HISTORIC MARLBOROUGH HOTEL UP FOR SALE

A historic hotel in Marlborough is up for sale.

Originally named the Pelorus Hotel, the Trout Hotel was built in 1904 and is located on State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson in Canvastown.

The area is renowned for its mining history and is named after the sea of tents which popped up during the goldrush of 1864. As many as six thousand miners came to the valley in the hopes of making their fortunes, and about 710kg of gold was recovered.

The hotel was last on the market in 2014, but owners Raymond and Karen Cresswell were unable to find a buyer trusted to preserve the building’s heritage. They have owned the hotel since 2002.

The property features two six-bed self-contained units, 11 hotel beds, a two-bedroom owners’ flat upstairs. A two-bedroom cottage and four powered campervan sites are also included.

Ghosts are rumoured to visit the Trout, and the hotel is featured on a website called ‘Haunted Auckland’. “We heard two men talking right outside our room late at night,” said one guest. “When I opened the door to ask them to go, there was no one there.”