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HI Kathy,

I was sorry not to meet you when you were at Kerr Street as I want to compliment you on your fabulous property and the way in which you present it for guests.

We have had a lovely stay, and all of us agree we would go back to KSV in a heartbeat for another holiday. We found the situation met all our needs - the ferry rides interested the kids, we had access to good walks to North Head, Cheltenham Beach and up Mount Victoria every night ... after a few days the kids became very proficient at riding down the the side of that mountain/hill on pieces of cardboard.  We had a ball!

We have all agreed we will be back.  Last night we stayed in Parnell for our last night after touring down to Napier and Rotorua. Last night we went for a walk to the Parnell Rose Garden and found a spot overlooking the docks - we spotted KSV from a distance and all wanted to be there instead of on the other side of the water.
our girls adored the pebbled courtyard and underfloor heating Gabriella thought it was a fairy leaving the chocolates under her pillow!!! We love Bayswater Cottage - thanks so much for everything


A belated thank-you for our stay in Auckland at Norwood. We greatly enjoyed the house and your additional touches were also appreciated, as was the ease of dealing with you! 


Hi Kathy, Thanks for everything!! It was PERFECT and you are wonderful too.  Call me if you need anything!!!      

We stayed in this cottage for 1 week in march  This is a lovely cottage with lots of character and charm. The Host Kathy could not do enough for us and even put an Easter Egg hunt on for our 3 children as we arrived on Easter Sunday. Bayswater is a lovely sleepy little community but close enough to Auckland which can be reached by the 10 min ferry crossing. Did not want to leave, could of stayed forever!!! The Darraugh Family


What a lovely time we had here!! Great comfy beds, cosy fireplace, our girls adored the pebbled courtyard and underfloor heating!! Gabriella thought it was a fairy leaving the chocolates under her pillow!!! We love Bayswater Cottage - thanks so much for everything

(From Visitors Book - Willis Family - United Kingdom)

After a long flight from the U.K. this was the perfect place to stay and unwind.  This has given us a great start to our new life in New Zealand. Weather has been good since we arrived and now looking forward to the Summer - Thanks Kathy and also for being such a great host  (From Visitors Book - Steve and Elaine)


Kia Ora Kathy - Thank You with all our hearts for the most beautiful stay.   


I am sorry I didn't get to meet you Kathy - from your house you can tell that she is a great person

This is so charming and comfortable place - made us feel like we were at home - so thanks a lot for this place and all the good care you took.  We will be back - 
Lovely cottage - thanks for the little extras!!!  Been around 2 islands in 5 weeks - this really was the best accommodation we stayed in - gorgeous 

Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for letting us stay at Bayswater Cottage. It has been a lovely three days!! Arriving here was fantastic - we had come straight from a week staying with 8 adults, 10 kids, l bathroom and a very sandy beach - it was wonderful to walk into a sparkling clean bathroom and have a lovely shower.  All the little touches you did for us were so nice,  A___ jumped straight on the little car and has not stoppped playing with the cash register.  C___ and I got fabulous sleeps as we were able to put C___ in the portacot, not to mention that this little house is easy to sleep in - it is so nice.  I can't thank you enought - what a lovely holiday .  (Guests that stayed at Bayswater Cottage  - January 

October 26th

Thank you so much for all you did prior to our arrrival at Labour weekend - The chocolates, mineral water, light left on and music playing made the cottage so inviting.  We loved staying here and it certainly is a great location - look forward to coming here again.  


Absolutely fantastic, Enjoyed every moment here and treats were yummy!!  Thanks so much Kathy XX Radio on to come into was lovely & Beach Comber book Interesting                     October, 29th

Dear Kathy, Thank you so much for being such an adorable host and for giving us the cosiest home in the world. We felt like home from the first second and you were so wonderful and always helpfulEg: when we had some problems with the internet etc.  We will really miss you and our little Kerr Street home!!                            
Hi Kathy,
Thanks again for a lovely stay at Bayswater Cottage - as usual absolutely immaculate - we look forward to staying again in February,                                                                                                            
Hi Kathy...
I would like to say the stay has been absolutely wonderful. You would have to be the best host we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.. Given I made a major boo boo with the dates and your fixing it to ensure we go in yesterday told me you are one in a million.                                                                                                                                      
Kathy is absolutely fantastic! I don't know what we would have done without her and we are so happy to be staying with Devonport Holiday Houses again over the holidays! ♥     

Comments from AirBNB

  • January 2016

  • We stayed at this home for 14 nights over Christmas / NYE 2016. The listing description was not accurate. The home was much better than described! The home was nothing short of amazing and super clean! The owners decorated it so well that it felt warm and homely. It was a home away from home. My wife loved everything about the home. My family spent a lot of time in the kitchen for home cooked meals. My children loved the pool, jacuzzi and trampoline. At the end of our trip, my wife and children didn't want to leave this home. Devonport is an amazing and cute village. The home was a 10 min walk from the village center and a 2 min walk to a pier w/ jump platform / beach. Devonport had everything we needed and more. Takapuna was a short drive away from the home that provided more food, shopping and entertainment. Kathy was great through our whole experience from pre-booking to booking to our actual visit. She has great customer service skills and quickly responded to all of my questions/needs.

    What Julian thought you could improve about the experience:
    perfect host.

    January 2016

  • A very nice, spacious and pleasant house, near Devonport cafes, restaurants and ferry, 7 mn walk. near Takapuna and Auckland city by car. Everything was perfect I really would recommend this place.


  • A lovely home on the water north of Auckland. Nicely decorated and in a peaceful neighborhood. Perfect for a quiet retreat. Would be happy to stay again.

    December 2015

  • The place was grate. Kathy was really easy to work with. The neighbors were really nice. Nice a close to every thing you need.

    December 2015

  • First of all, it is A view for sure. and clean and tidy house, high quality bed very comfortable. So my evaluation is A+


    November 2015

  • Had a lovely stay, very well-presented and just like the photos. Beds are super comfy. Even with the attached neighbouring flat, it was very private and comfortable. Really appreciated the welcome sign, flowers and chocolate. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Very nice studio, was clean and had everything we needed. Were made to feel very welcome by the owners.  We would definitely recommend to others.

    November 2015

  • Bayswater Cottage is the perfect place to stay if you're visiting Auckland. Being in Devonport it's centrally located with easy access to the North Shore suburbs and a short ferry trip into the city. The cottage itself is beautiful, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and fully furnished. We could not have hoped for better. Kathy was fantastic throughout the booking process, answering the many questions I had about the cottage and also about Auckland, having not visited there before. Lucy, the manager of the property, stays next door, and was also unbelievable in helping us out with various things during our stay.


    November 2015

  • The contact with Kathy leading up to my stay and the help she provided was fantastic, and when I arrived at the house everything was exactly as she had said! It is a beautiful house in a glorious setting, and I felt very comfortable. Facilities great, public transport (with a little bit of a walk) good. A great spot. Thanks!

    What Heather loved about your listing:
    Beautiful house, great setting, public transport (with a little bit of a walk) good.

    What Heather thought you could improve about the experience:
    The service provided by Kathy was excellent. No improvement required!

    November 2015

  • The owner of this Victoria Studio (Diane) left a welcome message on the door and there was a note inside to familiarise me with the Studio. Diane popped in to see me and check whether I needed anything. The Studio is as described and was a perfect base for me. It is within easy walking distance to Devonport Village. I highly recommend Victoria Studio to anyone wishing to stay on the North Shore.

  • We loved our stay at Whispering Tides. Kathy and her team took care of us from the moment we made contact. The accommodation is a lovely place in a peaceful part of the bay with lots of outdoor space to relax and enjoy the views. Bayswater ferry port is a short 10 minute walk away, providing easy access to Auckland City. There are also plenty of local shops nearby. On arrival (after a very long flight) we were delighted to find fresh bread, milk and other essentials (including wine and cold beer) waiting for us. Every last detail had been considered by our hosts; even to the extent that a magic fairy put our rubbish out on collection day. Extremely thoughtful hosts, it was very much appreciated - thanks!


    October 2015

  • Place was gorgeous, as advertised. Very comfy bed and amazing shower. Gorgeous surroundings and cute little town, that is a short walk away. Easy to ferry to Auckland. Kathy was great with communication and coped with our arrival being delayed until midnight. Highly recommended!! Great value for money. We would love to stay again!! Thanks Kathy!!! :)


    September 2015

  • Lovely studio, immaculately tidy and well presented, would recommend.

    August 2015

  • this is a very lovely room ,and everything is perfect , kathy even preparir jucie ,fruit and milk for us ,so comfortable and nice .

  • We had a great time in Devonport thanks to Kathy! Its a very cosy village, perfect to explore Auckland and the surroundings. The place is very cosy and contains everything you need for a great stay!

    August 2015

  • Thank you so much Kathy, we had the most wonderful week at the Beresford Cottage! The location was fantastic, the house warm and spacious, with everything we needed for a family holiday. The Ferry to the city was easy walking distance away, and Devonport just a few minutes drive for waterfront strolls. Kathy was even gracious enough to let us have a birthday party for our two year old - complete with trampoline... We have found our Auckland home away from home, thank you so! xx

    July 2015

  • Our stay was delightful in this hidden abode in Bayswater. It was just what we needed while we staying in Auckland for a conference. There was plenty of room and it was a very cosy environment. Everything we needed was there and Kathy made sure our stay was hassle free.


    July 2015

  • The house itself is flawless, it just makes you feel like home even it was our first time to visit NZ. Comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen and laundry, warmly decorated interior... everything you need is here, and the actual house is just much better than those shown in the photos here. It would be your kids' paradise as there is a huge kids corner with tons of toys, definitely can keep you little ones busy. the neighbourhood is lovely, just a 10 mins relaxing walk along the shore and you will reach the town with supermarket, shops and all sorts of delicious cuisine. Last but not least, Kathy is such an amazing host that patiently awaited and warmly welcomed us even we were late because of the delayed flight. And she is very proactive to communicate with us couple of weeks before we arrive and make sure we know everything we need. Thanks Kathy, and we will definitely come back!


    July 2015

  • I really enjoyed staying in Kerr St. The apartment was very well supplied, the facilities are excellent and it has a lovely character. Kathy was extremely hospitable and respectful of the guest's privacy, and although I didn't need her assistance with anything, I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem.

    June 2015

  • What more can we add to the already amazing reviews for Whispering Tides.......? From the moment I sent Kathy my initial email right the way through to our arrival everything was seamless and easy. And then we saw the apartment and "Those" views. WOW! The apartment is a gentle 10 minute stroll from Bayswater ferry terminal which is in turn a very pleasurable short trip to the main Auckland ferry terminal. What a great way to get around! Auckland is unquestionably beautiful and demands time and lots of it in order to do it justice. We will have to return! We have only one 'gripe' and that has nothing to do with the accommodation. Well not directly. The gripe we have is that we didn't have long enough there! We will have to return, to not only Auckland but hopefully to Whispering Tides assuming it is vacant. Given the views and niceness of the whole accommodation we will have to book early!

  • The Cowper Cottage is very clean and pleasant. It has everything that you need and is very well decorated. It is comfortable and has all the appliances, including washing machine, a large flat TV, video games (great for children), etc. When we arrived there was no instructions about wi-fi connection, and we only got that from the owners, two days later. We really needed internet because we were moving to New Zealand and internet connection was essential. The family that lives above is very discrete and receptive. They have adorable children. My 10 y.o. daughter was delighted in meeting them. We recommend the place very much.  But, the children living in the house above wake up really early (sometimes before 6 AM) and the wooden floor may be a little noisy. In this case, if you intend to sleep till noon, maybe this won't be the best option. Kathy was very helpful and kind. She helped us out with our proof of address so we could activate our recently opened bank account. We arrived very early and didn't have any issues with an early check-in. We stayed there for 2 weeks and it was very pleasant. We want to thank Kathy and the family for being so kind!


    April 2015

  • Bayswater Cottage was fantastic - a lovely quiet hideaway from the hustle and bustle but close enough to the city by ferry. We especially enjoyed the open fire to warm ourselves after a wet day! And Kathy and Lucy were brilliant - made the extra effort to make our time special and comfortable, including providing toys for our little daughter and showing us around the local area. A home away from home!

    April 2015

  • A lovely stay in a perfect cottage. Location suited us well, away from the hustle of downtown Auckland but only a short ferry ride away from the action. The hosts were very accommodating, especially as we booked at the last minute. Would certainly stay again.

    April 2015

  • We had originally booked our stay at the Victoria Studio but it turned out to be double booked. No worries. Kathy quickly arranged for us to stay at the Stanleigh Cottage instead. This is a lovely one bedroom cottage in a quiet neighborhood backing up to a park. It is beautifully and stylishly appointed, immaculate, and charming. The owners who live on the property were warm, welcoming, and friendly. We loved being inDevonport for our last two nights in New Zealand.

    What Roger loved about your listing:
    We enjoyed the decor, the privacy, and the convenient location, along with easy parking. In addition to a comfortable sitting room, there is a nice deck for outside dining.

    What Roger thought you could improve about the experience:
    It would be nice to have a large mirror, perhaps inthe bedroom. There is only one small shaving mirror.

    March 2015

  • Bayswater Cottage is located in a quiet leafy residential area and the pictures on line correctly depicts the property just as it is. Its only a 10 minute drive to Devenport and from there a quick ferry ride to Auckland city center. If you get the ferry timings right then it should take about 30 minutes to get from the property to Auckland city. We found Kathy an excellent host. She was very prompt with all my questions prior to the booking.

    What Pri loved about your listing:
    Bayswater Cottage was more conveniently located than we originally thought it was. It was also good on the two days we were there the property was not used for the office as it is done normally.

    March 2015

  • Fabulous, fabulous place! Relaxing, all the appointment s, super comfy bed, lovely sourdough bread and preserves, and THAT view from the bedroom with the french doors open!!

    March 2015

  • Kathy is the one managing Airbnb for the owners of Victoria Studio. Kathy responded very quick and polite. The owner of Victoria Studio, Dianne and her family were veri nice people, and we enjoyed staying at the place. It is a nice studio placed seperate in the private garden, and Dianne and family are Kiwi´s when they are best. We will recomend the place to others traveling in this area.

    February 2015

  • Fantastic location, clean and tidy. Great host friendly prompt response.

  • We had a wonderful stay at 'Merani with views'! The house and garden are beautiful and we felt very much at home there, especially our toddler, who thought all her xmases had come at once, with the trampoline, swing, playhouse, sandpit AND beach with a playground! We appreciated the little touches the hosts had left to make us feel welcome- being able to wake up our first morning and have coffee/tea etc and not have to buy a whole plethora of things to use once or twice. Plus the kitchen was a great pleasure to cook in! I highly recommend the house, and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

    January 2015

  • Kathy really made us feel welcome and everything was laid on nicely for us. any queries we had were answered quickly. The house itself is lovely. We and our children felt quickly at home. What a spot - quiet and seconds from the beach, with the shops of Devonport not far away.

    What Greg loved about your listing:
    This our first air bnb experience so appreciated having a host who knew the ropes!

    What Greg thought you could improve about the experience:
    Maybe some instructions for the hot tub. We managed to change some settings so it started blowing the fuse and switching off.

    December 2014

  • Gorgeous place to stay with lovely cottage feel - Kathy will have everything ready for you for a relaxing stay in Auckland.

    November 2014