Undeniably charming, this elegant example of its era delivers a swift kick to the heart. Oh the stories this home could tell! Built in the late 1800s - at a time when Otaki was rapidly growing, - new schools were built, a local newspaper was established, the creamery Dairy Factory was built on Rahui Road - this cottage housed a farmer who tended to a local farm. The 'New Otaki' began to thrive as more folks were drawn in - the first road bridge over the beautiful river was opened, the neighbouring Otaki-Maori Racing Club a popular destination to win local goods and the extraordinary growing soils brought market gardeners to the area.
Now, over a century later, this home stands beautifully preserved and immaculately perched at the entrance to Rahui Road - one of the most sought-after rural areas of Otaki. Recently lifted to sit taller, the homestead has been boosted into modernity and refreshingly updated throughout, completely refurbished and repainted inside and out. Careful attention has been paid to enhance original features, and an immediate sense of warmth and belonging envelope once inside. Wooden floorboards, truly lovely living, kitchen and dining spaces, two double bedrooms with inbuilt wardrobes - and a wood fire and brand new underfloor gas heating to each room so that you'll never feel the cold.
High studs give a sense of grandeur, the extraordinary new brick chimney complements the home perfectly, heritage brick pathways and private garden and lawn space to enjoy, covered verandahs front and back.
The back verandah has views over the gorgeous, private back garden with large studio (potential sleepout), chicken palace, massive fruiting avocado tree and native plantings which frame the gently effervescent Waitohu Stream on the northern boundary - bursting with birdlife.
Character homes of this era and standard are a rarity, just 50 minutes from Wellington - walking distance to schools, shops and the ever-vibrant Otaki township. The exciting next chapter of your history begins here at Rahui Cottage.
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