A fairytale log cabin by the woods is listed for the first time
Pam and Eric Wood were more accustomed to life on boats – they had fallen in love with the idea of a log house from magazines they read while sailing around the Marlborough Sounds.
“We always wanted a house with a lot of wood, but a log house was something else again,” says Pam Wood. “We knew log houses were a big thing in the U.S. and Canada, and there were some here, so we investigated further.”
In short, Eric Wood and the couple’s daughter went to Canada to meet a log house builder: “They were really impressed with the people and the houses they showed them. They came back and said ‘This is what we’re going to get.'”
And they did. Their daughter designed the house and drew up the plans. All 100 year old logs are sourced, cut and assembled in Canada. “They numbered everything, then took it apart and shipped it here as a kit, in seven huge containers.”
The company owner and his wife flew out of Canada and laid all the logs in just 12 days, then asked local builders to complete the project, which took some time, Pam Wood says.
The 738-square-metre house was placed on land they acquired in 2005 after a two-year search for the best place for a log house – a picturesque 11-hectare property with rolling hills, native shrubs and beautiful views, near Kerikeri in Northland. And it couldn’t have been more fitting for the big wooden house.
“It’s been a long search for land,” says Wood. “This property had been listed previously but wasn’t on the market when the agent called us to take a look. We walked onto the land and immediately said: ‘This is exactly what we want.’ You drive through a bunch of native bush, and I never get tired of it.” »
The house itself has everything you would expect from a wooden house, and more – there is no compromise. In the open-plan main living area, some of the wooden columns are tree trunks that still have roots attached—they appear to be growing out of the ground.
Everything also fits in with the sheer size of the logs – from the massive stone fireplace to the height of the ceiling and the size of the exposed wood trusses. The fully glazed gable end in the living area ensures plenty of light flows into the interior. Each window is positioned to frame a different aspect of the view.
“I have to admit it’s probably a little bigger than we imagined,” Wood says. “But it is very sturdy, beautiful and comfortable. The logs retain heat in the winter, and it is never too hot in the summer, with the large covered veranda.
One of the house’s many special features is the “octagon room,” which, as the name suggests, juts out from the main part of the house in an octagon shape. The room is lined with window seats.
“I wanted a place for Grandma to read to her grandchildren, who all live a long way away,” Wood laughs. “But they were here, and we did. We also had a dining table here for a while.”
The house has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and listing agent Jay Priest of Harcourts Bay of Island Realty says it could be used for upscale accommodation or a retreat — in fact, the house is called The Lodge.
“We listed the house because we were getting older and thought it was time to move closer to family,” says Wood. “At the moment we have New Plymouth in our sights.”
The property, located at 92 Pukepoto Road, Kerikeri, is for sale with Harcourts with an asking price of $2.75 million.