Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017...

Wishing all of our guests and friends a happy new year. May 2017 be filled with joy and success for you all!


Friday, December 23, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

We have started to put up the Christmas decorations in the manor for the first time since it was completed...


2 sleeps to go...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Offer...


Looking for a perfect Christmas gift voucher or a chance to treat yourself?

• 2 nights luxury escape at Willowbrook Park and Willowbrook breakfast $395 pp

• 2 nights luxury escape at Willowbrook Park and Willowbrook Breakfast, with limousine tour to Hobbiton $645 pp

• 2 nights luxury escape at Willowbrook Park and Willowbrook Breakfast, with helicopter flight over Hamilton and high tea at Zealong Tea Plantation $845 pp

Don't fancy going out to a restaurant? Have our chef cook you dinner at the Manor House, and dine in the sumptuous red silk lined dining room with candles and chandeliers ($50-100 pp depending on menu) and choose from a wide range of Mills Reef wines.



One randomly selected voucher will include free hire of Willowbrook for your next business meeting or dinner function. (25 people max. Catering by Kerr & Ladbrook and wines by Mills Reef will be invoiced to you after your requirements have been established.)

Voucher valid for all of 2017. 
Advance booking essential. 
07 856 5656 or enquiries@willowbrookpark.co.nz

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome to Spring, and Farewell to Your Host (for a while)...


Above: The vintage car in which the bride arrived for her wedding last weekend.

As you can see, the typical spring storms are here. This weekend was particularly bad, as the large storm had come across the ditch from Australia. Luckily the weather we had here has not been as bad as in parts of NSW and SA, where there have been torrential floods with peoples houses flooded, roads closed and people's lives changed forever.


The bluebells are out. I am enjoying starting to see the colour combinations come together, such as the lilac from the bluebells with the silver trunks of the Silver Birch Sp. Jacquemonte...


The Silver Pears adjacent to the Birch are just starting to bud up. You can see the storm brewing in the background over the manor. Luckily the weather held out for the wedding, and a 50th wedding anniversary. Everybody had a wonderful time.


The vineyard is starting to come into leaf as well, with some of the Plane trees along the drive greening up with clumps of daffodils still blooming below them.


On to other news. It's out with the old and in with the new. Your host must focus on obligations across in Australia for the next few months, so Peter will be running Willowbrook with the help of our new Business Manager, Mr William Stoneham...

Above: Bill (left) before one of the degustation dinners.

Below: Me, saying, "au revoir"...


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