House of the week: New Plymouth

Last updated 05:00 25/06/2014

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With fresh limes from the orchard ready to be squeezed straight into your drink, it's easy to feel in holiday mode at this luxury lodge near New Plymouth.

Home to Peter and Aimee Ingram and their two young sons, the spacious lifestyle property is located on a hilltop inland from coastal Urenui, complete with 4.9 hectares of land and 50 lime trees.

It was originally operated as a lodge, with each of the four bedrooms containing their own en suite and generous wardrobes.

Peter Ingram says the best thing about the home is its stunning 360 degree views, from Mount Taranaki to the sea.

"You get up in the morning and there's amazing views until the sun goes down," he says.

"You look down a big valley and right up the west coast of the North Island on a clear day.

"It's just a lovely place. It's like you're on holiday all the time."

The home's north-facing position and expansive windows allow it to heat up quickly in the morning sun, while large sliding doors throughout keep things light and airy.

From an open-plan living area, head out onto the patio and there's plenty more room for entertaining - or simply soaking up the sunset.

And for those who aren't content with sitting around in the lap of luxury, a "man shed" is strategically placed halfway up the drive, containing a camper van and other toys, Ingram says.

The home won the Fletcher Aluminium House of the Year award and a New Zealand Institute of Architects design award when it was built in 2003.

It is currently for sale. Click here to view the listing.

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