The Family Bach - Cable Bay

Bach or holiday home | Cable Bay | #11358

9.4/10 (38 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking

Description

The Wrathall family were amongst the first European settlers in Doubtless Bay. Mangonui Streets and historic buildings bear their name. After many prosperous years, when the whalers moved on and the demand for kauri gum waned, the family and their business interests moved to Auckland.

Generations on, the Wrathall’s connection with their family’s Northland heritage remained. In the early 1950s a section near the top of Cable Bay’s Seaview Road was selected as the site for the family’s new holiday bach.

Although no longer owned by the original Wrathall settler family, several years ago they faced a dilemma. Bulldoze the old bach and build a grand house like the homes it sits amongst or work with the shell of the 50’s place? A place loaded with memories of laughter, tall fishing tales and sweltering family Christmases.

Fortunately she wasn’t flattened but she is a shadow of her former self. The practical aspects of the design were retained. Original features were given a new life. The character hasn’t been filled and sanded out of the repolished native timber floors.

The gutted bach interior was rebuilt with appointments you might expect to find in a modern apartment. With details that hark back to the 50’s like quality vintage furniture recovered in fresh modern fabrics. There are clip on transparent vinyl panels to child-proof the deck railings.

60 years ago, the site for The Family Bach was selected for 2 reasons. It was a short safe walk from the ice-creams and pink sand of Cable Bay and had a grandstand panoramic view out over sparkling Doubtless Bay. That hasn’t changed.

There’s a flat screen Freeview TV, unlimited wireless broadband, modern appliances, chrome and glass bathroom and crisp clean linen. But there is also a really neat original Kiwi bach feel to The Family Bach too. I’m sure you’ll sense it.

Special conditions:

The base tariff is for 2 people. Additional people: an extra $20 each per night

Pets by Negotiation - Please advise when enquiring

Smoking outside only

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay); Linen (included);

Facilities

  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 3

    2 x Single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Queen bed

Availability

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*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (47)

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  • The Family Bach was a joy to stay in; nice decor, good...

    The Family Bach was a joy to stay in; nice decor, good size and a lovely deck with everything you need when you are on holiday. The location was great, close to all amenities including short drives to other locations such as Mangonui and Kari Kari Peninsula. Close to the beach but elevated enough to have a magnificent view. Will definitely be back!

    AmyRobinson 100%|2x Feb 2013

  • The Bach was just fantastic! Extremely well equipped and recently renovated with...

    The Bach was just fantastic! Extremely well equipped and recently renovated with stunning 180 degree views of the bay. Only thing to note is that it sleeps 6 but seats only 4 people. Highly recommended.

    ginnst493 100%|2x Feb 2013

  • Home from home

    Home from home. Everything you could need and comfortable. Plenty of space, well equipped and comfy, but smart, furniture. Fabulous views. We loved staying here an excellent base for a holiday. Lovely beaches around

    SteveMo3 100%|3x Nov 2012

  • Positive, lovely property, great views, and David friendly and flexible about our...

    Positive, lovely property, great views, and David friendly and flexible about our 'check in' and 'check out' times.

    AlexiaV 100%|1x Apr 2012

  • This property was in excellent order, as neat as a pin

    This property was in excellent order, as neat as a pin. It is about a 5 minute walk via a steep road to the beach. Lovely views from deck and well equipped, though it would have been nice to have had a few more wine glasses!

    craier602 100%|2x Feb 2012

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