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Beech Bach Beachside Haven + Car

Tiny home
hosted by Sue
  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1.5 baths
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Beech Bach, Paterson Inlet, is a 1 bedroom bach for one couple or single. No children. Includes use of car (fuel extra) and transfers;well equipped kitchen with basic supplies; linen and toiletries .
Guests love the superb views of Paterson Inlet and wildlife, kitchen, coziness and quirky touches.
The laundry and toilet are accessed through a semi-enclosed back porch area (sensor light goes on at night).
The bach faces south. It is possible to see Aurora and amazing views of the Milky Way.

The space
**Cancellations - if cancellations result due to Covid level changes we will refund any cancellation fees paid to us and do our best to get a refund from Air BnB for any other penalties. Our preference is to amend the dates of the booking and credit any fees to the new booking

Beech Bach is a traditional beachfront tiny house (bach or crib) that doesn't feel so tiny.

Many people will only visit Stewart Island once in their lives. Most people don't know what to expect beforehand. It is extremely important to us that all our guests enjoy their stay and know what to expect from their accommodation in a bach/crib/cabin, so please read this description before booking.

If there is anything at all not up to standard please let us know as soon as possible. Our managers, Fiona and Heath during the spring/summer/autumn, and ourselves on and off over winter and other times of the year, are committed to the best stay possible.

ACCESS - 22 steps from the road/car park.

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

TOILET and LAUNDRY- attached to the main building and accessed through a semi-enclosed covered porch area. Sensor lights switch on and off automatically at night.

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. It has a wool duvet and a feather duvet and a selection of pillows.

HEATING -diesel heater in main building. All windows double glazed. Windows facing the road have blinds.

SUPPLIES- a range teas, coffee (plunger and instant);basic cooking supplies (oil, seasonings, flour, sugar, milk, herbs and spices, soy sauce, vinegar)

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

TV - Freeview and DVDs.

COMPUTER- large touchscreen with a folder of photos from the pre renovation days.
PICNIC PACK - a small day pack with blanket and picnic utensils.

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.

AURORA AUSTRALIS - It is mostly unpredictable. However, if you plan a trip with the best chance to view winter nights are longer, check the moon phases the darker the sky the better.

SEAFOOD - local cod, mussels, salmon and sometimes crayfish are available at the South Sea Hotel. The Kai Kart does mussels and cod. Fishing charters are available. 4 Square has frozen cod.

FOOD & DINING OUT- the local 4 Square has a good range of supplies although can be limited seasonally. If you have any special requirements we suggest you bring them. The 4 Square and Hotel both have alcohol available. The South Seas Hotel has dining in the restaurant and bar. We recommend booking. The Kai Kart has takeaways and outdoor seating. Fin & Feather has takeaways with a menu including duck fat potatoes, arancini balls and specialties such as venison. The bach has basic supplies including flour, seasonings, oil, vinegar, soy sauce and rice.

ACTIVITIES - the island is busy over summer and traditionally quiet in winter when many operators take a break. We recommend checking any particular activities for availability and booking.

MEDICAL-There is a first aid kit supplied and a nurse on the island. If you use supplies from it such as band aids please replenish. There is no doctor and no hospital. Emergency care may require helicopter evacuation.

WILDLIFE - Dolphins, sea lions, penguins, sea birds, and bush birds including tui, kaka, kereru, piwakawaka, koromiko and kiwi have all been seen from the bach.

SMOKING AND VAPING - Please don't smoke or vape inside. Extra cleaning charges may apply.

ALCOHOL - guests are welcome to BYO. There is a selection of glassware, fridge with icebox and ice tray, and a corkscrew. Please take the screw caps off empty bottles before recycling.

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

HAZARDS - please take care on the steps especially in the dark. The lights come on but may take a few seconds. They work on heat as well as movement so it you are well rugged up your body heat may not be detected. Removing a hat should do it. There is a rechargeable torch with red cover for wildlife spotting. Please recharge it.
While the diesel heater outlet is legally the correct distance from opening windows we do recommend keeping both the bedroom and living area windows closed when the heater is running.

BREAKAGES- accidents happen. If you break something please let us know so that it can be replaced or fixed. We reserve the right to charge should damage be intentional, negligent, malicious or inappropriate use.

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.

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 The island supply is under pressure so your assistance in reducing demand is appreciated. 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.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed

What this place offers

Bay view
Sea view
Beach access – Beachfront
Free street parking
Free washer – In building
Private patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed

Where you’ll be

Oban, New Zealand

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.

7 nights in Oban

Oct 21, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022

4.92 out of 5 stars from 142 reviews

Hosted by Sue

Joined in November 2013
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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…

During your stay

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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