NEW CUSTODIANS NEEDED FOR THIS HISTORIC HOMESTEAD
- 5 Beds
- 2 Baths
The setting is beautiful, the house a magnificent testament to the past, will you be the new custodian? Gorge Creek forms a picturesque boundary and provides water for this 2ha property which has been organically tended and includes bush encrusted rocky outcrops, fruit laden orchards and rambling gardens bulging with history and a botanical extravaganza.
The spacious homestead is constructed almost entirely of borer resistant heart Totara and presented in functional condition having been re-piled, re-roofed and partially re-wired since the 1990's. Much of the interior has been relined and retains the original timber features typical of this style of dwelling; it currently carries an Historic Places Trust Category II rating.
Currently used as a family home, cool verandas and sunny decks envelope the home which comprises two bedrooms upstairs, one with ensuite, and three bedrooms on the ground floor. The living area adjoins the rustic kitchen and dining area and has both an open fire and a huge woodburner with cooking and wetback facilities.
Set against a backdrop of dramatic marble mountains "Fairholme" enjoys a rural aspect overlooking the Takaka Valley; Gorge Creek shapes the eastern and southern boundaries of the property and provides an excellent water supply. I am told that in Feng Shui terms this property is as good as it gets! Out buildings include the brick oven bakery building, a rather tumble-down stables and the artistically presented faade of the original East Takaka Post Office.
Soaring specimen trees that also define the property include four prominent Douglas Firs, oak trees, magnolia, rhodos, sprawling walnuts along with old varieties of plums and a heavily fruiting 80 year old persimmon tree growing through the deck. The gardens' guardian, a Sumner Stone carving "Autumn Warrior" will continue to stand guard. So if you have a passion for preserving history "Fairholme" needs new custodians as soon as possible.
2.13 ha / 5.26 acres