Grand country home offers charmed lifestyle
By Jo Ferris www.rwteawamutu.co.nz ID: TEA30214
Matching the charm of this country road, wafts of a French cycling trail and stop-off retreat come to mind. The whimsy and romance of France’s aura are captured beautifully here. It’s not simply the home’s impressive design; landscaping also embraces a European nuance. Thanks to the expansive grounds, this property allows the home’s stature to make a grand welcome. Built by Helen and Howard Bright of Waipa Bricklayers, the couple has been involved in several high-profile properties. Being their own home, this is a stand-out, however. The rustic charm of old-fashioned bricks set the tone. Inside, the tapestry and intrigue embrace a stunning blend of recycled bricks against the textured concrete finish on the solid block wall construction. Blending concrete flooring with carpeted rooms, white walls in some and timber joinery and window sashes throughout, it’s impressive. The striking lamp-post frontdoor welcome takes things further with a vaulted ceiling in the living area. Soaring full height, the space is extraordinary. It makes for superb entertaining and cooks will love the pastoral appeal of the farmhouse kitchen. Crafted in timber with a butler’s sink and a brick tower encasing the wall oven and dishwasher, the scullery and open shelving adds to the functionality. While the family hub is essentially openplan, most of the kitchen hides neatly out of sight. Sitting around a large dining setting in this banquet hall, festive occasions take on new meaning. The mezzanine, with its wroughtiron balustrades, ingenious alcove for that precious sculpture and pill-box glazing all intertwine to instil a subtle sense of a castle. Sipping after-dinner liqueurs around the open fire is a fine end to an evening. Or, retire to the lounge upstairs, where the mood is more intimate. Two bedrooms and a family bathroom sit downstairs. Upstairs, the master retreat offers luxurious space and privacy – right to an indulgent bathroom and dressing room. Outdoor flow offers numerous places to wine and dine. A sheltered loggia that looks out to the garden; or the sun-drenched swimming pool enclosure, with its brick fireplace and unique basket-weave, solidwall fencing. Cottage gardens and a summer-house envelope the home with country romance, while the final surprise hides around the back. Around 140 square metres of shedding provides ample room for vehicles and workshop space, plus the bonus of an adjoining studio. With a kitchenette, bathroom and laundry facilities, it’s ideal for extended family or visitors if Airbnb is a thought. As a workplace, however, it’s brilliant – a separate place to inspire creativity and peace. Everything about this property showcases inspired innovation – from the design and nod to European heritage, to the superb blend of historic and modern materials. Sitting just outside Kihikihi in a lifestyle enclave, this grand property offers a wonderful promise for an idyllic lifestyle now and into the future.