LOT TO OFFER: This 5.07-hectare property on Melville Road comprises an outstanding home with established BnB and a high-producing kiwifruit orchard. Photos Open2View

With an executive home, quality kiwifruit orchard and a BnB,this Awakeri property has much to offer

LIFESTYLE and income combine here in Melville Road.

The residence, architecturally designed and built just after the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake, has been home to its current owners for some 20 years.

Over that time they have further developed the 5.07 hectare property, establishing park-like grounds, a home orchard and an outstanding kiwifruit orchard comprising 2.17ha of GA Gold and 1.06ha of Hayward Green growing over pergolas. Variety conversion and a recent management change has seen a dramatic increase in production.

With the owners downsizing, and moving on, the door is open for someone else to enjoy the fruit of their labours, literally.

Perfectly-groomed gardens, including a stunning display of rhododendrons, border the sweeping concrete driveway as you enter. There is plenty of room for parking outside the house and the adjacent kiwifruit orchard has its own entrance.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, built over two levels, has been well maintained and is immaculately presented for sale, inside and out.

It has been designed for ease of living with both formal and informal areas and great flow to the outdoors where a covered entertaining area overlooks expansive lawns and gardens.

Three roll-down screens make this area perfect for entertaining all year round.

The original house, constructed from macrocapa board and batten, was extensively renovated in 2006 using Lawson pine. Internally, the remodelling included the installation of a stunning Beaver kitchen featuring granite benchtops and scullery, and the addition of a separate bathroom and toilet featuring a restored Victorian cast iron bath.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, including one with a second loft bed space, and the master suite is upstairs with its own bathroom and a mezzanine study nook overlooking the downstairs formal lounge. A double-sided fire effectively warms the whole house with a heat pump installed as back-up.

Another bonus here is the BnB income-earning potential with a fourth separate bedroom off the covered entry way complete with ensuite and kitchenette.The adjacent single garage is fully lined with plumbing already in place if the future owners wish to add a second BnB room.

With a property like this there are the obvious attractions but there are also numerous little things that will make a difference to buyers. Things like security alarm, underfloor heating, double glazing, solar hot water, loft storage in the garage, a wine cellar under the stairs and the sense of history that comes from the rimu interior doors, which were once part of the Edgecumbe Hotel demolished after the earthquake.

The orchard has automated irrigation and frost protection via onsite deep bore water pumped direct to the vines. There is also the option of using water from the 1200 cubic metre water storage reservoir. The property also has an excellent range of sheds, including purpose-built high stud storage for a large motorhome.

There is so much to see and love here so make sure you check it out in person at this weekend’s open home.


5 Melville Road, Awakeri

Agent: Maurice Butler

Phone: (07) 307 0165 or 927 451 4395

Price: Sale by tender, closing October 2 at 12pm

Open home: Sunday, 12pm to 1pm