HILLTOP HOME: This 1.3-hectare hilltop property is sheltered by native forest and has an orchard full of fruit trees, a glass house, and plenty of pathways, secret gardens and even an aviary. Photos supplied

THIS four-bedroom home is so private they’ve literally moved the bathtub outside so you can relax under the stars overlooking the Rangitaiki Plains to Whale Island. This hilltop home feels like a world apart from everyday life, yet is only 15-minutes drive from Whakatane.

Besides the gas hot water-fed claw-foot bathtub, the north-facing deck of this luxurious home also connects you with an in-ground swimming pool and a goldfish pond, all on the same level as the living areas of the home. And this is only one of the outdoor living spaces.

Set on a 1.3-hectare lifestyle property with an orchard growing every type of fruit tree imaginable, paved walkways and secret gardens, this home has an air of enchantment about it. Adding to the storybook charm as you walk around the property is a life-sized outdoor chess set, an aviary, a glasshouse and a courtyard below the house with a table and benches that make it look as though King Arthur may have supped there.

Built with entertaining in mind, the size of the home’s living area is impressive. With slate-tiled floors throughout, leading through three living spaces with high-stud ceiling, you could be forgiven for thinking you had just stepped over the threshold of a giant’s castle.

The first of these connected living spaces contains the huge kitchen and family area. This kitchen is well fitted out with extra wide Smeg oven and five-burner gas hob and windows overlooking an outdoor dining area.

Next, you step down to a large dining and lounge area with a log fire, which opens to outdoor entertaining areas to the north and south. A set of double bi-fold doors opens to another lounge, which has an office leading off it. This lounge leads, in turn, to the master bedroom.

This awesome retreat is set at the opposite end of the house to the remaining three bedrooms. With direct access to the pool area, a vast walk-through wardrobe and luxurious en suite bathroom, this makes a fabulous, grown-ups-only getaway. The en suite has a modern, tiled shower with sunken floor, twin basins and a forest outlook through the floor to ceiling windows.

Back through the living areas, a hallway leads to three more double bedrooms, the main bathroom, a separate toilet and the laundry.

A set of stairs leads to a basement double garage, along with lots of storage and workshop space. This property is a must see for anyone looking for their happily ever after.

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128B Murphy Road, Awakeri
Agent: Rhys Mischefski
Phone: 07 307 1595 or 027 457 8718
Tender closing date: Thursday, November 21, 4pm
Open home: Sunday, 2pm-2.30pm