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Today, the property remains the summer house of the whanau. Large Christmas gatherings are a regular event with many visitors sleeping over in tents on the lawn. The house is remarkably original by modern standards with most items mentioned in Mrs McDonalds rental advertisement in 1898 still remaining, including the bathing house, garage, detached wash house and the piano. The convenience of an inside bathroom was only added in 1995.

Exnells has been in the same family since 1915 dating back to Alice Coombs. There are now many family shareholders all of whom hold a stake in its heritage, history and also its future.

Exnells was 120 years old in 2017.

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Exnells –

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