About this listing
We welcome you to the beautiful suburb of Titirangi, "The Fringe of Heaven". Your accommodation is a lovely self contained caravan plus awning in our garden bordered by a bush reserve and stream. Close to the city, yet far away from it all!
While staying at Willowbrook, you have your own separate accommodation in a fully self contained caravan plus awning situated in our back garden, which borders a bush reserve and stream. You have WIFI, TV and DVD player, fridge, plus all the essentials for cooking meals and of course your own bathroom with shower. The beds can be kept as two singles or can easily be configured as a double. If you prefer not to cook, an evening meal can be provided for $10 per head. Please give 24 hours notice if you require this. Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, fruit and muesli is provided on arrival. We have other basic accommodation available and are also happy for extra people to bring their own tent. Please discuss this option with us if required. Price negotiable. You are close to Titirangi village for your art and cafe fix and Glen Eden for train access to Auckland city.
You have access to all areas of our garden including our spacious deck, complete with table tennis table! The deck is partly undercover so you can enjoy that glass of wine outside, no matter what the weather, soaking up the gorgeous atmosphere here at Willowbrook. With your own access way to the caravan, you can come and go as you please.
Interaction with guests
I am a singer and tennis instructor and Gerry is a full time musician. We are usually home during the day, so we are often on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer tips about the areas to discover in the beautiful Waitakere ranges. We welcome all guests, those who would prefer their own privacy and those who would like to embrace being part of our home and family here in Willowbrook. For those who want a night out in the city, Gerry drives to Auckland CBD a guaranteed 4 nights a week so you can tap in to the free taxi service there and back! We are also available for guided trips (minimum 2 people): A half day tour of the stunning Waitakeres, which takes in the Arataki Visitor Centre, with amazing views over the Manukau Harbour and interesting displays and info about the West Coast. We then head out to the spectacular Kare Kare beach with its soaring cliffs and wild surf, you feel like you have been transported back in time. Then a short stroll to the beautiful waterfall, the perfect spot to enjoy a cuppa. Enjoying the unique indigenous flora and fauna as we go, we then head to the breathtaking Piha: $110 per person (this includes snacks and tea and coffee). A half day tour of Auckland City, which includes Auckland's most famous volcano - Mt Eden, offering 360 degree views of the city, a drive down Queen Street (the city's main street), then on to the lovely historic village of Parnell, then head along Tamaki Drive taking in the amazing views of Rangitoto Island before reaching Mission Bay, Auckland's most well known beach. Then we head over the Harbour Bridge, enjoying the vista of sails on the Waitemata Harbour, and visit the gorgeous marine village of Devonport and head up Mt Victoria for another awesome view! $110 per person (including snacks and tea and coffee). Or why not do both in one day for $185 per person (including lunch, snacks and tea and coffee). Please mention your interest in any of these options in your initial contact so we can check our availability on the dates you request.
Our neighbourhood is at "The Fringe of Heaven", the gorgeous Titirangi but only a 20 minute drive to downtown Auckland. Close to the amazing west coast beaches of Kare Kare, made famous in the film The Piano, and Piha, a popular surf beach, Titirangi is well known for it's great cafe culture and the wonderful Lopdell House, (home of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery, Titirangi Theatre and the new and fabulous Deco Eatery). With so many beautiful places to visit and awesome tracks in the Waitakere ranges, visitors to the area are never short of things to do.
We are only a 20 minute drive from the city and 20 minute drive from the airport. The train station at Glen Eden is only a 20 minute walk away (or 3 minute drive) and bus stops are easily accessible just on the main road off the cul de sac. Guests also have use of 2 bicycles during your stay, which can be taken on the train. We can also be your taxi service for a small charge, if we are free at the time (please ask), or alternatively, we can recommend a taxi company if required. We can offer airport pick ups and drop offs for $32 one way if we are available. Earliest pick up/drop off time is 9.30am. Last pick up/drop off time of the day is 4pm (please request this option in advance so we can confirm our availability).
Other things to note
We are a family of four with two young boys aged 6 and 4. We respect guests' privacy, but please note that we do share the garden space and so there will be times (especially in the summer) when our children will be playing out there. We also have a cottage next door that we permanently rent out, which is fully fenced but we'd appreciate that their space is not encroached upon.
It is important to us that guests can relax, unwind and feel at home staying here at Willowbrook. Whatever your reason for staying, we welcome all visitors who respect our home and family. Smoking is outside only and no pets allowed.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
For many years now, Gerry and I have been host to travellers of all nationalities and backgrounds and have now decided to be a part of the Airbnb family. I am a singer and tennis instructor and Gerry is a musician. We have two boys aged 6 and 4. I am originally from Devon, England and Gerry is from Glasgow, Scotland. Along with the music and tennis, I also love kayaking, walking and tea, and Gerry is in to football, cycling and coffee! Our boys enjoy all these things too (except the tea and coffee of course!) We also love entertaining, enjoying good wine, good beer and good company. A game of table tennis or petanque is a common occurrence at Willowbrook! We enjoy time at home, day trips out and family holidays in New Zealand. Gerry and I have both travelled in the past and love hearing stories from friends and visitors about their experiences around the world. We are looking forward to this new venture with Airbnb and welcoming people to Willowbrook.