Owner of this lovely original Victorian farmhouse, Hilary Smythe has great pleasure in making your stay a retreat with elegant surrounds and a rural atmosphere.
Originally from a family of art dealers in Europe, Hilary specialized in dealing in antique jewellery before coming to New Zealand and farming sheep and beef cattle on a large hill country farm. A move to a career in landscape design came next, born out of her mother’s love of flowers…and perhaps father’s fondness for digging things up.
After returning to art dealing for a while, having a gallery in Auckland’s Newmarket, the chance to restore Miller House seemed a great way to go back to the land. The garden is an ongoing development, as gardens always are, and to be able to share this glorious location is a privilege.
History of Miller House
Miller House was built as a traditional villa style farmhouse in 1895. Prior to that there was a small dwelling on the 100 acre property that James Miller occupied while breaking in the land for farming. On marrying Rosamund, the basic whare accommodation was inadequate and the building remained only as a laundry annex to the main house until the 1970’s. The house was extended in the early 1900’s by the Crawford family, local merchants and farmers, who wanted the larger rooms to entertain, they also built a tennis court on the North Lawn. Today the property is still a working farm, but reduced in size, and Miller House stands in 3.5 hectares (approx. 12 acres) of paddocks, native bush and gardens, in the centre of Onewhero village.
The Kaipo Suite with it’s private dining room enjoy all day sun, and both rooms open onto verandahs with direct access to the classic English style country garden. The en suite has been entirely refitted providing a very large shower alcove, tiled in vintage style, and a Victorian vanity with a modern basin. The rooms are all appointed with original art and sculpture, as well as antique furniture.
Amenities offered in the Kaipo Suite:
- Room appointed with king bed, genuine antique furniture and pictures, as well as some contemporary art works
- Choice of goose feather or synthetic fiber fill pillows
- Choice of feather and down, pure cotton, or synthetic duvet inner
- Pure cotton, high thread count, bed linen
- Slippers, (the house has original Victorian waxed Kauri floorboards with oriental rugs)
- Television for Netflix and YouTube
- Unlimited wireless internet
- Nespresso machine
- Hair Dryer
- Traditional ceiling fans in all main rooms
West Verandah Room
The West Verandah room has a queen bed with the same bedding options, robes, slippers, and it’s own access to the bathroom and private dining room. There is a vintage, concealed wash basin in the room, one of the many delightful period features of Miller House.
Options for Evening Dining
Local towns within 15 to 20 minutes drive have a wide range of options from fast food, local pub and ethnic restaurants to fine dining.
- Bracu Restaurant in Bombay is an excellent fine dining option – http://www.bracu.co.nz/
- Lonestar in Pukekohe is a casual dining option – https://www.lonestar.co.nz/restaurants/pukekohe/
- Elsie’s at the Tuakau Hotel is small country town pub fare.
If you wish to simply relax in the comfort of your suite and the surroundings then catering can be arranged with sufficient notice.
Refreshments are offered on your arrival, Hilary is resident on the property should there be anything you require.
The time is entirely governed by you and an extensive continental breakfast will be delivered to your suite. Some other options such as cold meats and cheeses can also be provided (please make these requests at time of booking).
Check-in time is 3.30pm (earlier with prior arrangement and subject to availability).
Check out is 10.30am (later with prior arrangement and subject to availability)
Please note that late check-outs in excess of half an hour can be subject to a small surcharge.
Driving Directions to Miller House