This is arguably one of New Zealand’s most historically important heritage farming properties with its original title signed by the Governor, Sir George Grey in 1862. At it’s height 82,000 acres were farmed and the house, rebuilt following a fire in 1912 comprised 38 rooms and employed 47 staff by the 1920’s.
Since 2003 a systematic upgrade of the property and its infrastructure has resulted in a comprehensively modernised grand family home built to an English style, and compliant with today’s standards yet preserving faithfully its original architectural integrity. The 700 metre approach curves through its serene park like grounds of approximately 6 hectares flanked by 117 species of trees.
As expected of a stately home of this calibre, the ground level is dedicated to family living and entertaining and four formal and informal dining and living areas lead off a spacious guest entry and reception area, all served by a large modern kitchen.
The wide sweeping staircase leads up to a reception sized landing with library off and over two levels, ten spacious bedrooms and five stylish bathrooms and a second staircase allow accommodation flexibility for all family or guest house needs.
Timeless elements of exposed native timber beams and panels have also been retained to ensure authenticity.
This is unquestionably a unique property which is indelibly etched in South Island history. With its own helipad it regularly hosts International business guests seeking privacy, elegance and modern conveniences. As an idyllic family sanctuary, you can blissfully retreat from today’s stressful world. Many can only dream of such heritage and few will have the opportunity to own such an uncompromised jewel that modern replication can never do justice to.
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