Bach or holiday home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 4)
In October, 2013, Alistair and Jennifer Cochrane purchased the property and undertook extensive renovations. This has included the redevelopment and upgrade of The Cowshed for visitor accomodation.
JenniferCo19 purchased this Guest House in 2013
Why JenniferCo19 chose Waikino
The first settler in the property’s area was Mathew Kinsella, who in about 1876 took up the land ( five 50 acre blocks). He felled and pit-sawed kauri, made bricks and hand-made nails and ultimately built an 8 roomed wide halled house. He also built a slaughter house on the farm and established the first butchery business, supplying meat as far away as Waihi. He died in 1896, but his family carried on with the help of R. Cotter. Later they sent cream to the Paeroa Butter Factory. The farm was sold to the Luther and then the Curin family, who both continued to operate a dairy farm on the property. In 1982, the farm was sold to Patrick and Valerie Cotter. The farm used to “straddle” the road. The original farm house and some acreage were on one side of the road; the rest of the farm on the other . A herringbone cowshed -The Cowshed - was, and still is, located here. The farms’ loading race and yards were at the entrance of the property. The dairy herd accessed the milking shed and paddocks using an “under the road” tunnel and race which followed the area where the present driveway is. The milking shed continued its operations until 1995 . In 1995, the farm was subdivided by the Cotter family into three blocks, and were purchased by Allan and Judith Rogers, Alf and Robyn Teague, and Ken and Merrilyn Smith. Ken and Merrilyn Smith did not operate the cowshed. They ran a bull stud on the property. In approximately 1996, they converted the cowshed into independent living quarters for their elderly parent, who lived there permanently. In 2005, they sold the block to Mike and Billie Kindley. The Kindleys continued to use the cowshed building as permanent accommodation for their elderly parent. They planted a small avocado orchard towards the rear of the property and had some horses,beef cattle and sheep. The Kindleys relocated the loading race and put in 2 yards, which stand in their present position.
What makes this Guest House unique
Enjoy The Cowshed experience, great for family getaways, walking holidays, a romantic escape or just to experience rural New Zealand. Experience life on a small working farm.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Restricted to maximum of 8 people.
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Large parties ( 8 + people) are not allowed at The Cowshed without prior written consent of the owners.
Due to the farm animals on the property, fireworks are not allowed.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A a perfect spot for a lovely weekend
A perfect spot for a Mums special birthday weekend.
Thankyou you so much for every thoughtful detail, we had a lovely time
Kind regards Chris riley
Lovely relaxing few days, well appointed and great location
Perfect for a relaxing break
Stylish property in a beautiful and relaxing location. Highly recommended!
Great place to stay, has everything you need, extremely clean and tidy. Would stay again and recommend to others. Dealing with the Lisa was also a breeze, and she replied to all messages in a timely manner. No issues what so ever. If you want a great place to stay this is it.
Quirky, beautiful retreat
Fabulous setting for a relaxing break away from it all, but near enough to shops and cafes. Loved the outdoor bath area and cosy house. Only negative would be the twin bedroom was tiny and separate to the main house which might be a problem if you have young children. It was also very hot in there!
A stunning retreat in a stunning location.
A stunning retreat in a stunning location. Would highly recommend to any one wanting some peace and quiet not too far from town. Everything you could need has been thought of so that you can just sit back and relax.
There are various short walks or strolls in the Karangahake Gorge or Waihi you can take which show case the native bush, rivers and streams and former and present gold mine workings.
Cycle the Hauraki Rail Trails....... all the Hauraki Rail trails are fantastic and a great day's activity for all the family to enjoy. A 10 minute cycle from The Cowshed will take you to one of the many entry points to the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Situated minutes away is the village of Waikino featuring: Victoria Battery Tramway and Museum, Memorial Wall, Waikino Hotel, Goldfields Railway &
Waikino Railway Café .
Waihi is approximately 10 minutes away. “Once a gold town, always a gold town. Since 1878, Waihi has been on a treasure hunt. Come and see the richest gold mine in New Zealand….. Martha Mine Pit Rim Walk, Cornish Pumphouse, Waihi Gold Mine Tours, Gold Discovery Centre ....
Everything that the beautiful and vibrant village of Waihi Beach has to offer is only a 20 minute drive away. There you will find a selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, a weekend market and local events. Cafes our guests have enjoyed include Flat White or try a homemade icecream at the Waihi Beach Hotel. Soak in the hot pools at the Athenree Hot Springs or at the Waihi Beach Top Ten.
The Waihi Golf Course is a hidden gem of Waikato golf courses. It is surrounded by a region of lush, green hills and farmland. Its only a hop, skip and a jump (10mins drive) from The Cowshed to the Waihi Golf Course.
* Sundaise Festival
* The Nugget
* Echo Walking Festival
* Beach Hop
* Waikino Arts Festival
* Waihi Beach Surf Carnival ( New Years Day)
* Bowentown Boating and Fishing Club host numerous fishing competitions throughout the year.
The Cowshed is centrally located between Paeroa (15 minutes) and Waihi ( 10 minutes). Waihi Beach is a mere 20 minute drive away.