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Richard Rooney

Maitre de Maison - Relais & Châteaux

Richard Rooney
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Western Lake Road
5773 Featherston New Zealand


Wharekauhau Country Estate

13 suites: half board 1208-2703 NZD s.i. 2 cottages (3 rooms):

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Story of a Maître de Maison

Richard grew up on a family farm just south of the tourism-city of Rotorua. Arriving at Wharekauhau Country Estate in 2006 Richard was instantly taken with the beauty, and raw magic that the property offered. A one year contract turned into two, and a two-year contract turned into four – Now over 11 years later Richard will often refer to himself as the ‘emotional owner’. When not at the lodge Richard is often found roaming the vines of Martinborough with his black Labrador ‘Merlot’, and partner Carly.

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