We were in the 'middle house' which is the first of the two villas - well lets just say house because it was a fairly normal house. $150 a night as it's peak season. Friendly and helpful owners. You'll need to use their landline from time to time if you are organising transport or other activities, as cellphone reception is pretty much non-existent in the Medlands area.
The owners and guest houses are around the property which is on a slope, a bit of a walk uphill to get there from the main road, but the payoff is having views across the land and sea.
As you should already know, being fairly small (in terms of people) and remote, on Great Barrier things are not ultra modern, no electricity unless it's solar or diesel generator, goods are expensive, and transport/taxi services can be pretty steep.
All cooking is by gas, right down to doing the toast on something that resembles a cheese grater which sits over a gas hob. Works well enough!
- The house would creek quite loudly and reasonably often at night; not so good if you are a light sleeper.
- Hot water ran a bit low at one stage, couldn't shower properly that time. I suspect that's a result of it being peak season thus many guests.
- Being close to nature, there's a number of creepy crawly things that manage to get into the house despite all the flyscreens. Only one of any real worry was a white tail spider we took care of. I have to say the good news is that there doesn't seem to be too many sandflies around the island.
- even on max volume the TV was a bit quiet
Overall we were very happy and knew we couldn't expect things to be as they would be on the mainland. Easy to go down and visit the beach and totally recommend a villa, rather than one of the other options, so you can get the view and the extra space and facilities of a house.