About this listing
Wake up to the sunrise and shower with the birds. The single room apartment is all about the view. An ocean and verdant green valley panorama with Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse in the distance.
We have a beautiful home near the Crystal Castle five minutes drive from Mullumbimby with breathtaking views of the ocean and Byron Bay in the distance!
Situated on 22 acres of beautiful Byron Hinterland farm land and bordering a nature reserve, we have a great, private single room self contained apartment on the ground floor of our house for one or two guests. We also accept bookings for three adults but with a $20 per night surcharge for the extra adult. There is no surcharge for couples with a young child.
The apartment has a basic kitchen, laundry, TV, queen size bed, fold out sofa lounge, wifi internet. Entrance is separate to the rest of the house which adds to the privacy. We often don't see guests after check in unless interested in a farm tour.The solar heated, rainwater shower and bath is outside in the garden so it may not suit everyone but anyone with an inner hippie will love it. It's our most popular feature and many return just for the shower! It's like showering under a warm water waterfall with fresh air and greenery all around.
The property is a working banana farm. Although we are not certified organic we manage the farm using natural systems ie. nutrient cycling with mulch and compost and we don't use chemicals. We harvest all year round and love showing off the property and farming operation and sharing ideas about landscape management and sustainability, We always have lots of bananas for guests.
Over half the property is natural bushland with lots of wildlife including koalas, wallabies, echidnas, rare birds and frogs. We can't accept requests with dogs sorry due to our commitment to wildlife conservation.
The property has some beautiful bushwalks including one to the top of our hill where you will see some of the best views in the region.
We are about a 20 min drive from Byron Bay so a car helps to get to the beaches and local attractions. For anyone without transport we can pick up and drop off at Mullumbimby which is five minutes away. For short stays although having a car is preferable it isn't 100% essential and it's cheaper than a hostel. Buses go from Mullumbimby to Byron Bay regularly.
Rates start at $60 per night and vary according to seasonal demand. Longer term stays are welcome and very negotiable so if you're interested in accommodation for a month or more don't hesitate to contact us and ask questions or make an offer.
No rules here. We're hippies.
My husband and I just spent a wonderful 4 nights/5 days at Featherview with wonderful hosts, Garry and Susie. The accommodation was clean and well presented with heaps of little extras...just loved the fresh organically grown bananas from their farm. We did a little home cooking and everything was adequate to enable this. The property is on such beautiful land with epic views of the coast....we witnessed stunning sunrises and beautiful sunsets and were even lucky enough to witness a thunderstorm with lightening across the ocean. It was peaceful, tranquil and relaxing...our hosts were inviting and available but respected our privacy. But....the highlight would definitely have to be the outdoor shower and bath, nothing like coming back to a hot bubbly bath under the palm trees as the sun is setting, sipping on a red wine and nibbling on cheese and crackers...Yep, we had a fabulous time. Thankyou Garry and Susie.
We stayed at Garry's for 2 nights and it was absolutely wonderful! The place has everything you need. The outdoor shower was very relaxing and the view of the stars was amazing. Garry was very helpful during our stay and provided us with directions to some gorgeous beaches and even lent us some cards to pass the evenings with. I would definitely recommend Garry's place for a relaxing getaway!
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A friend and I stayed at Garry's place just for the night on our way to Sydney. It is a nice and quiet place in the hinterlands.The apartment was perfect: clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed for our stay even a bowl of fresh bananas was waiting for us upon arrival. We really enjoyed the outdoor shower. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to meet Garry in person but he made a lot of effort to ensure we arrived safely and enjoyed our stay.We would definitely recommend staying with Garry. Thanks again for everything!
Beautiful views of valley to ocean. So peaceful and pretty. Barry supplied everything needed and more. We really enjoyed our stay & highly recommend it.
We found Featherview easily. Gary was there to greet us. And WOW! What a welcome and what a view! The accommodation is just perfect. We loved the outdoor shower and the hammock. We did not want to leave..one night is just too short.
Thanks for the nice review Annie. You're fabulous guests. Too short for us too. By the way, we can arrange the masseuse for John. We bought a massage table for just that purpose. Our masseuse is sooo good and good value. Not sure the table is waterproof but maybe we will find out next time you stay.
We consider it is the first and best option to stay when we come down to Byron. We will always come back again.
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About the Host, Garry
I'm a hippie banana farmer from Mullumbimby near Byron Bay. My parents bought our special piece of paradise over thirty years ago when land was cheap. We immediately went about restoring the degraded, weed infested natural bushland which includes koala habitat and threatened ecosystems. Since 1980 we have planted over eight thousand trees grown from seed collected from local remnants and removed acres of weeds. I love rainforests can identify most species in the local area and can recognise local birds from their calls.
Recently we took over management of the degraded four hectare banana plantation and converted it to a more organic or biological system. Previously chemicals were used and soil erosion was slowly destroying the landscape. We created swales (terraces) to catch and slow water movement and planted cover crops to hold the precious topsoil in place. Our main source of fertiliser is farm grown chipped wood and compost used as a mulch. We are essentially taking carbon from the atmosphere where it is a problem and storing it in the soil where it is useful but lacking. Carbon feeds the microbial life that is essential to plant health and our farm philosophy revolves around that fact. Harmlessness is something we apply to every aspect of our project. We aim to not harm the land and respect all the life that inhabits it including microscopic life under the soil surface.
I'm married to Suzy who works as a flight attendant. We are vegan but don't care about or judge anyone else's choices. Sometimes differences make people interesting more than similarities. We accept anyone and welcome anyone into our home who is interested in nature, sustainability, alternative thinking and lifestyles.. or anyone who is respectful of our beautiful property.
I love a surf or if there's no swell a swim in the ocean. The nearest beach is clothing optional and only ten minutes drive away. We usually go to the rainforest beaches south of Byron Bay if we have the opportunity. We have spare surfboards available and beach bikes. Riding a bike along the beach from Brunswick Heads to Byron Bay at low tide is fun.
We love sharing our house and amazing property with appreciative people so send us a message if you want to discover paradise or just want to say hello. If you don't have the opportunity to stay but are in the area and are curious about what a sustainable banana farm looks like I usually can spare half an hour to show it off. There's a free banana smoothie in it for anyone who is interested enough.