A touch of restored glamour
Trudy Hannan is happy to open her home for a good cause.
Home and garden enthusiasts will get the chance to step inside some of Auckland’s most striking homes when the NZ House & Garden Tours returns to the city in March.
Mrs Hannan will open the doors of her family’s Herne Bay villa to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Look Good Feel Better, which runs workshops to build the confidence and well-being of women as they undergo treatment.
‘‘Who wouldn’t want to take part in something that will give money to charity,’’ Mrs Hannan says.
‘‘If it can help one woman feel better that’s all that matters.’’
Her 1890 home was restored 10 years ago. It had been turned into a threebedroom bungalow in the 1920s.
She has lived there for nearly four years and has added a few touches.
‘‘We wanted it to be beautiful with a touch of glamour, but not too serious.’’
Now into its sixth year the tour is the country’s biggest national charity house tour offering ticket-holders the rare opportunity to visit some of the country’s most beautiful and special homes.
The annual event will be held in Auckland on March 7.
For the first time a second tour will include homes in rural areas around Clevedon and Alfriston on March 28.
Since the event started in 2009, it has raised over $1million for the two charities with around 20,000 people taking part in the tours.
NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan says the homes are a fantastic mix showcasing the best of Auckland’s town and country.
‘‘The Auckland region has a real diversity of houses and we are proud to be showcasing this on the tours,’’ she says.
‘‘The Auckland tour includes lovely homes of all styles, from a grand French country style home to a tiny apartment with a clever outdoor space featuring vertical gardens.
‘‘And our rural Auckland tour at the end of March takes in a lakeside cottage, a hilltop mansion and a clever architectural farmhouse.’’
Tickets are $65 each and are strictly limited. Last year’s event was a sell-out, so get in quick.
Relaxed glamour: The Herne Bay home of Trudy Hannan will open its doors for charity next month.