Ananda Krishnan's Multimillion Dollar House.
Kia Ora means "Welcome" in the Maori language.
The house, with its large open plan and modern design impressed Hunter Home Award judges who described it as "sensational and practical" at the presentation of awards in Newcastle, about 120km from Scone. The award-winning house commands stunning views of the historic Kia Ora Stud in the coveted Segenhoe Valley, in the Hunter Valley District.
Ananda is believed to have acquired the 1,800-hectare property about three years ago. The house, designed by Paul Berkemeier, will now be entered in the Australian House of the Year contest which will be decided in Sydney on May 12.
Scone builder Jeff Towler, who spent more than two years building the homestead which features ingenious use of local materials, said it was by far the most challenging project he had worked on. "It was so difficult because of the incredible attention to detail required, and that is what really sets it apart from other houses," Towler said.
The house has a large open deck space, a heated swimming pool, two fireplaces, beautifully landscaped gardens with stunning native plants, and breathtaking views from all sections of the house. Towler said it was a pleasure to work for Ananda who knew exactly what he wanted and set high standards.
The Segenhoe Valley, where Kia Ora Stud is situated, is renowned for producing thoroughbreds and Kia Ora has, for over 80 years, produced some of the best in Australia. A programme of pasture development implemented under Ananda's ownership has optimised the potential of this outstanding horse property.
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