Sweett ass candy

Don’t be sur­prised if peo­ple start nib­bling at the walls of this de­li­cious coun­try re­treat just a few min­utes from the heart of the city. Emma Good­win tries to re­sist the temp­ta­tion.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Rural/lifestyle -

Just over Fitzher­bert Bridge, in the heart of the pretty vil­lage of Aokautere, is a not-so-small coun­try cot­tage set in a pic­turesque gar­den sur­rounded by ma­ture trees and well-kept shrubs and flower beds. Think ginger­bread house with­out the wicked witch.

The two-storey, gabled home oozes charm and char­ac­ter, and af­ter 30 years in the same own­er­ship is search­ing for a new fam­ily to look af­ter.

Beau­ti­fully pre­sented and well main­tained, this is a ready-made home that wraps it­self around you like a com­fort­ing blan­ket.

From the moment you cross the thresh­old, it’s easy to feel at home. In the first liv­ing area, the tim­ber walls glow with warmth, their honey colour cre­at­ing a great back­drop for soft, squishy fur­ni­ture and sump­tu­ous drapes.

Slid­ing doors open to the front gar­den, where birds play in the trees and the cir­cle of lawn makes a per­fect spot to re­lax in the sun­shine. Al­ter­na­tively, you may choose the gen­tle shade of the cov­ered veran­dah.

The sec­ond liv­ing area, which dou­bles as the din­ing room, is an in­for­mal and friendly space close to the kitchen.

Soft cream cab­i­nets with tim­ber han­dles and a wall of tim­ber cupboards add to the coun­try feel of the home. Then there is the de­light­ful view of the gar­den through the pic­ture win­dow.

There is a to­tal of five bed­rooms in this home, in­clud­ing two up­stairs – an area that would make a fab­u­lous re­treat for teenagers when they want a bit of space and pri­vacy. The gables cre­ate the roof line of an at­tic, which kids love.

There’s a bath­room up here, too, which means the bath­room down­stairs won’t get over­loaded.

If there aren’t enough peo­ple to fill the bed­rooms, one could eas­ily be con­verted into an of­fice.

A large laun­dry will al­low you to dry the wash­ing in­side, with­out en­croach­ing on the liv­ing ar­eas of the home. It also has plenty of stor­age space.

As the house is at the foot of the hill, the back gar­den stretches up­wards.

Ex­plor­ing the sec­tion, you come across de­light­ful sur­prises around each corner – a fruit tree to sam­ple, roses to sniff, or the del­i­cate shade of a tree to sit un­der.

Closer to the house, the brick pa­tio with its sur­round­ing walls of plants and flow­ers is shel­tered and pri­vate, mak­ing it great for bar­be­cues and late-af­ter­noon gath­er­ings be­fore din­ner.

The in­tox­i­cat­ing scent of daphne wafts through the breeze com­ple­ment­ing the scents from camel­lias, roses, fuch­sias and other es­tab­lished plants.

A lot of love has gone into this home, and it has a lot of plea­sure in store for the next fam­ily that snug­gles up in­side.

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