If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, we’ve curated the best properties on offer around the city fringe. These rural retreats are the ultimate country-chic getaways
1. Country Manor – Kaukapakapa
This charming 19th century villa was built on site around the 1860’s and sits quietly on 23 hectares of gentle rolling land. Well-positioned for all-day sunlight, this home enjoys total privacy amongst an idyllic country setting. The property is entered via a meandering driveway of approximately half a kilometre which will take you to your private rural oasis. Situated only 45 minutes from the CBD, this is a serene place to raise a family surrounded by country charm.
The house offers four generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, two lounges and although it has undergone an entire renovation, still maintains its beautiful character.
The large open plan kitchen with marble bench tops and a walk-in butlers pantry makes this an entertainers dream. Two natural wood-burning fires are on offer in the formal lounge and dining room, so there is room for the whole family in all seasons.
2. Country Villa, Kumeu
This stunning country villa is a charming country estate. The home itself is large, boasting five generous bedrooms – so there is room for everyone at this secluded getaway.
The home itself oozes old-world charm and is set on 2 hectares of land and includes a pond. This property has wow-factor from first sight and offers a stunning double bay frontage.
This is an entertainers paradise, complete with three spacious living and dining areas, three wood burning fires and a large character wooden kitchen. The kitchen showcases stunning country-chic cabinetry, as well as a chef sized walk-in-pantry.
The lovely wrap-around verandas allow for more entertainment opportunities and summer alfresco dining. The location allows total privacy, while still only being a handy 35-minute drive from the CBD. Kumeu Village also offers a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants so this is the perfect place to enjoy country living without sacrificing the convenience of the city.
This villa has it all; character, style, and charm all combined with the comforts of modern living and it’s convenient location.
3. Extraordinary Kauaroa Bay, Waiheke Island
This expansive estate is only 60 minutes from downtown Auckland, but you will feel a world away. It is impossible not to be captivated by the serenity and beauty that this home and the shores of Kauaroa Bay have to offer.
This property offers something for everything and is not your average beach home. Positioned in the centre of the bay, this timeless homestead sits proudly overlooking Waiheke’s crystal clear waters. Properties of this calibre seldom come on the market, and this home has had only four owners since 1865.
This provides an extremely unique buying opportunity for a lucky someone wanting to experience the very best of what Waiheke has to offer.
Positioned on 34 hectares of land, there are endless possibilities to make this property your own. This is the epitome of waterfront privacy.
4. Luxury Lifestyle Living, Whitford
You will be mesmerised by the attention to detail and exceptional quality of this glorious two-storey character villa. This is a grand home positioned on 4 hectares of land in stunning Whitford.
The home offers a range of living and dining areas, as well as expansive paved outdoor areas which make it great for children or parties. All the rooms enjoy delightful views of this special property through large windows.
The upstairs provides three large bedrooms with stunning open verandas, which enjoy sun and view of Rangitoto Island. If you really want to immerse yourself in the country life, this property comes with a barn and horse arena, too!
5. Luxurious Palatial Estate, Pukekohe
This home is a celebration of classic past architectural history, complete with decorative bull-nose verandahs and intricate timber tretwork, this mansion is located on 3.4 hectares of parklike grounds. This exquisite home has been flawlessly renovated – and has not lost any of its character in the process. This old homestead still has some original furnishings remaining, including a stunning chandelier, among a number of others that scatter the house.
The 15-metre infinity pool is heated for year-round usability and has undisturbed tranquil rural views. The enormous deck is a great place for alfresco dining and the clever vergola makes it accessible all year round.
The expansive north-facing living areas create a beautiful haven to relax in your rural retreat. Comfort is paramount in this home, and the high-studded ceilings, pillared arches, and plaster ornate ceilings all create unreplicable character.
Words by: Kate Milliken Images via: realestate.co.nz