A magnificent family home with 15 acres of grazing and forest OR convert to a wedding/function venue with eight guest cottages and existing outdoor wedding arena. The choice is entirely up to you and it's already consented! Chateau Pont-Noir (Blackbridge Castle) has been granted consent 'to be used as a wedding and function venue and to establish eight visitor accommodation one bedroom chalets to be used in conjunction with this venue'. Built as a replica of a french chateau in the north west of France, the entrance to 770 Blackbridge Rd isn't so much a driveway as a portal to another country. Turn off the deserted rural road, pass through the wrought iron gates, cruise on down the tree-lined driveway and pop out in Brittany. Several decades ago, a New Zealand couple fell in love with a chateau in the north-west of France. So enamoured were they that they decided to build a replica of it in a sheltered rural setting on the Dairy Flat / Waitoki border, 17km northwest of Albany. Up went a brick tower that forms the pivot of the house, encasing a winding polished concrete staircase crowned with an Italian chandelier, a marble floor (retrieved from Auckland's old Majestic Theatre), and a Renaissance-inspired mural on the domed ceiling. The couple encircled the tower with a 60 sqm lounge-room - with grand fireplace and five sets of French doors heading out on to a large tiled north-facing terrace - an elegant study and formal dining room, kitchen and casual dining area. Upstairs, they created five bedrooms under half-a-dozen gabled eaves, with rural views from a liberal scattering of casement windows. On the roof they installed gargoyles they'd brought back from France. A separate gabled building housed a double garage, workshop and carport. Stables and paddocks were created and finally a deep aquifer was consented and drilled providing unlimited pure mineral water. So whether you're after a beautiful home, an investment or to enter the hospitality industry and create your own business, our vendors are serious about selling so come and make it yours!