Alan Pye Cottage, Taupo, New Zealand
Iconic New Zealand luxury accommodation... Inside the highly tenured 17-acre grounds, another wonderful new addition to the iconic Huka Lodge (and Huka Retreat brands) has recently welcomed its first guests. Named after the charming Irishman who established Huka Lodge, the Alan Pye Cottage opened in late December 2008. Designed by Virginia Fisher and Christian Anderson, and Sumich Architects, the Alan Pye Cottage builds on and continues many of the themes established in 2005, with the exceptional Owner’s Cottage retreat, also located within the Huka Lodge estate. The Cottage takes full advantage of a superb location and sits on lush green lawns amongst manicured gardens on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, just before the turquoise green waters surge downstream to the impressive Huka Falls. Using the finest quality materials – cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural fundamentals from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, expressed in a contemporary manner, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the Alan Pye Cottage. The Alan Pye Cottage is certain to carry on the fine tradition of luxurious living and generous hospitality which was started by Alan Pye and his wife at Huka Lodge so long ago.
The Cottage has two large bedrooms, with open fireplaces, en suite bathrooms and large walk-through dressing rooms. Both bedrooms are tastefully decorated and offer a high level of comfort. A magnificent open plan living room, featuring a high stud ceiling, with an open fireplace and dining area. This room offers fabulous furniture and everything guests will need to feel this is a true ‘home away from home’. Tall glass doors on both sides of the room face the river and allow you to not only take in but experience this majestic view. A well-equipped kitchen is set up for a personal chef – guests may choose to be catered for or to dine over to the main Lodge. Guests at The Alan Pye Cottage have use of all Huka Lodge facilities and services. The bathrooms feature twin basins, deep baths, separate showers and heated towel rails. The floors are made from limestone and include under floor heating.
Facilities: Park-like gardens and flower borders, spa pool, swimming pool, all weather tennis court, petanque court, a short walk beyond the gates brings you to the spectacular Huka Falls, mini-bar, heli pad
Destination: Huka Lodge, Taupo
Official website: Alan Pye Cottage