Well the inside of our “bunk house” carriage is finished even if the outside still looks authentically rustic. Our first guests are staying tonight and for the next week.
Having a second bedroom will give us so much more flexibility.
We are on the home straight with our third cabin and second sleeping room. The deck has been added, the inside painted and the floor made over. Now all we have to do is furnish it with bunks and beds. We will be able to sleep another 5 people in this cabin as it will have a queen bed, two bunk beds and a single bed. It will be an added attraction for holidaying groups or families who want to share our patch of paradise. The outside looks weathered and “retro” at the moment, but give us a bit more time and it too will get a spruce up.
As a few keen cyclists will be aware the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is now up and running and to keep everyone on track there is some new signage including blue marker pegs along the Western Lake Road. We have also seen quite a few more bikers heading past which means the marketing has been effective so hopefully they are all enjoying the experience.
Te Rakau Cabins are still open for accommodation for those wanting to break the journey and all going well the third cabin should be ready in the near future. It has been shifted into position with the sliding door and windows due to be put in just before Xmas. Effectively a “bunk house” to offer additional sleeping for 5 extra people, who will use the facilities at the existing cabins, thereby providing for slightly larger groups. A deck area will be put out the front and at this stage there is some feeling to leave it in its original railway red colours – let us know what you think.