Two waterfront dwellings amid idyllic privacy and nature
By Jo Ferris PROPERTY OF THE WEEK www.bayleys.co.nz ID: 2312758
The seclusion this waterfront property enjoys is a revelation. Anyone travelling the state highway by Waikato River as the road weaves into Cambridge will be aware there are properties along this ribbon. Most cannot be seen. The brown and white sign pointing out Boatshed Kayaks is a familiar landmark, but it’s a discovery to learn this property is a close neighbour. It’s barely visible – even from the water. The thick fringe of trees flanking the riverbank hides what sits above. The only clue is a jetty, with its table setting. On a sunny day, there might be a gathering enjoying a picnic by the river – kayaks out on the water, a spot of fishing, the clinking of glasses. Come sunset, it’s a special place to toast day’s end. Nature abounds here – songs of tui and other birds fill the air as they flock to the trees and blossoms. The stepped pathway from the jetty up to the house is a lovely stroll amid the privacy of this tranquil woodland. What sits above, however is even more wondrous. This is an elegant country manor - nestled within the seclusion of parkland grounds. An avenue of trees and private gated entrance set the tone of the lifestyle on offer here. The home is designed around the panoramic view of Lake Karapiro and stunning sunsets across the water to Mount Maungatautari. Entertaining is a joy – from the space and substance of the gourmet kitchen to the significant size of the formal dining area. This will take a setting of 10 or more – banquets the order of the day. Two spacious lounges provide ample space to retreat to for after-dinner liqueurs around the fireplace, or watching movies in the media lounge. Four generous bedrooms provide ample room for family and friends. Privacy on the upper level with a ballroom bedroom, with a snug and balcony to toast the views, sizeable dressing room and bathroom, plus a kitchenette to chill the wine and make tea in the morning. A separate study provides options for a workplace or rumpus for games. Given the recreation on offer here, this home also has a dedicated laundry/mudroom for added convenience. One final surprise is the separate studio. Completely self-contained, this residence provides two bedrooms, bathroom and open-plan living with a full kitchen, dining and lounge settings. This is a rare opportunity for families to share their lives together. It’s an escape from the world, yet within close reach of everything. Karapiro’s world-class rowing and water ski facilities, Cambridge’s Avantidrome, plus all the boutique restaurants and cafes within this antiquerenowned town. This is a trophy position - near quality schooling, including St Peter’s; handy to Hamilton airport and State Highway routes to Matamata, Tauranga and Rotorua.