Peter Lloyd turns former New Zealand convent into Marlborough Lodge

On New Zealand’s South Island, the new Marlborough Lodge has opened in the wine country’s Marlborough region.

Covering 16 acres of parkland gardens, the property’s design was spearheaded by Auckland, New Zealand-based designer Peter Lloyd, who turned the former Sisters of Mercy convent in Blenheim into the 10-room lodge. This is actually part two of a four-phase refresh of the hospitality concept.

Retaining the original character of the building, the restoration project emphasizes minimalism and contemporary style. Existing elements like the handcarved Kauri wood staircase, original wooden doors and paneling, and glass panes honor the heritage of the site, while a soft color and material palette complements locally sourced artwork.

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Each room has a unique configuration and lighting design, as well as uses soft color palettes.

Amenities include the Harvest Restaurant, the onsite eatery, and access to extensive natural offerings.

A freestanding spa is in the works for phase three of the design.

Photo credit: Marlborough Lodge