The SpaceThe house was architect-designed in Japanese style in 1963 for a well-known painter and fibre artist. We've retained the original cedar, with copper touches, stained wood joinery and wood floors, but have added extensive decking that follows the sun. There's a small vege garden for summer eating, productive fruit trees and a bee-hive.
The house is tucked down a long driveway. On the other side of the property is a public pathway through the bush that leads around to the picturesque Little Shoal Bay (you look down on it from the Harbour Bridge). Swimming only at high tide, but the city and bridge views are unbeatable at any time.
The sunny loft-like rooms have views of native trees (and noisy birdsong). The queen-sized room has closets, a chaise for reading or naps and a collection of thrift shop framed tapestries. The second room is set up as breakfast/sitting room with a vintage day bed and loft bed/bunk (both single). No air-con, but fans in each room.
There's free wifi, or plenty of great books and magazine on local design, food, walking and cycling around our city.
The bathroom is comfortably not vintage.
There's a fridge, cereals and coffee come in 1970s pottery. We'll welcome you with tea and coffee supplies, bread, preserves (including honey from our bees), and supply kettle, toaster, blender and panini press. Let us know if you prefer gluten or dairy-free.
Greig is a great cook, we both write from home, so happy to make you cooked breakfast, pack a picnic lunch or dinner (by negotiation). Guest AccessWe mostly works from home so will be there to welcome you. You access our house from a shared driveway on Glade Lane (next to 119 Hinemoa St - use this for GPS setting (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps). House is up stairs, rooms are also up a flight of stairs, one of the single beds is up a loft ladder so not suitable for people who can't manage stairs. Interaction with GuestsOur offices a reat home, but rooms are divided off from rest of the house so you can have privacy. Catherine was a lifestyle and travel editor for the city's daily paper, so we are happy to give tips on what to do and where to go. The NeighborhoodThe best coffee shop is at the top of the driveway, one of the two top restaurants another 50 metres, there are terrific Malaysian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, prize-winning gelato, Italian, even Dutch up in the village, as well as the library with city's best views, a good art/craft shop and even an arts trail.
A pleasant 15 - 20 minute walk to the other side of Little Shoal Bay gets you to The Engine Room, art-house theatre, wine bar and terrific Victorian Northcote Tavern with garden bar.
The village has banks, post office, library, supermarket, great fish, produce and butcher as well as usual shops. No phone stores, nearest is Takapuna; store to purchase transit cards opposite bus stop.
One day soon we'll also be pointing you to the new (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)ath to walk/cycle across the bridge. Bush walks in some of the oldest kauri stands in the city.
Fifteen minute drive to the east coast beaches of Takapuna and Milford. Getting AroundFifteen minute walk down hill to the ferry (15 minutes to town, runs half hourly at peak, hourly off peak, less frequently weekends or public holidays) or uphill to the village which has multiple buses to town or Takapuna (beaches, shops). Ten minute (off peak) drive to city.
Airbus goes directly from airport to ferry terminal where you can connect to ferry and buses. Other Things to NoteWe have bees on the property, so if you have allergies this may not be the place for you.
The mezzanine floor entrance to your bedroom has semi-open balustraudes, so is not infant or toddler-proof.
Stairs inside and out, and steep hills around.
We have a lady's urban bike (for gentle riding) and gent's Pinarello road bike (for flasher speeds), both with helmets, to borrow.