Stay in the hills overlooking Auckland City amongst a large collection of books, DVDs & misc. esoterica!
Spread out over 5 separate bed / living rooms!
Explore west coast beaches & bushwalks, local cafes & vineyards, or drive 30mins to the city!
1. If your holiday needs any of the following you have come to the right place: plasma ball, Balinese xylophones, tarot cards, binoculars, a telescope, an abacus, large DVD collection of obscure kung fu movies and mainstream blockbusters, overwhelming amount of books on all sorts of topics but mostly Eastern spiritualism and weird hocus-pocus ...
2. We can sleep large groups (but be aware, there's only one toilet):
Bedroom 1: King size bed, with single trundle bed underneath
Bedroom 2: Double bed
Bedroom 3: Two single beds
Small living room: We have two foldout sofas that sleep one person each
Extra mattresses: We have 2 extra single foam mattresses that we can pull out of storage for you if you need them. There's space on the floor in both living rooms, to place these mattresses.
You'll have the whole of the upstairs to yourself with your own kitchen and bathroom.
Laundry facilities (in the garage) and driveway, garden etc is shared between yourselves and Joy & Brian who live in the downstairs areas.
Our driveway can park up to 4 or even 5 vehicles, but in order to avoid blocking-in Joy & Brian's cars, your 3rd or 4th car may be better off parked across the road or on nearby Puketaha road.
Interaction with guests
Joy and her partner Brian are in the downstairs rear flat ready to answer any questions you might have. I'm (Sue-Li) mostly living about 30mins drive away, sometimes travelling overseas - but I'm always available on email if you have any problems or questions. There's also an elderly cat, Ishtar, who can often be found in the back garden.
Other things to note
PLEASE NOTE - GUESTS WITH KIDS:
Children are welcome, but please bear in mind that we do have a lot of knick knacks, balconies and stairs that may not suit younger kids. Have a look through our photos to see what I mean.
PLEASE NOTE - SUMMER GUESTS:
Our lovely forest setting unfortunately means that along with the treetop views and the native bird sightings, there are mosquitoes, especially at sunset and night time.
So when I lived there I was in the habit of keeping the glass doors and windows shut when it's getting dark and the lights are on. (In New Zealand it's not common to install bug screens on windows like it is in some other countries, perhaps because it's only hot for a quarter of the year.)
Also! There is a trick to having a mosquito-free sleep on hot summer nights in this house.
What I do is close the windows and doors, spray the room with bug spray (please ask us if you can't find it) and get the fan out (fans are in bedroom cupboards) for a nice, cool, bug-free sleep :)
PLEASE NOTE - WINTER GUESTS:
We need to be careful about when we use the dryer - unfortunately our fuse box can't deal with the dryer being on at the same time as the 5 heaters in the upstairs guest space. So please restrict your dryer use to during the day when you don't need the heaters - or all the power in the building turns off and we have to call the power company to turn it back on!
In New Zealand, most houses (especially those built in the 1970s) did not have central heating put in, so it’s quite common for houses here to be heated with freestanding heaters. Some of our guests who are less familiar with NZ have found this surprising, so I shall describe the heating situation as below:
There is a freestanding oil heater in each living room and bedroom. Bathrooms have wall mounted heaters. There's no heater for the hallway or toilet.
You can leave the heaters going all day/night, we don't mind (but maybe set them to the lower setting).
We also have a wood burning fireplace, which we can help you with if you want.
OH AND ONE FINAL THING :)
I'm very keen to give people as accurate of an impression of the house as possible before they book. This house is from the 1970s. All the appliances are new-ish, the carpet is quite new and in good condition, but the shower wall is scratched, the sofa upholstery is damaged, the wallpaper, bathroom, light fittings etc are the originals from the 70s, etc.
In the words of one of our previous guests:
"The photos describing the house are as accurate as photos can be. They do not show the wear and tear a house has undergone. If you like clean and modern and chic, this place is not for you. If you like a quiet and peaceful place surrounded by new age books and with a large DVD collection to watch in the evenings, then this place is perfect."
Smoking is allowed outside on the balcony :)
Dinner parties would be okay!
If there are children in your party we may allow you to stay - please send us a message to let us know how many children and how old they are. (In the past we have noticed that guests with young children tend to block our tank and have a heavy impact on our water and power.)
We are on a septic tank system up here in the Waitakere Ranges which can only deal with toilet paper (even baby wipes will block it) so very important that those baby wipes, feminine hygiene products etc etc go in the bin and not in the pipes!
Overall we have a no-pet policy, but if you have a pet who you believe will be low-impact on the house, you're welcome to get in touch to discuss.
Our normal check-in time is 5pm, but if we don't have guests leaving that morning, we can be flexible about this and you can probably arrive earlier if you need to, please check with us.
A full guide to everything you need to know is available at the house, we can also send it to you before you arrive if you wish. This guide spells out a few more house rules such as leaving the house secure when you're out, and leaving things in a relatively tidy condition upon checkout - common sense stuff - any questions feel free to ask :)