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Glengariff homestead is one of the Waikato's best kept secrets. Glengariff has been home to three Members of Parliament, and has been an integral part of the history of the Waikato.

The property (then called "Fernside") was purchased by Mr Edward Lake in October 1876.

Kauri logs were shipped up the Waikato River and unloaded at Pukerimu landing nearing the Kaipaki School, and builder Samuel Sheldon erected the homestead in 1877. Lake's landholding was 1,170 acres, and his land was reported to be "among the very best in the Waikato" and "farming was carried out on a large and scientific scale". He established apple and pear orchards, and grew wheat and oats. As the employees on the property increased, a butchery, blacksmith shop, stables, grain and potato stores were built around the house.

Lake sold the property to Louisa Greenslade, wife of Henry Greenslade, who renamed it "Glengariff". Glengariff is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic an Gleann Garbh (which means "the rough glen", and the town of Glengariff is located in County Kerry, Ireland, about 10 miles north of Bantry at the head of Bantry Bay.

The original bell-tower was used to call farm employees to lunch, and in later years to announce bowling games in summer.

During the period when Henry and Louisa Greenslade owned the property (1900-1910) an annual race meeting was held on the property. There were also large gardens, a bowling green and tennis court at that time.

Glengariff was neglected for a number of years, but since the 1970's various owners have contributed to make Glengariff the charming house it is today.