The SpaceTaigh Na Mara is a purpose built bed and breakfast, located in Kuaotunu on the Coromandel Peninsula. The house and garden are beautifully designed, offering spacious living and outdoor areas, with a cosy fireplace for winter months. It has a playing field and a children's play ground and tennis courts located on one side of the house, with another open area next to the other side. There is a petanque court in the front garden and a large vegetable garden and fruit trees in abundance. The beach is just a very short walk away. The village of Kuaotunu is a 5-10 minute walk away, with a general store and a café / restaurant. Whitianga is only a 15 to 20 minute drive and offers several restaurants, cafes, and pubs along with shops and hub for activities on the Coromandel. Taigh Na Mara offers you a place to relax and unwind, and a great base for exploring the wider area. Please see separate listing for details and booking on Room 1, The Paua Room which can have different sleeping configurations. Guest AccessGuests have their own rooms which can each sleep 1-3 people, with own ensuite bathroom, outdoor area and private entrance. Both rooms are approximately 20 square metres in size, and bathrooms 4 square metres. Room 2, known as the Scallop Room (named after the shellfish the area is well known for) has a Queen size double bed. A comfortable fold up bed can also be put into the room, allowing for up to 3 guests. The room is sunny and spacious, with comfortable chairs and a coffee table. Tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge are available in the room. Access to washing machine and dryer by arrangement. There is a shared lounge with TV, and a piano which guests are welcome to use. A barbecue is available for guest use at a nominal extra charge. The kitchen is not for general use, however, you are welcome to use the microwave, plates and cutlery etc if you want to have your own picnic style meal. Free WiFi available (excessive or illegal downloading not permitted). You are very welcome to enjoy the garden and sun loungers are available. Your host has private rooms at the other end of the house. Board games and outdoor sports equipment also available for guests to use. Interaction with GuestsI am happy to interact with guests as much or as little as you wish. Your privacy will be respected. I will often join you for coffee over breakfast and am happy to help you with any travel or activity plans while you are here. I may join you in the lounge or outside in the evenings. I'm always up for a chat if you would like. One of the great things about B&B accommodation is that it gives you a chance to get to know both your host and other guests if you want--or you can have your own space if you prefer. The NeighborhoodKuaotunu is one of the hidden gems of the Coromandel. It is located on the Eastern side of the Peninsula, 17 km north of Whitianga, and 27 km east of Coromandel town. While providing a great base for exploring the wider peninsula, Kuaotunu itself has much to offer. Once a thriving gold mining town dating back to the 1880s, it is now a small coastal village, offering beautiful north facing white sand beaches that are safe for swimming. It's a great area for all water sports with fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving all on offer. The Black Jack reef can even offer great surfing when the conditions are right, and visits from dolphins are not an uncommon sight. Surrounded by native bush, and farmland, there are also plenty of opportunities for walking in the area. Golf, tennis and horse trekking are all available nearby. The village store can provide you with essential items and great icecreams, with supermarkets available in Whitianga. Lukes Kitchen serves up delicious pizzas, seafood, and other fare, with local musicians often playing in the summer months, while the café serves up the local LaLa coffee and tasty baked goods. There are more fantastic beaches close by, including some great attractions such as New Chums Beach, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach, with Whitianga offering a cinema, pubs, restaurants, The Lost Spring thermal pools and day spa, and plenty of other activities for both children and adults. It really is a great place to visit, offering the opportunity to just unwind and relax, and to enjoy all the local environment has to offer if you wish. Getting AroundKuaotunu is most easily accessed by car, however, the Intercity Bus does service this area on the Coromandel/Whitianga route. There is a ferry service from Auckland to Coromandel (360 Discovery Cruises), however, operating times are seasonal so do check the timetable. A shuttle bus from Auckland airport to Whitianga also operates. It may be possible for you to be met at either Coromandel or Whitianga if you arrive there by bus or ferry--let me know if this is required. Other Things to NoteAccommodation prices listed are for one person. Extra guests (adults and children) are charged at an extra $30 per person per night where the room is shared (to a maximum of 3 people). If you are travelling with a baby or young child please feel free to contact me to discuss costs. Meals will generally be shared with other guests. Breakfast is included in the daily tariff. Guests have the option of a continental style breakfast and/or a cooked breakfast. Muesli or other cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast or home made bread with a selection of jams and preserves, fruit juice, tea and coffee form the basis of breakfast. If you need to leave early in the morning, a packed breakfast option may be available (muffins, fruit, juice). I'm happy to talk with you about your particular needs, including any special dietary requirements (will accommodate these where possible; notice may be required). Other meals can be provided by arrangement, at an extra cost. You might like a picnic lunch to take away with you for the day; have some soup and home made bread; a special afternoon tea; a platter or nibbles for early evening; or perhaps dinner. I love to cook and will happily work with you around this.
I am also a qualified massage therapist and can offer therapeutic massage for relaxation, by arrangement, and at an extra cost.
I do have a cat that you might occasionally see around the property. He's not very sociable and doesn't go near the guest rooms--he does like the sun and the fire though, so you might find him lounging around.