Neil relished the challenge of creating the ultimate rural home. The large courtyard house nestles comfortably into the Waiheke landscape and is redolent of European country homesteads. It is a showpiece for locally and internationally sourced materials and the rich, layered interior brings together family pieces, antiques and the modern. Warm indoor/outdoor timber ceilings mitigate the extensive use of concrete and exotic light fittings surround the 15 metre pond which lies at the centre of the tropical courtyard.