Sleeps: 12 | Bedrooms: 6 | Bathrooms: 3 | Ref.#: 9185
UNSPOILT COASTAL HIDEAWAY nr Whangaehu Beach
Lazing on the deck, the afternoon sea breezes teasing dreams from the subconscious, the smell of scented pines. Peace and tranquility. Nature as it was intended, …unspoilt, embracing sea, sun, sky earth and night time stars. The call of the morepork in the bush, seagulls overhead, easterly seaward views, uninterrupted to the distant horizon, to the west the hazy distant ranges and sunsets. Fishing, hunting, bush walks…….. if ever there was a true coastal retreat,….this is IT. Off the beaten track, but on the way to Whangaehu Beach, not far from a pub and a golf course. ESCAPE TODAY.
Holiday homes are all about escape, not attention seeking, which is why they are often tucked out of sight with their backs to the road. It`s a different story inside, however, where hidden elements open up to reveal private sanctuaries with spectacular views. Newly constructed CHB tourist accommodation, “Seascape”, comprises two quality lodges, “Capeview” and “Reefview”, which sit on a pine clad ridge. The elevated site was leveled to create two flat building platforms, one slightly higher than the other. Nestled into the sites, the lodges are totally concealed from the road – the privacy enhanced by virtue of a long driveway.
The owners designed the houses around the views and topography to provide private dwellings and sheltered outdoor living deck areas.
From the approach road you look up to the carport/ garage seeing little of the houses beyond, which leaves them totally private. There is a sense of anticipation. The layout design evolved from the desire to maximise the sunlight and views of the valley, reef, Pacific Ocean and stunning rural landform of Cape Turnagain. It was also governed by the need for a degree of separation between the two individual houses. The solution was to create two separate buildings connected by a large carport and garage/laundry. Each house comprises its own main living rooms, master and guest bedrooms, and bathrooms. In keeping with Kiwi bach tradition the strong vertical lines of dark stained board & batten construction, blending with the surrounding pines, and extensive timber decking reaching out from the ridge,enhances the visual connection with the distant landscape. The alternate timber and grassed areas provide summer and winter seating places that maximise sun and shade at different times of the year. The houses have a contemporary feel, but there are rustic touches, such as timber detailing acknowledging the special visual characteristics of the region. These textural elements include, solid macrocarpa exposed beams and bandsawn macrocarpa architraves. Beach sand coloured ceramic tiles and earth tone bedroom carpets help to visually soften the interior. The living and bedroom areas all open directly to the outdoors with large glass sliders maximising the expansive views. From the changing colours of the seasons to the sunrises and distinctive cloud formations, the views from these Whangaehu holiday homes are dramatic all year round.
Grandstanding spectacular sea and rural views may be the top priority for the owners of “Seascape”, but a well thought-out layout ensures family relaxation, as well as ocean gazing, is high on the agenda.
The owners of “Seascape” spent several years living in a caravan at the elevated site, so they were familiar with the environment when they briefed their builder. Several requirements for the new houses resulted from the time spent there. Importantly, double glazing, wool insulation and heat pump warmth for all year round comfort was a must. Firstly, it was desired to retain the picture-window outlook they had enjoyed from the caravan, also wanting to maintain privacy, and achieve an interior that gave both adults, children and guests` private areas, while still having a sense of family connection. Accessibility complies with legislation for disabled persons.
Very private retreat.
Wheelchair friendly is a bonus.