1963 Marcel  Breuer,  Bauhaus inspired design NZ architects In 1963 Marcel  Breuer,  Bauhaus inspired Eddie Belchambers and Don Wilson to design this great NZ home.
Mid Century Retreat, Self-Cont- 2br
Mid Century Retreat, Self-Cont- 2br
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 baths
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Unique, beautiful, seduced, leafy, inner city 2 bedroom,2 bathroom mid century 1963 modernist home. Original and worth the stay with sneak views of river and mountain, private, spacious, quiet bespoke interior ! Totally relaxing! Treat yourself!

The space

Our home original, bespoke, comfortable, stylish and very mid century. Its supper clean and quirky. Set up for your holiday comfort with large bedrooms, a view from every window, and space for you to socialise or be alone with your thoughts or loved ones. There are large living areas, comfortable, stylish retro furniture and the home is set up for your holiday or retreat comfort. There is a servant quarters and the gardener for both our properties lives there and it leaves you with extra security with a trusted person on site.
There are amazing walks all around the area starting with Virginia Lake (5 minutes away), the Wetlands across the rd through the Sisters of Mercy and you can walk to the town center along lovely Somme Parade in 30 minutes. (5 minutes drive) to find galleries cafes and shops.
The established leafy garden has contemplation areas, topiary areas and is surrounded by beautiful established oak trees planted at the turn of the century.
Influenced by famous Marcel Breuer and adapted to NZ by famous local architects Don Wilson and Eddie Belchambers, this house was built for the notable Hatrick Family in 1963, We have kept it as original as possible. Our project is the preservation of NZ Mid century homes.
If we are booked for your dates, see our other home, 'Hipango Haven' which is also wonderful!

Guest access

You can access all the main spaces of the house. the deck, BBQ area and outdoor contemplation areas. Be sure to explore all the gardens as they have pathways and interesting areas all over the generous property (its' a work in progress). There is a Whanganui local living the former servant quarters but we don't do 'upstairs downstairs' any more. The servants bells are still in working order.

Interaction with guests

I don't live here but we have local host who is available if you require any assistance. The neighbors who live in the former servant quarters are a stones throw away if need be, and locals are helpful friendly.

Other things to note

There are walkways all through the local areas. its a splendid area to relax and minutes from a cafes restaurants and supermarkets. is a local living in the former servant quarters who will share the driveway and parking area with you however they have their own entrance. If there is an emergency call 111.


Extra people €12 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee €33
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

You may hope to treat this home as you would your own however most mid century homes have been destroyed we invite you to relish in the originality of our lovely home. We have really thought about how we can make your stay comfortable and unique.We are thrilled you are choosing to stay with us. We hope you leave the house as you would your home.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

1 night minimum stay.
From Dec 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

45 Reviews

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Jaki User Profile
October 2017
Terrific place, I've stayed several times and it's always the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort all round.

Cath User Profile
September 2017
Look out over the city and beyond while making breakfast in the well equipped kitchen, get your daily constitutional walking down to the river and back, relax in the sun in the afternoon, lounge in the stylish living room in the evening then snuggle in the comfy beds and get ready to do it all again tomorrow! My favourite place to stay in Whanganui....

Elaine User Profile
September 2017
I think my friends are becoming bored of me singing the praises of Mid Century Retreat. I stayed a few weeks at the end of winter. The views are terrific, so is the art on the walls (and that to be discovered in unexpected places) and the heating is super-efficient. Help was at hand for a few queries but not intrusive. I grew up in Whanganui in the ’60s, but not in surroundings as charming as this – except the stove was a ringer for my mother’s.

De-Arn User Profile
July 2017
Very welcoming and passionate host. Beautifully presented home lived up to our expectations and beyond. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Helena User Profile
July 2017
We adored our stay at Michael's place. The house is such a beautiful example of modernist architecture and all the furniture had been carefully selected to match. We were equipped with everything we needed and stayed very warm inside despite the cold weather outside. Can't wait to visit again! Thanks Michael and Prakesh!

Tracey User Profile
June 2017
It's an amazing place. Despite the description I wasn't expecting the rooms to be so large and for each bedroom to have an ensuite. Awesome, would stay here again.

Jaki User Profile
June 2017
A wonderful place for relaxation and dreaming. I can't recommend it more highly.

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Auckland, New ZealandJoined in March 2014
Michael User ProfileMichael is a superhost.

I am an easy going friendly 51 yo guy. I have travelled quite a bit. Been to UK, Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. I have lived and worked in Italy, England, Poland and Vietnam as well as NZ (of course). I work quite long hours at a university in Innovation and Development. I am and ex teacher and a qualified career practitioner (I practice from home) and do quite a bit of voluntary work. I am interested in travel, am a bit more left than right. I am into low key spirituality. I am gay and encourage all guests to feel at home. I love Asian food.prefer art house movies and interesting people. I love hearing peoples stories.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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