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On December 10th 2015 Meadowood House was awarded the Hastings District Landmarks / Art Deco Trust Award for an Outstanding Project in the Hastings District …”in recognition of our restoration of the property to her former glory, we were very proud to receive this award” , said then owners,Shelly & Mark Witchalls.

Napier/Hastings has a fascinating human history from the 1931 Earthquake and subsequent rebuild as the Art Deco capital of NZ to the riches of the farming and horticulture industry over many generations and a rich Maori heritage.. There are beach settlements and towns that offer unique and interesting visitor experiences such as Havelock North and its Arts and Crafts movement, to Waimarama Beach and its Maori Culture tours and of course the Twin Cities of Napier and Hastings with almost entire CBD rebuilds in the 1930’s..

Meadowood is a part of history of the Art Deco movement in style, design, art and architecture that swept the world from 1925 to the outbreak of the second world war and the farming history of Hawkes Bay, with its old woolshed and paddocks.

Easily one of the most exciting eras of design, the art deco period mixed the natural forms of Art Nouveau with modern influences of Cubism and Futurism.

The bold lines and sweeping curves of the style give even modest buildings such as Meadowood an unmistakable air of timeless elegance, combined with edgy modernist features far ahead of what we expect from the 1930’s.

The term Art Deco came from the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, held in Paris in 1925, but it was some 40 years later that the phrase was coined. Before that, Jazz Moderne – or just plain Moderne – described design and architecture using clean lines, curves, light and space, geometric shapes and patterns. It was the first truly global democratic movement in art and design, and influenced everything from jewellery to grand hotels.

The Meadowood rooms are divine: the original and reproduction 1930’s designer furniture, Deco style bathrooms and hand-painted era wallpapers are so stylish you will never want to go out. Moderne styling to the renewed kitchen and living areas make your stay comfortable without missing out on any 21stC modern convenience.

Chic Flapper dresses can be purchased at The Napier Antique corner on Tennyson or smart hats and accessories at Charleston Chic, lower Tennyson Street, Napier. Croquet on the lawn or canasta around the dining room table, monopoly or shooting? We can help to amuse and entertain you. Take a spin in a classic car or by bicycle on the Hawkes Bay trails, safely apart from the traffic.