“Wow, here it is, the perfect location!” Bobbie exclaimed. She had been searching her native New Zealand for a property where she could apply the full palette of her skills and talents, honed at The Inchbald School of Design and The English Gardening School, during 18 years of living in London. She had established her own successful design business in Knightsbridge and by 2002 Bobbie was ready for a new and personal challenge back in her homeland. She and her husband, Peter, thoroughly enjoyed London yet were lucky enough to also have a farmhouse in West Sussex on 800 acres. The rural lifestyle in the United Kingdom inspired them to search for their piece of paradise in New Zealand. Their “perfect location” was discovered in the stunning Orinoco Valley, located at the top of the South Island, between Nelson and The Abel Tasman National Park.

As their new dwelling and its 48 acres of parkland and gardens took shape, they soon recognised that it demanded to be shared with others who could appreciate its immaculate style, the picture-book countryside and the endless bounty for which the Nelson Tasman region is legendary. Thus, Edenhouse was “born” in 2006.

Peter and Bobbie have quietly developed an impeccable track record among the highest-end of accommodation providers, for the tranquillity, intimacy, discretion and unforced excellence of their property. They are fully committed to taking care of their guests and are assisted by a team of twelve who all live in the local valley and are employed on an ongoing basis.  Edenhouse does not employ temporary or seasonal staff. Their record is evidenced by repeated recognition by the most discerning judges, such as Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller and UK House & Garden. Tatler, the UK society magazine, named Edenhouse as one of the “101 Best Hotels of the World” in its internationally acclaimed Travel Guide, describing it as “an instant word-of-mouth winner”.

However Edenhouse is not just a place to stay. It is in the midst of some of New Zealand’s grandest scenery – from rugged wilderness to golden beaches. The Nelson Tasman region harbours many other best-kept secrets beyond Edenhouse itself. It is a magic land for the outdoors lover, the thrill-seeker, the gourmet, the oenophile, the artist and anyone who might appreciate the region’s famously laidback attitude to life against a divine backdrop. Within easy reach are three national parks, picturesque cycle trails, trout-fishing rivers, charming villages, and the golden, postcard beaches of The Abel Tasman National Park.

The pursuit of excellence extends beyond the lodge gates; it includes the operators in the Nelson Tasman region who are selected to provide activities and experiences for Edenhouse guests. These operators own their own businesses and share the same genuine enthusiasm for the region as Peter and Bobbie.

Edenhouse is a place where even the busiest guests will quickly rediscover the art of relaxing, reacquainting themselves with both the simple pleasures and the unbridled possibilities of life. And all in a setting of beauty, discernment, privacy and luxury – in its genuine sense.