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100 Year Picton villa helping protect seaside town’s flora & fauna

A villa built in 1905 is playing an important role in protecting Picton’s green spaces as it gets ready to welcome new owners.

The historic home was built in Blenheim 118 years ago and was moved to Picton in 2005 to serve as the Gatehouse for Sennen House, a bed and breakfast also steeped in history.

Both properties then entered into a Queen Elizabeth II Open Space Covenant, a special agreement between Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and the property’s owners to protect special open spaces and natural features on private land.

The Gatehouse’s owner Diane Cranfield says being part of the QEII Trust means they can never be built out.

“This means the next custodians of The Gatehouse will be able to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of being tucked away in native bush, but just walking distance to the town centre,” she says.

Cranfield grew up holidaying in the area in the 1960s and says they had originally been drawn to the property as it was almost a miniature replica of their home in Wellington. The villa also has a 1930’s era cottage sleepout, which she says the previous owners had added for their parents who visited regularly from England.

“The home has been restored to maintain its beautiful Victorian character. We added the French doors, along with the deck to create an indoor/outdoor flow and space to enjoy the peace of the garden,” she says.

Tall Poppy Sales Consultant, Anne Goodyer, says that while historic properties can be very popular they typically take a lot of maintenance, but this property is in the unique position of not needing this restoration.

“Fortunately, when the home was relocated it was re-wired along with new plumbing and new piles. And of course, its natural surroundings are outstanding.

“This would be a great fit for families looking for something with a bit of character, it is so close to local amenities, while still enjoying the benefit of peaceful seclusion - the sleepout is also a great bonus for growing families with teenagers, giving them a chance for their own space.”

More details about the property at 8 Oxford Street can be found here.