Corstorphine House. Photo by the ODT.
It is hoped Corstorphine House's history of accommodating
Royals, heads of state and Hollywood actors will help attract
international ''A-listers'' when it officially goes on the
market next week for $3.8 million.
In recent years, the historic 3.03ha Milburn St property has
been a private home, boutique hotel and the venue of choice
for celebrities such as Prince Charles, Hollywood stars
Daniel Craig and Gwyneth Paltrow, Coldplay band member Chris
Martin - even Sesame Street's Big Bird.
Estate agent Murray Stott said it would not be advertised
''We are exploring the prospect of international interest
whereby a prospective purchaser will be inclined to also
invest in a business project in Dunedin.
''We are in talks with the Dunedin City Council in this
regard, and have asked for their special considerations by
the first week of May,'' he said.
Corstorphine House was built in 1863 for the Sidey family,
and was extended into a stately home of Victorian and
Edwardian architecture in 1905.
After it closed as a boutique hotel, Corstorphine House was
bought by businessman Paul Facoory in 2009.
Rated as one of the top 100 homes in New Zealand, it
comprises eight themed suites and three dining-drawing rooms,
linked by expansive hallways.
It has New Zealand Historic Places Trust category one status
and was extensively refurbished between 1999 and 2001 by
former owners Nico and Irina Francken.
Mr Facoory has spent about $1 million on improvements, which
include building a second residential style commercial
kitchen, installing a 60kW coal burner for heating and
remodelling the greenhouse into a conservatory.
The rateable capital value (July 2010) is $1,675,000.