Matahiwi Barn’s owners looked at a 19th century farm building that was gradually falling to bits in a paddock and saw a sumptuous four-bedroom, three-bathroom country house that sleeps up to nine.
Both upstairs bedrooms have Queen beds and the master bedroom has a King. All three have en suite bathrooms. The fourth bedroom contains a single bed and bunks. A cot is also available. The Queen rooms open off a book-lined gallery that overlooks a living space lavishly furnished with Persian rugs, antiques, comfortable sofas and chairs, original works of art, sound system, piano and a hefty wood-burner.
Folding doors on three sides open onto generous decks draped with grape vines, roses and wisteria.
Matahiwi Barn was lovingly rebuilt from its original heart totara, felled and milled on the property to which it belonged. The exterior is faithful to the original design but the verandahs are an embellishment and home comforts are very much of the 21st century.