Quiet, secluded and restful with over an acre of developed gardens - Whare Kohatu (Maori for "the stone house") is built largely from split schist rock mined from the hills around the Lindis Pass in the South Island of New Zealand. It is a modern and spacious family home, fully equipped with all the necessities for a comfortable stay - short or longer term. The property is surrounded by vineyards that focus on producing top quality Burgundy style red wines.
It is designed for easy indoor/outdoor living. The lounge and dining areas can be opened up to extensive decks (some fully covered and others partially covered by vines) giving a choice of options for outside dining in most any weather. A large open gas fire provides a cosy focal point when relaxing in the lounge. There is also an effective air-conditioning system to deal easily with any extremes of hot and cold weather.
The house is characterised with high chapel ceilings, hardwood timber floors, and a large open living/dining layout. The spacious and modern kitchen has all the facilities you are likely to need for catering, or there is a wide range of excellent dining establishments within an easy distance.
The gardens are well developed with extensive plantings of both native, English and Japanese trees. Roses, azaleas, camellias and rhododendrums combine to provide a stunning display of colour during the spring and summer. The bright reds and golds of the vines and maples dominate the colours of the landscape in Autumn and early winter. There is a pergola with a vine covered roof in the middle of the garden area which is ideally suited for kicking back and enjoying the tranquility and splendour of the garden.TripAdvisor property ID 3210948...Read more
Whare Kohatu - Luxury among the Vines Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand
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Set among the vineyards of Martinborough, the property is quiet and private with a very pleasant rural outlook. The Martinborough town centre is a ten minute walk away and there are also some very pleasant walks around the neighbouring vineyards. Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand) can be reached by bus/train or car within 90 minutes. Martinborough and the neighbouring towns in the Wairarapa offer some great wine and food experiences and antique or boutique shopping opportunities. Other local outdoor activities on offer include: golf, tennis, horse riding, hunting and trout fishing.
Martinborough is renown for its fabulous Burgundy style red wines. There are over 30 local wineries, many offering lunch and wine tasting opportunities. There are several local bus companies that can be booked for a tour of the wineries, or maybe you would prefer to hire bikes and cycle around them.
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