Pine­haven manor on the mar­ket

Upper Hutt Leader - - WHAT’S ON - MATT STE­WART

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.

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