Pinehaven manor on the market
An elegant Upper Hutt home built for a pair of pioneering plastic surgeons is on the market for the first time in 15 years.
Beechdale was built in 1936 for Dame Cecily Pickerill and husband Henry, who revolutionised plastic surgery for children and the war wounded.
The 268-square-metre, four bedroom, three bathroom home sits on 0.8 hectares of landscaped gardens and bush in Pinehaven, featuring a dell and a stream. It has a rateable value of $980,000.
The house wasmodelled after Henry Pickerill’s childhood cottage in Herefordshire, western England.
Dame Cecily was a well-versed gardener, and Beechdale’s garden was acclaimed for its rhododendrons and as one of Wellington’s most beautiful plots.
In 1939 the Pickerills, who were both surgeons, established Bassam Hospital in Lower Hutt.
By 1942 it was a full hospital for children needing plastic surgery, mainly for cleft lips, cleft palates and other congenital defects.
After World War II, the pair also worked on war injuries, a field in which Henry Pickerill had attracted a global reputation for his pioneering methods.
Vending agent Mike Ledger, of Bayleys, said the spacious home was built from material sourced across the globe, including black obsidian from Lake Rotoiti, marble pieces from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, rocks from Yorkshire and Antarctica, as well as chunks from Arizona and the Grand Canyon.
‘‘With a truly international flavour, stones, bricks, rocks and other materials from throughout New Zealand have been used to make paths and ponds on the land,’’ Ledger said.
Owner Chantel Burns said Beechdale had been a great family home, in a tight-knit community that had been a tranquil retreat from the outside world.
The family was downsizing and, while they were sad to let the property go, it was the right time to move on, she said.
The sale is to qualified buyers over $1 million, with viewings by appointment only.
Tenders close on February 17.
Henry Pickerill modelled Beechdale on his childhood home in Herefordshire.