Mediterranean e'lan merges with the intense purity of the Coromandel Peninsula landscape in the construction and setting of this distinctively ornate five-bedroom straw-bale and mud-brick lodge on 5 hectares, a two-hour drive from Auckland. Dominating the native bush ridge in Golden Valley, and sympathetically designed to maximize the dramatic bush and ocean views, Manawa Ridge is an exceptional property offering a variety of lifestyle choices for nature-lovers and aspirational hosts. Reclaimed native Kauri doors, recycled jarrah and exotic timbers blend to create an enduring retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Described as a "little paradise on earth" Manawa Ridge features double height raked timber ceilings and prodigious use of expertly milled and finished timber in a variety of interior and exterior treatments. Open plan living areas and a large banquet sized dining room with underfloor heating are enriched by rustic objects d'art and bespoke fixtures and furnishings made both locally and accumulated from all over the world which form part of sale. A generously proportioned provincial country kitchen with granite countertops is fully-equipped for passionate foodies who love to entertain. Each bedroom suite has its own imaginative arts and crafts detailing in bathrooms and accommodation, several with doors to the landscaped gardens, outdoor fireplace, terraces and romantic open-air bathing alcoves. The estate also boasts a significant stand of native bush, rolling pasture, a Heli-pad, 9m x 15m barn and subterranean wine-cellar. Currently run as a part time boutique lodge with scope for expansion in the wedding or retreat market (www.manawaridge.co.nz).
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