Unique slice of Coromandel history to become quaint new retirement village

One of Coromandel Town’s heritage treasures, the former mine manager’s house on Rings Road, has been converted into a retirement village.

Owners Wayne and Kathryn Besley purchased the 1895 property as a motel in 2021 and are currently converting it into Coromandel Lifestyle Village.

The quaint heritage property has a rich and interesting history. It was originally built for Captain Albert Argall, mine manager of the Balgraves Freehold Mine. Captain Argall was the first of many mine managers to call the property home, before it was purchased by the Coromandel Hospital Board in 1937 to house the medical superintendent. Author Fay Weldon also spent many childhood holidays here.

In late May 2023, this special heritage site will welcome new residents to enjoy its rich history and contribute stories of their own. Coromandel Lifestyle Village will be a boutique, charming village set among beautiful landscaped gardens. Once complete, it will be home to 14 villa cottages, available in both one and two bedrooms.

The village will be well-equipped with plenty of communal areas for residents to enjoy, including a sitting room, library, games room, village function kitchen and dining area, ball room, and hobbies shed. There will also be an onsite caravan and boat park for those who wish to make the most of Coromandel Town’s picturesque seaside location.

While it may now serve as a retirement village, there's no denying that this Rings Road property will always remain a rich part of Coromandel's history.

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