Lodge One still available for more than $3m

By Amy Shanks

Close your eyes and imagine owning one of the most sought after properties in Hawke's Bay - that dream could be a reality for anyone with more than $3 million.

The largest of six Black Barn private retreats, located above the Tuki Tuki river, is up for sale and there's no shortage of interest, with a Trade Me property listing attracting nearly 4000 views.

For your average family this luxurious property is a bit over the top - boasting two kitchens and four bedrooms, each with its own en suite and dressing room.

There is also a swimming pool, cabana and breathtaking views overlooking the river and Te Mata Peak.

"This one is particularly beautiful because it's the closest to the river and has views both up and down the river," Sotherby's International Realty agent Libby Butler said.

While they bear the Black Barn name, the retreats are privately owned, mostly by offshore investors who visit once or twice a year and rent them for the remainder.

To stay at this particular lodge would set you back $1600 a night.



"Its current owners live in the UK and come back every now and then for a holiday, but the new owner has an option to keep it in the [Black Barn] portfolio, or use it as their own home."

The retreats are a popular option for wedding parties, honeymooners or business people and have hosted special guests such as prime minister John Key and the contestants of last year's New Zealand Master Chef.

There have been many enquiries about the property but it still remains on the market.

"We have had interest from offshore and a bit from Auckland. It's one of the higher priced properties in Hawke's Bay."

Valued in excess of $3 million, the lodge could be sold with or without furnishings, though the artwork would not be included.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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