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House & Garden tour set to entice

Sue van den Heuvel - Friday, September 15, 2017

Tickets for 2017's Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour go on sale soon with the organisers promising a range fo new and exciting properties to discover.

The date to set aside is Saturday 11th November from 10am to 3.30pm.

This is the third annual House & Garden tour held to fundraise for Methven Care Trust, the group spearheading the project to replace Methven House with a new purpose-built rest home within Camrose Estate.  The aim is to allow Methven locals with the opportunity to continue to live in the community they love as they age.

Nine properties will be up for viewing - the same number as last year - with a new attraction being a cluster in the countryside around historic Barrhill Village.  Because of this vehicles are required to get around the tour.

Here's a couple of teasers to whet your appetite.

For gin drinkers, this three bedroom farmers home built five years ago will make you smile.  A painting of a Bombay Sapphire bottle of gin given as a gift to the owner was the inspiration of the blue kitchen.  Having acquired the original Methven BNZ's foyer doors prior to building, it was inevitable these would feature as a truly inspiring entrance.  Visitors will also be rewarded with assorted classic vehicles and stationary engines on display, part of the owner's private collection.

Another rural property features history detailing back to the mid 1800's but the current home was built in 1931 with evidence retained in the original leadlight glass windows and wooden panelling.  The garden consists of a formal area with buxus and rambling areas with a garden path.  The vege garden boasts roses and lavender and fruit trees on its perimeter.  A museum on site will be open on the day

Devonshire teas will be offered again by Methven House staff at one of the properties and raffles will be available so bring plenty of coins.  Volunteers are now being sough for management of the properties on the day.  Email admin@methvencaretrust.co.nz to register your interest or phone 021 274 6657.

Tickets go on sale early October from the office at Mt Hutt Memorial Hall or by emailing admin@methvencaretrust.co.nz.  Tour maps are forwarded via email the week prior to the event.

Pictured:  Enjoying Devonshire tea in the garden at 2015 event

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