An exceptionally charming vineyard house with it's own swimming pool in an acre of established garden and woodland, situated on a quiet country road 5 minutes from Blenheim, 20 minutes from Picton, within the wine trail and easy reach of the Marlborough Sounds and the other beautiful parts of the province. Full country breakfast provisions and a chilled bottle of the vineyards award winning Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc await our guests arrival. The newspaper is delivered daily.
Eliza's is a special piece of rural Marlborough magic - perfect for week long vacations, weekend getaways, writer's retreats, house hunting visits or temporary lodgings for relocated executives.
Eliza's has been designed as the ultimate luxury boutique retreat with spacious open plan living and your comfort thoughtfully obvious throughout. It is beautifully furnished with colonial and vintage antiques. Bowls of freshly picked blooms from the garden complement each room. Top end Sleepy Head beds are dressed with high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets and pillows. It is Eliza's extra details that make our guests love their stays with us.
Free WiFi is now available throughout the cottage.
The pantry has all the basic cooking ingredients you need and the kitchen is well kitted out including great chef's knives and a good selection of saucepans and frying pans including baking tins, a food processor and a hand wand. Top quality leaf teas (with bone china cups) and excellent plunger or stove top coffee choices should satisfy the hot drink connoisseur. The full laundry has a free array of everything you will need to catch up on your washing.
An acre of manicured lawns and established woodland for your enjoyment only is a rare commodity. The garden is filled with games suitable for the expansive lawn - soccer, cricket, croquet, badminton, pool toys and petanque. We have just added the longest tree swing I have ever seen. Luxurious bean bag loungers can be easily moved to sun or shade for those of us who just like to watch. The pool is warmed to a pleasant bathing temperature by a thermal cover during the swimming months. Bicycles are available for loan and the large vineyard area is great for walking. Runners can run for as long as they like from Eliza's door down quiet country roads. Children are welcomed and indulged with plenty of safe space to run around in. We have a variety of kids bikes - including helmets and training wheels.
If the weather is inclement - it does occasionally happen here - the large media library should satisfy most tastes.
The all homemade provisions for the full country breakfast are popular with our guests. Very generous portions of Eliza's almond and walnut granola, delicious with our own Greek yoghurt, plus jellies, jams and poached fruit from our orchard, eggs from the farms free range hens, New Zealand streaky bacon are supplemented by a daily delivery of home baked bread warm from the oven. We love our home baked bread!
One of Eliza's delights is to wander through the vineyard at dusk with a glass of wine in your hand and watch the dramatic light changes as the sun goes down on the amazing Richmond Ranges... But if you don't feel that active you can light the candles and sit on the terrace at the teak six seater table and enjoy the same magic.
An abundance of fruit trees including passionfruit, apples, peaches, feijoas and every sort of citrus are available for you to hunt and gather in season. Fresh herbs are planted specifically for the guests. and when our own vegetable garden is in full swing we love to share the abundance of our very fertile valley.
We are nearby on the farm and able to give help, advice and farm tours if desired. We are constantly available for advice or extras but if all you want is total privacy then it's yours.
Luxury and comfort was foremost when we imagined how we would like our perfect holiday house to be. However Eliza's is overall a beautiful home with lots of places to just relax - comfortably - inside and out in total seclusion.
Eliza's is much more than a simple holiday house. Most guests never want to leave.