Colonial homestead in North Canterbury abandoned by UK owners, looking for love

COLLEEN HAWKES
Last updated 12:29 28/06/2017
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Is there anyone out there who will show this colonial beauty in North Canterbury some love?

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This beautiful Colonial mansion in North Canterbury, built in 1885, has been abandoned by its UK owners whose dream fell through.
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The 540 square-metre, six-bedroom house is now up for sale, with all offers considered.
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Autumn is an especially magical time of year at the property.
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High tea for two? The magnificent top-floor veranda captures the park-like views and all-day sun.
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The original kauri timber was shipped from Nelson to England in the 1880s, to be handcrafted and finished before being shipped back to Canterbury.
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Forma living areas are spacious, with beautiful French doors opening out to the garden.
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There is traditional at every turn.
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Bedrooms open up to the long veranda.
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Timber cabinets feature in the kitchen, which could be completely opened up to the dining area if preferred.
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This traditional bathroom even features a colonial-style slipper bath, positioned beside the window.
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The property encompasses a massive 4.7ha and includes two paddocks, stables and a dressage area.

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No-one is building houses like this any more, which makes it all the more sad that this majestic homestead has been abandoned for the past six years.

The colonial beauty in Swannanoa, North Canterbury, known as Northwood, was last sold in 2011 to a family living in the UK. But due to changed personal circumstances, their dream plans for relocation fell through.

Now, they need to sell, says listing agent Mitchell Roberts of Harcourts Twiss-Keir Realty in Christchurch.

"There is a perception that because the property is large it will be expensive, so many people feel they can't take it too seriously. But the owners' instructions are very clear, that this property must be sold and all offers will be considered."

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The 540 square-metre, six-bedroom mansion with huge return verandas on two levels has loads of character –  it has been restored over the years to be in keeping with the period, but with all mod cons.

The rooms may be empty, but they're spacious, with magnificent formal living areas, a grand staircase, high ceilings and large sash windows. And there's a lot of beautiful wood panelling, polished timber floors, crystal chandeliers and stunning park-like views. 

The kauri and rimu timbers on the interiors were milled in the Nelson bays area and shipped to England for finishing before coming back to Christchurch.

Facebook follower Nicholas Dallyn commented on a post by the listing agent. "This was my old family home in Fernside which I renovated and sold – amazing piece of NZ history built in 1885!"

Potential buyers can live a truly country lifestyle on 4.7ha – there are even stables and a dressage area, as well as barns, storage areas and paddocks.

Roberts says the property is for sale by negotiation – there's an open day planned for Sunday, July 2.

- Stuff

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