The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Brancott Ridge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Margaret and Peter Foster
Brancott Ridge, 226 Wrekin Road, Blenheim, Marlborough

Tel: + 64 (0)3-572-9140
Cell: + 64 (0)21-614-696
No fax number available

UK born Peter and Margaret settled here after circumnavigating the South Island on bikes and discovering idyllic Blenheim. Here Brancott Ridge overlooks square miles of some of New Zealand’s finest vineyards, then Cloudy Bay, then the Cook Strait and onward, to the mighty shadow of the North Island floating on the horizon.....

.... The elongated house sits harmoniously within the raw beauty of Blenheim’s foothills and on a summer’s evening, I suggest you pick up a pizza, a bottle of wine and wander to the private lookout. As the temperature recedes you can watch the valley flood with warm pastel shades, hazing the landscape into an impressionist vision. Come dark, the telescope’s there to explore the star-dusted canopy. Inside you’ll find a modern house with antiques and historical memorabilia: an original 1790 map of Captain Cook’s 1770 New Zealand voyage; a 1590 solid English oak Armada chest; a 1760 grandfather clock; and liquor flasks with a story to fire the imagination. I can’t forget the beds; they’re from Denmark (by royal appointment no less) and incredibly comfortable. When you wake, the swamp kauri dining table carries a plentiful breakfast that will make lunch irrelevant, so you’ve time to play with Tilly, the little fox terrier. She may be tied up when you arrive… Let her off and she’ll be your friend for life.





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 2: both with superkings (1 converts to twin) with large en/s showers.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast provided with a variety of cooked options available including a gourmet bacon sandwich, croissants, traditional English, or a three-egg omelette.
Directions: From Blenheim, it's a 15 minute drive including a 2 km unsealed driveway. From Blenheim, take SH63 towards Nelson. Turn left at Bells Road. Then right at New Renwick Road. Left at Brancott Road. Right at Wrekin Road where Brancott Ridge is sign posted at the end.


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