Gabriel Residence, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The Gabriel Residence is a simple, modern home inspired by the traditional form of New Zealand farm buildings. Located immediately above the tranquil waters of Wairoa Bay, this large four bedroom house has magnificent views in all directions, taking in sea, islands, bush, farmland and wetlands. The house has extensive outdoor living space, including open and covered terraces, a covered deck and a large sheltered open-air courtyard. A huge, fully equipped entertainer’s kitchen with scullery makes it ideal for events or parties. As well as the large main living area, which gives out onto the large covered deck, there are three other self-contained indoor living areas. These include a spacious entertainment room with pool table, a large den/library space and an intimate downstairs lounge area. The Gabriel Residence sleeps eight people in four equal-status king bedrooms, two upstairs and two downstairs, all with superb views and luxurious ensuite bathrooms.
Designed by leading New Zealand architect Pip Cheshire, the Gabriel Residence consists of two parallel gabled structures that nestle into the slope of the land. Its high, open, airy rooms allow continuous views out while still offering a strong sense of warmth and enclosure. The house is primarily constructed in unfinished hardwood timber and raw concrete, allowing it to soften into the coastallandscape. Furnished with an understated mix of modern pieces, New Zealand antiques and Pacific art, the interior is full of the natural tones and textures of wood, rich textiles, stone and metal.
Facilities: Fully equipped kitchens, barbecues and pizza ovens, Access to The Landing amenities including gym and sauna, Tennis court, Self-service laundry facilities, WiFi throughout the houses and tennis pavilion, Basketball court, Fishing off the jetty, with all lines and equipment provided, Mountain biking, Snorkelling and swimming, Trail running, walking or hiking Kayaking and paddleboarding