To the Manor Born

For the first time, guests at the historic Otahuna Lodge will have the opportunity to book exclusive use of the entire luxury property. Nestled in the Port Hills of New Zealand’s Canterbury region, Otahuna Lodge is launching its Lord of the Manor package whereby ten guests can have full run of the grand Victorian mansion, its grounds, and facilities for a rate of NZ$5,995 (US$5,118) per night.
Bookings are available throughout the autumn and winter months, and stays include a nightly five-course degustation dinner matched with New Zealand wines, plus breakfast daily. Depending on the occasion, the Lodge can be exclusively reserved for a single magical night, a leisurely weekend, or even a longer sojourn.
Otahuna Lodge, built in 1895 for high profile Canterbury pioneer Sir Heaton Rhodes, is New Zealand’s largest private historic residence and is considered the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia. It offers some of the finest New Zealand cuisine, and Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre presents the best seasonal and local produce, with an emphasis on fresh Otahuna ingredients grown in the Lodge’s own “Garden of National Significance.”
Taking a step back in time, guests have a choice of two master suites and a further five suites at their disposal. The expansive, charming gardens and landscape will be reserved exclusively for a single party, and can host any manner of revelry, from a grand ‘Downton Abbey’ styled event to an intimate gathering of close friends.
Managing Director Hall Cannon says “We are very excited to be able to offer this truly unique package to our guests at Otahuna. This is a great chance for guests to experience what it was like living as Sir Heaton Rhodes did with the comfort and refinements of today.”
The ‘Lord of the Manor’ package will be available from May – September 2014.

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