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Sit, relax, breathe...Comfortable bed, lovely linens, blackout curtains for a sleep-in.
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath

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Light, breezy, clean, comfortable and sitting proudly off trend, The Bales is a cute little character cottage set on five acres on the Bellinger river. Long ago it used to be the milking station on our heritage-listed property on the coast, 12 minutes away from the sweet little village of Bellingen. It is very comfortable with a peaceful, rural outlook.

The space

The Bales is a separate, fully self contained, small, one bedroom cottage. It shares five acres, by the river with our 130 year-old house where we live, but is completely independent of our house. It has a very comfortable queen bed with quality linens and is best suited for two people. However, there is also a sofa bed in the lounge room if you have a couple of extras to squeeze in.
The bedroom is quite large and there is a single bed in addition to the queen size bed.
The gas kitchen is well equipped with full stove, oven, microwave, small espresso machine, coffee grinder and sandwich press. The Bales has unlimited WIFI, a washing machine, flat screen TV, DVD player, DVD,s, books, extra blankets, fans, gas and electric heating, some games and a good, strong, hot shower to wash off the salt and sand after a day at the beach or a hike in the rain forest.
The kitchen is well stocked with cooking essentials like olive oil, garlic, salt pepper etc, plus we usually stock basics like pasta and spaghetti sauce in the cupboard to provide a quick meal at the end of a long drive, if needed.
As much as possible, everything we provide for you is locally produced and organically grown.

Guest access

You are very welcome at The Bales. Feel free to wander around the five acres, take a picnic basket, your guitar and a bottle of wine down to the enormous old fig tree, go sit on the old punt piers at the river across the road and enjoy a spot of fishing, surf the web with our free wi-fi, and choose amongst the titles of our extensive range of DVD's.

Interaction with guests

Whilst Charlie and I love to meet our guests and settle you in, your comfort and privacy are important to us so you can be as independent as you like. You will have your own driveway and can come and go to suit your needs. Breakfast fare of organic and locally produced goods will be provided for you in the fridge (please let us know of any special dietary needs) and you can call on us if you need anything.

Other things to note

Parents of small children, please be advised that there is a broadwater river across the narrow road, and a pond on the property.

Amenities
Kitchen
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No parties or events
Check-in time is 2PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 11AM

You're on holiday...enjoy yourselves....just don't eat our chickens!
Oh yes...and please don't smoke inside.

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Timothy User Profile
December 2017
Ruth and I spent our honeymoon here and I can’t imagine a better place to stay on the North Coast. There was a beautiful natural setting with well furnished rooms and a fully operational kitchen. Best of luck to Sarah and Charlie for the future, we hope to meet them again!
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Thanks Tim and Ruth. You will always be welcome on the banks of The Bellinger.
December 2017

Tim User Profile
November 2017
Very comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Feels like a home away from home. Comfy bedding for a great nights sleep. Essentials provided. Sarah was delightful! 2 friendly dogs and chickens roaming around... Surrounded by nature and light. Have zero complaints. If in the area this place is highly recommended... Totally beats a regular hotel!
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Thanks for your lovely review Tim. We hope to see you relaxing again here one day.
November 2017

Gleb User Profile
November 2017
Very nice home and beautiful area. Would like to be back one day!

Kate User Profile
October 2017
Thank you Sarah and Charlie for your friendliness, kindness and generosity. We appreciated all the beautiful provisions left in the fridge, your tips on walks etc. The cottage was perfect, the bed was SO comfortable and there was nothing that we needed that wasn't supplied. The fig tree in the garden is magnificent! So sorry we had to leave early due to a farm crisis!! We will be back for sure.

Kathryn User Profile
October 2017
Sarah and Charlie have a beautiful cosy comfortable place. The Bales is gorgeous and the scenery stunning. The bed was so comfy. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for all the little treats - chocolates and wine! Perfect music and ambience when we arrived. The best Airbnb we have stayed at. Will definitely be back. Blessings Kathy and Mick
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Thank you so much Kathy and Mick, it was such a pleasure to host you both.
October 2017

Cila User Profile
October 2017
Loved this cabin.. Sarah is a kind and generous hostess and went above n beyond in stoking the cabin with everything we could need.. the place was super tidy n clean.. the bed was incredibly comfortable with the dreamy sheets.. Sarah and her grandchildren took my granddaughter on a wonderful adventure.. and she loved spending time with them.. can't thank Sarah enough hope to stay with you again.. Cila Amal and Ahleah
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Thank you Cila. It was such a pleasure to host you all, and my grandchildren had such fun meeting beautiful Ahleah. You are always welcome at The Bales.
October 2017

Jen User Profile
October 2017
We stayed overnight at Sarah's sweet little cottage. The place and grounds were beautiful, perfect for our little one to run around and check out the animals. Sarah was very helpful, letting us know the best places to eat/get a coffee. Will be back again for a longer stay next time!
Sarah User Profile
Response from Sarah:
Thank you so much Jen, it was such a pleasure to meet you all.
October 2017

Bellingen, AustraliaJoined in July 2014
Sarah User Profile
Hi, we are your hosts, Sarah and Charlie. We love where we live and we love creating a space for people to enjoy. We're also crazy about traveling. Whenever I stumble across a magic lamp, I always opt for the travel ticket...The folk and lands of Italy, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, …
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