Idyllic lifestyle retreat for sale in the Hawkes Bay

Trelinnoe Park vendors ready to sell

Hawke’s Bay’s idyllic Trelinnoe Park homestead, cafe and botanical gardens are for sale, presenting an opportunity to create a unique tourism venture or acquire your own private lifestyle retreat.

The 13ha estate on Old Coach Road, Te Pohue, is being offered to the market following the successful sale of the adjoining Trelinnoe Station sheep and beef farm earlier this year.

Colliers International rural sales specialist Mike Heard says the property’s national and international renown should not dissuade prospective buyers from expressing their interest.

“The vendors are motivated to sell and are open to offers. This is your chance to acquire a genuinely unique business and lifestyle property, superbly located less than 30 minutes’ drive from Napier.”

Trelinnoe Park’s homestead and spectacular botanical gardens have been created, nurtured, and enhanced by successive generations of the same family.

“The botanical garden is among the most expansive in private ownership in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring one of the world’s largest magnolia collections.

“It has attracted more than 140,000 local, national and international visitors over the years and is recognised by the New Zealand Garden Trust as a garden of national significance.

“The garden comprises woodland, sweeping lawns, clipped hedges, hillsides of flowering trees and spectacular vistas to the adjoining Trelinnoe Station’s dramatic landscape.”

Alan Maxwell of Colliers International says Trelinnoe’s multi-level homestead offers large spaces and original features in abundance.

“From intimate family gatherings to hosting a crowd, there’s plenty of space to entertain in the ample dining room and lounge, which boasts a library nook and atmospheric fireplace.

“Trelinnoe Park also features an architecturally designed 60-seat cafe and a separate ‘garden room’, which could either be maintained as part of a business venture or further developed.”

Maxwell says the property offers multiple options for prospective purchasers.

“A new owner could maintain the established gardens and cafe business for the delight of the viewing public.

“They could also use the serenity of the park as the backdrop for a new tourism or accommodation venture.

“Located less than half an hour from Napier’s sea and air ports, it is superbly positioned to attract many of the thousands of cruise ship passengers, Art Deco aficionados and wine enthusiasts who visit the Hawke’s Bay every year.

“Alternatively, a new owner could choose to retain the property for their own exclusive use as a secluded botanical playground.

“However you choose to use it, Trelinnoe Park is sure to reward you with many years of enjoyment in an environment as glorious as it is unique.”

Trelinnoe Park was created as a labour of love by John and Fiona Wills, who were among the most respected farmers in the Hawke’s Bay region. They established their farm in 1956 and planted the first trees in the park in 1960.

The couple died in 2014, leaving the property to sons Bruce, a former head of Federated Farmers, and Scott to manage.

Bruce says the decision to sell has not been easy, but the demands of his advisory and governance roles means he hasn’t been able to devote as much time to the property as he would have liked.

“The garden was my parents’ passion. They created something truly special, but now that we’ve sold the farm, the time is right to pass the baton with Trelinnoe Park as well.”

The garden features a wide range of established trees, shrubs, perennials and natives. It is renowned for the diversity of its species and the uniqueness of some of the plant specimens.

The plants are set amongst six lakes, woodland paths, feature steps, statues and bridges.

The 1960s homestead is built over three levels and has been extensively renovated over time.

It comprises an imposing entry foyer, formal lounge and dining rooms, a family kitchen and dining room, four main bedrooms, an office and a multi-purpose room that can be used as further accommodation.

A covered walkway adjoining the homestead leads to the garden room, built in the 1990s, set evocatively amidst a green glade.

The complex also houses the cafe, also built in the 1990s, as well as a garage, supplementary garden buildings, concrete tennis court with pavilion, and extensive retaining walls.

Many of the extensive chattels within the property are also available for sale by negotiation.

Trelinnoe Park is for sale by tender closing at 2pm on Thursday 6 December, unless it sells earlier.

“Whether you’re looking to buy for business, lifestyle or a mix of both, Trelinnoe Park is sure to delight for generations,” says Heard.


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