About this listing
Three room suite, 50m2, in tranquil organic food jungle. Your own access, a bedroom with queen bed, a kitchen, a lounge/study and the bathroom. One acre property with productive, pretty, perfumed Permaculture gardens. Suite not visible from the road. 2.3km to CBD, 4 min bike ride to beach via National Park. 150m to cool cafe / restaurant, yoga centre and bus stop. Deep views to nature reserve. Enjoy starry night skies from your bed with no visible lights. Suitable for one guest or a couple only.
• Three roomed suite with its own entrance.
• Bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed facing enclosed private garden
• Lounge/study facing bush and gardens.
• Cheerful kitchen/dining room (3.5 by 3 metres) with two burner stove, small oven, full sized fridge and several appliances.
• Bathroom with shower recess and full-sized bath.
• 50 square metre suite is half of our brick home, separated by walls with 130mm of soundproofing.
• Set up for one person or a couple.
• Entrance is five metres from our main entrance.
• Bathroom has a full-sized bath and a shower recess.
• Japanese warm water bidet (Washlet) in toilet, in its own room.
• Non-allergenic renovations like casein wall paint, citrus oil-based wood paint and sand-coloured natural linseed oil linoleum with a cork underlay.
• Bedroom has a Dunlop Sleepmaker Orthopaedic Supreme inner spring mattress.
• While we are meticulous with the cleaning of the suite, keep in mind it is nested in an organic botanic collection where no insecticides - no cides at all - are used.
• Established in 1998, our organic gardens have over one thousand useful species, including cooking and salad greens, herbs, spices, and fruit, nut and fibre plants, for your use.
• Our garden and the nearby paperbark ecosystem are home to wallabies, echidnas, possums, bandicoots and 45 species of birds.
• In summer sea breezes keep the gardens and dwellings cool.
• Sound-scape is calm as the house is set back from neighbours and street sounds are muffled by 13 species of clumping bamboo and 20 wide clumps of tall tiger grass.
• Guests from the city are always impressed by the number and brightness of stars visible in the large night sky.
• We have collected perfume plants with drifting scents:- Osmanthus, several types of Jasmines, including Star, Night and Sambac, Roses, two types of Champaka, Brunsfelsias, Gardenias, seven colours of evening-fragrant Brugmansia, Burmese Bayur and ten types or species of Frangipani. In August 2016 we commenced making perfume with these on a base of our home-made sandalwood tincture. We employ traditional French methods of extraction:- cold enfleurage (in village shea butter), warm oil maceration and tinctures.
• We have also started a 3 tonne sculpture in white rock of breaching Migaloo the white humpback whale at the bottom of the garden.
• A number of guests have continued their work while staying here. The park-like gardens, tranquility and natural beauty are conducive to hatch ideas and to focus the mind; the lack of distractions may be conducive to an art retreat, researching or writing a script, song or novel, running your business remotely, or similar.
• You may like to test-run a sea/tree change by observing us going about our daily activities, even join us. As the Peasants of Pleasantville we tend and harvest the gardens, repair and create, collect eggs from the (two) chickens, play music, draw and paint.
• Unless absent, we will offer you fruit, greens, herbs and spices from the gardens.
You have sole access to the guest partition of the house.
Wifi @ 200Gb per month, on partitioned modem.
You might like to enjoy meals alfresco in the garden.
You have access to a laundry with a front loader.
There is a dedicated space for parking your car at the edge of our circular driveway. Drive in on the right side and continue on out the opposite side of the circular driveway.
You are welcome to use two mountain bikes and also two old beach bikes.
Interaction with guests
We will greet and farewell you (when we are here) at the least. We always enjoy to show the gardens and give locals' tips.
The doors of our home and your suite are just five metres apart in a courtyard under a large verandah, with a privacy screen; each party is aware of the other's comings and goings.
Should you need anything come to our entrance or phone/text our mobile. If we are overseas, we shall keep in touch by email.
Other things to note
We very much welcome folk of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds as we have worked in over forty countries and also have a multi-cultural and multi-racial family.
Although we try to press on the Airbnb "Accept/Decline" button to each enquiry within 24 hours, it may take longer if we are travelling. We accept when we are satisfied that you as a guest will have every chance to enjoy the suite. Please do let us know about yourselves.
Guests often report how well/deeply they sleep. The distant sound of pounding waves from Tallow Beach may help.
Mosquitoes breed in the Bay tea tree swamps and can be a nuisance, usually January to March. We have home-made organic repellents, a very effective mosquito buzzer and citronella burners to keep them at bay. Wear long loose sleeves and pants when outdoors in the evenings in these months.
We beg you to be very careful when you swim at the beach because of the rips particularly at nearby secluded Tallow Beach and even at Main Beach where, unless an experienced swimmer or surfer, you should swim between the lifesavers' flags.
We accept bookings only for yourself(ves), not for someone else, as per Airbnb guidelines. At the time of enquiry, we would like you to tell us your professional background and interests; also we need to know the same about your travelling companion, if you have one. This is so we can look forward to meeting you.
Please note this suite is for a couple or a single person only, i.e., neither day-time nor night-time guests, either indoors or on the one acre property. We remain private in the busy social landscape of Byron Bay.
We don't use toxic substances in the Organic Urban Park or inside the dwellings. We control indoor pests simply with a vacuum cleaner.
We can provide early Check In and late Check Out, dependent on other bookings at the time.
When you apply, please conclude with "Give Peas a Chance". Then we'll know that you've read down to here!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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Jude and Michel have lived and gardened in Byron Bay since 1991, and been in the area since 1977. As the founders of the national Seed Savers' Network (1986) in Australia, they have obsessively searched for sub tropical food plants and rare ethno-botanicals. Their current 18 year old one acre organic garden right in Byron Bay is a testimony to this passion; it has been profusely covered in the media. Their three books, one the best-selling "The Seed Savers' Handbook", their two film documentaries and their Youtube channel (over 3m views) are their legacy, with translations and voice-overs in nine languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Bulgarian, and Basque so far). They frequently travel. In between they behave like urban peasants and are passionately making perfume from their garden flora.
Jude and Michel are interested in folk who have done something different in life, something green and creative, or want to. They have had an international spread of interns who have gone on to seed indigenous and peasant biodiversity network projects in communities, regions and nations.