This circa 1910 Arts and Crafts home looks like it has been plucked from the English countryside and placed in park-like grounds in South Auckland.
Known as Orford Lodge, the home with adjoining title is tucked behind a high stone wall at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburb of Hill Park, and backs on to Orford Park, once part of the home's estate.
This well-kept secret still has many of its original features, including fireplaces, bathroom tiles, windows, matai floors and light-fittings. The beautiful kauri doors are particularly striking, as are the beamed ceilings in many of the downstairs rooms and with kauri frame and double brick exterior walls this home is easy to heat and keep warm.
Downstairs is laid out as a series of interconnecting rooms full of period charm. The living room has a stately feel, and a large picture window that perfectly frames the view out to the pretty front garden. A loggia wraps around two sides of the house and provides yet another living space, with several sets of french doors that open out to the gardens. With guest wing or studio/office attached to the main house there are plenty of options for the discerning buyer.
Upstairs are five bedrooms and a large storage room, all decorated in heritage colours and with dormer windows that let in plenty of light. The master bedroom has a fireplace, and it and two others have great views across the garden to the park.
Set amongst peaceful park like grounds and only minutes to the motorway and airport this home has the potential to further develop for family, or perhaps convert to a Bed & Breakfast/Airbnb style accommodation or even the perfect wedding venue.
If you are looking for a home that will take your breath away, then Orford Lodge makes for essential viewing.