Bach or holiday home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 14) plus 2 dbl sofa beds
Having farmed dairy cows, cattle and maize in the Waikato for 25 years we moved to Lake Okareka in 2015 to farm deer and cattle together with a small forestry block. We still have a maize growing property in the Waikato and so we travel between the 2 farms regularly.
Fran purchased this House in 2015
Why Fran chose Lake Okareka
The Red Barn was built in 2010 by the previous owners of the property , having developed it for the purpose of holiday accommodation for their own visitors as well as paying guests. Managing the Red Barn works great with our farming activities as it is situated on the farm at Lake Okareka just 200 metres down the road from our farmhouse.
What makes this House unique
We love the setting of the Red Barn, which is a rural location with a backdrop of native and pine trees. It has an extensive grassed area around the Barn which is fully fenced with a secure shed to keep bikes, kayaks and other outdoor gear safe and there's plenty of space for vehicles , boats and children!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No parties/events - Strictly no parties. Strictly no parties.
No smoking - Outside onlyOutside only
Max guests: 14 (sleeps up to 14 adults) - 2 double sofa beds will accommodate 4 extra guests2 double sofa beds will accommodate 4 extra guests
- Linen Option - please indicate in the Comments section if you would like me to provide sheets, pillowslips and towels @ $20 per guest per stay.
- Sorry this is not a party venue.
- Sorry no access to surrounding paddocks.
Perfect slice of heaven
Was a great stay. Great communication and flexibility with our stay. Would love to come again. :)
Thank you for your feedback and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay. I really appreciate you leaving the Red Barn so clean and tidy! Thank you. I'd love to welcome you back another time :)
This Property was amazing! Organised, clean and tidy with everything you need. The owner makes everything so easy and nothing was an issue. We had a fantastic stay and would recommend for a peaceful fun getaway.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your lovely comments AND for leaving the property so clean and tidy 😀
Too many interruptions
We have stayed here a couple of times before and it is a great property. However, this time I found it extremely frustrating that we had so many interruptions which we felt the owners could have managed better. In less than 2 days we had 5 visitors including one knocking on the door before 7am! The owners turned up twice, someone from the council and the fire extinguisher tester. This was disappointing as we specifically choose places which are remote and isolated to try to get a real break.
Oh gosh, I am so so sorry! Was it the tree contractors who knocked on your door so early? I had no idea. And I’m sorry about me calling twice.... the first time was just a friendly hi as it was your third visit and I thought it would be nice to meet you, and check the changed spa water was up to temp. Most returning guests ask me to pop in. I’ll be more careful future. And the 2nd visit was to meet the fire extinguisher person to ensure the extinguishers are up to safety standard for our guests. I’ll ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again during the busy summer season. Huge apologies to you and your family.
Great property for groups of people. We had a such wonderful stay thank you for a family wedding. Spa was awesome to have. Only comment I would make is, we found the additional person costs expensive and the linen charges.
Thank you for your feedback. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the spa pool! I'm sorry you found the extra charges expensive for guest numbers above the base rate fee for 6. I will check and compare with other properties thanks. I do charge extra for linen because it takes a lot of time (2.5 hrs) to provide all clean linen and change the duvet covers so that it's fresh for each group of guests. However this is why I provide the option for guests to choose and bring their own linen as I know it can be a costly extra for some. I do appreciate your feedback though. Thank you.
This was a perfect place for our extended family. The accommodation has been purpose built as a holiday home, and was easy to live in. It is really well presented and in a rural setting with bush nearby. The lake is too far away for the toddlers to get to without us noticing, but close enough that we could walk there easily. Comfortable beds and furnishings plus a great kitchen. We loved it.
Thank you Kay for your lovely comments. I’m glad the Red Barn worked out well for your stay. I really appreciate how clean and tidy you left the property. Hope to see you again!