fea­ture prop­erty

Imag­ine gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren run­ning around the gor­geous gar­den and en­joy­ing the free­dom that this life­style prop­erty has to of­fer. Emma Good­win gets a lit­tle closer to the good life.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

As the road changes from ur­ban to ru­ral, the cares of the world start to fall from your shoul­ders. By the time you turn into the drive­way, you’re ready to breathe a sigh of re­lief that you are only sec­onds away from a sanc­tu­ary.

But don’t breathe out too hastily, be­cause you will find your­self catch­ing your breath when you get your first glimpse of this six-and-a-half-acre par­adise.

Be­fore you go any fur­ther, pause to ap­pre­ci­ate the im­mac­u­late gar­dens at the front of the house.

Man­i­cured beds of roses, ro­man­tic arch­ways, a de­light­ful gazebo and a wa­ter fea­ture at cen­tre stage are just a few of the points of in­ter­est.

There are also swing seats, for­mal hedg­ing, se­cret gar­den rooms and a creek that runs through it all.

Be­fore you en­ter the house, you might like to ex­plore the area at the back. Here you will find a four-bay im­ple­ment shed, some pot­ting sheds and a hothouse, an ex­pan­sive veg­etable gar­den and a cov­ered straw­berry patch that will pro­vide for plenty of short­cakes and pavlo­vas.

And to top it all off, there’s the of­fer of the cur­rent gar­dener, three days a week for a year, in­cluded in the price. You can’t sniff at that. So let’s have a look in­side the house. Al­though it was built in 2003, it has the re­lax­ing, re­as­sur­ing de­meanour of a home that has long been set­tled in its sur­round­ings.

Also con­ducive to re­lax­ation is the size of the im­mac­u­lately pre­sented liv­ing rooms.

The large din­ing room is per­fect for fam­ily gath­er­ings or other so­cial oc­ca­sions. Christ­mas din­ner will cer­tainly be at your place this year.

There’s also plenty of room to cook it in the kitchen, which comes with a range of fa­cil­i­ties that most com­mer­cial chefs would die for.

Ac­tu­ally, to de­scribe the kitchen as spa­cious would be to make an un­der­state­ment. A whole team of cooks could work side by side here with­out get­ting in each other’s way.

The Range­mas­ter, with gas hob, hot plates and fry­ers, is cen­tral, and ev­ery­thing else you need is within reach.

Equally com­modi­ous is the huge liv­ing area, which has enough space for an­other din­ing ta­ble and chairs for in­for­mal meals. And you only have to throw open one of the doors that lead to the cov­ered ve­randa and gar­den to en­joy a whole new liv­ing room out­side.

The main bed­room, which is at one end of the house, has two walk-in wardrobes – to put an end to all ar­gu­ments over closet space. There’s also a well-ap­pointed en suite bath­room, to add an­other touch of lux­ury.

At the other end of the house there are four more bed­rooms, three of which open out to the ve­randa. They share a bath­room that the fam­ily will love, and that will make even the most re­cal­ci­trant kids feel en­thu­si­as­tic about ‘‘bath time’’.

At present, the house is be­ing used as a wed­ding venue. But it could also be used as a busi­ness premises or sim­ply as a spa­cious fam­ily home. The op­tions here are al­most end­less.

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