Essence Magazine - Hidden Oasis
As you approach the property, the buildings appear first. A towering Mediterranean-style home, complete with turret, is linked by a covered walkway to a small, funky wooden studio. An atrium attached to the studio opens into the covered walkway, but all that is visible through the coloured glass in the front door is an external curved stone wall. It is immediately apparent this place is special. And when the promise of what lies behind that wall is revealed, it is breathtaking.
The house, designed by local architect Robin White, is as unique as the highly creative couple. It looks like it would be just as much at home in Tuscany as in the middle of Rangiora. One beloved aspect is the ‘loggia’ as Rosie referred to it, the Italian word for a covered exterior gallery or corridor. The loggia houses a massive table where many big sheltered outdoor dinners have been enjoyed. A room at the top of the home’s turret and balconies off the upstairs master bedroom all provide sweeping views of the garden.
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