A slice of history: Cox House Café at The Orchards
A slice of history: Cox House Café – The Orchards
We love sharing the unique and interesting histories of our Metlifecare villages – from the buildings, to the gardens, to the land. Like The Orchards in Glenfield, Auckland, which was originally part of Cox Farm. The land was purchased by brothers Bertie and Harry Cox in 1910. The brothers came across the nine-acre property for sale while on a camping holiday – it had four perches of land, a two-room cottage (now the Cox House Café) and a small orchard – the village’s namesake.
The Orchards residents Bronwyn Stephensen, Dilys Pearson and Trish Joy enjoy a cuppa at Cox House café
The Orchards resident Lorna Keam fondly recalls how the Cox family would let Lorna and her brother walk through their property, on their way home from school in the early 1950s, and they would sit in the fields eating warm, sun-kissed strawberries.