Holmes lodge open for hire

By Amelia Wade

Hawkes Bay spread turned into luxury accommodation and event venue.

Sir Paul Holmes bought Mana Lodge in 2000 after "falling in love with the property" and later described it as his "treasure".
Sir Paul Holmes bought Mana Lodge in 2000 after "falling in love with the property" and later described it as his "treasure".

Sir Paul and Lady Deborah Holmes' Hawkes Bay residence has been turned into a luxury getaway estate.

Run by the late broadcaster's wife, Mana Lodge and its 18ha of land can now be rented by people who want luxury accommodation for up to 10 adults, a holiday home or a function venue.

"Mana Lodge is a handsome, elegant country home that offers a fusion of contemporary and farmhouse flavours while still retaining a cosy sense of welcoming with the comforts of a private home," says the lodge's website, manalodge.co.nz.

It shows bookings are available from mid-August, and priced at $1380 a night.

The lodge was built in 1948 and an extensive programme of planting native and significant trees followed, the website says. The grounds were landscaped into formal tiered terraces and redesigned to include one of the largest private swimming pools in the country.

Sir Paul, who grew up in Hawkes Bay, bought Mana Lodge in 2000 after "falling in love with the property".

He and Lady Deborah further developed the property and planted an olive grove of 3000 trees which produce the Mana Lodge signature olive oils.

The property now boasts six bedrooms, a study, conservatory, two lounges and catering is available on request.

Shortly before his death in February Sir Paul described Mana Lodge as his "treasure".

Lady Deborah did not return the Herald's calls last night.

Sir Paul was treated for cancer and had heart surgery in 1999 and again in 2012 before retiring.

In the New Year's Honours Sir Paul was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and the community.

His investiture ceremony was held at the estate.

His funeral was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland.

- NZ Herald

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