This grand old lady is waiting for a family to come along and put some soul back into her. Emma Goodwin explores the past and sees hope for the future.
You can imagine the laughter as the kids run across the grass, or scuttle into the kitchen in search of a snack. It’s a sound that this home needs – the sound of a family. With six acres of land on offer here, people wanting to live the rural life can have it all if they are fast enough to understand a good opportunity when they see one.
For a start, it’s a home constructed of solid rimu from the floors up – a home of stained-glass feature windows, lead lights, wide hallways, timber detailing and fabulous nooks and crannies.
And when you look up, you will be delighted by the plaster ceilings in most of the rooms. They are gorgeous pieces of work with delicate patterns that give an air of class and history to the home.
Huge open fireplaces will take logs the size of your thigh, which will burn throughout the night. There will be no prodding and fussing around a little woodburner here.
This is a home of generous proportions, with a spaciousness that continues into the kitchen.
Designed for ease of movement, it will make family breakfasts easy to manage. And after the kids have been picked up by the school bus, you will be able to come home and have a well-earned
coffee in the comforting warmth of the sunroom.
There are two huge living rooms, with more than enough space for even the largest family.
One has a stunning bay window, and the other a batten ceiling and cosy timber fittings that would make it ideal for those long winter evenings curled up in front of the fire.
These rooms can be closed off from the others, when the needs of comfort and privacy are paramount.
All the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, and the main bedroom has two – his and hers – plus an en suite.
The family bathroom has the original porcelain fittings in the form of a deep bath and a pedestal basin that remind you of the heritage of this home.
Everywhere you look, it’s easy to see how wonderful memories could be created here, thanks to all the space and opportunity on offer.
Outside, huge garages, sheds and gardens will keep the tinkerer happy.