About this listing
Relax in large cozy self-contained open-plan apartment overlooking your own private garden. Own entrance and outdoor seating. Kitchen is fully equipped. Free wi-fi. Insect screened and private. Organic breakfast of bread, milk, eggs etc included.
Come and enjoy our cozy spacious self-contained apartment. Your windows overlook a beautiful private subtropical garden all to yourselves. Herb garden and outdoor seating for your private use too. The apartment is very large and is open plan. I've tried to think of everything you could need to feel at home and relax.
The space includes extremely comfortable queen bed and single bed with luscious cotton bedding supplied. We have a travel cot for babies which we can set up for you on request.
The lounge is equipped with a small tv and dvd with loads of movies and comedy for your enjoyment. There is a cd player and lots of varied music to listen to. The sound system also has a dock for your own device so you can listen to your own music. The apartment has good insulation which allows you to enjoy yourself without worrying about noise.
The apartment has its own bathroom with shower and toilet.
There is a huge assortment of books including novels, coffee table books, cook books, art books, magazines etc. There are some books for children too.
The apartment is fully screened so you can catch the breeze and be free of mosquitoes, flies etc..
Fully equipped kitchen/dining room. Including: fridge, cooker, toaster, kettle, coffee plunger, microwave and citrus juicer. Pots and pans (including steamer and wok), crockery and cutlery (including bread knife, vegie peeler, potato masher, can opener, grater) provided.
All bedding and towels provided. Children are welcome and children under 12 stay at no extra charge. The apartment is large enough for 3 adults. We have had families with two small children stay and they've felt comfortable.
We have tried to provide a little oasis of quiet for our guests to relax in. Wake to the sounds of the birds in the trees outside your door.
We are situated in the township of Bellingen on the north side of the river, within walking distance of the main street.
Bellingen is a thriving transition town on the north coast of New South Wales. 20km from us are some of the most beautiful, clean beaches in the world. 20km in another direction brings you to the Dorrigo National Park, a spectacular rainforest which has world heritage listing. 15km in another direction brings you to the Promised Land and the pristine swimming holes of the Never Never.
Bellingen town is renowned for quirky cafes, organic food outlets and it's weekly organic food markets and monthly community market. There are vintage ware emporiums, fashion outlets, some great op shops, a lovely craft supply shop, art shows, festivals, and much much more.
Every third Saturday of the month is the community market. This market has been going for over 30 years and is well worth a visit. There are many many stalls including lots of good food to eat. There is usually live music at this event.
On the second and fourth Saturday of each month is the Organic Food Market. This market sells mostly locally grown and manufactured organic foods. You can have a coffee and cake and listen to some great music as well.
BREAKFAST I provide for you consists of organic loose leaf English Breakfast Tea (or tea bags if you prefer). We also have freshly ground organic coffee and a plunger or stove-top percolator. Organic cow's milk or organic Bonsoy soy milk will be in the fridge when you arrive. A loaf of locally made rustic bread is also provided. A little butter and jam too. Our own free-range chickens provide organic eggs.
The kitchen is stocked with organic olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, honey and some balsamic vinegar.
Locally hand made soap and Melrose organic shampoo and conditioner are provided for use during your stay.
Close to the Pacific Highway. Half an hour drive from Coffs Harbour airport and other city facilities.
We've furnished this space with lovely old wares we've collected over the years. The queen bed is very comfortable. We've tried to make this space the ideal place to base yourself for a happy holiday.
We are a LGBTT friendly establishment.
Very private, very comfortable and a little bit different.
There is off street parking. Parking for guests is directly in front of bamboo screen which is directly in front of guests accommodation. Off street parking for one guest vehicle only. Guests have their own separate entry.
Interaction with Guests
I go through the apartment when guests arrive, to show them where everything is and to pass on free wifi details. I keep this brief, as most people need to settle and relax soon after arrival. I have loads of information in a pack of local restaurants, shops, areas of natural beauty and things to look out for when visiting Bellingen. Most people want to share their holiday with their loved ones, with just the briefest interaction. I am happy to answer any questions you may have and I enjoy a chat when my guests seek me out.
We live in a lovely green part of Bellingen. There is a walking path along our street. We have seen a koala in the park 200 metres from our house from time to time. There is a nature reserve behind the property. This acts as a wonderful encouragement to native birds and animals. I have planted out to encourage birds into my garden too. I have a stingless native bee hive on the property.
To walk into the main street from here, you cross over the Bellinger River. If it's hot you could stop for a swim. If you are out down by the river or looking over the river from up town as night falls, you will probably be amazed by the number of Flying Foxes taking off from Bat Island. They set off for a night of feeding in the rainforest. It is a sight to see!
There is no public transport in Bellingen. You can walk to town from here or we can pick you up from town by arrangement if you like. There is a taxi service in town. If arriving at Coffs Harbour airport we can arrange pick up. Prior arrangement would need to be made and costs covered.
Other Things to Note
I love being part of the Airbnb community. This is a very broad and diverse community. I love this about it. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and places. I am always respectful of my guests and their needs.
No smoking on our premises. No pets inside the apartment. Please leave your shoes at the door as the apartment is carpeted.
When you arrive: please drive right into the driveway and park directly in front of the bamboo screen. This will allow all cars to come and go freely. If you don't want to back out onto the street you may prefer to reverse into the driveway.
Rae & Simon were very welcoming. The studio apartment has everything we needed. We love the home grown oranges and eggs. They were such a treat.
This is an excellent airbnb experience. Rae makes every effort to make your experience special. Eggs from her chooks, fresh bakes bread, awesome homemade jam, fresh oranges from the tree - complete with a classic orange juice squeezer. We loved it. The space is a studio apartment with two comfortable beds (sleeps three). It has been creatively separated and is lovingly decorated with her art and furnished with very funky furniture. Being able to cook and sit in the sunny kitchen for breakfast was a great experience. This accommodation is very well furnished and comfortable. Rae has made significant effort to ensure your stay is comfortable and relaxing. A lovely walk into town (15 minutes) across the bridge where I had to stop and take photos. On my next trip to Bellingen, this is the only place to stay. Rae and Simon are a great couple and we felt totally support during our too brief stay.
We would like to send our gratitude to Rae. It was an incredible three nights, and we felt we were looking after really well whilst also provided with local information. Rae made us feel at home in extremely comfortable environment. Also, the organic food was amazing!
What a find! A cosy apartment nearly as big as the house above it. A very nice welcome and show around from Rae, who understands the boundaries very well. Warm and friendly, but knowing when to withdraw, Rae left us with the feeling that we could call on her for anything. This proved unnecessary as the bread, milk, eggs, tea etc was more than adequate for our three night stay. The breakfast supplies were organic, free range, local and/or home made and all delicious.
Rae is a glass and mosaic artist, and examples of her lovely work adorn the flat and garden. The town is very friendly and relaxed, with a great laid back feel, but it has all the things you will need for a long visit.
We came to Bellingen to see the site of the movie Danny's Deckchair finding Rae's place conveniently located in the heart of Bellingen.
Rae made us feel welcome from the get go while she showed us the space we were going to spend 3 nights in. She had made us a map of the movie various sets so we could easily find them :). She also had fresh eggs and bread as well as other organic goodies for our breakfasts... the place as as extensively describes on the Air B&B site and both her and her partner were helpful and charming. we know where to stay the next time we will come to Bello! Thank you for your hospitality.
Bernard and Agnes.
Rae was wonderful, she showed us around the place and provided us with lovely teas, coffee, bread, butter, eggs and milk. She insisted we let her know if we were running out of things so she could replenish. I stayed at Rae's with my father and his partner, and the room was so big that I never had the feeling that I was sleeping in the same room as them. The area is very nice, it's a very short drive from the town centre, and it's surrounded by birds and trees. We spent a couple of mornings just listening to all the sounds of nature. I can definitely recommend this place, and I will happily stay again when (not if) we go back to Bellingen!
Our host Rae made us very welcome and let us know that she was available if we needed anything or any advice on the area. The description of the listing on Airbnb was very accurate. The apartment had a beautiful feel to it and the food and toiletries were excellent quality organic natural products. I would definitely stay again if I were in the area.
About the Host, Rae
Hi I'm Rae. I've lived in Bellingen for 24 years. I make stained glass windows. I have a kiln in which I make fused glass jewellery and plates and inclusions for my windows. I love doing mosaics as well. I eco dye silk fabric too. I love creating art. I've recently taken up crochet and knitting. I've been into eating wholesome food for 30 years. I love gardening and growing some of my own food. I've kept chickens for the last 13 years. I love my girls (hens) for their eggs, their work in the garden and for being excellent company. I've recently become the proud keeper of a hive of Australian native stingless bees. They are the most adorable creatures around. I love living in a rural area. Being so close to nature is very important to me. I've planted out my garden to encourage birds and other native animals to visit.
The first time I entered Bellingen I felt as if I'd come home. I love the beauty of this whole area. I love swimming in the river and creeks and the ocean near here as they are so clean. I love gardening and growing my own food. I eat really healthy simple food and I love to cook. I love the music festivals and the art that is prevalent in Bellingen.
As the apartment is self-contained, I like to leave it up to my guests as to how much they want to engage. I have traveled extensively and know the importance of finding a place that feels private and like home, even if only for one night. I try to make our apartment a sanctuary for people to rest and relax. I have put together lots of information about the area and I am happy to pass on my local knowledge of places and events of interest.
I enjoy getting to know the places I travel to by staying in smaller establishments and finding the places to eat the locals go to. I like to get a real feel of the places I go. Possibly my favourite place to visit so far is the Cook Islands. I relate to island time. Or maybe Bali, Portugal was amazing and Spain. I love travelling! When I think back over travel I've done, I often remember the places that have been sanctuaries for me and I've tried to create that here for my guests.