Located in the heart of New Zealand's premier wine district, this beautiful Historic Homestead, overlooking vineyards, is the perfect holiday base to explore the top of the South Island (Marlborough, Nelson, Kaikoura and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds) . Hawkesbury was built in 1883 and has been tastefully restored to its former glory. Set on 13 private acres, in a quiet valley neighboring the famous Marlborough wine trail and cycle route, Hawkesbury is one of the oldest character homesteads in Marlborough. The history of the property and park like grounds with century old trees, create a timeless romantic setting from a bygone era. Ideal for just a couple or as a luxury recreational retreat for an entire family or group. It is complete with its' own private swimming pool, full size tennis court and bicycles, for cycling through the vineyards.
Further Description: There are 4 large double bedrooms, (3 and 1/2 bathrooms) including a grand master downstairs with carved 4 poster bed, fireplace and en-suite with luxurious tiled shower, over sized claw foot bath and its' own private entrance. Upstairs,there are 2 bathrooms and 2 of the 3 bedrooms open onto a spacious tiled veranda. There are beautiful views overlooking the rose gardens, horse paddock and vineyards, through to the distant surrounding mountains.
The lounge features 12 foot ceilings, a large open fireplace and library. Directly adjoining this room is the sun-drenched dinning room which flows directly onto a covered veranda with additional alfresco dining. This area overlooks the tennis court and magnificent eucalyptus trees. The sunny pool and courtyard area features another large covered veranda with circular table and barbecue. Ideal for evening alfresco dinning with views to the lighted pool, fruit trees and park like grounds.
Detailed Amenities: Come home each day to the huge farm house kitchen after exploring vineyards, beaches, golfing, trout or deep sea fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, horse riding or just relax by the pool after a game of tennis. There is an 18 hole golf course 5 minutes away and bicycles are provided to ride through the vineyards. Numerous wineries ( over 60), producing Marlborough's world famous Sauvignon Blanc and other excellent wines, are only minutes away from this unique property. e.g. Villa Maria, Highfield, Cloudy Bay, Alan Scotts, Wither Hill, Montana and Hunters,just to name a few. Many fine restaurants are also close by and you will soon see why Marlborough is considered NZ's 'Gourmet Province'
Located in a peaceful rural valley, you are ideally situated to explore the upper half of the South Island. You are only 5 minutes from a small market town (Renwick), 15 minutes from Blenheim, (Marlboroughs main centre), 30 minutes from Picton and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. To the South is Kaikoura, with world class whale watching and swimming with the dolphins, to the west you are 90 minutes from the arts and crafts of Nelson and to the south west is excellent trout fishing in the high country. The airport is only 8 minutes away and there are many daily direct/short flights to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. This Historic Homestead, with its full facilities and surrounding acreage is an excellent place to come home to each night, ensures a long lasting memory of peace, privacy and timeless tranquility.
Other Activities: parasailing, shopping, kayaking, boating, antique aircraft museum.