News from Cobden Garden Homestay,  Bed and Breakfast, Napier, Hawke’s Bay,

New Zealand.

26 June 2014. We are always delighted by the birds in our garden at Cobden Garden, Homestay, Bed and Breakfast.  The native birds are especially rewarding. From day break to dusk we enjoy their song. We hope you enjoy these photos.

28 May 2014.

It has been a busy and enjoyable Bed and Breakfast season.  A few more guests than last year and overall we have had pretty good weather in Hawke’s Bay.  I have had the bonus of a friend helping me also.  She has been a great asset.  I really should have posted the finished kitchen photos before this.  I have not had to  work in a space under construction all season.  It has been bliss having a lot more bench space, double ovens and two sink areas.  One being a double sink.  Phillip has done a fantastic job with all of the cabinetry.

11 September 2013.

The electricians and the plumbers are weaving their magic so we have electrical sockets in the correct places, new taps and an extra sink and so it goes on. At present our kitchen is a stripped-out shell but the cabinets are all ready and waiting to go back in place.  It has been a long process but we are counting down now.


27 August 2013. 

The programme for Hawke’s Bay’s second Food and Wine Classic – F.A.W.C. has been published and distributed and can be seen on We do have some vacancies for this period ( 1- 10 November ) so do check our availability and come enjoy a wonderful food and wine experience.


8 August 2013.  We are having amazing weather and I have not even prepared the garden for spring.  Consequently I am very busy pruning and tidying.  Some roses do not realise they should have finished blooming.  However I have had to sacrifice the show of colour in my garden so we will get a great show in November.