Hi, this is Robyn speaking, I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to take a look at my home. If you are considering a stay on Waiheke, I rent her out for a minimum of 5 nights, and below I will describe why I chose this spot above any other on the island:
- I’m the type that likes to live in a spot where most if not all, boxes are ticked 🙂 My specific boxes are, that I like privacy, but proximity. I don’t like long drives home. As far as Waiheke Island goes, my property fulfills exactly what I find the most appealing – private yet very close to Oneroa, Waiheke’s main village and just a few minutes drive from the ferry. I live on 7 acres in a peaceful retreat with jaw-dropping sea views – when visitors first arrive, the views hit you in a continuous wave. No matter how stressed you just were, the view takes care of that heart-rate immediately. Its always lovely seeing people’s reactions when they first walk in.
- It has its own private beach accessible from steps from the property. I like private coves – sunbathing, swimming and hanging out on my deserted beach that nobody can get to but me. It has an overhanging tree that I sit under, negating the need for a sun umbrella. All I have to do is take my towel, and a book. I sunbathe down there under the dappled light of the pohutukawa lacey leaves, and I get my Vitamin D needs met in the most sublime way possible. The sea cleanses me, I feel refreshed, regenerated, and invigorated after a swim in total privacy.
- Back at the house, its like living in an outdoor room. The walls are made of windows, and they can all slide back so that you’ve simply got a roof over your head. I can wake up in the morning and completely peel back two walls of my bedroom. Last summer it was a really hot summer, and I peeled back all of my doors and slept all night basically outside. The moon and stars joined me in my bedroom. Upon waking, I make a coffee on my espresso machine, and jump back into bed to sip and ponder the day ahead. Birdlife just seem to love the lawn right outside my bedroom. Ducks, Oyster Catchers, pukeko’s (NZ native bird), finches & magpies all seem to believe its their property too.
- I can light the outdoor fire when I have guests around. I put my favourite music on the outdoor speakers and subject my children to 70’s music which only I know the words to…at first, but now they have begun to sing along 🙂
- I sit in my cliff top spa pool and I look down to the rocks below. I’ve silently witnessed Orca, Dolphins, kingfish and more Oyster Catchers just going about their daily business. I have sat there for hours looking at sunsets, looking at star constellations and talking about the meaning of life with whoever might be willing to listen to me. With family, I find the spa pool is the new dinner table. Friends and family gather, and talk. My children relax and it is here that I connect with them best. Sometimes I drink my coffee on the spa deck and watch the rocks below in the mornings. I call it the natural anti-depressant deck.
- I do the coastal walk nearly every morning. (Ok, I do it 3 times a week when I’m being really well behaved and need to lose weight) It’s beautiful! It’s stunning! Its the best coastal track in the world! You would think I would do it every day…but sometimes life intervenes. I love that coastal walk, you would not believe what good ideas have manifested while doing that walk! The scenery is spectacular and again, it just forces you to be present.
I rent out my home and I go away, but before I go and before you come, I can tell you all the best spots for just about everything on this island, as I have been a local here for 25 years .. and counting. Its a minimum stay of 5 nights. 5 nights that I’m pretty sure you will find incredibly memorable. Please stay longer if you can, I think 10 days is the ideal.
The house has 4 bedrooms, and a TV room with 70″ big screen TV for when you want to catch the latest on Netflix.
- Access to two beaches: Steps to private beach on right, walk down hill to public beach on left
- 4 Bedrooms, 2 with Ensuites, 2 with shared bathroom.
- Seaview from every room
- Bath, Outdoor Spa Pool
- 2 Fireplaces, one indoor, one outdoor
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Internet, TV, smartphone connection to speakers
- Excellent fishing off the rocks below – its a secret spot for local fisherman. Rods available
- Spectacular coastal walk from the property
- 5 minutes drive to the village, ferry and cafes, 2 minutes to Mudbrick Restaurant
- Private, secure gate access accessible by code only
- Helicopter landings available on site with an additional charge of $200
The Owner’s Retreat accommodates a maximum of 8 guests and it is available for a minimum of 5 nights. A security deposit of $3000 will be required to book, this will be released at the end of the stay once the property has been checked.
Sorry no functions permitted.
America’s cup 2021:
America’s cup vantage point – looks at the course from the property.
Please inquire for rates and availability.
$3000 per night (5 night minimum)
50% of the accommodation costs are non-refundable under any circumstances should the booking not proceed.
If cancellation is more than 60 days before check in date 50% of the accommodation cost will be refunded.
If the booking is cancelled within the 60-day period no refund will be given.
Please ensure that you take out travel insurance to protect yourself from sickness or other incidences which may prevent your travel from going ahead.
No refund is given for early departure.
5 minutes drive from Matiatia ferry, 12 minutes drive from Kennedy Point Vehicular Ferry.
Car-hire is available at the Matiatia ferry terminal from Waiheke Rental Cars. Ph 372-8998, www.waihekerentals.co.nz
“We had 5 gorgeous days at the Mudbrick Owners Retreat in February. The property is very private with breathtaking views. The villa has large glass doors through out and when open become outdoor living space … so cool. Everything about the villa is spectacular. Just up the street, we visited the Mudbrick Winery and Restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves… a beautiful winery with great wine and food… and the view again …oh boy… just stunning!
Not only is the villa amazing, Jackie , the property manager, was equally fabulous. She met us at the house upon arrived and warmly welcomed us. She left fresh fruit and breakfast supplies which was much appreciated. She was so incredibly helpful during our stay from booking dinner reservations to arranging an entire day with a private driver for visits to several wineries, one where we had a particularly delicious lunch. We enjoyed every minute and cannot thank you enough Jackie! What a stupendous 3 days we had on Waiheke staying at the Mudbrick Owners Cottage! Can’t wait to come back!”
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Owner's Retreat Wedding Sarah and I wanted to say thank you so much for letting us stay and get married at Owner's Retreat. The house is just fabulous, the whole process was so simple and straightforward and you were very accommodating. Thank you all so much and I'm sure we will come back some day to enjoy it all over again! Ben & Sarah
Lovely cabin amidst vineyards. Great view and peaceful location. We loved it! Host was very friendly and thoughtful and Jill who welcomed us to the property could have have been more helpful ! We could not get our rental car on the ferry that was fully booked and she kindly picked us up and drove us to the property and even enquired for us about rental options on the island, thanks again !
Thank you for a lovely stay at what was a delightful cottage with superb views. Jill was very kind to forward on the couple of small items we left on the washing line.
We run a couple of holiday let properties back in the UK and so know how hard it is to keep them to the right standard.
Hi Imogen and team, Thank you very much for a perfect day on Friday 4 December. We thoroughly enjoyed it all, from the friendly welcome, wait staff, drinks on the terrace and of course superb food to follow. Thanks to all staff involved for making it the best end-of-year function for us at Viranda Holdings Ltd
Just a quick note to thank you all very much for a great day on Saturday. I loved it and my guests did too. Those who had been before said they never tire of it and those that hadn't wondered what had taken them so long. It was perfect and the sun even shone. So thank you and your team for all your/their work. Kind regards Megan