Designed in the shape of Cupid’s bow, you can spot Moon Gate Villa’s unique shape from the air, and on Google maps.
All guest rooms have doors leading from the dramatic atrium, and private access into the north facing gardens where they enjoy day long sunshine.
Originally from the East Coast of the North Island, your host Lionel is native Maori and is delighted to share his culture and stories with guests. More about Lionel, your host…
Built in 1990, the house was commissioned by a successful Bay of Islands ‘Mills and Boon’ romantic novelist, and designed by Martyn Evans, an architect with a reputation for designing curvaceous and unusual buildings throughout New Zealand and Europe. It was intended as a place to inspire the author’s literary muse.
It was substantially updated during 2011, with the cottage receiving a gentle face-lift during winter 2013. The gardens were updated with the additional of a new native fernery and outdoor entertaining area during 2015-16.
The large 1.5 acre gardens surrounding the villa have featured in a number of Kerikeri’s famous annual ‘Garden Safari‘ the last appearance being spring 2015. Moon Gate Villa is named after its exotic Moon Gate, suspended over one of the two elegant ponds that grace the formally landscaped grounds surrounding the main house.
The gardens feature an eclectic blend of native New Zealand, Australian, sub-tropical and European trees and shrubs. As well as the native ferns and flaxes, there are year round blooms from Hibiscus and Lilies during summer, Rhododendrons, delicate Camellias and Daphne in winter, to Magnolias and bulbs flowering in the early spring. It’s not unusual to find our guests enticed to stroll through the gardens in the early morning light.
All guest rooms have doors leading into the north facing gardens and heated swimming pool area, where they enjoy day long sunshine.
Bi-fold doors and windows stretch all around the house, from north-east to north and northwest, capturing light and sunshine all day long. The guest lounge and dining areas open completely to the gardens, creating a unique indoor – outdoor ambiance. Light playfully reflects from the ponds onto the ceilings of the living areas, and all throughout the house are soothing sounds of flowing water.
Moon Gate Villa was substantially updated in 2011 & 2014, to include expansive king bedroom suites with dedicated bathrooms.
The original orchard cottage (The Summer Cottage) is also available for guests who require a ‘light catering’ solution.