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