This beautifully crafted and private contemporary farmhouse nestles gently into its landscape. Positioned on just over five acres the home affords 270-degree views of the Wakatipu Basin and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Architect Wendy Shacklock chose materials that fit the Central Otago vernacular: schist stonework, Victorian ash and cedar woodwork inside and out, with natural zinc cladding and roofing – a modern take on corrugated iron. Inside, cedar beams in the living room echo the roofline of an old barn.
The main building is akin to a farmhouse and the separate guest bedroom wing reminiscent of a stable block, with a water trough and courtyard between them. Built in 2006 by Ewan Edgerton the home includes sliding doors and louvres which disappear into the walls, either opening up the entire home in summer or closing off to create a sense of warmth and privacy.
Although the materials have historic links, the architect’s design is truly contemporary. The loggia, or covered atrium hallway, is only two metres wide at the glassed entranceway, then angles gently to four metres wide before ending at a pergola that continues onto the lawn outside to the magnificent aspect and unsurpassed sunsets.
The separate wings of the house are similarly gently angled away from one another. "It means guests don't simply stare at the living room windows across the courtyard; all have a view to the surrounding mountains." This is very much a house to share with four dining areas, two living rooms, three guest bedrooms and a guest apartment.
A mature orchard is producing spectacular fruit and sits alongside a small fenced vegetable garden with raised beds and espaliered apple trees. In addition the grounds are home to Pin Oaks, Silver Birch and Japanese Cherry.
Situated within close proximity to both historical Arrowtown and the vibrancy of Queenstown, and the international airport only 10km away the location couldn’t be more central to all amenities. The recently opened 120km Queenstown Trail is conveniently located at the end of Slope Hill Road giving easy bike access to some of the regions most scenic rides.
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