PHOTO:DOMINION-POST Summerlee is set in 10 acres of gardens in the tiny town of Te Awanga. (file photo) 

The retreat boasts that guests will “never want to leave”, but Sherlock Holmes and Marvel star Benedict Cumberbatch hasn’t had a hell of a lot of choice in the matter.

The Oscar-nominated British actor was part way through filming the Jane Campion-directed Netflix film The Power of the Dog, when the Government announced New Zealand would go into lockdown, his representative told MailOnline.

So rather than put himself and his family through the kerfuffle of trying to leave for the UK within 24 hours, he and wife Sophie Hunter decided to stay put.

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And who wouldn’t when their employer had agreed to help put them up, not in the nondescript airport hotels that serve as many returning Kiwis’ quarantine quarters, but rather a more-than-$3000-a-night oceanview retreat with half a dozen of Hawke’s Bay’s best wineries on its doorstep?