Thursday 29 January 2009

The Alan Pye Cottage – superb new addition for Huka Lodge guests.

Within the beautifully manicured 17-acre grounds at Huka Lodge, Taupo, another wonderful new enhancement to this iconic New Zealand retreat has welcomed its first guests.

Named after the charming Irishman who established Huka Lodge, along with its reputation for matchless hospitality, the Alan Pye Cottage opened in late December 2008. Designed by interior designer Virginia Fisher and Christian Anderson, Sumich Architects, the Alan Pye Cottage builds on and continues many of the themes established earlier in 2005 with the stunning Owner’s Cottage, also within the Huka Lodge grounds.

Privacy for guests staying in the Alan Pye Cottage is paramount and to this end the property has its own entrance and is gated. It is sited to take every advantage of the unrivalled Huka Lodge aspect of the deep turquoise green waters of the Waikato River.

The Alan Pye Cottage has been built to exacting standards using the finest heritage materials - cedar and various heart timbers, stone and brick. It draws on design elements from the 1920s and 1930s and is a slightly eclectic yet very elegant retreat, with a definite English Arts and Crafts influence pervading the interior and exterior design.

The Cottage boasts two large and stylishly appointed bedrooms, with fireplaces, en suite bathrooms and generous dressing rooms. Both bedrooms are superbly decorated and offer a highly considered level of comfort.

A generous open plan living room features a large brick fireplace, decadently comfortable furniture and everything guests need to feel this is a true ‘home away from home’.

A well-equipped kitchen is set up for a personal chef – guests may choose to stay in or to wander over to the main Lodge and dine there. Guests at The Alan Pye Cottage have use of all Huka Lodge facilities and services as a matter of course.

A study is tucked away with desk, plasma flat screen television and sound system. This room also has its own complete bathroom should it be required to accommodate an accompanying party. A laundry is also available with the Cottage.

A heated infinity-style swimming pool and a separate private spa pool have been integrated into the outdoor landscape. There is also a fabulous stone outdoor pavilion within a courtyard garden.

The Alan Pye Cottage is certain to carry on the fine tradition of generous hospitality and elegant living established by Alan Pye and his wife, at Huka Lodge so long ago. A legacy that drives Huka Lodge to this day to continue to find more ways to define the experience for its guests and to make it extraordinary.

Depending on the season The Alan Pye Cottage daily rate range from NZ$3,060.00+GST – NZ$7,640.00+GST for two guests to NZD $4,595.00+GST – NZ$8,075.00+GST for four guests.
Rate includes pre-dinner drinks, a five-course dinner (menu changes daily), accommodation at The Alan Pye Cottage and full country breakfast.

Use of all Lodge facilities and Taupo Airport transfer.
• A surcharge applies on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve of NZ$400.00+GST per person.

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