Historic home for sale

One of the beautiful historic homes in our neighbourhood is for sale.

Burnside Homestead was built in the mid 1980s 1890s by John Forrester Reid. It has been owned by only two other families since then. The Hudsons bought it from the Reids in 1930 and the current owners, Alison and Bruce Albiston bought it from them in 1974.

The Albistons have lovingly renovated the house, updating it with heating and extra bathrooms in sympathy with its Victorian origins and maintained the garden and parkland with the mature trees which surround it.

The house has at least nine bedrooms, four bathrooms and two en suites, separate servants quarters, a private bedroom with en suite upstairs, a billiard room, large commercial kitchen and scullery, dining room and the grand octagonal hall with a sprung floor.

The coach house near-by was recently converted to provide two more bedrooms with a kitchen and living area.

Most of the furniture in the house is original and includes a grand piano.

The Albistons have been running the homestead as a B&B  and hosting small conferences.

Burnside is only 15 minutes from Oamaru and only a few kilometres from the route the Alps to Ocean cycle way will take.

The property is listed on TradeMe for private sale.

4 Responses to Historic home for sale

  1. Andrei says:

    I know New Zealand is a young country but a home built in the 1980’s is historic already?

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Whoops, would 1890s be better?

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  3. Andrei says:

    Good thing about being pinged for typos is you know somebody read what you wrote – no?

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  4. homepaddock says:

    Yes, Andrei. I’d rather be told about them so I can correct them than have them left of posterity.

    Apropos of that, any papers and magazines I’ve written for ruled that decades don’t need apostrophes unless they’re possesive eg an 1890’s house but a house built in the 1890s.

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