Mainholm Lodge - Quality accommodation and dining in West Otago, New Zealand.


"What is past is prologue" William Shakespeare
Mainholm Country Lodge is a grand Victorian homestead which has been carefully and beautifully restored back to its former glory. Built in 1907 for the Dickison family, the current house replaces an earlier homestead which was destroyed by fire. This double and triple brick home took four years to complete. Initially a substantial station property, Mainholm now has three hectares of beautiful grounds nestled between the Pomahaka river and the Blue Mountains.

Mainholm has a fascinating history. After being enjoyed as a large family home for many decades, it gradually fell into a state of disrepair. By the mid 1980s it was largely derelict. It was then purchased by a film producer, who gave Mainholm a starring role in 'The Returning'; a New Zealand feature film shot during the summer of 1990. This supernatural love story was shot in and around Mainholm which, in its dilapidated state, provided an atmospheric backdrop to the film. Mainholm’s guests can now enjoy watching this film in altogether more comfortable conditions!
The process of restoring Mainholm Lodge back to its former glory began in the 1990s. Traditional materials were used to repair the building and original features, which included hand painted friezes, fireplaces and wooden trimmings, were carefully restored. After purchasing Mainholm in 2004, Graham and Sandi have lovingly continued the restoration of this beautiful building. They have also continued the development of Mainholm as a business, expanding the restaurant and enhancing the guest accommodation. Their plans for the future include landscaping Mainholm’s beautiful grounds to reflect its Victorian heritage. The 4.5 star Qualmark rating recently awarded to Mainholm Lodge recognised Graham and Sandi’s hard work in providing guests and diners with an unforgettable and luxurious experience.

Mainholm historic photos