Old Mary´s Convent


Old St. Mary’s Convent … the first associations that spring to mind are those of early mornings, break-back beds, scanty meals and deprivation.


However, the Old St. Mary’s Convent that INTOSOL has found for you in New Zealand is in every respect quite the contrary: Look forward to sophisticated luxuries! The flair maybe that of a convent of old, but the comforts are quite contemporary.


Having been converted into a modern boutique hotel, the Old St. Mary’s Convent is set in the beautiful read more » winegrowing region Marlborough Sounds. Vineyards and olive trees run up and down the rolling hills all around.


A brilliantly blue sky ensures plenty of sunshine for the wine and olives to grow. The Spring Creek, brimming with trout, traverses the hotel property and colourful birds provide the soundtrack.


A delicious breakfast is served in the cosy dining room – the perfect start into a new “holi-day”. And on a cold day, a blazing fire is lit in the library. A glass of local wine at hand, snuggle up with a good book or chat to the other guests.


More than a hundred years old, the gardens are graced by a small, wooden chapel. If you are planning a wedding, you have just discovered the most romantic setting imaginable.


The chapel, the old convent, perfect service and the blossoming gardens beneath New Zealand’s blue skies… everything is in place for an unforgettable celebration!


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The Old St. Mary’s Convent looks back on a long and fascinating history. Back in 1901, the convent was built by Thomas Turnbull for the Sisters of Mercy. In those days, nineteen bedrooms accommodated read more » the sisters.


Of course, the panorama has changed: Instead of tiny chambers, the Old St. Mary’s Convent Hotel offers five large and luxurious suites and rooms that leave nothing to be desired.


The Chapel Suite is the first choice for honeymooning couples. Generously large, the suite is accommodated in the old chapel and surprises with antique, stained-glass church windows. The private balcony is the perfect spot to enjoy a local wine or other drink from the mini bar.


A large bed promises sweet dreams to come and the electronic equipment includes a TV and internet access. The elegant bathroom features a large bathtub for two and a separate shower.


The Mother Superior Suite is equally spacious. The lounge and balcony command a stunning view of the gardens and the mountains in the backdrop. The finely appointed bathroom is equipped with an extra large bathtub and the huge bed lets you wake up rested and brimming with energy.


Plenty of sunlight and an airy feel are the dominant characteristics of the Sister Ancilla Room. The morning sun tickling your nose, wake up to magnificent views.


Lodged at the Novice Suite you enjoy an equally stunning panorama of vineyards and rolling hills. Moreover, the elegant bathroom is especially beautiful.


The Grace Room looks out onto the Old St. Mary Convent’s lush gardens. Moreover, a large bed and very comfortable lounge perfectly complement the luxurious accommodation unit.


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Sweet idleness and happy daydreaming or sports and excursions - the Old St. Mary’s Convent is the right place for both. Those who would like to be active may start the day with a tennis match.


Alternatively, read more » tune up your billiard skills or do a few easy laps in the outdoor swimming pool. Moreover, New Zealand is a trout fishing paradise. Ask your hosts about the most promising spots to pull a delicious dinner out of the crystal-clear water.


If you are ready to get wet and wild, white water rafting is an exciting options to get your heart racing. Mastering the rapids, take the time to look up to admire the breathtakingly beautiful setting.


Of course, you may also explore the surroundings on guided hikes. Just be sure to take your camera. Or saddle a horse and let your beast’s sturdy legs take you past picturesque landscapes and through remote wilderness.


Not far from the Old Saint Mary’s Convent, an excellent golf course allows enthusiasts of the gentleman’s sport to improve their handicap. Send a ball or two flying!


The Marlborough Sounds is considered to be one of the world’s best wine growing regions. Countless celebrated vineyards create their liquid masterpieces in the vicinity and welcome visitors – of course, offering their fine produce for tasting.


And come winter, the nearby mountains offer first-class skiing runs. Race down the mountains or stop at the little town Blenheim that offers a number of superb restaurants and is located only ten minutes away.


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