River Room, Bellingen Treehouse!

Treehouse - Private room · Promised Land Rd, Gleniffer, NSW 2041, Australia

Spectacular Australian architecture, our riverside room suits a couple or family. You may request a second bedroom & bathroom within our Treehouse complex where you share an indoor and an outdoor kitchen. Lose yourself in 13 hectares of rainforest.

The Space

We love our home in the Bellinger Valley.
Our place is located in a quite precious part of the globe called Promised Land.
That means we need to tread lightly on the environment here.
Its subtropical atmospheric ensures green valleys and clean running rivers and waterfalls most of the year and all the native wildlife that secures.
But it won't stay that way forever without the thoughtful efforts of locals and visitors combined. Families living here spend huge amounts of their own time bolstering natural regeneration of this river Valley, keeping weeds at bay and natural vegetation and fauna thriving.. . Most of us walk and cycle and we encourage all visitors to do the same.

Our 3-part tree house was designed by famous Australian architect, Richard LePlastrier. He thoughtfully designed for the local Australian sub-tropical 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 relaxing here.

Our River Room is a very BIG space with King sized bed and room for young kids on separate single beds, a loft, plenty of desk room, a dining table and armchairs. So it suits couple or family. Originally, it was an artist's studio.

The River Room overlooks a freshwater river just inland from Australia's northern NSW coast in a Valley. It lends a peacefulness to our home which is built within metres of it.

A simple drive away are long, white surf beaches, popular with surfers.

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 and ten minutes north-east from the rural township of Bellingen on the Waterfall Way which weaves north-west through Dorrigo to Armidale.

Sometimes we rent our entire house on Special Request.

But we primarily rent the detached section of our home called the River Room. YOU are the ONLY guest in the main house (whether alone, as a couple or family group). The River Room has no TV but a 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). And we cater in the most basic of ways for tech heads! Having said that, we have all channels plus Austar service, because we are football fans and need to watch the A-League!

We keep your rental price down because we offer no unnecessary frills! There are many terrific and fully-serviced accommodation options nearby but of course, their nightly charges are likely higher.

You MAY request renting the entire house at holiday times of the year eg: Easter or Christmas. Ask for a "special offer." You may also rent EXTRA rooms.
Here's how:

At this time, we do not offer the other rooms in the Main House separately on AirBnB. This is to ensure there is only one family/friend group staying. (We have The Hut in a corner of our property where guests stay independent of the main house)

Firstly, book the River Room for 1/2 or up to 4 adults or children. If you additionally need space for more of your family/friends, make a request for a "special offer" and explain to us you would like one of our other sleeping areas (we have 2 of them) to accommodate a larger group or family.

Maximum occupancy for River Room is 2 adults and 2 children. Despite its exceptionally large size, it is NOT suitable for 4 adults.

Mostly we or a member of our family is home during your stay but you have your own space for sleeping, lots of outdoor spaces and verandahs to enjoy in peace but share our kitchen with us. And we sleep over the far side of our property.

The layout of our treehouse means you can be social with your hosts or keep very much to yourselves!

Along a short walkway is a full bathroom with toilet/shower.

It is alongside our 2nd building which is our shared kitchen and shared lounge area. It includes indoor "the cave" for lazy winter evenings with wood fire and the television set. We use our own Big Pond toggle for internet. If you have a toggle, you can network anywhere in the house via a device in the central kitchen (website hidden): you can take your computer and sit anywhere within house range. Telstra works well but other networks can be tricky. Further advice on any telecommunications from Trevor Tree at 20/20 Imagineering in Bellingen.

Also located in this 2nd building, is an outside and stunning sunroom for chatting or reading with a myriad of daily mountain and sky (and star) views as you lounge on the day beds.

Back in your River Room, you have views over the Never Never River and through rainforest trees.

Walk downstairs and underneath one of the house wings (there are three) is an outdoor BBQ area for summer evening meals and with quasi-kitchen facilities including dishwashing sink and cutlery/plates/cutting boards etc

Nearby you can jump on the gigantic trampoline.

The indoor Kitchen is fully equipped and timeless design with an oldish electric stove with gas tops including a wok gas flame which doubles for slow cooking. The oven currently is out of order but we have a pizza oven downstairs (and other options, read on).

We only have the functional basics including cutlery/plates/glasses (replace any breakages, yep thanks!). Combined with the lounge/indoor eating table, this is a homely/beautiful space to cook because it has several windows looking out onto the rainforest. Both kitchens are shared/negotiated depending on your meal preferences/times.

If you're on a driving holiday, you'll be happy to get some washing done. We have a washing machine, dryer and plenty of hanging space. Bring your laundry powder.

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 waterholes of the Never Never River which runs alongside the house. Depending on your toleration of fresh cold water, you can swim Olympic size laps here. No chlorine! There's even a 5 hour hike from our place up to waterfalls off the Dorrigo Plateau, called the Never Never Falls. But please note: this is not a National Park and therefore not a guided walk with pathways. A local family, the Schofields like to be alerted that you intend to walk (in case of accidents) and you can access the start of the hike from their property about 5 minutes drive from our house.
You need to take all that you need for a day trip including small shovel/device for digging holes (there are no toilets) and daypacks so you can bring your rubbish back to ours for disposal.


We are within 30 minutes is Coffs Harbour Airport, with regular connections to major cities via several different airlines including the 2 majors, Virgin and QantasLink.
Sydney to Coffs Harbour is approximately one hour by air.

If you are driving, we are 6 hours north of Sydney, 5 hours south of Brisbane and 3 hours south of Byron Bay which is within 2 hours of Brisbane.

We are located just 10 minutes drive from the increasingly popular and forever funky town of Bellingen, where organic cafés, top quality restaurants, galleries and clothing boutiques bring sophistication to the rural calm.

A further 15 minutes and you reach the coastline, where kilometres of near-deserted beaches can be explored. Surfers love Hungry Head, Third headland, Urunga headland and further south, Valla Beach.

A stay on our property is perfect for travellers looking to get away from the city and experience rainforest, rolling countryside. Respite!

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. Even horseride with the help of nearby Valery Trails.

Sharing our home is a cheaper option for families if keeping down accommodation costs is your priority/preference.


1) The River Room offers more than simply a bed. It has extensive desk & couch space for writing, painting, reading and quiet time in your own large space. One wall opens up like a garage door and reveals the Never Never River, just metres below.

It is a minimalist style of architecture.
Our priority is to provide really comfortable bedding and simplicity of furnishings rather than clutter.

You'll need to use the gas heater to survive brisk winter mornings and evenings but daytime is usually mild.

In summer, we provide 2 fans to assist your comfort when/if the temperature peaks.

2) "Ned's bedroom" is available by "special offer" if booked with the River (website hidden): if you are 4 adults and need two rooms. The 2nd room is on ground level.

Ned's bedroom includes its own toilet and wardrobe. Being on ground floor, it is suitable for disabled access. We built it for our visiting parents. It has an oil heater for winter use.

This room is situated underneath the kitchen/lounge wing and can be locked. All you have to do to enjoy your Valley surrounds is to walk outside and find a couch or hammock or riverbank pontoon on which to perch.

Or join your friends/family in the very big River Room space.

3) The Office -- our old office has been converted into a simple extra bedroom about 50 metres from the main house and other accommodation. It has a choice of a) a brand new queen bed or b) x2 new singles.
A funky new and nearby bathroom has a hot shower and compost toilet. Photos to come! You can view this room on arrival and choose between it and other options if you are a group requiring 3 separate bedrooms. Or, you can stay here instead of Ned's bedroom, for the same price.
Your car can be parked alongside it. Again, this room is only via "special offer" if booked with the River Room.

Plenty of onsite parking

When we are away (working), our friend and manager Kurly, shows you around but mostly leaves you to your own devices, a phone call away. The neighborhood is a tight community so there's always someone to give you a hand but equally, you can keep to yourself.

MUSIC you can play music loudly 24/7 and never risk disturbing the neighbors!! Conversely, rarely be disturbed by a vehicle or sense of human activity whilst lazing over a good book or napping mid afternoon or waking for early morning yoga on our platform over the River). More likely you will be disturbed by spring bird song!

You should ponder how many days to stay here as once you reach The Promised Land Treehouse you probably won't want just a night or two...that's why we've set 2 day minimum!

Guest Access

You have privacy or you can congregate in our shared kitchen and living areas. The river is yours to enjoy. And our 13 hectare property is also yours to explore. We have excellent Telstra phone reception. And if you bring a Big Pond toggle, we have a wireless router so you can use your computer anywhere in the extended house or garden.

Interaction with Guests

If we're around, we love to chat in our sunroom especially in the evening as the sun sets

The Neighbourhood

Precious natural places are increasingly rare in the world. We are privileged to live in one of those neighborhoods. Our local Town, Bellingen and the nearby Coast and the Dorrigo Plateau are all bonus extensions for you to explore during your visit. The Valley also hosts special musical and cultural events including the River and Jazz Festivals. Our home was commissioned by Booker Prize winning author, Peter Carey who is the Bellingen Book Festival's Patron.

Getting around

You need a car or a bicycle. (local cycling is as good as it gets if you like a bit of flat, a bit of hill and the odd climb). The local schoolbus sometimes gives visitors a lift to Town, as do neighbors. Equally, if you get to our house, you probably don't need to leave it during your stay, especially if you purchase your food on arrival in Bellingen. Kurly can give you a lift out to ours.

Other Things to Note

You are staying in a rural area. Be prepared (entirely unpredictable) for bush life. This includes mostly harmless, sometimes noisy, sometimes annoying things like ants, possums, bush rats, dozens of species of birds and lizards, occasional rabbits, python snakes and wallaby's. Sometimes we have the odd mosquitoe but more likely, midgies if it rains in the summer heat. Cobwebs can establish themselves overnight. Or you will have none of it all! Just take the usual and sensible precautions by equipping yourself with protection sprays. For sleeping, we have plenty of fans, and these keep away any bugs really effectively during the evening.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $30 AUD / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $2500 AUD /month
Cleaning Fee: $90 AUD
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Wonderful stay at the Bellingen Treehouse. Highly recommended if you are looking for somewhere to stay with a bit of character! Kirsty is great to deal with as is Kurly who helped us with key pick up and showing us around. Thank you for having us.

    March 2014
  • What a lovely haven to unwind and relax. You can hear the birds and small creek running by your huge bedroom window.
    Fabulous welcome and intro by Kurly. He's the manager, when Kirsty is away.
    Short drive into town and great walks in nearby Dorrigo NP.
    Don't forget to bring a dongle, should you want internet access.

    March 2014
  • Thank you for a wonderful stay in your truly unique house in the Promised Land . The Never Never River is beautiful as are the views to the Dorrigo ranges through the mist .

    Thank you also to Kurly for being so friendly, informative and helpful.

    I hope we can stay again and I'm sure Peter Carey would be very pleased that the " renovators did not move in "

    Kind regards

    Julie and Graeme

    February 2014
    Response from Kirsty:

    Sorry to miss you Julie but we always feel pretty confident that the upside in our absence is being able to enjoy the place quietly and on your own...am sure we'd have much to converse about together! Travel safely, Kirsty

  • We had a wonderful time at the promised land.i would recommend this property to anyone! It was out first time to Bellingen and it didn't disappoint. On top of that, communication with the hosts was simple and easy to arrange a meeting place in town.

    February 2014
    Response from Kirsty:

    Hope you found some music and good food in Bellingen, Tom! See you next time, Kirst

  • Stunning, stunning, stunning.

    Deeply relaxing place - you couldn't get any closer to the Never Never river (we heard the catfish splashing from our bed).

    The treehouse architecture pulls you into the dense tree canopy allowing you to experience the bush and the changing weather conditions. The space is so interesting and still - we found it hard to leave. Although there is heaps to explore in the area - very well positioned to explore the Never Never.

    Kirsty and George are lovely hosts - easy going and very helpful.

    January 2014
    Response from Kirsty:

    You got doubly fortunate with the full weather experience and ocean swell! Thanks heaps for feedback too! Much appreciated. Ciao, Kirst

  • This place was a very true and real symbol of the beautiful Bellingen region. The sounds and smells of this natural haven were so reviving, and I will not soon forget the deep, clear waters of Kirsty's private water hole just outside my room!

    January 2014
    Response from Kirsty:

    Glad you found respite here Rebecca. And hope you make it back. Thanks for your considerate mention..

  • We have had a great time in the treehouse. It is the located in a wonderful area and completly equiped with everything that you need.
    My Kids loved it and i really like to visit the place a second time, Marion

    December 2013
  • Within minutes of our arrival, my English partner decided he was in no hurry to see the rest of Australia yet, and we extended our stay. From watching the platypus breakfasting in the river every morning, to learning to distinguish the diversity of birdlife living in the trees with us (the cat bird, the Australasian fig bird, the black cockatoos, lewins honeyeater, satin bowerbird, rufous fantail, and kingfisher, among many others), this was a wildlife lovers' paradise. Our days were bookended by the morning chorus of the cicadas and the ghostly view of the forest from our bed in the evening, and everything in between was perfect. Many thanks to kurly for his support on the ground and in the trees (especially with matters reptilian), and to kirsty and family for sharing their home.

    December 2013
    Response from Kirsty:

    having journeyed so far Stephanie, am so relieved your partner embraced our Valley and the River Room. It matters alot to us that people who stay with us are so perfectly matched with what's on offer here. travel safely and thankyou for being wonderful guests, Kirst

  • The reservation was canceled 31 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    December 2013
  • This property is amazing! Even if it rains you wont be disappointed. I highly recommend staying there. Bellingen is a beautiful town with such lovely people including the hosts!

    November 2013
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Travelled alot for work & with family but always return to our retreat overlooking a fresh water river from which we can drink, watch platypus swimming at dusk & swim to cool down in the heat of summer... rare find in the world these days! We have these 2 homes (near Bellingen and in Sydney) where our children were born. The Promised Land Treehouse is our retreat. Its where we raised our children. We work from home so hosting is our way to support travellers' away from the normal hotel circuit. It's how we like to travel. If we're home when you're visiting, we'd often be on the telephone or at the computer...and at night, monitoring news services...having said that, we're not huge TV watchers...but we do work at night sometimes. We're average housekeepers keen on cooking and of course, cleanliness but not neat freaks! Into atompsherics! 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, so enjoy it whilst you're here. 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'. We travel widely and have written books on Islam and Italy. As hosts we are friendly but frankly, we're busy and we like our home so we will want to be left to our normal routines rather than feeling you need entertaining... 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. 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!
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