fea­ture prop­erty

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.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

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