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Lifestyle Collection: Contemporary Ruapuna rural classic one of Mid Canterbury’s most exclusive properties

February 2021

One of Mid Canterbury’s most notable properties is on the market.

Sitting on 61 hectares adjacent to the Rangitata River, with a blend of mature English-style woods and productive farmland, Cracroft Lodge is presented for sale by Tim Gallagher of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Ashburton, along with his colleague Robin Ford.

Tim says Cracroft Lodge is a contemporary rural classic with multiple layers of appeal.

“Anyone who enjoys entertaining will be drawn to this property. Two large living rooms, a huge open plan kitchen and dining area and a third floor games room, along with stunning outdoor deck spaces and a private sheltered lawn, make it a location that new owners will want to share as the setting for unforgettable social occasions. Alternatively, a sprawling self-contained apartment, which would serve as accommodation for an owner or manager, provides options as a B&B hub for a private hunting and fishing guiding business, with numerous recreational localities near at hand to make that viable. Otherwise, continuing in its current use, as a cherished, opulent and exclusive home for a tight-knit family, with plenty of space for children, grandchildren and cousins to roam at will, beckons for the right buyer,” he says.

Built in 2002 by Grace Builders of Christchurch, three storey, five bedroom Cracroft Lodge creates an impression from every angle. At approximately 694 square metres, the home has been designed with high specifications for energy efficiency.

“Its thermal design is outstanding and ahead of its time, enabling the extensive house to be heated from a single fireplace, if desired.

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“Every aspect exudes quality, from the Kwila flooring and luxurious wool carpet throughout; to the five car garage, including capacity for a workshop; the picturesque views out to Mount Peel; and the airstrip right next door, which the neighbour has assured in writing will be accessible to Cracroft’s incoming owner,” says Tim.

Cracroft Lodge was formerly the homestead of a 622 hectare sheep and beef farm. Its 61 hectares are subdivided into five main paddocks, covered by an annual grass and permanent pasture mix comprising ryegrass, clover and plantain. As part of the Peel Forest rain belt, the property benefits from an average annual rainfall of 1000 millimetres. Its English woodland aesthetic includes mature Japanese cedar, oaks and other specimen trees, and Cracroft Lodge’s direct river boundary enables fishing and jet boating without leaving the property.

Situated in Ruapuna, Cracroft Lodge is directly east across the Rangitata River from Peel Forest, some 23 kilometres north of Geraldine. Peel Forest is renowned for horse trekking, jet boating, camping and tramping, as well as rafting and kayaking on the Rangitata and Orari rivers and four-wheel-drive tours to nearby Lord of the Rings film locations and the famous Café Mes Amis is less than 25 kilometres away.

Cracroft Lodge is offered for sale with an asking price of $2.95 million, with flexible settlement and payment options. A secured first mortgage may be available to approved purchasers.

Read the full Autumn Lifestyle Collection edition here

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