Retiring to the 19th takes on a completely different meaning after the former Mangamahu golf course clubhouse received a makeover.

The clubhouse now has a new lease of life forming part of a beautifully refurbished and stylishly-presented pioneer cottage with vintage character and charm at 578A Mangamahu Road.

The cottage is now perfect as an executive retreat, a leisurely 25 minute drive east of Durie Hill School and just 5.8km passed Wylie's Bridge.

"This cottage and surrounds is a real gem, built around 1910 and moved on site in 2004, after spending part of its colourful life as the 19th hole for the Mangamahu Golf Course,"
Bayleys marketing agent Mr Knud Bukholt said.

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Set on 1.05 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds, the complex includes a swimming pool, separate two bedroom studio, garden shed, fruit trees and a layout which beckons as a picturesque wedding and events venue.

Over the last nine years it has been used as a fully functional home, with numerous well thought-out improvements. Sitting elevated overlooking idyllic countryside, the sheltered veranda wraps around three sides of the cottage with French doors opening from all the living areas, providing a sheltered space to enjoy this picturesque setting.

"This really is a great venue for functions such as, weddings, family gatherings and birthdays, with ample parking, plus space for marquees and tents. Complimented by an additional three roomed (two bedroom) utility shed," Mr Bukholt said.

The cottage features, floor to ceiling timber panelling, beautiful high ceilings, large double slider windows letting in plenty of light and charming vintage fittings and fixtures that invoke a feeling of a bygone era.

It is an entertainers dream with open plan kitchen/dining/lounge, gas cooking and water heating, plus a woodburner with heat transfer for cosy winter evenings. A second living room was added to the cottage in 2011 which integrates seamlessly and provides a relaxing space for family and guests to gather.

The bedrooms are light and bright with large windows looking out to the gardens. The master bedroom has a handy en suite with stand-alone shower and plenty of storage space. The main bathroom with a shower-over-bath, and separate laundry with external access, provides all the practical service areas you need.

Offers close at 2pm Thursday, April 26, Bayleys, 208 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui.