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A change of circumstances led this island holiday home to become a permanent retreat.

By rights, the Captain’s Cabin should have been out of Louise Pollard’s life years ago. It was never intended as a holiday house and certainly never as a permanent residence.?“We thought we would do a quick flick…but we got to really love it,” says Louise of the diminutive bach she and her husband bought near Oneroa 14 years ago.

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They added two bedrooms, a veranda and a large covered deck. She threw herself into redecorating and developing a garden they could enjoy on weekends and holidayspillowcase baby, when it wasn’t rented out to paying guests.

Then, in September 2011, the bach unexpectedly became her fixed address.“When the marriage broke up, I found myself living here. It was important for me to have my own place. I fought to keep this.” While the early days were tough, Louise has come to relish her island lifestyle.

Captain’s Cabin is constantly evolving. In recent years, Louise has refurbished the kitchen and bathroom, added a summerhouse overhanging the pond and constructed a tenanted studio apartment out back.

The veranda is used all summer and the summerhouse, fitted with oars and other nautical pieces from her father, is a favourite party spot. “One New Year’s Eve we had 30 people squashed in counting down until midnight – it was so much fun.”

Next on the ‘to do’ list is the creation of a small formal garden at the front of the house. Louise admits to watering down the nautical theme in recent years as her city furniture had to be placed in the much smaller house.

“I think I’ve just made it into a home rather than a holiday place now. I like living on the island – it’s paradise really.”

Words by: Sue Hoffart.?Photography by:?Helen Bankers.

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