Australian minimalist architecture and native bush property offers a hideaway which best suits a couple for a peaceful kickback amidst our Treehouse complex. Lose yourself in our 13 hectares of rainforest & visit funky Bellingen township.
swimming laps of the River requires bravery in winter but in summer, the cold, fresh water is a superb!
We love our Gleniffer home -- beautiful is an understatement trying to describe the typical response to arriving in this northern NSW series of river Valleys called the Bellinger Valley and including destinations like Kalang, Thora and the Never Never Creek. Our place is located in a quite precious part of the globe called Promised Land, romantically named by an enraptured Italian farmer.
We embrace the environment here, enjoying its natural bounty -- moments of peace, its rain storms, its cacophony of birdlife and the meandering or flooding/raging River.
Our 3-part tree house was designed by famous Australian architect, Richard LePlastrier. He thoughtfully designed for the local climate with minimalist iron/timber and flywire and built in 1980 by a meticulous Dutchman Henk Mulder. Its architecture is inherent to your experience sleeping, congregating and chilling from up high in your treehouse River Room.
The River Room is a very BIG space, detached via walkway from our main home. It is simply furnished which best suits its minimalist architecture. You sleep in a comfy King-sized bed and have extensive desk & couch space for writing, painting, reading and quiet time. One wall opens up like a garage door and reveals the Never Never Creek, just metres below.
It lends a peacefulness to our home that is hard to quantify or express.
You are the only guests and to ensure your experience is in keeping with our neighborhood atmospheric, we request absolutely no visitors during your stay.
To get here with the much improved Pacific Highway, you'll drive for six hours from Sydney. We're half way along that coastline between Brisbane and Sydney, 3 hours south of Byron Bay and ten minutes north-east from the rural township of Bellingen on the Waterfall Way which weaves north-west through Dorrigo to Armidale.
We are within 30 minutes of Coffs Harbour Airport with regular connections to Sydney via several different airlines and discount fares.
A simple drive away are long, white surf beaches, popular with surfers and enroute, the ever-funky, cafe laden township of Bellingen with its huge monthly markets and diverse community.
We cater in the most basic of ways for tech heads! The River Room has excellent Telstra reception but no TV. There's a basic music player and good LED reading (a TV is in nearby shared lounge/kitchen, but truly, it's probably not going to be your focus whilst staying here).
Please note we offer no unnecessary frills or clutter! Having said that, you have the most comfortable of beds in the rarest of surroundings.
If you book the River Room for 1/2 adults and/or a baby or older children (likely it's not suitable for energetic toddlers), your family can request a "special offer" for additional bedding from Air BnB. Extra family members are charged per bed occupied @ same rate of AUD$30 plus a one off cleaning fee.
Or there are terrific other accommodation options nearby -- Promised Land Cottages and Aniseed and Cottonwood.
Or there's "The Hut" on the edge of our property which is offered separately on the Air BnB site.
The River Room itself is NOT suitable for a group of adults. It only suits 2 adults.
Your bathroom is along a short walkway (ie: it is close but it is not an ensuite).
Your wonderfully drenching shower, basin and toilet is alongside our 2nd building containing our shared kitchen and shared lounge areas. See photos. It is private but constructed so you can enjoy your rainforest surrounds.
SWIMMING THE NEVER NEVER
Probably our most special feature is that you don't have to go anywhere else to find somewhere to walk or swim. Swimming in summer is literally at your doorstep in clean and deep fresh nearby waterholes. Talk to us about fish/eels and water monitors and platypus and very occasional bull routs and cat fish who live here too!
LONG STAYS / WALKING/ BIKE RIDING
Go to Dorrigo and Ebor for their excellent guided walks and extensive trackways within the NSW Parks and Wildlife managed areas within half an hour of our Valley.
There are many astounding and well managed National Parks at nearby Dorrigo and the Coast at Bonville and offshore, the Solitary Islands for wondrous diving.
The Tree House is a destination in itself, in a valley that offers enough activity for a prolonged stay.
You can canoe, ride a bicycle and even horseride with the help of nearby Valery Trails.
Close to us at Tallowood Point is the highest rainfall regularly recorded in NSW, guaranteeing a healthy riparian zone with the help of dedicated regeneration efforts by local families and authorities.
We enjoy sublime winter days which are usually warm and sunny before you retire and tuck under your River Room doona!
Summers are glorious with sub-tropical balmy nights. We are grateful for the rainforest shade and the refreshing river waters during the hotter daytime hours.
Within half an hour, the surf stretches are renown for the small crowd usually sharing its beaches.
But it won't stay this way forever without the thoughtful efforts of locals and visitors combined. Regeneration and weeding preoccupies us all but with the rich rewards of a healthy, thriving native bush riparian zone.
We encourage you to soak it up, relaxing, slowing down, treading lightly.
Most of our neighborhood walk and cycle and we encourage all visitors to do the same.
Plenty of onsite parking
A member of our family is home during your stay.
We sleep over the far side of our property where we have our own bathroom and private living spaces.
The layout of our treehouse means you can be social with your hosts, joining us in our north-facing Sunroom or outside on the skin overlooking the River -- or keep very much to yourselves!
Telstra works well here.
We also have a Big Pond toggle you can access via wireless router but it is not suitable for data download. Our rural area is NOT serviced by high speed NBN And sharing one toggle slows down its efficiency. If you use ours please never use for music or video download. Telstra works well for your smart phone internet use. Check any other networks for their advised reception quality.
CHILDREN NEED SUPERVISING
And if you are bringing children, remember it is a treehouse and if you are coming here to relax, you need to feel confident and not have to worry about them! All children are different so we cannot really give advice but generally, most children are fine other than energetic and inquisitive toddlers!
You are staying in a rural area. Be prepared (entirely unpredictable) for BUSH LIFE.
OPTION TO COOK OVER LONG STAYS
Our kitchens are shared/negotiated depending on your meal preferences/times.
Or heat up your takeaway food in our microwave and retire to your River Room.
Ask about using our kitchen/lounge wing for long stays.
Interaction with Guests
If we're around, we love to chat in our sunroom or on out outside deck nicknamed "the Skink" overhanging the Creek, especially in the evening as the sun sets. As mentioned, you are the only guests in our home.
If you feel like eating local and have a budget for a catered dinner, give our mate Clayton Donovan a call. Research a taste of his food -- local oysters, local finger limes ("Citrus Caviar") and avocado foam on a new Australian TV food program on ABC TV.
Similarly, via Bellingen township you can easily find good spa and health practioners.
Precious natural places, largely spared of suburbia let alone mining, are increasingly rare in the world. We are privileged to live in one of those neighborhoods. The Valley has coastal and hinterland national parks and also hosts special musical and cultural events including the River, Jazz and Readers&Writers Festivals.
You need a car or a bicycle.
Other Things to Note
You are staying in a rural area. Be prepared (entirely unpredictable) for bush life. And if you are bringing children, remember it is a treehouse and if you are coming here to relax, you need to feel confident and not have to worry about them! All children are different so we cannot really give advice but generally, most children are fine other than energetic and inquisitive toddlers!
Plenty of outside areas for smoking so appreciate no smoking in bedrooms or indoor kitchen/lounge area.
Even when it rains, the house has tremendously well sheltered verandahs where you can smoke "outside."
YOU ARE THE ONLY GUESTS
Please do not invite anyone to our home during your stay.
We are offering the River Room as a retreat for our guests only.
There is some lovely alternative accommodation in the Valley without this restriction. Best to book elsewhere if the purpose of your stay is not for finding some peace and quiet!
We felt very welcomed and looked after by Kurly. Communication with both Kirsty and Kurly was straight forward and easy. They were very accommodating with an early check in. The room and other areas we used were very clean and the bed was lovely and comfortable.
The room and house are in a stunning location on the Never Never creek. We would have loved time in the creek, bird watching and walking if not for consistent rain…
This is a stunning part of Australia/the world, and the property is beautifully maintained.
Loved the shower!
We had the most amazing stay in your drop dead gorgeous art studio. We couldn't have been any closer to heaven had we tried. We will be back - truly unique and just what the Dr ordered. My mum was very envious we got to spend the weekend with your lovely other half.
Fantastic place, had a wonderful and relaxing time. Thanks to Kirsty for sharing their home in the promised land!
We had a fantastic stay, the perfect place to unwind.
Stunning, marvellous, magical - we're lack of words to describe the wonderful time we spent in the River Room. It was an unique experience. We loved being at Kirsty's and George's place in the forest, enjoyed their hospitality very much. Many thanks! Special thanks also to lovely Sophie and Kurly who were there for us.
I went with my 9 year old girl for a week to attend camp creative. This place is 'bliss.' We loved the room, the quiet, the area and the comfortable bed. There is a fresh water river to swim in, a gorgeous outdoor area to dine and the most beautiful room with the sound of birds and the smell of trees.
We loved it.
Wonderful hosts - excellent, friendly communication and welcoming - thanks Kurly and Kirsty!
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Travelled widely for work & with family! We have these 2 homes (near Bellingen and in Sydney) where both our adult children were born. Our Bellingen Treehouse is our retreat. We have worked hard to regenerate our 13 hectare property and now enjoy a fully established rainforest environment around our house. We work from home in Sydney or Bellingen, so hosting is our way to support travellers' away from the normal hotel circuit. It's how we like to travel too. If we're home when you're visiting, we do work at night sometimes. We're average housekeepers keen on cooking and of course, cleanliness but not neat freaks! Into atmospherics! We love most music but not so much jazz/pop or country. more R&B, missy higgins, john butler & Gurrumul/Shellie morris/East Journey, Mama Kin and all the 60s and 70s music we grew up on!
Internationally we have lived in Italy and keep going back to visit friends and extended family. We've made films about the old Russia and books about Islam, Italy and international politics. We love to cook -- Italian and Asian our favourite cuisines but Bellingen also offers the visitor fabulous organic and home grown produce.
We are keen trackers of public and political affairs. actively supporting community's fighting inappropriate development. But our contribution is mainly to support a community's capacity and right to informed consent rather than as protestors'.
As hosts we are friendly but frankly, we work from home so we need to retreat to our desks once you're happily settled. Particularly because of working from home, we'd hate to be rude to you! So we figure it's best to be honest about this upfront. Most of our guests are independent travellers who are "over" hotels. They have work or sight seeing commitments and just need a bit of quick advice as they're in and out of our front door!
We hosted willing workers' on organic farms in The Promised Land for many years and our family loved the help and the variety of international guests and expert help. Very happy to answer questions and give you the good word on the places we fondly call home.
Suggestions on how we can improve your stay, most welcome! We aim to help families trying to keep their accommodation costs down as opposed to providing a fancy B&B service. This is possible by simply sharing our home and environment rather than running a guest house. And we can make suggestions of other accommodation where you might stay locally if you'd prefer to be totally pampered!