About this listing
Our beachside cabin is a secluded retreat with great walks, safe swimming and gorgeous views. Suits couples, solos, families (roll out bed and space for a tent).
It's glamping - use the nearby meticulous public toilet and a solar shower in a little tent. Full kitchen facilities, outside bench. Fish by boat or from the beach.
With historic Batley House - and us - nearby, you'll be on a peninsula on a 1000-acre farm less than two hours from Auckland and 20 mins from Maungaturoto.
Retreat on the shores of the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere. The area is steeped in history - there's a nearby marae while at Batley there was once a wharf, two fish factories, a flour mill, a shop, post office, a church and school - and lots of people. Our house was once a boarding house and hotel. My book, 'Love at the End of the Road' (Penguin), tells the area's story.
You're welcome to wander through our garden and climb the hill behind the house for great views of the Kaipara Harbour. You can walk both ways along the beach - upriver to Tanoa where there's a marae and downriver to the next beach, around the bluff and to the next beach.
Interaction with guests
We'll be around to answer questions and chat.
Batley is at the end of a peninsula and you'll look across the harbour to Oneriri Peninsula. There are a handful of houses in the wider area - within about 4km - and two other houses on the farm.
You can drive to nearby towns and beach settlements - we'll be happy to give you guidance about this.
This is a glamping situation - the cabin has no toilet - there's a rarely used public toilet very close by. Solar shower in little tent - that needs to be erected. You are welcome to bring tent for children or others - limited number, $10 a night pp.
Dogs by arrangement - must be vaccinated for sheep measles and not chase cats (we have three) or livestock.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm a writer and writing tutor. My husband is a beef and sheep farmer. I like horse riding and reading. He likes fishing and bowls. We're both involved in our community and we live in an historic house that started life in 1866. We have three cats, two dogs, two hens and a horse here.