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The Bedford Bunch’s Bach Nestled down a quiet cul-de-sac, one back from the expansive white stretch of Matarangi Beach, is Mark and Diane Bedford’s home away from home.


he two-storeyed, four-bedroom property is the third place the Tauranga couple have owned at one of the Coromandel’s more popular holiday destinations, and was built to cater for the couple’s growing brood. Between the pair they have six grown-up children, two grandchildren and another one on the way. So when you think “Brady” – the Bedfords could come in a pretty close second. “Before we started the build three years ago, we’d all be staying on the section in the shed with some in tents,” laughs Mark. “It was very much glamping styles. We had the gas califont for heating, an outdoor shower, as well as a very large freezer and a microwave, so really, we had everything we needed.” When it came to the actual construction of the house, one of the prerequisites was providing a variety of spaces for family to fill. And since completion, Mark and Diane have held one of their children’s weddings there (with 80 guests, and a pre-wedding party for 100 guests), as well as hosting friends and family for holidays and weekends. “This is a place for all of us,” explains Diane. “It’s for romantic getaways for the couples, girls and boys weekends away, family school holidays and this year it will be the first Christmas we’ll spend here all together. It might not actually be the Christmas Day because we’re at the stage where there’s a whole other branch of in-laws and family obligations – but we will all get together and I’m really looking forward to the occasion.” The footprint of the property allows for larger groups of guests to stay. There are two bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs, one of which is a bunkroom housing six, large, single beds.


The interior design has been cleverly pieced together by Diane, to capture a laid-back beach feel while maintaining a modern look. Polished stone floors are accentuated by patterned rugs. There are smart pieces of contemporary art, an eclectic collection of books and magazines to leaf through while lounging on one of the comfortable sofas, chairs or window seats. “We wanted a home that would flow, so we could have spaces and places to sit and just chill,” says Diane. That flow traverses between indoors to outdoors, with large bi-fold doors opening up to decks, one side is a covered section with the centrepiece being a huge outdoor fireplace that doubles as a pizza oven and has been used for the odd roast as well. “One of our sons-in-law is from Argentina, and he has roasted some wonderful meats using that fireplace,” says Mark. “Meanwhile the kitchen is large enough for everyone to get stuck in when it comes to meal times over the holidays. It’s always a combined family effort.” The gardens are also a shared passion for Mark and Diane, who have worked together, converting the back part of the section from what was mostly grass, to a haven of tropical and succulent plants leading through to a secluded outdoor bath area, ensconced behind a brush wall. The bath takes pride of place, resplendent with fittings cleverly crafted by the local plumber. Another touch is the large, extremely heavy stone hand basin, a present from Diane’s son, toted home as luggage on a trip from Bali. Mark and Diane are now finding they are frequenting their second home more often, particularly over the winter months. “It’s actually a beautiful time of year,” says Diane. “Over winter it’s tranquil, it’s peaceful but there’s




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