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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.
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.