Built in the late 1800s Te Whiti Homestead is situated upon parklike gardens at the top end of a tree-lined driveway on the beautiful Ruamahanga river right on the border of the Gladstone Wine District and the wine trail.
The homestead comprises a ball room, three drawing rooms, kitchen/dining, formal dining room, six bedrooms, three bathrooms, make-up room, gym or office. There is a wing specifically to accommodate guests and a generous verandah looking over the lawns, out through the mature trees and across the river.
The home has many features of its time: leadlight front door, crafted fireplace surrounds, and 12-foot high studs. Outside, a former tennis court could be restored. The current owners have already restored old formal garden features.
A variety of specimen oak trees from around the world have matured on the property. Olive trees originate from the Garden of Gethsemane near Jerusalem (brought by returning soldiers). There are historic sheds, varieties of flowers growing among the stands of trees and enormous conifers.
In springtime the daffodils, bluebells and blossoming fruit trees are a colourful contrast to the trunks of the magnificent oaks as you drive in to the property from the Masterton to Martinborough Road.
Viewings by appointment only.