The first step with a traditional renovation is getting a feel for the original. Whether contemporary or traditional, the work has to acknowledge the past & set the home up for the future. Even more challenging is the relocation of a dwelling that started its domicile in a totally different locale.
Taken for granted these days, having the luxury of being able to site the home for the sunshine and views is something the previous generations seldom had the opportunity to do.
This exquisite 3.9 hectare piece of land on the Clifton/Potts Peninsula has proven to be the ideal recipient & home away from home for this delightful early New Zealand colonial. Pretty as a picture & nestled amid the generous property, the siting offers total privacy, seclusion from the road & vast countryside views across the surrounding farmland.
Staying true to most of its former self has ensured its authentic spirit has been retained while enriching it for the future with all the mod cons preferable for today's modern living. French doors & veranda's now link the interiors to the outdoor regions, Victorian influenced gardens set a formal pose with each aspect displaying the gorgeous character of its classic style. The restoration blurs old with new, in terms of merging tradition with modern conveniences & comforts, the renovation is an exercise in subtlety. Historically the hub of the home, this country kitchen is no exception. Combined modern appliances, spacious bench space & traditional features, make for an open and welcoming room of large proportion, complete with wood burning stove and direct access to the harvest gardens & orchard beyond. Typical farmhouse laundry/mud room stores all the essentials with ease. Equally generous & modernised is the French country inspired bathroom with exquisite hand made wall tiles in a fresh denim hue & louvred privacy shutters. With nothing too decorative or fussy, the simplistic yet classical living room is all about good taste & comfort. A wall of French doors open to the main veranda, framing the expansive view of the land & further afield over the Clifton valley. For the colder months a solid stone fireplace offers immediate warmth & ambiance while the sun still pours into the room in spite of the seasons.
Impressive post & rail fencing distinguishes the numerous paddocks while the centrally located & well appointed stable complex & purpose built lunging arena provide the ideal facilities for the equestrian enthusiast or hobby farmer. Ample parking for truck, trailer, boat, what have you is just one of the advantages of lifestyle living. One of the Peninsulas crowning glories, local bridle paths & walkways offer safe recreational excursions with beach and reserve access on your doorstep. Comprehensive shopping & related facilities within 15 minutes in either direction means living in the country is just a state of mind.