Mt Vernon features in Living Hawkes Bay

15 April 2021

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The beautiful Mt Vernon Villa, a historic Grade I Heritage building which was built in 1882, was recently featured in Hakwes Bay Living Magazine. 

The article takes a closer look at the property, the renovations that have taken place and the fascinating story of the current owners.

You can read the article and learn a little more about this beautiful and unique holiday home here

About Mt Vernon Villa... 

Mt Vernon Villa is a Grade A Heritage Building, which was recently renovated and refurbished by the current owner. The beautiful entrance features a grand foyer with chandeliers, the original library houses more than 2000 books, and a circular Kauri staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms and ensuites.

The original gardens of this 35 acres estate were laid out by landscape designers from Kew Gardens. An abundant variety of specimen trees were shipped in from many parts of the world, including Europe and South America, over one hundred years ago.

Mt Vernon Villa was built in 1882 by Mr John Harding who was a great admirer of George Washington. Mr Harding modelled Mt Vernon on US President George Washington’s Mt Vernon homestead in Virginia. The Dove of Peace weathervane on the house is a replica of the original weathervane from Mt Vernon, Virginia.

The New Zealand Mt Vernon house is the 3rd home on Mt Vernon property. The first house was a small pioneer cottage, the second was damaged beyond repair by an earthquake in 1863.

In 1931 the Napier earthquake severely damaged the interior and exterior plaster cladding of the house and it was unlived in and abandoned for 25 years until the return of Mr Peter Harding in 1956. A large area on both floors was never renovated or lived in since 1931. The property stayed in the Harding family for 5 generations before it was sold to the current owner in 2017.