A Diamond is Forever
This wonderful property is a rare jewel in Mapua's crown; delightfully private, elegantly presented and brimming with character. An iconic home that spans the centuries; it was built in the 1860s in St Vincent Street, Nelson. Successfully relocated to Seaton Valley in 2000 you'd be fooled into thinking it had been there since the reign of Queen Victoria!
Lovingly refurbished, this residence is imposing, yet retains the relaxed ambience of a cosy family home. On the ground floor are two guest bedrooms, a shower room and a formal lounge. Across the hall, the main living zone comprises a dining room, a traditional-style modern kitchen, a utility room and a snug. French doors open onto the sheltered entertaining deck, which features shelter blinds, a hipline roof and the versatility of a South African Braii oven/fire for cooking or enjoying as an outdoor fire.
The original staircase in the hall takes you up to another bedroom, plus the master suite, with its walk-through robe and ensuite with a claw-foot bath. The rural views down to Tasman Bay from this suite are beautiful.
In the past the home was extended, but with varying levels of success. The current owners consulted an architect and meticulously sourced materials for their renovation, such as native timbers and antique doors, as well as having joinery custom made locally, to replace less than sympathetic additions. The alterations also include a log burner, storage heaters, upgrading wiring, décor and insulation, but the improvements aren't limited to the house. The grounds resonate with birdsong and include an alfresco 'party room', a guest caravan, garage and an outdoor bath, along with the exquisite gardens filled with trees and flowers, an orchard, bush-walk and the 'pièce de résistance' - a 4,000m² wetland area which is QEII protected.
Viewing by appointment only.