The Grasmere Lodge, High Country Retreat is where luxury and natural splendour come together in the heart of the Southern Alps, to form what one international guest described as “a whole other world of peacefulness and serenity.” Built in 1858, the original limestone homestead, now the core of the lodge, introduces you to the style of personal pampering that earned the Harper’s Hideaway Report Grand Award in 1998. Grasmere Lodge also offers a richness of traditional New Zealand hospitality. Owner, Tom Butler, and his staff epitomise New Zealand friendliness and generosity of spirit. Together they take great delight in sharing the magic of Grasmere with their guests.
Every guest room at Grasmere Lodge has a king bed or two single beds, two armchairs and a coffee table, CD player with Ipod dock, minibar, wi-fi, a work desk and chair. Each private patio or deck has two outdoor chairs for enjoying the views and fresh mountain air. The tiled ensuite bathrooms feature a jacuzzi bath, separate glass shower, double vanities, thick bathrobes, hairdryer, and nightlight. They have underfloor heating and demisting mirrors.
Dining at New Zealand lodges is a key part of the whole experience. The produce from New Zealand, a clean, green country is amongst the best in the world, and the chefs of the Grasmere Lodge want you to be able to taste it and appreciate it. The Grasmere Lodge aims to provide the best of New Zealand produce, seasonal and preferably locally grown. The chefs check what fruit and vegetables are available in the markets and order accordingly, rather than bringing in exotic ingredients to try to impress.
Activities from the lodge include going fishing, horse riding, hiking or playing tennis. More leisurely activities at Grasmere include resting by the pool, being pampered in the spa or picnicking under a willow tree by one the nearby lakes. Lodge staff can also arrange fishing guides, hunting guides, clay pigeon shooting, skiing, or four-wheel-drive safaris into the back-country.