Open up your bedroom wall and enjoy the intimate surrounds of rainforest along the Never Never River just below your TreeHouse hideaway. Created by an iconic Australian architect on our 13h property, located ten minutes drive from funky Bellingen. Swim Olympic lengths of our clean, cool & freshwater front yard. Find seasonal fruit & vegetables in our garden. Walk, canoe, ride nearby and beyond in Dorrigo and Belongil national parks. Ask about other onsite beds for families. Tread lightly. Relax.
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. But it won't stay like this forever without management of our riparian (river) vegetation. All moneys from Air BnB help us to protect this place. So thankyou in advance! Australia's native bush appreciates your patronage!!
The Tree House is a destination in itself, in a valley that offers enough activity for a prolonged stay.
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 respected 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. We have made only minor adjustments to the interior architecture in order to preserve the historical significance of the building -- hence for example, the bathroom is nearby but not an ensuite.
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 in what amounts to your own living room, not just bedroom. 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.
We cater in the most basic of ways for tech heads! The River Room has phone 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 beds from Air BnB.
Or there are terrific other accommodation options nearby.
And we have "The Hut" on the edge of our property which is offered separately on the Air BnB site and has a double and single bed and its own bathroom -- with compost toilet and beautiful shower.
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). It's open to the surrounding environment but discreetly designed for privacy. We love it!
Your wonderfully drenching shower, basin and toilet is alongside our 2nd building. It is private but constructed so you can enjoy your rainforest surrounds.
In summer or winter, you may like to use a dressing gown/wrap.
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. Upstream, (never here yet) there have been a few incidents over many years of stings and frights from the occasional bull rout and cat fish who live in exposed parts of the river.
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 newly created Urunga "wetlands" Boardwalk (accessible off the old Pacific Highway) is a truly stunning walk and there's a longer established boardwalk to the beach from Urunga township.
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.. Our rural area is currently NOT serviced by high speed NBN. Download is also limited to each subscriber. Telstra works well for your smart phone internet use. Check any other mobile 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
Before booking, discuss your interest in requesting access to our downstairs bush kitchen and bbq which can be shared/negotiated depending on your meal preferences/times.
Or heat up your takeaway food in our microwave and retire to your River Room. Most guests are on vacation and like to buy from Bellingen's delicatessan, bakery or other cafe's, bringing home some basic snack and breakfast food - keeping things simple. Our vegetable and fruit garden also has fresh in season offerings. Help yourself.
Plenty of onsite parking
We have four buildings and 2 sheds.
The River Room, Kitchen wing and our private wing are linked by walkways.
The Hut (also offered on Air BnB site) is a separate building set on the far side of our property.
Mostly we or a member of our family or a friend (and co-host) 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 or keep very much to yourselves! STRICTLY no visitors. This is a place for you to wind down, not up. And we would hate having to send you packing in the middle of the night if we discover this request has been disrespected!! So please don't invite friends to the house at any time, day or night.
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.
Bring your own toggle if you want a wifi option. Depending on your carrier, (Telstra works well) access internet via your phone. Check with your carrier for their advised reception quality. The Valley has variable internet services due to erratic NBN rollout.
For short stays, most guests keep it simple with dips/breads and cereal breakfasts. We can also heat up your takeaway food in our microwave so you can retire to your River Room with dinner. Or Bellingen has many good eating cafes and restaurants. Just remember they close early compared to the City and you might require bookings at peak holiday times.
If you're on a driving holiday, you'll be happy to get some washing done here. Bring your preferred laundry powder.
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.
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 and sharing the place with ourselves or our trusted house sitters.
No pets sorry!
Raised our now adult boys here after departing Sydney jobs and continuing our media employment here and on the road.
We have worked hard to regenerate our 13 hectare property and now enjoy a fully established rainforest riparian environment around our house. Your fee for sharing it, helps us maintain and continue this vital regeneration work with our neighbors along the Never Never River and its precious water catchment. We're average housekeepers keen on cooking and of course, cleanliness but not neat freaks! Into atmospherics! We love most music and congregation.
Internationally we have lived in Italy and keep going back to visit friends and extended family. When we do, you'll be hosted by our trusted house sitters (contact them via our landline numb).
We've made films about the old Russia and books about Islam, Italy and international politics.
We hosted willing workers' on organic farms here in Gleniffer 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.
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 or enjoy a working farm (our favourite is North Farm).