Hicks Cottage

Interior Designer: Verity Lawrence Design
Builder: Hudson Building
Hardware: Italian Charleston in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Nestled within the scenic Shotover Country, a once dilapidated 1867 cottage, originally crafted by pioneer Thomas Hicks, stands as a testament to Queenstown's rich heritage. Once a shearing shed and harness haven for draught horses, this Category 3 listed historic gem has undergone a remarkable transformation, orchestrated by a visionary interior designer and builder/owner.

Preserving its pioneering legacy, the restoration involved meticulous efforts. The iconic timber shingles roof, a hallmark of its historical significance, was safeguarded beneath a new iron layer treated with hydrochloric acid for an authentic patina. A crumbling rubble stone-built chimney, featuring intricate mortice and tenon joints, was rebuilt with local river stones mirroring the original 1870s pattern.

This extensive project included lifting and placing the cottage on concrete blocks, revealing original wooden roof shingles and incorporating new cedar weatherboard clad with old beech sarking fortuitously found on a neighbouring property. A new front door and window frames were added replicating the originals. The interior seamlessly blends modern luxury with historical charm, retaining the original timber while introducing contemporary amenities.

Now, this 51-square-meter cottage offers first-class accommodation through Hello Guest, comprising a living room, bedroom and bathroom. Designed as a couples-only sanctuary, it invites visitors to reconnect with Queenstown's captivating history and beauty, providing a unique and immersive experience in the heart of this picturesque landscape.

Method behind the masterpiece

What was your inspiration?

The builder/owner wanted to honour the original shearers cottage, so the living area of the cottage was very much in keeping with that, including using sarking for the walls sourced from a neighbouring property. The lean to at the back of the cottage was turned into a bedroom and ensuite with a softer approach taken here. Plastered walls, wool carpet, soft furnishings, a modern bathroom and beautiful bed linens add to this calming space.

How does the door hardware fit into that?

The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish was perfect to tie into the rest of the tapware and fittings used throughout the cottage, while the Charleston lever style gave it a slight modern edge.

What did you match the finish to?

It matched beautifully with the Plumbline Buddy tapware in Aged Brass Organic.

What is your favourite detail in the home?

The Blackbird's Song watercolour by local artist Alan Waters. Curator Kate Blomfield from Tantra Art Queenstown had it exhibited in Verity’s Interior Design studio. When the cottage restoration was complete, Verity knew she had found the perfect home for it.

Windsor logo
Windsor logo
Windsor logo

Have an account? Log in

To request a Trade Account and access trade pricing click here

Keep me logged in
Forgotten Password?
Windsor logo

Forgotten Password