One tip for other homeowners: Minimalism is for the empty-minded. Decluttering means you bought badly. Best piece of advice we ever received: The smaller the room, the bigger the gestures have to be. Best seat in the house: Curled up in a wing chair in front of the library fire. Favourite outdoor spot: Front verandah at twilight. The most important thing to us: Is to comprehensively deal with the heating. The thing I want to change next: Transform the guest room into a tent-room.
The best time of year to visit Napier: Autumn – the crowds and the heat have gone but the days are crisp and views clear. Best walk in the neighbourhood: A stroll down to the old Napier cemetery.