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Historic Homestead on 13 Acres, Marlborough N.Z. Wine Country

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Located in the heart of New Zealand's premier wine district, this beautiful Historic Homestead, overlooking a vineyard, is exclusively yours to enjoy. Hawkesbury was built in 1883 and has been tastefully restored. Set on 13 private acres, in a quiet valley neighbouring the famous Marlborough wine trail and cycle route, Hawkesbury is one of the oldest character Homesteads in Marlborough. The history of the property and park like grounds with century old trees, create a timeless romantic setting from a bygone era. Ideal for just a couple or as a luxury recreational retreat for an entire family or group. It is complete with its' own private swimming pool, full size tennis court and bicycles.

There are 4 large double bedrooms,(3 and 1/2 bathrooms) including a grand master downstairs with carved 4 poster bed, and en-suite with luxurious tiled shower, over sized claw foot bath and its' own private entrance. Upstairs,there are 2 bathrooms and 2 of the 3 bedrooms open onto a spacious tiled veranda. There are beautiful views overlooking the rose gardens, paddocks and vineyards, through to the distant surrounding mountains. The lounge features 12 foot ceilings, a large open fireplace and library. Directly adjoining this room is the sun-drenched dining room which flows directly onto a covered veranda with additional alfresco dining. This area overlooks the tennis court and magnificent eucalyptus trees. The sunny pool and courtyard area features another large covered veranda with circular table and barbecue. Ideal for evening alfresco dining with views to the lighted pool, fruit trees and park like grounds. Come home each day to the huge farm house kitchen after exploring vineyards, beaches, golfing, trout or deep sea fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, horse riding or just relax by the pool after a game of tennis. There is an 18 hole golf course 5 minutes away and bicycles are provided to ride through the vineyards. Numerous wineries ( over 60), producing Marlborough's world famous Sauvignon Blanc and other excellent wines, are only minutes away from this unique property. e.g. Villa Maria, Brancott, Highfield, Cloudy Bay, Alan Scotts, Wither Hill, Montana and Hunters,just to name a few. Many fine restaurants are also close by and you will soon see why Marlborough is considered NZ's 'Gourmet Province'

Located in a peaceful rural valley, you are ideally situated to explore the upper half of the South Island. You are only 5 minutes from a small market town (Renwick), 15 minutes from Blenheim, (Marlboroughs main centre), 30 minutes from Picton and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. To the South is Kaikoura, with world class whale watching and swimming with the dolphins, to the west you are 90 minutes from the arts and crafts of Nelson, southwest is the high country and trout fishing in the Lakes. The airport is only 8 minutes away and there are many daily direct/short flights to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

This Historic Homestead, with its full facilities and surrounding acreage ensures a long lasting memory of peace, privacy and timeless tranquility.

Keywords: Villa/Homestead

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Lynda Marie Kelly
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Lynda Marie Kelly

The Homestead was originally built by Cyrus Goulter in 1883. His son Charles raised a large family at Hawkesbury and was famous for breeding Merino sheep. The property remained in the Goulter family for over a hundred years. My husband and I bought the property many years ago and have extensively renovated it so that it is now back to a lovely country casual style. We love to travel, enjoy adventure and hospitality, and take real delight in having guests from all over the world enjoy Hawkesbury.

What makes this villa unique

This is an unique opportunity to experience the peace, tranquility and timelessness of a Historic Homestead. A setting that includes century old trees in park like grounds that are exclusively yours to enjoy with beautiful views of mountains and vineyards. Sole use of swimming pool and tennis court. Watch cattle roaming freely over several of the acres.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here in February 2015, as a group of 8. The house was beautifully restored and had a lovely history. It was a great size for a group, and we made really good use of the swimming pool, tennis court and bikes. We cooked at home every night, and the kitchen facilities were excellent. We loved the shared pantry idea - there were loads of different condiments, tinned food, sauces etc left there by the owners and other guests, which you are encouraged to use and then replace with anything you might want to leave behind. We definitely made use of that, and left lots of goodies for the next guests too! Lynda was a very welcoming host, who met us at the house and showed us around before leaving us to it. We even got given a bottle of Hawkesbury Homestead wine! Would definitely recommend it as a place for guests. You need to drive if you want to head into town for anything, but given the size and set up of the house, you may be tempted to stay in for meals like we were!
Feb 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Blenheim in Marlborough District

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Exclusive use of the 13 acres of park like grounds set amongst century old trees. Full size private tennis court with rackets provided. Sole use of the swimming pool. Located in a beautiful valley, bicycles are provided for cycling through the vineyards, on the 'wine tour' cycling route. With every 1 week booking 6 bottles of premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc will be included. For every 4 night booking up to 4 Queen Charlotte Track Passes will be included ( value $50)


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Historic Homestead on 13 Acres, Marlborough N.Z. Wine Country
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 14 reviews

Fabulous House in Heart of Wine Country

  • 5 of 5

This house makes a perfect base for a family or group of friends. It is very comfortably furnished with many elegant details. Bedrooms are luxurious and beds are terrific. Very nice bathrooms. The Kitchen is huge and well-equipped, and very clean.Gardens are fabulous and well-cared-for. Swimming pool and tennis court add entertainment possibilities. If you can tear yourself away from the house, surrounding countryside holds some of the best-known vineyards in New Zealand. Owner is very helpful and insightful guide to the area, and delightful company to boot! My family and I spent Christmas week here and will never forget the fabulous time we had. I would definitely recommend it to any group seeking peace and quiet in the heart of wine country.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Near San Jose, CA

Unique, historic, funky, relaxing and fun

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this unique property for four nights in mid-Jan 2018. Hawkesbury Homestead's curb presence is outstanding; it's a beautiful looking home in an idyllic setting with large trees, flowers everywhere, and a vineyard just past the adjoining pasture. The owners are both very engaging and friendly and we enjoyed a glass of their own sauvignon blanc and some cheeses with them right after we arrived. There's a saltwater pool and a tennis court too. Just walking the grounds was very relaxing and my wife and I very much enjoyed sitting on the one of the many decks and just watching the world go by. The house is close to many cellar doors who are more than happy to have a visitor, and we spent a day riding the Hawkesbury Homestead bikes to various wineries.

There are few what I would call indrastructure issues however. First, the beds are just queen sized. My wife and I haven't slept on a queen sized mattress in 20 years and the smaller size took a little getting used to. There is no air conditioning either and only one door and one small window has a screen, meaning bugs will come in, especially if you leave a window open and have a light on at night. It is an old house (built in 1883), and these are some of the issues that our ancestors faced. But this house seems to be pretty well insulated, and we found that we could capture the morning coolness all day and night.

The kitchen works just fine and we grilled some lamb, sausages and pork over three nights after we acquired these items at the local farmers' market. There are tons of things to do nearby too and we found that we ran out of time to get to everything we wanted to see and try.

Looking back I would give our entire Marlborough area experience five stars. We very much enjoyed staying at Hawkesbury Homestead too. My wife and I have rented many homes around the world and found this one to have a very unique personality.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Red Springs, NC

Wonderful homestead!

  • 5 of 5

My mom was visiting from the US, so I decided to surprise her by renting the homestead for just the 2 of us. She loves old homes/antiques, so she was quite excited. We each had a floor to ourselves and enjoyed the pool and the bikes. A tennis court is also available. The location was ideal for day trips to Picton, Havelock and the Queen Charlotte Track. Lynda was wonderful to work with and was available if needed. Highly recommend the homestead in wine country!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family of five

  • 5 of 5

This was our favorite place we stayed on out trip to New Zealand. The house was a wonderful historic building smack in the middle of wine country! All modern amenities, lots of things to help keep you busy, like tennis, swimming and bike riding offered on site. The owners are THE most welcoming people and we felt right at home in this cozy setting.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christmas 2014 at Hawkesbury

  • 5 of 5

Our family (parents plus 2 adult children and husbands) spent Christmas at Hawkesbury Homestead. We were looking for something special and were not disappointed in anyway; the Homestead, the location and the welcome and hospitality shown by Lynda & Charlie was all outstanding.

Hawkesbury is beautiful, it has a wonderful homely feel where we all felt instantly comfortable and relaxed. We loved all that Hawkesbury offered; beautiful home, gardens plus swimming, tennis, bikes, BBQ and the wonderful quiet rural / vineyard surrounds.

Marlborough is a wonderful location to holiday in; the endless vineyard vista's or the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Hawkesbury Homestead location is perfect to enjoy it all.

And if that is not enough and you are lucky enough to stay here, don't forget to step outside and night and take in the night sky - outstanding.

A special place; loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hawkesbury Homestead Vacation

  • 5 of 5

During our recent New Zealand vacation, three couples, all from the US, stayed at the Hawkesbury Homestead for a few days. Hawkesbury is an old farmhouse that has been updated and is located among vineyards in the Marlborough wine region of New Zealand. The 3 bedroom, 3-1/2 baths were more than adequate for the 6 of us, and the kitchen and dining area are quite spacious. We enjoyed the large sitting area also. Hawkesbury comes with a very good WiFi system at no extra cost, and there is also a desktop computer that is hardwired with broadband, and internet speed was excellent.

The house was clean, well stocked with cooking utensils, and the kitchen pantry contained adequate supplies of spices, salt, pepper, etc. There is a small supermarket less than 5 minutes away in Renwick, and a larger supermarket and many other amenities in Blenheim, approximately 10 km away. There was a Gala apple tree loaded with apples in the back yard for our enjoyment, and we picked several to take with us upon our departure for the North Island. There was also a grapefruit tree and lots of walnuts for our use. The owners met us upon our arrival with a delicious cheese board and their private label Sauvignon Blanc, and gave us a good tour of the house. The Hawkesbury and First Landing Sauvignon Blanc that they provided (rent for a week and you get 6 bottles) was as good if not better than any other Sauvignon Blanc that we found.

The location is wonderful. There is one winery within easy walking distance, and numerous wineries, some with outstanding restaurants (the restaurants at Brancott and Rock Ferry were particularly good), within a few minutes by car or bicycle (four bicycles are available at Hawkesbury). The Marlborough area reminded us of the Napa Valley in the US with the outstanding wineries and beautiful vineyards.

Hawkesbury's location is convenient for day trips to nearby attractions such as Picton, Queen Charlotte Trace, Nelson, and others.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hawkesbury and recommend it to anyone planning a New Zealand vacation. If we are fortunate enough to vacation again in New Zealand, we will certainly include a few days at Hawkesbury in our plans.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
110 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Blenheim, New Zealand South Island

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £55 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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