The SpaceThe house presents a large living space with quiet areas to retreat to. Private, fully furnished, high speed wifi, Sky TV with sports channels, Egyptian cotton linen on all beds.
Child friendly house with high chair, porta cot, kids toys including trampoline and sand pit and a safety fence around the wood fire.
There are separate formal dining and living rooms, in addition to a large open plan kitchen, dining and living room. Off the living room there is an expansive conservatory with comfortable furniture to relax on while the double folding doors open out onto a large flat lawn with beautiful gardens.
There are 4 bedrooms in the house with an additional bedroom off the garage. The bedroom configurations include:
- Master bedroom with queen bed
- Guest bedroom with queen bed
- Guest bedroom with queen bed
- Guest bedroom with King single bed and single roll-out bed
- External bedroom with single bed and double sofa bed
There are three bathrooms: two with shower and toilet and hand basin and one main bathroom with shower, hand basin and bath with a separate toilet.
A separate large laundry is available with washing machine and dryer and iron and ironing board.
Outside there are expansive gardens for a relaxing walk around, pet chickens, Suffolk sheep and even a lavender field. The back yard hosts a trampoline for the kids, and a deck with outdoor table and chairs, Hot Spring spa pool with salt water (no chlorine) and a wood/coal BBQ. Guest AccessThere is extensive parking for cars on the site. Interaction with GuestsWe are based in Wellington but can be a phone call away in the event that something doesn't work or if assistance is required.
We have a local property manager who can also respond if needed. The property manager works part time during the week on the property and will probably be around during your stay. He is discrete and most of the time will not be noticed except when mowing the lawns. The NeighborhoodThe property is expansive, sheltered and sunny. There is a property manager who will be taking care of the grounds during your stay.
Waikanae is the closest town about a 5 minute drive and hosts most shops that you would require for your stay including a chemists, a New World and Countdown Supermarket, two petrol stations, a garden centre, a public library, a cinema ((URL HIDDEN) and multiple cafes and restaurants.
We highly recommend the following cafes/restaurants:
-The Frontroom café, 42 Tutere Street, Waikanae ((URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
-Kiss and Bake Up café, 11 Mahara Place, Waikanae ((URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
-Relish café, 12 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
-Reikorangi Pottery and Café for a more unique experience with animal park
Things to do
- Shoreline cinema, 10 Mahara Place,Waikanae (URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
- Nga Manu Nature Reserve, 281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae (URL HIDDEN) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
- Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, (URL HIDDEN) Getting AroundThere are regular trains from Waikanae to Paraparaumu or Wellington. Check out (URL HIDDEN) for a full timetable.
You will need a car to get to and from the train station, otherwise a taxi. There are no buses or train stops within walking distance of the property.
Local taxi company numbers are:
Kapiti Coast Cabs (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Kapitii Coast Shuttles (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Other Things to NotePhone
There is no or very limited cellphone access at the property. You can divert or forward your cellphone calls to the landline at the property: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) to receive any calls. There is no tollbar on the landline phone and we ask that you refrain from making toll calls. Any calls that you do make can you please pay for.
Wifi is available with the sign on: Vodafone55FE, password: [provided upon confirmation of booking]. If you have an iphone you can receive and send iMessages, alternatively you can use Viber or FaceTime or other web-based applications to call or send messages.
There is a porta cot available if required but you will need to provide your own bedding for it.
The wood fireplace has a safety fence around it and overall the house is very child friendly.
Wood and pine cones for the fire can be found in the lean-too behind the car garage. There is underfloor heating in the ensuite and main bathrooms. Electric heaters can be found in some closets if required. A heat pump is available for the master bedroom, and the remote is in the bedside drawer.
The BBQ is a coal or wood burner and cooks meat so beautifully. It is an experience to enjoy and can take an hour or so to cook the meat. Wood and matches are provided. You can purchase coal from the local supermarket if required.
If for any reason there is a power cut the fuse box is on the wall in the laundry. Check for any blown fuses or to turn electricity off and on.
If the gas runs out you will need to change the gas bottle over. There is a new gas bottle in the lean-too behind the car garage by the firewood. You will need to disconnect the old gas bottle which is found in the wooden box outside the kitchen and replace with the new gas bottle. Please let us know if you have changed the gas bottle over so we can arrange to replace the used gas bottle.
The oven is rather dated and some of the symbols on the knobs have come off. The manual for the oven can be found on the shelves to the left of the oven with instructions on how to operate it included.
Note there is no microwave provided with the property.
If you wish to do any washing of linen or towels during your stay at the house please ensure you wash the sheets and towels separate from other coloured items. So whites with whites. Sheets with sheets and towels with towels. If staining to white linen (from mixing with coloured items) occurs you will be charged for replacing these items.
The water is rain water collected from the roof and stored in a large water tank. There are filters and a UV treatment system that cleanses the water as you use it. There is further filtration of drinking water by using the little tap to the right of the kitchen sink.
There is a septic tank which is where all the grey water and wastewater is stored and treated. Please ensure only organic matter is flushed down the toilets. All feminine hyginene products, condoms etc are to be disposed of in the rubbish bins provided.
Only septic tank friendly cleaning products to be used in the toilets and sinks etc.
Two rubbish bins are provided in the lean-to shed behind the car garage for disposal of unwanted rubbish or recycling. Put general rubbish in the black rubbish bins provided. If you have more rubbish there are black rubbish bags available for overflow and leave them by the bins.
Organic food can be feed to the chickens. They will eat most things except no eggs, eggshells, citrus or onion. The remainder of your organic waste can be put into the compost bin behind the chicken run.
Please do not touch the baby grand piano in the formal living room without prior approval. Do not place anything ontop of the piano – drinks or food or otherwise. If damage is done to the piano the full cost of fixing or replacement will be expected.
Please return toys to how you found them. These are our kids personal toys which we have left out for your use, but we request care is taken and they are returned to their order and place of storage as you found them. Return the sheet over the train table in the sunroom.
We have a property manager and gardener who work part time during the week on the property and will probably be around during your stay. They are discrete and most of the time will not be noticed except when mowing the lawns or tending gardens directly around the house.