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Nelson, New Zealand

Situated in the Orinoco Valley, this luxury boutique hotel holds a prime position between Nelson and Abel Tasman at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Set within 48 acres of private grounds, Edenhouse is a tranquil and charming lodge offering the finest hospitality and unrivalled personalised service. Featuring in Tatler’s 101 Best Hotels of the World list, Edenhouse will appeal to travellers seeking an intimate and unforgettable experience in a truly idyllic setting. Families are welcome and babysitting can be arranged.

Edenhouse offers two elegant and spacious suites in the main lodge. Designed to maximise comfort and luxury, each beautifully appointed suite features plush furnishings, fine linens and all-modern amenities. There is also a two-bedroom garden cottage offering the utmost privacy and seclusion.

The cuisine at Edenhouse is first class. As well as delicious home cooked breakfasts served on the patio, you can also enjoy sumptuous dinners in the dining room or in a variety of alfresco locations.

There are plenty of experiences and activities on offer from fly-fishing on Motueka River to exploring the renowned Abel Tasman National Park by boat or helicopter. Other worthwhile excursions include visiting the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson. Back at Edenhouse, stroll through the delightful gardens or relax with a glass of wine in front of an open fire as you admire in the views.

Edenhouse Information

  • Location: 4 hours 45 minutes from Christchurch Airport
  • Accommodation: 2 luxury suites, 1 cottage(2 bedroooms)
  • Activities: Abel Tasman National Park, fly & float fishing at Motueka River, helicopter visit to Mt Olympus, hiking, helihiking, helibiking, sea kayaking, sailing, cruising on yachts, wilderness helirafting, cycle touring, massage therapy, wine tasting at boutique wineries, visit to Classic Cars and Wearable Art galleries, native plant weaving, learn to pilot a stunt plane, visit to Golden Bay, visit Kahurangi National Park
  • Facilities: Sky TV, artists’ studio, spring water, air-conditioning, landscaped gardens, den and library, courtyards, sitting room, formal dining room
  • Weather: The best time to travel is from September to May.
  • Children: Welcome
  • Price Guide:From USD 920 per night in a luxury suite for two pax.

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Tried & Tested

Lightfoot’s New Zealand Travel Designers, Mei Yun and Nikki, stayed at this lovely home-away-from-home in Nelson. Here, Mei Yun explains just why Edenhouse is one of her favourite properties in New Zealand.

Each of the properties within the New Zealand Luxury Lodge group all have unique hosts – can you describe the hosts at Edenhouse?

They were absolutely amazing! Peter and Bobbie really made you feel at home, so much so that by the end you almost think that you are! Your stay starts with them showing you around the house and sharing stories at every corner – lots of these stories revolve around Chilli the dog, who is affectionately referred to as the Guest Liaison Officer They respect your privacy but are always checking to see if you need anything to make you feel even more at home. They are extremely knowledgeable, having lived in many places around the world, and are eager to share their stories. However, they also love to listen to the stories that you share with them as well. Peter and Bobbie are standout hosts and they are the main reason why my clients (and myself!) hate leaving!

Describe a typical day at the property

Wake up to the delicious smells of breakfast – be it freshly baked croissants, eggs cooked any way you like or fresh fruit. You can choose to have breakfast at a number of places inside the house, or if the weather is nice, outdoors in the garden. If guests are staying for a couple of days they will often choose to spend a full day exploring Abel Tasman National Park with its walking trails and isolated bays. Then we often recommend that clients spend a full day at leisure on the property – reading, walking the surrounding trails, napping in the living room and of course, playing with Chilli!

What is the dining like at Edenhouse?

Your stay at Edenhouse is on a Half Board basis which includes breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and dinner. Yes, you will definitely not want for food whilst there! Guests are more than welcome to hang out in the open kitchen and talk to the chef who prepares all meals with fresh and local ingredients. We sat in the comfy living room for our pre-dinner drinks and nibbled on a selection of amazing canapes before moving into the dining room for dinner. Peter is more than happy to advise on wine pairings, and he prefers to serve wines from the Nelson region. Dinner was simple, beautifully prepared, delicious food – it was definitely gourmet, but you didn’t lose the sense that you were enjoying a home cooked meal if you get what I mean. Dessert of hokey pokey ice cream with fresh raspberries served in a homemade honeycomb basket remains one of the best things I ate on the entire trip!



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