Nelson, New Zealand
Not a hotel or a lodge but a gracious luxury home situated on 48 acres of private grounds, Edenhouse is a true treasure in the remarkable landscape of South Island's Orinoco Valley, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
At a Glance
Edenhouse has an enviable proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park
Stunningly landscaped gardens and hidden private courtyards – perfect for a sumptuous alfresco dinner
Edehouse is not a hotel or lodge but a charming country home
Hosts and owners, Peter and Bobbie, are utterly charming and will ensure your stay is perfect
The views of the Orinoco Valley from the rambling, manicured gardens are a highlight
You'll be dining on the spoils from the garden at Edenhouse, fresh-picked figs, macadamia nuts and blueberries perhaps, combined with vegetables from a neighboring farm and artisan produce from the best bakery, smokehouse, cheese maker and butcher in the area.Scott Dunn team
Book yourself onto one of the Abel Tasman day trips. This involves a 5 hour scenic cruise, the option of kayaking, swimming and a stunning bush walk adventure all in one day and a visit to Tonga Island marine park.Scott Dunn team
Edenhouse is located at the top of the South Island perfectly tucked between the Abel Tasman Park and Nelson, an area that enjoys the most sunshine hours of anywhere in New Zealand. The setting of the house itself is in a quiet, picturesque valley with amazing views in every direction.
Built by the owners and hosts, Peter and Bobbie Martin, the property itself is an exquisitely designed, large and relaxed home furnished to a very high and traditional standard with an emphasis on comfort, understated luxury and attention to detail. With a maximum of six guests at any one time, Edenhouse guarantees absolute personalized service and the utmost attention to detail throughout. Two suites within the house and the free standing cottage in the garden each sleep two people and have plenty of space, outstanding views and large private bathrooms.
The stunning landscaped gardens are large, so as well as enjoying the sitting room, formal dining room, artists studio, den and library, you can also enjoy several courtyard areas providing additional places to eat, drink and relax. These gardens are a cool oasis in the summer whilst open fires throughout the house give warmth and atmosphere in the winter months.
Dining at Edenhouse is truly memorable, whether it is one of the fabulous home cooked breakfasts sourced from local suppliers and producers or a delectable dinner in the formal dining room or in one of the many al fresco venues around the beautiful gardens. Plenty of wonderful restaurants and wineries in the area also provide ample choice for dining.
A visit to Edenhouse offers world-renowned trout fishing rivers, wild mountains, pristine countryside, cerulean bays and the golden, postcard beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park. Artisan food producers, a thriving arts and crafts community and internationally reputed wineries are within easy range. For those so inclined, there are also plenty of extreme adventures involving a helicopter such as wilderness heli-rafting, heli-biking and heli-hiking.
This is, Peter and Bobbie like to say, a place where even the busiest guests will soon reacquaint themselves with the simple pleasures and the unbridled possibilities of life, all in a setting of beauty, privacy and luxury.
Edenhouse has two suites upstairs in the main house, both with lavish en-suite bathrooms and wonderful views. The cottage in the garden is 40 meters from the main house and is split level with a bedroom upstairs and its own bathroom, sitting and dining area, sun deck and excellent amenities though guests still have full use of the house. All of the rooms are spacious, light and are elegantly furnished. All suites and rooms feature: air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, sky TV, laundry service, luxury Irish linen sheets, luxury toiletries, and a well stocked fridge.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Edenhouse and due to the high level of personal service by the hosts, requests are welcome and they will do their best to make families as comfortable and as at home as possible. Cots, highchairs and babysitting services can all be arranged to make your stay as easy and enjoyable.
Edenhouse's hosts serve a fabulous breakfast each morning in the dining room and pre-dinner canapés and drinks are also served for guests choosing to dine at the lodge where much of the food is locally sourced and beautifully prepared. There are also some wonderful outdoor eating areas, a library, den, artist's studio, heliport and transport is available on request. Edenhouse guests have membership to the Monterey House Country Club which has a restaurant, golf, gardens and cooking classes.
If not relaxing at Edenhouse with a good book and chilled glass of local wine or a game of petanque, this area of New Zealand has so much to offer visitors from the golden beaches and native bush of the Abel Tasman National Park where boating, kayaking and hiking are all superb, 4WD, plane and helicopter tours, fly and float fishing trips and wine tours are just some of the adventures to be undertaken here.
Location & Directions
Nelson, New Zealand
Edenhouse is located in the beautiful Orinoco Valley, at the top of the South Island. Its sits in 48 acres of private grounds between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.