Arkles Bay beach­front bach wins gold

Rodney Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RENEE CLAYTON

A beach­front bach in north Auck­land has been crowned Book­abach’s Hos­pi­tal­ity Bach of the Year.

The two bed­room bach in Arkles Bay won gold in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion with 677 votes and pos­i­tive feed­back.

The new apart­ment has only been up and running since March and has al­ready had around 30 groups stay in it.

Owner Joanna White said she was hon­oured to have been recog­nised al­ready.

The apart­ment is sep­a­rated from the main house that Joanna and her hus­band Grant live in by large dou­ble garage.

‘‘It is in a great lo­ca­tion for peo­ple. Peo­ple can cross the road and en­joy sea views of Arkles Bay and out to Ran­gi­toto Is­land and it is close to the shop­ping mall, cin­ema, res­tau­rants, cafes, golf cour­ses, fer­ries and Snow Planet,’’ White said.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion a voter named Deborah said she loved her stay at the White’s bach.

‘‘The apart­ment is a wellplanned space, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and felt fresh and new. We in­stantly re­laxed on ar­rival and felt pam­pered by all the beau­ti­ful touches in­clud­ing the lovely soaps and bath linen. Grant and Joanna are lovely peo­ple and made us feel wel­come and at home,’’ Deborah said.

The Whites were orig­i­nally liv­ing in Point Che­va­lier when they de­cided to sell their home and move the bach.

‘‘My fa­ther built the bach that we had on the land 26 years ago so we de­cided to shift it out and build a new home. We wanted to add an apart­ment out the back to have com­pany, make an in­come and for friends and fam­ily to have a place to stay when they come and visit.

‘‘We have had a lot of great peo­ple stay here and ev­ery time I try and be as hos­pitable as pos­si­ble by giv­ing treats.’’

Joanna White

‘‘We love hav­ing the bach and have met some amaz­ing peo­ple and fam­i­lies from all over the world.’’

The other cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion were charm, de­sign, set­ting, fam­ily friendly, pet friendly, ur­ban and eco friendly.

The supreme win­ning bach was in Whanga­mata, Coro­man­del. To see vis­it­ba­choftheyear.co.nz book­abach.co.nz/baches-and­hol­i­day-homes/view/40231 more or

RENEE CLAYTON/STUFF

Joanna White’s bach wins gold.

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