At the beginning of the 1900s, Picton played host to one of the century’s greatest writers, Katherine Mansfield. Her short stories are legendary for their elegant rendering of the upper crust of colonial-era New Zealand society, and like those of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë before her, her stories delicately depict the splendid finery with which her society surrounded itself. Ms. Mansfield sadly never stayed in our Formal Suite, but we’re certain that, if she had, the room would have merited a mention in her writings.

The Victorian-inspired décor features an exquisitely crafted king-sized bed, an ornate, filigreed full-length triptych mirror, crystal chandeliers of tasteful design in both the bedroom and bathroom, polished Monterey cypress floorboards, and a classic, freestanding French slipper tub, set in its rightful place: directly in the middle of the bathroom. For guests with places to be, the bathroom also features a spacious, modern shower.

The Formal Suite provides guests with a rare opportunity to glimpse what luxury used to be; luxury before it became gauche and showy. Luxury as it ought to be: meticulously crafted furniture, modest, beautiful décor, remarkable food and wine, and breathtaking natural beauty on all sides.

The nightly room rate of $450 (High season rate, 23 Dec-31 Mar: $550)    includes a gourmet breakfast, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne and fruit platter upon arrival. Parking is of course free for guests, as is the hotel’s wireless internet.

  • Sky TV on large plasma screen
  • King size bed
  • Large French tub
  • Large  modern shower
  • Ensuite
  • Free WIFI
  • Free Parking

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0800 693 722