Hide­away heaven

Loads of land, boun­ti­ful fruit and nut trees, a gor­geous house and just a few min­utes from town. Could it get any bet­ter? Emma Good­win went to find out.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

In a de­light­ful set­ting off Mil­son Line, re­mote from any traf­fic noise, is a se­cret hide­away that you have prob­a­bly passed a hun­dred times with­out re­al­is­ing it’s there. That’s one of its at­trac­tions – the fact that it is so pri­vate, yet con­ve­niently close to the city and all its ameni­ties.

The Brian El­liott-de­signed house has liv­ing on three lev­els, with soar­ing ceil­ings, nu­mer­ous ex­its to the pretty gar­den, and lots of win­dows that are placed to pro­vide per­fect views of the sur­round­ing land.

But most re­mark­ably, it is a house that has two parts, each of which could be­come a self-con­tained home.

The smaller part is on two lev­els, and has two bed­rooms, a liv­ing/din­ing area, a kitchen and a well-ap­pointed bath­room. There’s even of­fice space and a heat pump.

It has its own en­trance and doors to a pri­vate deck, and would make fab­u­lous home­s­tay or rental ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The sec­ond part of the house has three bed­rooms. Two are down­stairs and the third – the main one, with its own bal­cony – is on the sec­ond floor.

On the third floor is a room that would make a great li­brary, of­fice, art stu­dio or den in which to write that novel.

This part of the house has a kitchen that is new and spa­cious, with a walk-in pantry, a ter­ra­cotta-tiled floor and grey cab­i­netry.

There’s a wood burner with a wet­back in the din­ing area and liv­ing room, so there will al­ways be plenty of warmth and hot wa­ter in win­ter.

The house is such a sun trap, there are shade blinds to pro­tect the fur­nish­ings from the harsh­est rays. But these don’t ob­struct the view, or pre­vent you from watch­ing the birds as they play in the ma­ture shrubs and boun­ti­ful fruit and nut trees sur­round­ing the house.

With pad­docks for ponies or a few sheep, plus sheds, a tank and bore wa­ter, this re­ally could be heaven on earth.

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