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Established in 1882, Peppers Martinborough Hotel is a historic retreat offering luxury, boutique accommodation in the heart of one of New Zealand's finest wine growing regions.
Martinborough is a quirky little village, encircled by vineyards and with a majestic square at its heart. This picturesque wine village lies in the heart of Wairarapa on the North Island, 75 minutes drive east of Wellington, and three hours south of Hawkes Bay. The tiny town (pop. 1300) is hemmed in by 24 wineries, most within walking distance from the hotel.
Taking pride of place at the entrance to the square is Peppers Martinborough Hotel. Developer Edmund Buckeridge described it in 1882 as `one of the finest hostelries ever erected in any inland town in New Zealand`. The hotel hasn't forgotten its past, and it's that sense of history and place that will charm you as soon as you step in the front door - from the battered suitcase of a gentleman traveller at the top of the stairs, to the sloping floors and olden day sketches of local personalities adorning the walls.
Today Peppers Martinborough Hotel offers character, comfort and old style personal attention combined, ideal for a romantic weekend away, an indulgent escape or a place to lodge as part of a holiday or vacation. Diners can enjoy classic country cuisine and a wide range of excellent wines in the spacious bistrot which spills out under the verandah onto the historic village square. A cosy open fire keeps pub-goers warm in the hotel's friendly `local` and the evening sun goes down in the garden and petanque pitch set among climbing roses and old fashioned box hedging.
At Peppers Martinborough Hotel choose from sixteen individually designed guest rooms to suit your mood. Indulge in the elegant surroundings of one of our nine Verandah Rooms, located at the top of the grand flight of stairs in the original 1882 building. Or take a wander through the pretty courtyard just beyond the lobby and enjoy the tranquillity of seven spacious Garden Rooms finished in a restful simple country style.
Verandah Rooms are located on the first floor of the hotel opening out onto a deep balcony. Each has its own individual character; aged wooden floors, luxurious Persian rugs and Chinese porcelain. Feature shower only. Queen size bed. Room capacity 2 adults and 1 child.
Heritage Verandah Rooms are located on the first floor of the hotel opening out onto a deep balcony. Each has its own individual character; aged wooden floors, luxurious Persian rugs, Chinese porcelain and deep old fashioned claw foot tubs. Feature bath and shower. Queen size bed. Room capacity 2 adults and 1 child.
Garden rooms are comfortable and spacious, with a more contemporary feel. They can be made up to king or twin rooms and open onto a quiet leafy courtyard. Claw-foot bathtub and shower. King bed. Room capacity 2 adults and 1 child.
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Bistrot and settlers bar
The hotel's Bistrot and Settlers Bar, open 7 days, feature wonderful local produce. Local olive oil is a particular favourite as are the ugly mushrooms, which are farmed nearby. Martinborough is known internationally for its outstanding wines - most of which are grown and made within walking distance of the hotel.
A perfect place to enjoy pre and post dinner drinks is in the Red Room. Its intimate setting is characterised by the classic style furniture and log fire warming the room in the colder months. If a game of snooker is more your style, head to the Malt Whisky Bar where there is a fine selection of over 60 malts and a ¾ size antique snooker table.
Whether dining or simply relaxing, Peppers Martinborough Hotel offers something for everyone.
Red Room and Conservatory
The Snooker Room
Things to do in the area..
Indulge in summertime romance on a horse and carriage ride round the wineries. Explore the dramatic coastline south of Martinborough, the setting for a scene from Lord of the Rings. Golf, tennis and quad biking are just some examples of the activities available.
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