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Beech Bach Beachside Haven + Car

4,91(110 atsiliepimų)SuperšeimininkasOban, Naujoji Zelandija
Mikronamas. Šeimininkas: Sue
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Beech Bach, Watercress Bay, Paterson Inlet, is a 1 bedroom cabin for
one couple or single. No children. Includes use of car (fuel extra) and transfers. Guests love the superb views, kitchen, coziness and quirky touches.
The kitchen has a gas hob, microwave, electric frypan, slow cooker, toaster, fridge with icebox, filtered water, dishwasher, utensils, pots etc and basic supplies.
The laundry and toilet are accessed through a semi-enclosed back porch area (sensor light goes on at night).

Beech Bach is a traditional beach front tiny house that doesn't feel so tiny.

It is extremely important to us that all our guests enjoy their stay and know what to expect from a bach/crib/cabin, so please read this description before booking.

ACCESS 22 steps from the road/car park.

MAIN SPACE 10mx3m - kitchen, shower room, living area, bedroom.

TOILET and LAUNDRY accessed through a semi enclosed covered porch area. Sensor lights switch on and off automatically at night. Traditionally a bach would have had a dunny (longdrop toilet) out the back. This one did. While the toilet may be deemed by some to be "outside" it's a vast improvement on the original!

CAR The car is available on the condition it is re-fuelled on departure or arrangements made to cover the cost of fuel if the garage isn't open.

WIFI We have it. However, the whole island experiences problems to varying degrees. We are doing our best.

CELLPHONE limited at the bach. Spark usually works close to the front window. Vodafone is sometimes better and sometimes not. Usually reception for both is available on the road by the boat ramp.

VIEWS It has superb views across Paterson Inlet and a golden sand beach just across the road.

BED queen size The bed is elevated (step provided) for storage underneath and the view out the window. It has electric blankets.

HEATING diesel heater in main building. All windows double glazed.

SUPPLIES a range teas, coffee (plunger and instant);basic cooking supplies (oil, seasonings, flour, sugar, milk)

TOILETRIES good shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand wash and shower gel

TV with Freeview and DVDs.
COMPUTER large touchscreen with a folder of photos from the pre renovation days.

PRIVACY We have one neighbour who is a fisherman. He's often away. Owners have a small sleepout further up the hill and may be on site but will be as discreet as possible. Windows have tint - easy to see out hard to see in.

WATER is rainwater collected from the roof. 1mm of rain =30 litres of water. Drinking water is filtered.

LAUNDRY There is a washing machine available. Due to the need to conserve water and limited drying ability we ask that guests don't bring laundry to the island.

LIGHTING It's dark. The island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary. Please do not leave outside and laundry or toilet lights on at night. These disturb wildlife and affect viewing of aurora and night skies. There are outdoor sensor lights on timers on the steps and in the entrance, and a torch with red covering for kiwi spotting.

MEDICAL There is a first aid kit supplied and a nurse on the island There is no doctor and no hospital. Emergency care may require helicopter evacuation.

The original bach/crib/cabin was built around 1940.

We renovated in 2012-16 installing a toilet, heating, kitchen, laundry, hot water and shower. We were constrained by council regulations and the size and layout of the building which we were unable to add on to.

As everything has to come from the mainland and be carried up the steps, we have re-used and upcycled some of the original fittings and features as well as a number of "treasures" (or old junk) in ways they may not have been intended - make sure you read the rudder in the loo.

Island electricity is diesel generated. Lights are LED. Heating is diesel. Hot water is gas.

This extract from Wikipedia explains much about the traditional Kiwi bach.

A bach (pronounced 'batch' /ˈbætʃ/) (also called a crib in the southern half of the South Island) is a small, often modest holiday home or beach house in New Zealand. Baches are an iconic part of the country's history and culture. In the middle of the 20th century, they symbolized the beach holiday lifestyle that was becoming more accessible to the middle class.[1]

Baches began to gain popularity in the 1950s as roads improved and the increasing availability of cars allowed for middle-class beach holidays, often to the same beach every year. With yearly return trips being made, baches began to spring up in many family vacation spots.

Bach was originally thought to be short for bachelor pad,[2] but they tended to be family holiday homes. An alternative theory for the origin of the word is that bach is the Welsh word for "small" and "little". The phrase "Tŷ Bach" (small house) is used for outbuildings. Sizeable populations of Welsh miners relocated to New Zealand during mining booms.[citation needed].

Post-World War II
They are almost always small structures, usually made of cheap or recycled material like fibrolite (asbestos cement sheet), corrugated iron, or used timber.[3] They were influenced by the backwoods cabins and sheds of the early settlers and farmers. Other baches used a caravan as the core of the structure and built extensions onto it. Many cities were dismantling tram systems in the 1950s, and old trams were sometimes used as baches, most noticeably on the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the Firth of Thames, to which more than 100 trams were relocated.

A reconstructed example of a typical bach from the 1950s can be found in the National Maritime Museum on Princes Wharf in central Auckland.[4] The period-furnished bach is complemented with an adjacent beach shop with original products from that time.

While older baches tend to be fibrolite lean-to structures, modern kit-set buildings are becoming popular among bach owners. Some figures estimate that more than 50,000 baches exist around New Zealand (population 5.1 million people).

Recent times
Early baches rarely enjoyed amenities like connections to the water and electricity grid or indoor toilets. They were simply furnished, often with secondhand furniture.

Legal status
Old baches often have "existing use" rights under the 1991 Resource Management Act in areas where newer planning regulations would not allow even such modest residential or part-time residential buildings.[5]

As such they are quite prized, even though authorities typically look unfavourably on proposals to convert them into full residential buildings.

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Oban, Naujoji Zelandija

With only one house close by and just across the road from the beach, boat sheds and boat ramp, Beech Bach is a little isolated but always has plenty going on. Several commercial vessels and a kayak hire operate out of the bay.
There are several walks close by, lots of birds and wildlife, boats and other watercraft in the bay. You may be lucky enough to see dolphins, sea lions or penguins.
The owners are sometimes on site in the sleepout further up the hill.

Svečius priima Sue

Prisijungė 2013 m. lapkritis
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After 17 years farming followed by 17 years developing and running a 5* BnB and tours, Richard and I are now enjoying life on the road in various parts of the world. Sometimes that may make us difficult to contact. We both enjoy bush walks, travel and adventures. Our favourite kind of travel is off the beaten track to find the lesser known special places and experiences. Our Stewart Island property is also off the beaten track. We have been hands on with the renovation. We have reused and recycled various parts of the old building and treasures found in and around it, in the renovation. You will spot some of these like old cutlery, used in quirky ways. We don't believe that life is a race to the finish line. We do believe in living it to the full. Sometimes that means taking time out from the rat race. Stewart Island is perfect for that.
After 17 years farming followed by 17 years developing and running a 5* BnB and tours, Richard and I are now enjoying life on the road in various parts of the world. Sometimes that…
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Guests are met at their arrival transport (ferry or plane) by manager Fiona or Heath (or a substitute during winter) and transported to the bach. On departure day guests will be collected and returned to the transport option. The managers are happy to help with suggestions for walks and activities and several of us will be available should any problems arise during your stay. Please note it is vital that your arrival time and method is communicated at least 3 days prior to arrival so that you are met on time. PLEASE CHECK AND ADVISE your ARRIVAL time on the island and CHECK-IN time to depart the island.
Guests are met at their arrival transport (ferry or plane) by manager Fiona or Heath (or a substitute during winter) and transported to the bach. On departure day guests will be co…
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