Marlborough. And the property operated as Old St Mary’s Convent B&B until May 2016 when it was sold and underwent an extensive refurbishment before opening in November 2016 as The Marlborough Lodge.
Date of Renewal
2016, all ten bedrooms and public spaces received a total renovation. Our interior designer is Peter Lloyd.
Date added Extensions
2016 New kitchen, and extensions to guest lounge areas.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
A beautiful building with set in gardens in the heart of New Zealand’s premium wine country. 10 contemporary bedrooms with recognition of the character and history of the building.
Set in the heart of wine country, minutes from some of New Zealand’s most iconic wineries. Located off Rapaura Road, 10 minutes to Blenheim Airport. 10 minutes to Blenheim town centre and 20 minutes to Picton. 1.5 hours to either Nelson or Kaikoura.
Key sites/activities in the area
New Zealand biggest wine region – Iconic wineries & outstanding provincial food
Marlborough Sounds – extensive sheltered, pristine water ways
Queen Charlotte track – Hiking, Mounting bike
Omaka Aviation heritage centre.
Originally built in the town of Blenheim the building was cut into 6 parts and moved to its currently location in 1994
Minimum age is 8 years old.
Premium Lodge Suite, 5 in total, Garden view, A/C. WIFI, Smart TV, complementary minibar, King Size Bed
Lodge Suite, 3, Garden view, A/C. WIFI, Smart TV, complementary minibar, King Size Bed