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River Room, Bellingen Treehouse
River Room, Bellingen Treehouse
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

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.

The space

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.


TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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.

PARKING
Plenty of onsite parking

YOUR HOSTS
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!

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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.

Guest access

PARKING
Plenty of onsite parking

HOUSE LAYOUT
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.

MEALS
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.

LAUNDRY
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!

Amenities
Essentials
Heating
Washer
Free parking on premises
Prices
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $90 AUD
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price $200 AUD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 single bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 2PM - 9PM
Check out by 11AM

SMOKERS OUTSIDE
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
No exceptions!
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!

Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Georgie User Profile
September 2017
Very special accommodation in a beautiful part of the world

Mandy User Profile
September 2017
You simply could not better the sublime architecture or location of The River Room, and Kirsty is warm and welcoming. We found using the outdoor downstairs fridge and microwave a little troublesome, as was having no water tap in the room, but we are old baby boomers perhaps too accustomed to our creature comforts. The River Room is like the best 'glamping' experience you could wish for - and then some, and if that is your thing then visit glorious Gleniffer!
Kirsty User Profile
Response from Kirsty:
Apologies about the water urn! It should have been full. Obviously to protect the architecture, we haven't introduced any new things to the space (like plumbing or kitchen) so for the sake of authenticity and respect of original design. The urn is thus vital, as you say and should have been operational for you. An oversight. But heh, we were here so would have loved to have you speak up as soon as you noticed it. Usually our fridge is in the laundry. It has been moved back there today and thus much closer to the River Room. A fridge noise in the room has just felt an intrusion on the space but really appreciate your thoughts about it. As you say, it's more glamping and the opportunity to be immersed in nature but not in a tent. Appreciate your feedback. Always insightful to hear the different experiences of the River Room.
September 2017

Sarah User Profile
September 2017
This was my second stay at the River Room and we are already thinking of when we can next visit. It's a magic place with all amenities you need and the most beautiful context you could imagine.

Alberto User Profile
June 2017
A wonderful experience and we are grateful that this place can be shared with the airbnb community. The River Room is well suited to anyone with an open mind and a willingness to explore what domestic life can really be about. The architecture is unprecious, but in a good way, in a way that reminds you of the joys of simplicity and the importance of reconnecting with nature. It seems like a space that can be enjoyed in the heat of summer, the chill of winter, during a birdsong filled sunset or a raging lightning storm. It both shelters and exposes you. It reminds you to sit and be present.
Kirsty User Profile
Response from Kirsty:
Wow you are a writer too! Expressed that better than us! Thanks Alberto. Like this particularly: "It seems like a space that can be enjoyed in the heat of summer, the chill of winter, during a birdsong filled sunset or a raging lightning storm. It both shelters and exposes you. It reminds you to sit and be present. ”
June 2017

Steph User Profile
May 2017
Kirsty and George's property is absolutely delightful. What a treat to spend a few nights in such a unique structure and to spend time along that gorgeous Never Never river. It was beautiful for a swim. The room was warm and cozy with an exceptional outlook. Kirsty and George were warm and friendly and they clearly love sharing their beautiful part of the world with their guests. I'm very glad that they do! Thank you!!

Lucy User Profile
May 2017
Lush rainforest surroundings, extroidinary architectural design and luxurious
Kirsty User Profile
Response from Kirsty:
Sorry to miss you Lucy & thanks for your feedback. Really nice to hear. Thanks for taking the time!
May 2017

Marissa User Profile
April 2017
A beautiful and scenic area, it's hard to go wrong in the lovely area that is Glennifer. What a magical area. We are both accustomed to camping trips so this was pure luxury for us, and the bed and shower were both lovely, indulgent experiences on their own. The actual Tree House was fantastic, clean, spacious. Minimal bugs and mosquitoes. We slept with the door open one night, no concerns, but I can imagine soon it will probably be a bit too chilly for that option. The outdoor kitchen had everything you could possible need and was an awesome place to sit and eat, and chat. Warwick was a very accomodating host, even doing our dishes! He was available at all times without being intrusive, and happily answered any of our queries and gave some local knowledge about town and the surrounds. His ever loyal and obedient dog, Molly, was also very endearing... such a little cutie. Thanks Warwick (and Molly)! Pleasure to meet you and thanks for looking after us.

Bellingen, AustraliaJoined in January 2011
Kirsty User Profile

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).

Languages: Italiano
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