Kim has a background in marketing for the tech industry and Derek has his own company designing user experience. No surprises, then, that the house is wired within an inch of its life. There are smart lights and locks and impressive tech wherever you look. There’s a wine fridge, the latest Fisher & Paykel oven, a Blum servo-drive fridge that pops open with a push, sensor-driven C-Bus lights in the garden, two Apple TVs with every streaming service imaginable, and even a zero-gravity bed.
Despite the high level of design that’s gone into Crane Lodge, Kim insists it’s kid-friendly. “It’s all about making magical memories with your family,” she affirms. There’s an adorable children’s room that features one lower and two top bunk beds. A Murphy bed hidden in the wall can sleep additional family members. With two more rooms on the top floor and a self-contained guesthouse at the bottom of the inclinator, the layout is particularly conducive to multi-generational stays. We take the opportunity to test that and take our children and both sets of grandparents to Crane Lodge for the weekend. Once we’ve had a talk to the kids about not touching the art (there are three Joshua Yeldhams and more stunning Shona Wilson installations), we embark on a seriously relaxing couple of days.
There’s plenty of swimming in the heated pool, the spa and firepit both get a workout, and we spend hours playing board games and cards. As sunset approaches, I sneak up to the master suite for a bath on my enclosed balcony that enjoys epic last-of-the-day views. The bush is bathed in gold, and there’s even a handcrafted wooden paddle for my wine.
The icing on the cake is lunch catered and served by Manuel Affarian of Secret Dining, a bespoke service available to all guests. We linger over platters of antipasto, seafood and dessert late into the afternoon, making magical memories. We don’t even have to clean up afterwards. Surely that’s the ultimate in luxury?