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Shakespeare Cottage - Front Beach Cottage

  • 8 People
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Pet Friendly Outdoor Only


Shakespeare Cottage is a 2 bedroom, plus sleep out, Front Beach bach. A delightful getaway nestled in an idyllic bush setting, this Front Beach bach is waiting to create happy holiday memories for couples and families! Please note there are aspects of this property, large rocks and walls, that may make it unsuitable for young children or toddlers.

A tastefully decorated cosy retreat, Shakespeare Cottage boasts uninterrupted views over Front Beach, Mercury Bay and the moored boats in Flaxmill Bay. Sitting at a level above the cottage, with equally stunning views, is a very tidy sleep out - just the place for another couple or the teenage children.

This Front Beach accommodation functions on a single level with a sun filled deck connecting living spaces. This property is a work in progress and the cottage theme continues to evolve as more natural timber and early settler furnishings are added throughout - Shakespeare Cottage is a funky mix of old and new!

The generous kitchen is NZ Kauri and has a well loved history after spending time in Northland and South Auckland homes before being fitted into Shakespeare.

Sleeping quarters at Shakespeare Cottage are conveniently located off the hallway from the living areas. The main bedroom has a queen size bed with views out over Flaxmill Bay and Shakespeare Bluff. The second bedroom has a set of single bunks and a trundler pullout bed. The sleepout provides an additional sleeping area, with a queen sized bed, and is only a few metres away from the cottage.

The family bathroom is conveniently located by the kitchen.

The remainder of the property is largely bush and rocky outcrops. Take a walk up the hill through the bush, to discover stunning views of Mercury Bay! With the large rocky features we recommend children are accompanied when walking in the bush areas.

Shakespeare Cottage is located between Front Beach and Flaxmill bay. An easy 200m walk allows you to choose either beach - Flaxmill bay is great for swimming or launching a boat. This location is a great base from which to enjoy all that Mercury Bay has to offer - Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Whitianga, local wineries, boutique cafe's, and much more.

PLEASE NOTE that there is limited turning space for larger vehicles and therefore only small boats can be considered. Parking for 3 cars is available at the cottage level, with additional parking down on the road.

Happy memories await you at Shakespeare Cottage!

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Pull out bed, 1 Double Bunk
  • Sleepout (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet

Pet Friendly

Yes Outside only.
Pets can come too! A small pet friendly fee of $20 + GST for up to two pets will apply.

Linen available at additional charge

Available at this property for $25 per person. You’ll see the option for our linen service in the ‘Add-Ons’ section during your booking.

Special Conditions

Max 4 adults at all times.

Please note Chromecast is available on the TV monitor. Please note guests are to provide their own data source. Freeview is not available.

As this property is located on a hill it is surrounded by steep drop-off areas that include rocky surfaces. It is important that all guests take extra care on and around the section, deck, and the car park space as there are no handrails or barriers to prevent falls. Adults should closely supervise young children while outside to ensure they are safe around these areas.


  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Freeview
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Heater (electric)
  • Heater (oil)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
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Guest reviews for Shakespeare Cottage

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Stayed April 2022

A view to die for and all the facilities you'd ever need. Walk to the beach!

Stayed February 2022

Great place to stay, comfortable and handy to beaches. Magnificent views.

Stayed January 2022

Superb view and all the comforts you need. If you want to get away from the hordes, this is your spot.

Stayed April 2021

Very comfortable accommodation with fantastic views.

Stayed January 2021

A therapeutic place to stay with lovely views and beach and Eggcentric cafe so close. Our favourite place to stay as a family.

Stayed January 2021

Highly recommend this Bach, the view is incredible and being within walking distance to a very safe swimming beach is great. Comfy beds and very well equipped, this is now our favourite place to stay.

Stayed December 2020

Wonderful mix of classic Kiwi bach and well-appointed, modern facilities. The beds were very comfortable, and the views from everywhere just beautiful! Handy to the beaches, walking tracks, ferry, cafe, yet perfectly private. Five very enjoyable days and nights in Flaxmill Bay!

Stayed October 2020

A breathtaking spot with views out of this world! So close to a cafe and the ferry and stunning beaches and walks to choose from.

Stayed January 2020

A stunning view to wake up to and a comfortable homely Bach located about 100 metres from one of the best restaurants around , Eggcentric cafe. Amble on down for a morning coffee of fresh home baked bread. Our favourite place

Stayed January 2020

Amazing, well equipped cottage with incredible views. Absolutely loved our stay here.

Stayed December 2019

Comfortable stay and right spot to everything closer to ferry, restaurant, bar, beach, fishing, jetski, bushwalk up to beautiful Shakepearce Cliff, and more more, beautiful view and watch all the boats from where we stay. It was a fantastic.

Stayed September 2019

Lovely property to stay. The views are amazing, and it's location is perfect close to the beach as well as a ferry trip away from whitianga. Very handy to have a kayak!

Stayed April 2019

Looking for solitude, easy access to the beach and walking distance to food? This is it. Great views and the bach has everything you need. Stayed several times.

Stayed March 2019

A very pleasant, well appointed property with the most idyllic location.

Stayed December 2018

We forget every time we stay here, how truly amazing the view is. It’s like our second home. Everything is just perfect except for no wifi and tv connection. Love this place.

Stayed October 2018

Fantastic bach. Plenty of room for the family and amazing views.

Stayed April 2018

An amazing home with beautiful views. Everything we needed was provided, making our stay easy and relaxed. The perfect location for a romantic getaway, we can’t wait to visit again!

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