If there’s a heaven, it’s close to Palmerston North, Emma Goodwin says after viewing this exceptional Brian Elliott designed home that is looking for a new family.
IT’S a brand-new year and time for some brand-new living, and there’s possibly nowhere better to do it than in this stunning country lodge-style home on Lockwood Rd. Just 10 minutes from the city and a million miles away from stress, traffic and work, this is a home to cherish and love. And you will do both within minutes of setting eyes on it.
The driveway, flanked by trees that are home to hundreds of birds, sweeps up to the house and encircles a large disc of lawn.
But you’re probably not looking at that at the moment. You will have caught a glimpse of the house through the trees as you came up the drive, and now that you can see it in all its glory you will be struck by its beauty.
Reminiscent of a Swiss chalet or mountain lodge, this is a fivebedroom home that will make you feel as though you are on holiday every day.
There’s also the self-contained Possum Cottage, with its own grounds, that would be perfect for homestays or for elderly parents to live in.
Although the house is large, it has a homely atmosphere – an engaging character that is enhanced by a gorgeous country kitchen, a large family dining area, an expansive sun-drenched lounge overlooking a salt water pool, and bedrooms that open out to a verandah.
Skylights in most rooms add extra light and punctuate the soaring timber ceilings. A sweet hatch from one of the upstairs bedrooms opens to give you a view of the downstairs dining area.
You will find the main bedroom upstairs, too, adjacent to a bathroom and with glorious views of the garden and surrounding district.