Enjoying hosted, relaxed boutique accommodation in the stately surrounds of one of New Zealand's most historic homes, with magnificent views across Marlborough's Awatere Valley vineyards to the sparkling blue of the Cook Strait.
Ugbrooke Country Estate, a heritage 2 listed property, is a truly unique, yet unpretentious nineteenth century boutique Marlborough property, on a 16 acre, elevated site. It is set in private grounds with sweeping lawns and marvellous views of the surrounding vineyards, Cook Strait and the North Island. To the south are the Kaikoura Ranges and mighty Mt Tapuaenuku.
Take a 25 minute scenic drive south of Blenheim to find the stunning Awatere Valley ( see directions on 'contacts' page.) It is here that you will discover Ugbrooke and a huge piece of NZ settler history with roots in Devon, England. This single storey brick manor house is renowned for its size and unusual archtitectural features. Listed with the NZ Historical Trust, guests staying at Ugbrooke are invited to enjoy all aspects of the property and walk in the grounds, or relax in the Edwardian Dining Room or Chudleigh Bar. It is rather like having your own Manor for the duration of your stay.
One and a half kilometres of curving, tree lined road lead the visitor to the homestead, a magnificent red brick house of 929m2 (10,000 sq ft.) Inside, Ugbrooke offers boutique accommodation with spacious guest rooms, lofty pressed metal ceilings, and extensive timber finishes.
Ugbrooke is the original homestead of an 8,479 ha. farm bought in 1882 by Hon.William Clifford. In 1885 he decided to build his main homestead in the Awatere Valley because of the large amount of good agricultural land and to name it Ugbrooke after his family estate in Chudleigh, Devon, England which lives on today. He designed the house and began the building that same year from brick, made and fired on the property. In 1897, under some financial pressure, he sold the farm and partly finished house to the Vavasour family who completed it to Clifford's design by 1903.
After three generations of ownership and a rich history, the Vavasours decided to sell in the early 1990s.
Your hosts,Peter and Alex Stowasser, now welcome guests to this unique residence and take great pleasure in enabling visitors to forget the hustle and bustle of the modern world and step briefly back in time to a more gracious era - to unwind in comfort and informality, to explore the region and hopefully return again to...... Ugbrooke Country Estate.