Your hosts at Sherwood Lodge, Craig and Philippa, have owned and operated the Lodge since 2000.
Having travelled extensively, they both understand what makes a place special....what separates an establishment from the rest. And in Sherwood Lodge, they have created a lodge with ambience, luxury, and a level of service that will leave you longing for more.
This is indeed, a very special place.
The Lodge is located near Waiau, around 1 1/2 hours drive north of Christchurch , the South Island's largest city. The Lodge is located approximately half way between the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs, and the stunning sea side town of Kaikoura, famous for it's seafood and whale watching .
The ground floor of Sherwood Lodge was built of concrete and river stone in 1910. The upper floor was built of plaster and lathe in 1924, revealing the Lodge as it is today.
The style is reflective of the wealth found in farming in the early 1900's, and provides an elegant and refined setting for those lucky enough to sample it's charms.
The Lodge offers a large guest lounge with amazing mountain views, a large open fire for you to enjoy on cosy evenings, a selection of board games, TV, music, and a substantial library. There is also complimentary WiFi satellite broadband just in case you need to keep in contact with the "outside world".
Guests at Sherwood Lodge can choose from 3 large suites (the White Room, the Burbury Suite and the Four Poster Suite) and 2 more modest sized guest rooms (Claudia's Room and Daphne's Room).
Each offers architectural features from the early 20th century. Open fireplaces and stained glass windows add to the charm, with extensive use of native and exotic timberwork.
All suites and rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, robes, fruit, fresh garden flowers, and drinking water, along with an iron, hairdryer and toiletries.
The White Room (suite)
This is one of the two guest rooms on the upper level, and was the master bedroom for the second Mr Burbury and his wife. The White Room is light, spacious and airy, and offers spectacular mountain and garden views. A large bay window looks out directly into the canopy of the Magnolia Grandiflora, enabling our guests a close up view of local birdlife and blooms.
The White Room offers direct access to the top covered balcony, providing the best of 'indoor/outdoor' living.
Soak up the sun in the morning and enjoy a nightcap before bed under the glowing 2m stained glass dome in the balcony ceiling.
The White Room is approximately 65m2 (720ft2) in size, and features a super king bed, lounge suite, stereo & CD collection, and an ensuite bathroom with shower. For families, the suite connects with Daphne's Room (via the balcony).
The Burbury Suite
Formerly the library and manager's office, the Burbury Suite offers guests a private lounge and a separate romantically draped bedroom, which captures the warm afternoon sun.
The bedroom and lounge both enjoy direct access to a sunny, sheltered
patio area, complete with the beautiful aroma of lavender, rosemary and
roses from our garden.
This suite covers approximately 50m2 (565ft2), and contains a queen size bed, a separate lounge complete with comfy chairs to relax in front of the open fire, and a stereo & CD collection. The adjoining ensuite bathroom features an original 6 foot rolled top bath and 'telephone' shower.
The Four Poster Suite
Originally the lounge in the house, this room became Mr Burbury's personal retreat in the 1920s. The suite includes a separate dressing room with fitted wardrobes and a dressing table.
This spacious (approximately 65m2 or 720ft2), romantic suite, basks in
morning sun and has wondeful mountain and garden views. The back door
provides guests with easy access to the spa pool, where they can enjoy a
glass of after dinner port by candle light.
The Suite features a carved, king size cherry wood four poster bed, Queen Anne style bedroom furniture, a comfy 2 person sofa tucked into the bay window, writing desk, and a stereo & CD collection. Of course there is also a stylish ensuite bathroom with large shower. What was the original dressing room is now a small bedroom with single bed, which is perfect for couples travelling with a young child.
This golden room, located on the top floor, captures the morning sun. Opening onto the covered top balcony (shared with the White Room), Claudia's Room enjoys amazing garden and mountain views.
At around 35m2 (414ft2), this spacious room features a super king sized
bed which can be split into two king single beds. There is also a comfy
armchair and other bedroom furniture.
Claudia's Room is serviced by the best original bathroom in the house (across the hall), which features an inlaid coloured concrete floor, a large 6ft bath, and separate shower enclosure complete with large rose shower head. And to complete the picture, there are serene views of the field behind the house.
This room was originally the governess's room. Quiet and secluded, Daphne's Room captures the afternoon sun, which streams in through rose bordered windows.
Gentle afternoon breezes carry the scent of roses and lavender through this lovely spacious (around 25m2 (290ft2)room.
Daphne's Room features a queen size bed, framed in rimu. A romantic open fire provides a serene spot to relax and read on cooler days.
There is also a lovely ensuite bathroom with shower.
Dining and Cuisine
Your Sherwood Lodge hosts, Craig and Philippa, have a simple philosophy on food. They use only the best local produce, ensuring that guests experience the true flavours and textures synonomous with the strong, rugged farming country of North Canterbury. Fruit and vegetables from their own garden is used where possible, and local produce features. Dinners are 3 or 4 course
table d'hote meals, arranged in conjunction with guests likes and
dislikes on a daily basis. Sherwood Lodge can cater for special dietary
needs, so please let them know before you arrive and they will do their
best to meet your needs.
Dining at Sherwood Lodge is generally in the formal dining room, but they can also arrange an intimate dinner for two in your room or something less formal elsewhere in the lodge. Summer breakfasts are often eaten outside on the upstairs balcony looking out over the mountains. Jams and preserves from their own garden are a feature.
Children are well catered for, and are generally fed earlier in the evening separately from the adults. A less formal environment with plainer food ensures a more enjoyable dining experience for all guests, young and old.
For a true taste of 'traditional' New Zealand pioneering food, Sherwood Lodge offers dishes such as slow roasted hogget and vegetables, with lashings of gravy and mint sauce. And no Kiwi meal would be complete without their fabulous Pavlova dessert. It's filling and full of flavour, and most of all, enjoyable!
Here are some samples from recent munus:
Spinach filled herb crepe with a thyme infused white wine butter sauce
Chicken Provencal, served with rosemary potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Pears stuffed with almonds and wrapped in filo,served with lemoncello cream
Kapiti Kikorangi Blue, with walnuts and quince paste
Fillet steak cooked to your preference, served with rosemary roast potatoes & kumara, and seasonal vegetables
Baked custard with burnt honey syrup
Cheese and Port
Guests at Sherwood Lodge have a wide range of activities available to them, in and around the Lodge.
Sherwood lodge is located close to some of New Zealand's best tourist attractions, such as the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs , and the stunning sea side town of Kaikoura , famous for it's sea food and whale watching.
At The Lodge
You may choose to relax in a hammock, have a swim in the pool, or curl up in front of an open fire with a favourite book and a wine. Or how about a gentle walk beside the river, or even a quiet game of petanque. Or simply lie back and enjoy a soak in a spa. If you are feeling a little more active, how about a game of tennis? Native birds frequent the gardens and surrounds, and Craig, a qualified Park Ranger, is always keen to show you the abundance of local birdlife on a guided walk.
Horse treks are a Sherwood Lodge speciality.
At Sherwood Lodge you can experience some of the most spectacular high country treks in New Zealand!
Sherwood Lodge and Mt Lyford Horse Treks have combined to give you the ultimate horse trekking experiences. Treks range from one day to six days duration, and showcase some of the best high country in New Zealand.
Quality horses, knowledgable guides, wonderful food, service, and
accommodation all combine to provide a memorable riding experience.
Your trek may take you through mountain beech forest, along 150 year old trails, over braided river beds, and across high country sheep and cattle stations. They cater for all levels of experience, and take great care to match rider and pony/horse, ensuring that you receive a trek to remember.
The day's trek begins with a session where you "get to know your mount". This gives rider and horse confidence in each other and builds a bond between them.
The amazing beauty of the area will astound you. After an hour long stop for a packed lunch, you then trek on to your overnight accommodation. Most days, you will spend 5-6hours in the saddle.
Depending on your chosen trek, your accommodation will be at luxurious Sherwood Lodge or in a musterers hut located high up in the surrounding mountains.
Near The Lodge
There is a wide range of activities available within easy reach of Sherwood Lodge.
Trout and salmon fishing is available and Craig is a keen fisherman, keen to take you to some of his favourite spots. Or, tours with professional guides can be arranged.
If snow skiing is your passion, two fields, Mt Lyford and Amuri, are
close by. These fields provide relaxed conditions without the hectic
crowds of larger fields.
There are several golf courses located close by, and two sets of clubs are available free of charge for the use of our guests. A word of warning though. Such is the beauty of your surroundings, you may find it hard to concentrate on your golf!
Perhaps a tour of a working sheep farm interests you? Tours can be arranged which will give you a wonderful snapshot of "life on the land" in New Zealand.
The area around the lodge is home to a wide range of game, such as red deer, wild pigs, chamois, rabbits, hares, and possums. We can provide rifles, ammunition and instruction if you fancy some hunting, Kiwi style.
Kaikoura is around one hours drive from Sherwood Lodge. Here you can experience whale watching tours (highly recommended),
a swim with dolphins, fresh and salt water fishing by jetboat (all in
the same trip), high country four wheel drive tours, and even Maori
cultural tours, where you can experience Maori culture up close.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort is around 40 minutes drive from Sherwood Lodge. The resort has a range of thermal pools of varying temperatures, as well as a health and beauty spa which offers massages and treatments. There are few more relaxing experiences than soaking in a hot pool at Hanmer Springs. Sit back and relax while your troubles soak away.
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