Neither hotel nor lodge, Edenhouse is a gracious luxury home within the beautiful Orinoco Valley of New Zealand’s South Island. This Tatler and Robb Report-lauded bed and breakfast is an enchanting country retreat—a slice of “Eden” surrounded by 48 acres of private grounds and the rolling Nelson Abel Tasman countryside, where wine, wild adventure, and natural wonders are plentiful.

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Cited by Tatler as one of the 101 Best Hotels of the World, Edenhouse epitomizes understated luxury as envisioned by owners and hosts Peter and Bobbie Martin. Reminiscent of an elegant yet contemporary English-style country house, this countryside manor accommodates a maximum of only six guests at a time, thus guaranteeing a level of personalized service and attention to detail from arrival to departure. Edenhouse has two spacious suites upstairs, both with lavish en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views of the Orinoco Valley, as well as a freestanding split-level cottage tucked away in the garden for those looking for a bit more privacy and space. All suites at Edenhouse are air-conditioned and feature pure Irish linen sheets, luxury bath amenities, well-stocked refrigerators, Sky televisions, wireless Internet access, and a certain carefully-curated charm.

Nestled in the stunning Orinoco Valley, Edenhouse is surrounded by 48 acres of private grounds and internationally-acclaimed gardens personally designed by Bobbie. These rambling, manicured gardens are filled with several hidden courtyards, which act as cool oases in the summer, while the indoor sitting room, formal dining room, artist studio, den, and library provide cozy corners for warming up by the open fire in the winter. Whether enjoying a delightful home cooked breakfast sourced from the local land or indulging in an organic dinner in one of the many al fresco venues in the gardens, Edenhouse does not disappoint and pairs each of its meals with one of Nelson’s renowned labels.

While not relaxing at Edenhouse with a glass of local wine or a game of petanque, guests have a wealth of activities and experiences available at their fingertips, from the postcard beaches and native bush of Abel Tasman National Park to wine tours through the Nelson countryside. Edenhouse’s enviable location places guests at the center of world-renowned trout fishing rivers, wild mountains, pristine waters, artisan food producers, a thriving arts community, and some of the world’s most reputed wineries. For those so inclined, there are also plenty of extreme adventures involving helicopters, kayaks, 4×4 vehicles, and airplanes. No matter the adventure, Edenhouse remains ever mindful of guests’ need to unwind and offers a sense of idyllic serenity, as found in the gardens, with the resident Labrador Retriever, Chilli, and in the comprehensive in-suite spa treatment menu.

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