Hadleigh Boutique Accommodation
Yes we are open, come celebrate with us
Vacations are about discovering places that are fascinating and different. It’s great to have experiences that create their own very special memories.
Hi – We are Jon and Shirley, former owners and curators of Hadleigh, a beautiful historic Christchurch home in New Zealand’s South Island. A series of violent earthquakes saw us finally lay Hadleigh to rest in April 2011. We were devastated that our beautiful Category1 heritage listed home was so irrevocably damaged that it had to be demolished.
We were however, buoyed by the many messages that we received from those we had hosted at Hadleigh over the years. The support from around the globe was phenomenal such that we determined to find another Hadleigh somewhere that would somehow allow us to reciprocate the friendship and kindness shown to us.
We searched for many months then one day, there it was, not old, or inner city, not even in the South Island but at Matangi in the North Island’s Waikato region.
The catalyst wasn’t so much the areas natural beauty, or it being the hub for New Zealand’s renowned thoroughbred race horse industry, nor even the proximity to Lake Karapiro, home of our champion Olympic rowers. Indeed, knowing that Peter Jackson chose a fabulous nearby location to film the magical Hobbits did not hold quite as much sway as the property which drew us in.
Deceptively close to Hamilton city’s night life and also the quaint settlement of Cambridge, the property was down a quiet tree lined rural lane. There, set on 2Ha (5 acres) was a home, quite modern in concept, but with enormous appeal. The exterior was crafted with native timber joinery and natural Otago schist stone, inside high pitched ceilings followed the multi gabled roof line. An enormous schist stone fireplace and gracious curved staircase created an ambience remarkably reminiscent of the understated luxury of our original Hadleigh.
So here we are, it has been an amazing journey and now we invite you to enjoy our hospitality and share with us our new ‘Hadleigh’, a warm welcome is assured as we once more seek to:
"Enjoy Luxury accommodation at Hadleigh Matangi in the heart of the Waikato "
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