Spent two nights here at the end of our tour of the South Island. Idiosyncratic and cosy B&B- style accommodation (only two double rooms) in a quiet location just outside Blenheim, with very welcoming owner who really wants you to have a great time and get the most from your stay: Phil's hospitality was unsurpassed, his breakfasts were wonderful and the wine he insisted on letting us have from his fridge was sublime! A great base from which to take a tour of wine country.
Arriving at Antria is like being covered in a big Kiwi style blanket of hospitality. Phil is warm, generous and entertaining. The house is amazing, full of unique pieces of art. Thankyou for letting us use your garden to star watch - one of our holiday highlights. We wish you well Phil with your new adventures and feel honoured to have been your last guests. Kia Koa.
We spent 2 nights here in March and weren’t disappointed. Nothing was too much trouble for Phil from recommending restaurants to providing us with a cold platter of food and wine after a day out wine tasting and cruising the Marlborough Sounds. Thank you Phil for a wonderful stay.
Phil, the owner of Antria, was an excellent host and cook for us. My wife and I stayed at this lodge for 3 nights during our first visit in NZ. What we hoped in Marlborough was exploring great food and wines. Phil recommended and reserved great local restaurants for us every evening and drove us there as he promises in his website. Although our stay was over a weekend (Fri - Mon) when the choice of the restaurants was limited, he managed to book nice ones serving top tier food and wines. If our stay had been during a week, he would have had more choices. On top of these, what really amazed us was his breakfast. They have six hens in their back yard and each of them produces an egg every day - six fresh eggs a day. Phil cooked superb egg dishes every morning as the "main course". Eggs benedict on morning one, fluffy meringue omlet on morning two, and egg quiche on the last morning. He told us that he had six secret recipes of breakfast egg courses. This beautiful lodge is one of a very limited number of places where we wish to stay again. And, we wish to stay from Monday through Sunday next time so that we can enjoy all of his egg recipes and more variety of local restaurants. Although my writing focuses on food and wine, the room, amenity, huge collection of movie DVDs, large relaxing back yard, etc. would never disappoint anybody.…
Best expressed as shabby chic extremely comfortable accommodation central to wineries. What makes this place unforgettable is Phil, what a wonderful host and breakfast chef. After a 3 night stay we felt that we had known Phil a lifetime, wonderfully warm person made us so very welcome and extremely generous with his wine.