“Uniquely Wanganui” - Private Funeral Chapel

By Funeral-Link New Zealand | Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2018

Burnblea is a character home built in 1942 and has many Art Deco features and provides a smaller and intimate space for families to celebrate a loved ones life in a family home environment. 

After emigrating from Scotland in the early 1900’s James Patterson set up business as a builder in Wanganui, becoming one of the most prominent builders in the town. When the Napier earthquake struck he, and 20 of his workers, went to Napier and spent the next five years helping to rebuild Napier in the iconic Art Deco style.

When it came time for James to retire in 1941 he built Burnblea with all the skills and style he had developed in Napier.

Move forward to 1994. While raising their family in Burnblea, Craig and Laura Cleveland worked to restore Burnblea to it’s full glory. The family have now moved out making Burnblea available to the people of Wanganui who wish for an intimate place for a small farewell.

The front porch is supported by two large grey granite columns and leads you through to a welcoming entrance.

To your right is a large formal Lounge offering both ambiance and a family feel. The Lounge features ornate glass windows, plaster ceilings, and comfortable traditional furnishings, and seating.

The Lounge is the perfect Chapel setting for private and family farewells.

The Formal Dining Room offers smaller family groups the opportunity to relax and have refreshments before and following the service.

For larger groups the Family Room Reception Lounge offers comfortable seating and access to an outdoor patio for alfresco styled receptions. All rooms are central heated for year around comfort.

The ‘Burnblea’ Private Funeral Chapel

173 Ingestre Street Wanganui Phone (06) 345 5522

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