The Old Oak Gallery
In April 2009 construction began on the restoration and remodel of The Old Oak. The first and major responsibility was the re-piling. The building was tilting, as you can see in the first photograph. Smart engineering of the process was essential so as to avoid any damage to the building. Wayne Brown and his builders from Waahi Paraone guided the work through four weeks of particularly cold weather. Once level, the work began on the interior where all new units in the back section of the building were constructed and in the front section, rooms were remodelled. We added new plumbing, electrical, and insulation throughout. By September, we were ready for painting and in late November the construction was complete. It was a monumental project! We hope our efforts have ensured the preservation of this beautiful building for another 100 years.
The design for the gardens at The Old Oak was inspired by local heritage gardens and our hillside of native bush. We spent a lot of time visiting and photographing the beautiful gardens at the Pompallier Mission in Russell, the Waitangi Treaty House gardens, and the charming colonial garden at the Kemp house in Kerikeri, among others. These gardens were all working gardens – generally formal in design and planted to provide food and flowers for the occupants. Similarly, we designed our gardens in a formal layout with raised beds for the vegetables and citrus orchard, gravel paths, and flower borders.
All our rooms have wireless internet, 60 channel cable TV, phones for local calls, bath amenities, hair dryers, bathrobes, and tea and coffee facilities. All our super king beds can be separated into king single beds upon request. Please refer to the "Rooms & Rates" page for specific room descriptions.
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