The single bedroom has a comfortable single bed with an electric blanket. A generous wing chair faces the ranch-slider view of lawn and trees. The writing desk and straight chair are also suitable for a laptop or tablet. There's a generous closet and chest of drawers with tilting mirror. Personal fan for hot weather and electric heater for any chill. Opening windows face in 3 directions and all have mosquito screens. A small electric jug allows for ad lib tea or instant coffee.
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I sailed from San Diego in January 1969 and for two years cruised through the Pacific islands moving steadily toward New Zealand. I was 31 when we bought the cottage at the far corner of the original farm. I taught General Science in local high schools. I inducted 11,000 employees to the Marsden Point Expansion project and then sailed (on a cutter we built) as far north as Kodiak Island, Alaska. Over the years I've been a keen gardener -- flowers and fruit-- while my husband grew vegetables and built things. I am an occasional poet and frequent writer. Precious little of it for money I'm afraid. After 30 years in the cottage my husband was struck with a desire to build a "round" house, ala the Albert Hall, higher on the farm-- the Octagon is the result. I was widowed 13 years ago. Adjusting to my solitude led to building the Studio in which I live. I became more involved in community concerns and am now the national president of the political party Social Credit NZ. ( But I promise not to talk about that! ) Employer's references are an interesting source of insight into one's character. I've been described as "Making things happen" by one and "Smoothing personal interactions with humour" by another. With reflection I realize both things are true. I can't imagine life without the bubbles of laughter. We had no children but imported a teenage niece needing a home. Through her I now have 4 grandnieces, three of whom have children. They all think I'm Nana. I'm a skilled seamstress and cook. I make an especially wicked lemon meringue pie. I love music and occasionally sing for my own amusement. I began learning ballroom dancing in 2012 (at 72). I particularly enjoy quick step, jive and chacha. Lessons twice a week are my only formal fitness program. Most other talents and hobbies now take a back seat to the dreaded computer and telephone-- as I pursue my political responsibilities. BUT my days are more interesting and fun with visitors in them.
Owner purchased this Bed And Breakfast in 1971
Why Owner chose Ngunguru
Most people who live or visit here remark that the place is very Spiritual. Or serene. It gives me a strong sense of connection to the earth. That connection is increased by the presence of wonderful trees that I planted as hopeful twigs. I am dreadfully homesick when I go away. An early decision, after becoming a widow, was to put the entire property under QEII covenant-- to keep it safe. It can not be further built on or subdivided. If we stop mowing the lawn and pruning the trees the forest will reclaim it all. The light, weather, stars and birds all add constant variety while the foundation remains reassuringly unchanged. One feels safe here.
What makes this Bed And Breakfast unique
As a base this spot offers the chance to dip in and out of the bustle in the coastal towns according to your appetites. It represents comfortable accommodation for one at a cost for one. There are bush walks on the property, spots where you might picnic. If you travel with a kayak the river below us offers perfect entry and beautiful exploring. If you are here to visit friends or do business Mary (in the Octagon) can provide a catered dinner for 4 at a price dependent on the menu. If you are looking for a place to be alone -- to think, to create, to heal -- this small room and abundant nature will serve you very well.