The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Retiro Park Lodge

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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.

Robbert de Jongh and Victor Flores
152 Teal Valley, Nelson, Nelson

Tel: + 64 (0)3-545-0118
No cell number available
No fax number available

Retiro Park Lodge certainly does justice to the picturesque central park in Madrid after which it was named. Many a walking track wind their way around the petite vineyard, olive and almond groves of the 50-acre farm.....

.... Donkeys, llamas and alpacas (all named according to the year in which they were born) will befriend you if you feed them and I’m sure that Flavia, a sleek, bouncy greyhound with the enthusiasm of a puppy, will accompany you on walks if you let her. Robbert has lived for over 20 years in Spain and has the collector gene. You’ll find objects from all over the world that capture the attention and imagination. A vast opulent bathroom in the main house echoes the Mediterranean in vivid terracotta and deep blues, while the impressive barn conversion is fresh and light and allows for a little more independence. Robbert and Victor encourage guests to dine with them on their first night, and I certainly had a fantastic time shooting the breeze with them over a leisurely meal. The couple share a sharp sense of humour and an enthusiasm for the world that will keep you chatting for hours. Since Victor is a trained chef I can assure you that both food and company will be wonderful, and I will be sorely jealous. The lodge is only 15 minutes from Nelson with its numerous galleries, restaurants and activities. But Retiro’s Spanish translation is ‘retreat’ and I would take the hint. Your hosts speak English, Spanish and Dutch. Tours of Abel-Tasman can be arranged through here. Wireless broadband.[i/]

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Working Farm    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Wine-makers    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 2: 1 queen with en-suite bathroom in the lodge and 1 queen with en-suite bathroom and kitchenette in converted barn. Additional single room in lodge and day bed in barn available on request.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Picnic lunches and 3-course dinner available by arrangement, both at additional cost. Dinner $150 (wine inc). Can be self-catering.
Directions: From Nelson travel 14km on SH 6 towards Blenheim. Turn R into Teal Valley Rd and travel a further 1.4km to private road. Retiro Park Lodge is signed on the right 200m on.

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