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Champions choice equestrian estate

Elevated above world-class grapevines and the Maraekakaho Plains, a luxurious American-inspired ranch serving as a home and training ground for Kiwi Olympian Greg Best is positioned to capture breathtaking panoramic views and offer an unparalleled rural lifestyle.

Two titles provide a combined 34ha (more or less) at 3131 State Highway 50, encompassing an elegant family homestead, visitor accommodation, generous equestrian facilities, shedding and storage facilities.

Bayleys Napier salesperson Luke Dee says Greg and his wife Kim have meticulously designed the property with equestrian enthusiasts in mind.

“The Bests are stalwarts of the Kiwi riding scene, with a unique insight into the scale and function of elite riding facilities. What they have created here is a rider’s utopia with a large stable block, covered round yard, all-weather arena, well-maintained paddocks, and substantial shedding.

“An impressive homestead has provided the perfect backdrop for their growing family, with a new owner set to benefit from its meticulous design and versatile use options for the expansive rural estate.”

Dee is marketing the property for sale by tender with colleague Gretchen Paape, closing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, 6th August 2024 (unless sold prior).

Gaining a northeasterly vantage, the 326sqm (more or less) homestead has been strategically positioned on an elevated platform to gain stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

Generous grounds feature a flat lawn and landscaping to the rear with fruit trees, native shrubbery and ample parking via a double garage.

Bayleys Havelock North salesperson Gretchen Paape says the American ranch influence is evident throughout the Maraekakaho property, which features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, gabled ceilings, and bespoke textured features, including rustic pendant lights and rattan ceiling fans.

“Visitors are immediately wowed by sweeping views of the landscape, with the central entry opening right into the heart of the home – the open-plan dining and kitchen area with its Warmington open fireplace, infinity-style benchtops in the kitchen, and a seamless connection to the covered entertainer’s deck.

“Designed with distinct ‘wings’ to promote family functionality, the homestead features four double bedrooms, a family-sized bathroom, two ensuites and a powder room, all with underfloor heating, contemporary finishes and a beautiful vantage to the rural scene outside.

“Built to modern specifications and immaculately maintained, the home is a true family haven designed to maximise its private position for a functional rural lifestyle,” she says.

Positioned at the front of the property, near the stable block - and on a separate entrance to the primary home - is a well-appointed three-bedroom cottage with two bathrooms, open-plan living, and a covered verandah - ideal visitor accommodation or use as staff facilities.

Adjacent to the cottage, equestrian facilities include a seven-bay stable block, feed room with integrated bins, tack room, three-tie groom/wash bay, and staff room with breakout amenities.

“Besides a covered yard and riding arena, the predominantly flat terrain provides versatility for a new owner, with value added from the property’s demonstrated history as a profitable grazing and care business.

“While it is a true horseman’s sanctuary, the property is equally suited for those seeking a luxurious rural lifestyle, who might also want to explore options to leverage the extensive land and facilities for commercial purposes.”

Paape says that despite being just a 15-minute drive to Hastings, 17 minutes to Havelock North, and an easy half hour to Napier, you feel a world away, surrounded by nothing but serene countryside.

“How often can you purchase such a significant piece of well-located land enhanced by one of the country’s leading equestrian families? The estate presents an extremely rare to market opportunity which blends an enchanting rural lifestyle with superb accessibility, and a spectrum of versatile use options for one very lucky new owner,” she says.

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