85229 State Highway 2 Mount Bruce

Property ID:R8RGES

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  • Area: 1.9ha

NORMANDELL - Rural Artist Residency & Retreat

85229 State Highway 2 Mount Bruce

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  • Area: 1.9ha

With a history spanning over a century - nurtured from wilderness in 1900 through to the treasured five acre hermitage of today - this property stands proud within the idyllic Tararua country, framed by mountain ranges and remnants of historic bushland.

The original Scandinavian Cottage of the early 1900's began as a bachelor's farm cottage and shearing hut for Christopher Burton Jnr, and retains its simplistic character of that era whilst hosting a who's who of artisans worldwide.

When the main home was completed in 1912, a new chapter of Normandell began. Being the residence of a clockmaker-cum-farmer, a clockmaker's workshop was included within the loft space: a lonely dormer window providing light to work by where his original workbench still exists. Since developed and extended, this space now feels akin to a Manhattan studio apartment? all angles and expanse and wood and skylights and bookshelves and nooks and inspiration. A timeless world to enter. One to grudgingly leave.

Yet the main house is just as inspiring, wrapping a warmth of timber tones and traditional character around your heart; each room beckoning from cosy corners offering contemporary comforts.

Operating as the "New Zealand Pacific Studio, Artists' Residency Centre" - offering a haven to artists, writers, environmentalists, and researchers - Normandell is nationally and internationally recognised and appreciated. A place to retreat to, recuperate in, and in which the creative juices are allowed to flow. Workspaces are provided and there's land to roam. Lush gardens, wandering paths, woodland shadows, sweeping lawns.

www.artistresidency.org.nz provides an insight into the workings of the retreat, testimonials from past residents, an outline of community-orientated programs, and a further glimpse of the beauty of Normandell.

Nearby places of note include the neighbouring Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, the iconic ANZAC Memorial Bridge, Palmerston North city about an hour away, and New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, under 2 hours.

There is magic here. Whether you wish to develop the retreat, or keep it under wraps for yourself, the magic remains, and development potential as a lifestyle or businesswise is huge.

For further information, an information pack, or to arrange your personal appointment to view, please call Kevin (Ben) Hepburn on 0274 555 782 or John Ritchie 021 848 297

Price Guide Mid $400,000's

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Locality Guide - Masterton

Location Description

Masterton – “Whakaoriori” – is the Wairarapa’s largest town; a vibrant, eclectic home to over 25,000 residents. Founded in 1854, the beloved township boasts a rich heritage and robust economy, with a vast number of industries and businesses making the most of its proximity to Wellington and laidback, picturesque lifestyle. 

Set within the Wairarapa Valley, the Tararua Ranges offer a mighty backdrop to Masterton’s day-to-day living, either mantled in glistening snow or shimmering in a summery haze. Popular coastal villages are also in good distance and provide a variety of swimming beaches, holiday baches, fishing, snorkling, and surfing options, all within friendly local communities.

Nature lovers? Golfers? Wine lovers? Off-the-gridders? Artistes? Farmers or hobby lifestylers?  Families seeking excellent schooling? Retirees desiring an idyllic, relaxed retirement? Or those business-focussed individuals looking for the best of all worlds? Opportunities simply abound in this beautiful place we call home.

Approximately 90 minutes away, reaching Wellington is an enjoyable train ride, or a spectacular drive over the Remutaka Hill Road. Martinborough, Greytown, Carterton and Featherston are all additional Wairarapa townships boasting many attractions, experiences, and beauties of their own.

Don’t take our word for it: come and explore all that Masterton has to offer. 

We, here at LJ Hooker Masterton, are Locals looking after Locals, and we want to welcome you in, to share our treasures.

Visitors Centre

Masterton I-Site Visitor Centre
316 Queen Street
Masterton
Phone 3700 900

Attractions
•    Queen Elizabeth Park has an aviary, deer park, mini-golf and playground.
•    Aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art and History provides high quality experiences of art, history and culture in the Wairarapa.
•    The Mount Bruce pioneer museum showcases objects from yesteryear that range from tobacco tins to petrol pumps.
•    Henley Lake Park offers family fishing and walking trails.
•    At Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 30 kilometres north of Masterton, you can get close to birds such as saddleback, stitchbird, kokako, and not to mention the white kiwi.
•    The Tararua Forest Park to the west of Masterton offers tramping and other outdoor pursuits. It includes Mt Holdsworth, Wairarapa's highest peak.
•    Golden Shears World Premier Shearing and Woolhandling Championship run early March at the Trust House Recreation Centre, bringing champions from New Zealand and Australia to complete each year.

Facilities

•    Trust Home Recreation Centre and Leisure Centre 
     (06) 370 0060 
•    Regent 3 Cinemas
     (06) 377 5479
•    The Screening Room – Cinema and Eatery 
     (06) 378 6191

Masterton has numerous restaurants, including:
•    The Farriers Bar and Eatery
    (06) 377 1102
•    The Grill at Solway Park
    (06) 370 0513
•    KOI – Spice, Craft and Whisky
    (06) 370 1930
•    Cafe Strada
    (06) 378 9755
•    CBK
    (06) 377 7001
•    Iberia
    (06) 370 9285
•    Chans Restaurant
    (06) 378 9990
•    Tripoli Bistro
    (06) 370 3540
•    Lonestar Café and Bar
    (06) 377 7308
•    Entice Café and Catering
    (06) 377 3166
•    Ten O’Clock Cookie Bakery
    (06) 377 4551
•    Food For Thought
    (06) 377 5195
•    Trocadero Coffee Bar
     027 333 3451
•    Spices of India
    (06) 378 2521

Transport

Masterton is serviced by the Tranz Metro commuter train service. It is on the Masterton route from Wellington. Details of this service can be found at services run weekdays between Featherston and Palmerston North, and on Saturday between Masterton and Palmerston North.
•    Tranzit Coachlines (Wairarapa) Limited is based in Masterton.
    (06) 377 1227
•    InterCity Coachlines also provides an inter-city service.
    (06) 377 1227

Community
•    Masterton Public Library
    (06) 378 9666 (Masterton District Council)
•    Wairarapa Services Club
    (06) 377 0018
•    Masterton Club
    (06) 377 3318
•    Masterton Medical
    (06) 370 0011
•    Whaiora
    (06) 370 0818
•    Masterton Hospital
    (06) 946 9800

Pre-Schools

There are about a dozen early childhood facilities in Masterton. The more central ones include:
•    West Kindergarten
    (06) 378 7308
•    YMCA Oscar
    (06) 377 5499
•    Pohutukawa Early Learning Centre
    (06) 377 1000
•    Good Beginnings Educare Centre
    (06) 378 9969
•    Cole St Early Learning Centre
    (06) 377 4822
•    Wairarapa Montessori Preschool 
    (06) 377 1471

•    Lansdowne Private Childcare
    (06) 377 2448
•    Puawai Childcare Centre
    (06) 06 929 7965
•    Makora Community Early Learning Centre
    (06) 377 0224
•    Porse Masterton
    (06) 377 5544
•    Masterton Christian Childcare
    (06) 377 5476
•    The Cubbyhouse Early Childcare Centre
     (06) 370 8384
•    Active Explores
    (06) 370 1037

Primary Schools
•    Douglas Park PO Box 313, Masterton
    Tel 370 0189
•    Fernridge School Upper Plain Road, Masterton
    Tel 378-6535
•    Hadlow School High Street, Masterton
    Tel 378-6597
•    Lakeview School PO Box 265, Masterton
    Tel 377-1867
•    Masterton Intermediate School PO Box 628, Masterton
    Tel 370-0088
•    Masterton Primary 53 South Road, Masterton
    Tel 377-5297
•    Opaki School RD 11, Masterton
    Tel 377-5052
•    Solway Primary School Ngaumatawa Road, Masterton
    Tel 377-4850
•    St Patrick’s School
    (06) 377 5043

Secondary Schools

Masterton’s secondary schools are:
•    St Matthew’s Collegiate School
    (06) 378 8220
•    Chanel College
    (06) 377 0069
•    Solway College
    0800 2 SOLWAY
•    Wairarapa College
    (06) 370 0400
•    Rathkeale College
    (06) 378 8377
•    Makoura College
    (06) 378 6074

Tertiary Schools
•    The tertiary institution in Masterton is UCOL.
     (06) 370 0170

Others in the vicinity are:
•    Central Institute of Technology
    Upper Hutt
    (04) 527 6398
•    Victoria University Of Wellington
     Wellington
    (04) 472 1000
•    New Zealand Institute of Sport
    Wellington
    (04) 495 8390

Sport
•    Masterton Recreation Centre and Swimming Pools
    (06) 370 0060
•    Oasis Climbing Wall
    (06) 378 8789
•    Masterton Squash Club
    (06) 377 5143
•    Red Star Squash Club
    (06) 377 1990
•    Masterton Park Bowling Club
    (06) 377 5458
•    Masterton Bowling Club
    (06) 377 4664
•    Masterton Golf Club
     (06) 377 4984
 

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