A favourite walking route and a lifetime of planting and gardening led Robin Ayres to her new home.
Robin spotted Woodlands Boutique Village, on Bethlehem’s Carmichael Road, while strolling with a friend. The pair had stopped to admire the century-old trees and grazing sheep when she noticed a sign advertising the retirement village under development.
Within a year she was happily installed in her sunny, new, architecturally-designed 185sqm home. She and Woodlands owner Sarndra Newman had selected light fittings, garden plants and paint colours together. Robin customised the shower and had the wardrobe enlarged to accommodate her shoe collection.
“I was given so many choices,” she says. “And I just love this house; it’s so spacious, it’s finished beautifully and I’m thrilled with all the eco-friendly options like the rainwater tank and solar panels. I love living here.”
She is enjoying watching the village take shape around her, with plans that include community vegetable gardens, a clubhouse and spa. She also relishes walking to nearby Bethlehem shops, being part of a larger community and watching schoolchildren pass the gate.
The former orchardist – Robin and husband Don grew tomatoes commercially and created New Zealand’s first biodynamic avocado orchard – adores trees and her previous homes have featured in several Tauranga Garden and Art Festivals. Inside Woodlands, she is thrilled to note a tract of native bush has been retained and nurtured, while several large specimen trees have been relocated on the Woodlands site.
“So they care about trees, too,” she says of Sarndra and her husband Maurice, who live next to the village. When her previous house sold earlier than expected, Robin spent more than three months in the Woodlands guest cottage till her new place was ready. She still pops over to their house for a cup of tea.
“I have plenty of friends happily living in large retirement villages but that’s not for me,” she says. “So many people, so many neighbours. This is intimate and boutique.
I couldn’t live in an apartment. I need to get my hands in the soil and I’ve been able to plant all my favourite things here.
“When I met Sarndra and Maurice, we just seemed to click. I really feel I’ve made two new friends.” Their son Nick helped install her paving and develop the garden.
“It just feels comfortable, like a family.
I haven’t got any family in Tauranga now so it’s just lovely.”
A home at Woodlands includes:
· Cost saving solar energy
· Northerly aspect
· Energy efficient LED lighting
· Rainwater collection tanks
· Full insulation
· 2.7m high ceilings
· Close to Bethlehem Town Centre, Medical centres & public transport.
For a retirement rich in goodness, Woodlands may be just the place you’ve been looking for. If you are interested in learning more, Village owner Sarndra would love to talk to you.
Mobile: 021 0265 3536
Phone: 07 576 8874