'The Beeches' is a magnificent 16ha QEII covenant of mature and regenerating beech-podocarp forest that supports a large number of native birds and diverse vegetation. The comfortable 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home and extensive garden areas make this a very private and peaceful sanctuary, yet is only 15/25 minutes from Richmond/Nelson.
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The covenant and gardens are melodious with the birdsong of tui, bellbird, pigeon, fantail, waxeye, grey warbler, brown creeper, morepork, weka, hawk, and falcon, as well as several exotic birds. Occasional visitors include tomtit, kingfisher, and shining cuckoo. Nesting boxes have been sited to attract kakariki and kaka. This rich refuge is also well placed to take advantage of the ‘wave’ of birdlife expected to result from the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Nelson City Council’s ‘halo’ project, and the efforts of trapping groups in the nearby hills.
The forest remnant includes several large trees that escaped the colonial loggers with a diversity of matai & miro , kahikatea, black & red beech, tree fuchsia, black & white maire, kanuka, titoki, totara, tawa, lancewood, hoheria, kaikomako, pittosporums, mahoe, other mixed broadleafs, & luxuriant fern cover in the gully bottoms. Lianes include rata vine and native jasmine, with native herbs, grasses, & sedges also present. TDC’s biodiversity assessment listed 98 indigenous plant species including 11 that are rare or at risk of extinction in the Bryant Ecological district. Additional rare species have since been introduced through the support of the Tasman Environmental Trust. A network of benched and stepped walking tracks provide ease of access for both enjoyment of the covenant and for maintenance work, including the regular checking of several established trap lines.
A single level Australian-style bungalow situated on an elevated site well above the river. Built in 1982, extensively renovated in 2003/4, with several later improvements. Sealed driveway from the road to the house.
4 double bedrooms (master bedroom with ensuite), all with large built-in wardrobes. Large bathroom (with bath and walk-in shower) and separate toilet in guest wing, plus ensuite in master bedroom.
2 log burners and 2 heatpumps/air-conditioners. Inbuilt log burner in the lounge plus a free-standing log burner with wetback & cooking top in the kitchen/dining area. Fully insulated plus double glazed aluminium windows. North-west facing lounge with valley & garden views and a large ranchslider opening onto a patio. Spacious open plan kitchen. The adjoining dining area also has a large ranchslider opening onto a 2nd patio for more indoor/outdoor living options. Good size laundry with storage and internal/external access. Double garage with large concrete apron provides ample additional parking.
The 5 ha outside the covenant includes extensive native, exotic, & fruit garden areas plus two flat, park-like paddocks (approx. 2 ha) that provide ample space for horses, livestock, or recreation. Easy access to the river, reserves, swimming holes, walking, biking, & horse riding trails, and to local hunting
Having reluctantly decided to put our home & QE II covenant on the market, our major concern is to find conservation-minded new owners that are motivated and able to continue maintaining the covenant.
For full details, please contact our real estateagent, Grant Chaney of Ray White, Nelson on 027 533 1759 or see rwnelson.co.nzlisting ID NEL21386 or TradeMe listing no. 1249641081