Once in a life time a marvellous opportunity arises and ‘Hackthorne Gardens’ is just one of these.
This ‘Grand Old Lady’ of 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, in a botanical garden setting of 4036 sq m of land is a beauty to behold.
Built in 1928 as an English Gentleman’s stately residence, Hackthorne Gardens has had a very interesting history starting life as a family home. It has been used as a Boarding School, Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Aged Care Facility and most recently as a Private Hotel and for Wedding Functions. During its long life span this glorious home has had various uses which have enhanced the building and added to its culture and mystique.
With high ceilings, moulded cornice, beautiful light roses, vintage fittings and imported wallpapers the decor is complete with grand rooms and is complimented by the subtle improvements of modern day living, such as automatic lights, an elevator and a full surround sound system.
Constructed with everlasting weatherboards, the building has lived through wars, depression, earthquakes, and still keeps smiling through. The grandeur of the magnificent home is complimented by the private driveway, manicured lawns, beautiful landscaped gardens and with vast views of the city to the mountains and Pegasus Bay.
The sense of space continues upon stepping inside: to the left, two generous open-plan living areas and an adjoining dining area ensure the stunning views are readily enjoyed through large, light-flooded windows. The expanse of reception rooms means there is plenty of space to socialise either inside or outdoors on the large adjoining balcony. Intimate nooks by fireplaces and windows are perfect for quiet conversation, ideal for small or large receptions and functions. On this floor there is also the ‘Bridal Suite’ featuring an antique four-poster bed, en-suite and kitchenette, plus another two en-suite guest bedrooms.
Back in the entrance hall, you can almost smell the rich wood of the piece de resistance, a grand original staircase, inspired by Italian architecture, leading upstairs in one sweeping gesture and overlorded by a stunning arched window and a glowing chandelier. Needless to say, this remarkable piece of architecture is an absolute favourite for bridal shots or celebratory photographs.
Upstairs, the three en-suite bedrooms and a one-bedroom apartment with kitchen are complemented by a range of entertainment options. To the south, guests find a games room dressed with English wallpaper, carpets and heavy velvety curtains, including a pool table and adjoining media room with projector. The first storey also currently features a gymnasium room.
Around the turn of the century, an entire new level was added to Hackthorne Gardens by excavating below the two original levels. The spacious ground-floor level now features five exclusive bedrooms, each with their own en-suite and kitchenette. Here, guests can marvel at the views from their private courtyard before re-joining the other visitors upstairs or outside amongst the extensive landscaped grounds.
Remarkably, throughout the 730 sq m of luxury and extravagance, practicality does not fall short so a private viewing of this property is essential. With large groups of visitors in mind Hackthorne Gardens not only offers multiple accommodation options but also features car-parking for 30 cars, a large commercial grade kitchen and laundry along with a multitude of storage options (including pantry and wine storage) throughout.
The house also offers various studies and offices, three further toilets, heat-pumps in every bedroom, and underneath the house are two 2,000-litre water tanks and a garden shed. It is also equipped with emergency lighting, smoke alarms and sprinklers.