Named after the charming Irishman who established Huka Lodge, the Alan Pye Cottage opened in late December 2008. Designed by interior designer Virginia Fisher and Sumich Chaplin Architects, the Cottage takes every advantage of a superb location and sits above lush rolling green lawns and manicured gardens on the banks of the Waikato River, New Zealand where the powerful and hypnotic turquoise green waters surge downstream on their way to the Huka Falls.
Built to exacting standards and utilizing the finest quality heritage materials, cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, the cottage draws on architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the sophisticated elegance of the English Arts & Crafts movement. This influence, in a contemporary re-interpretation, clearly pervades both the exterior and interior design of the cottage.
While very spacious in design, the cottage boasts a cozy and intimate atmosphere due largely to an extraordinary level of attention to detail, combined with a deliberately eclectic style of furnishing and interior direction. Country antique furniture is overlaid museum-quality Maori antiquities, wonderful paintings and textiles rich in texture and design and the color palette draws together stunning combinations of deep teal, lime and turquoise for moments of bold punctuation and excitement. The cottage features an open plan living room, with high ceilings, open fireplace and dining. This room offers decadently comfortable furniture and everything guests will need to feel this is a true “home away from home”. Tall glass doors on both sides of the room face the river on one side and the enclosed courtyard garden and outdoor pavilion on the other. The Cottage boasts two large and stylishly appointed bedrooms, with fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms and generous walk-through dressing rooms.