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Lifestyle Collection: Lake Karapiro chateau among Waikato’s finest

February 2021

One of Waikato’s most striking and prestigious lifestyle properties is for sale.

Regally overlooking Karapiro on the lake’s southern shore, this trophy property, 13 kilometres east of Cambridge and suggestive of a French chateau, is listed for sale by Scott Borland of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Cambridge, and colleague Martin Lee. Scott calls the home a contemporary classic, evoking an era of understated opulence.

“Its grand lines and majestic outlook would fit neatly in a Pyrenean or Alpine setting. At every turn, this home exudes quality, from the beautiful rosewood floors throughout; to the five bedrooms, all with lake views; to the Juliet balconies upstairs; and the kitchen, featuring a magnificent built-in Aga stove and large butler’s pantry,” he says.

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Designed to maximise the view, the hallways on each storey are set on the south side, focusing every room north across the lake. Each wing has a separate stairway, with the western stairs leading to a large bedroom with ensuite, walk-in robe and extra storage room; while the eastern wing’s stairs go up to the enormous master bedroom, with ensuite, plus Scottish and French themed bedrooms.

External features complement the 684 square metre house, says Scott.

“Entering through automated iron gates, visitors sweep beneath towering plane trees and along the manicured, cypress-lined drive to an elegant Italian fountain, encircled by the driveway and enclosed within a walled courtyard lined with white standard roses and box hedging.

“On the north side the home opens onto the sweeping curved infinity lawn maximising the lake views, while the south side looks out over post and railed paddocks, populated with mature trees providing a sense of seclusion. An orchard produces a harvest of pears, limes, lemons, grapefruit, persimmon and feijoas.

“This is a blue ribbon home of superlative grandeur,” he says.

 View this property listing here.

Read the full edition of the Autumn Lifestyle Collection here
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