The Weston House - One of the finest Neo-Georgian buildings in New Zealand - is owned and hosted by Stephanie and Len May
THE WESTON HOUSE, a well known Christchurch landmark, was built for George Weston, a prominent Christchurch Lawyer, to a design by Architect Cecil Woods and has been described in respected publications as the finest neo-Georgian building in New Zealand.
It carries the coveted Historic Places Trust Category I listing. The House was constructed over a two year period by English craftsmen brought to New Zealand especially for this project and was completed in 1924.
Although an exceptional, quality built house in its day, when it was bought by Len and Stephanie May in 1997, it was in need of a full restoration; and in consultation with Historic Places Trust of New Zealand, the house and gardens were restored to their former splendor.
The gardens retain original native trees grown from seeds sown by the Weston family… attracting a delightful array of native birds. This year the garden hosted a native Wood Pigeon and her family – an inner city surprise! The setting, opposite Hagley Park, a short stroll from the Botanic Gardens and within walking distance of Mona Vale Homestead and Gardens – you will be right at home- a gardener’s paradise. The Ellerslie Flower Show, in 2011, will be in Christchurch and all the wonders of our own “Chelsea” will be directly opposite in North Hagley Park.
George Weston, a gentleman of means, employed servants and it is in the Servants' Quarters that our guest rooms are to be found.
Len and Stephanie, collectors of fine arts and antiques, added their personal touches with their vast collection. With the restoration completed in 1998 The Weston House welcomed its first guests.
Len also likes to race cars and has recently upgraded his race car to a 1961 T56 Cooper single seater in which he competes at Classic Car races and hillclimbs around the country.
Contrary to rumours - Stephanie does not collect shoes or handbags( Oh- that old things- had it for ages!) but loves a bargain and is in her element at the Sales.Likewise her car has been programed to stop at all antique shops.....and she has developed her 6th sense to include Antique Auctions.
You would be surprised to hear they find time to garden and travel as well - retirement should be tried by all- it's a great escape!
Like all Kiwis they share a common interest in Food and Wine and are passionate about Rugby!
“What a fabulous home you have. Thank you for making us feel so very welcome. I think you may have spoiled us for the rest of our trip.”
Shirley Hames - Leicester,
“The artifacts here are wonderful... and the house and furniture aren't bad either!” Chris-Shirley's husband.