Pretty as a pic­ture

Coun­try life is great for fam­i­lies and this home has every­thing to make it sweet, dis­cov­ers Emma Good­win.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

Life in the Po­hang­ina val­ley is some­thing spe­cial. The peace and quiet is ob­vi­ous, the vil­lage life rem­i­nis­cent of days gone by and the weather is al­ways a lit­tle bet­ter than it is in town. All these rea­sons are why the val­ley is con­sid­ered a de­sir­able place to live for fam­i­lies look­ing for a lit­tle coun­try life and leisure.

This four-bed­room home has been lov­ingly cared for and it shows. From first im­pres­sions as you drive up to it, the ma­ture trees of­fer dap­pled shade over the drive­way and are ob­vi­ously favoured by the winged wildlife.

The drive­way opens up to an ex­pan­sive park­ing area in front of the house. It is here that you get your first idea of the gar­den and how the own­ers have crafted it beau­ti­fully.

Brightly coloured dahlias, glossy green leaves of camel­lias, fruit trees and shrubs all have their place and love it.

The home it­self is per­fect for ei­ther a fam­ily or a re­tired cou­ple.

Two liv­ing ar­eas flank the kitchen cre­at­ing a great open-plan liv­ing space that gives you choices of rooms and views to ad­mire.

In one room, curl­ing up on the win­dow seat will re­ward you with the sight of tuis play­ing among the flax bushes. In the other room, it’s the front gar­den and the pad­dock be­yond that will grab your at­ten­tion.

The kitchen is large, sunny, has an un­in­ter­rupted view of the gar­den and out to the hills. Cook­ing meals here from all the good­ies you can grow your­self will be a plea­sure.

All four bed­rooms are nicely dec­o­rated and have large win­dows and de­light­ful views of the land. The main bed­room has a slid­ing door to the cov­ered ve­randa that runs the length of the house and is a won­der­ful spot to sit and en­joy your sur­round­ings.

There’s wifi, a heat pump, wood burner, three spa­cious decks, five pad­docks and a small hay shed – this re­ally is coun­try life in modern times.

This easy-care home will be a de­light to live in and en­joy vil­lage life with its tennis court, li­brary, great lo­cal school, swim­ming spots and coun­try walks.

Just a 22-minute drive to the city, this is a place where you can re­treat each evening and at week­ends and re­plen­ish your bat­ter­ies, whether it’s by pot­ter­ing around the gar­den, re­lax­ing on the deck or ve­randa, mak­ing friends with the live­stock, rid­ing the horse, play­ing with the dog or climb­ing trees.

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