Cas­tle Clare­mont goes up for sale

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION - NATALIA DIDOVICH

With its sweep­ing drive­way, beau­ti­fully land­scaped gar­dens and grand neoGothic style man­sion, Cas­tle Clare­mont is the clos­est thing Ti­maru has to a royal es­tate, and now it could be yours.

Cur­rent owner Rob Young pur­chased the mag­nif­i­cent Mount Hor­ri­ble prop­erty in 2005 and spent the next few years lov­ingly restor­ing it to its former glory.

The prop­erty is cur­rently used as a wed­ding venue, a bed and break­fast, con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity and as Young’s pri­vate res­i­dence.

How­ever, he has re­luc­tantly de­cided to sell as he is look­ing to down­size and re­tire, New Zealand Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty’s Ta­nia McCrone said.

Set on 11 hectares of grounds in a pic­turesque park­like set­ting, Cas­tle Clare­mont is fit­ted out with 10 bed­rooms, five bath­rooms, a for­mal din­ing room, a li­brary/bil­liard room, re­cep­tion fa­cil­i­ties and even a chapel.

Cas­tle Clare­mont was built in 1884 for early set­tler Ge­orge Hamp­ton Rhodes and his wife, Hen­ri­etta. In the past, it also op­er­ated as a Marist Broth­ers’ train­ing cen­tre and as a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity be­fore be­ing trans­formed back into the grand home it is to­day.

The prop­erty has been beau­ti­fully fur­nished to max­imise its am­bi­ence and his­tory and can be sold with its fur­nish­ings, in­clud­ing a side­board dated circa 1860 and other an­tiques circa 1900.

‘‘Cas­tle Clare­mont also of­fers fan­tas­tic busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ McCrone said. ‘‘It’s al­most a walk-in, walk-out sale.’’

Young has been pas­sion­ate in his care to re­store the house with­out los­ing its charm.

‘‘I have en­joyed see­ing it trans­formed, although it’s al­ways a work in progress,’’ he told The Ti­maru Her­ald in 2013. ‘‘It is steeped in his­tory.’’

The cas­tle is for sale by dead­line pri­vate treaty.

PHOTO: ES­THER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY/STUFF

Cas­tle Clare­mont, the clos­est thing Ti­maru has to a royal es­tate, is up for sale.

PHO­TOS: NEW ZEALAND SOTHEBY’S IN­TER­NA­TIONAL REALTY

The home, which was built in 1884 for early set­tler Ge­orge Hamp­ton Rhodes, is set on 11 hectares in a park­like set­ting.

NEW ZEALAND SOTHEBY’S IN­TER­NA­TIONAL REALTY

The cas­tle boasts five bath­rooms, one of which is seen at left, and a li­brary/bil­liard room.

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