Llandaff

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Llandaff

 

Situated in the Upper Plain area, a few miles to the West of Masterton. Built in the 1880s as the town house for the Meredith family of the giant 17,000 acre Orui/Riversdale Station on Wairarapa's East coast.

As was the case with most of the families of the run holders, isolation was a major problem when it came to the education of their family. Most of the large run-holders had town houses and staff frequently ran the farms or the owners travelled daily or weekly out to the farms and the family mainly lived in town. Llandaff was built on a 90 acre block, and with the Meredith's having 13 children it was a substantial 6,000 sq. ft. 6 bedroom house, made of native timbers totara, matai and kauri joinery. There were the usual house-hold staff, kitchen, nurse, nanny and gardeners to tend the 3 acres of well set out trees, gardens and lawns as well as the glass houses (later donated to the Masterton Borough Council) for their hobby of growing orchids. During 19-the house was purchased by the Nathan family and many renovations were carried out including lattice work around the windows and an Indonesian hardwood floor for dancing, this era being the heyday of the house. The house has changed hands several times and several changes have been made over the years. It is currently a family home and farm-stay on its 18 acres.

 

NOTE: The information contained here is a result of Des De Stefano's own research and was current at the time he was working on the project.