About this listing
A large room is available in an airy, modern house set among bushland out of town. Pristine beaches are a walk away. The room has a queen size double bed and doors that open on to a verandah. There is the possibility of booking a large room with two single beds instead. Both can be available to extend the accommodation to 4 people. Please contact us if this is an option you are interested in. We will assume all bookings are for the room with a queen size bed unless we are told otherwise.
The rooms are in an open plan house with guest bathroom. There is a sun room which looks out over the large bushland garden. There is an artists printmaking and painting studio in the grounds with printing presses.
Kangaroos and wallabies visit the garden and the sound of birds and the ocean are ever present. There is covered parking and we are classic car friendly and touring motorbike friendly. The owner is a club member in both cases. We welcome pets and have inquisitive chickens roaming the grounds in the afternoon. We have a large undercover area for wet days and a barbeque under cover..
The location is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, 7 kms south of the nearest town. There is easy access from the Pacific Highway. We can pick up from the local station on the Sydney-Brisbane line if required. The airport is 25 minutes drive away.
The area is popular in the tourist season and offers pristine beaches, fishing, water-sports, swimming, surfing, and kite surfing. The nearby pretty town of Bellingen is known for its cafes and restaurants. A short drive into the mountains brings you to Dorrigo. Well known for the spectacular drive along Waterfall Way. This road is loved by bikies and car enthusiasts. There is a rainforest walk at Dorrigo. Train fans will find a large number of old steam locos there to photograph.
The host is internationally known artist, printmaker and illustrator and there is original artwork on the walls. Home cooked Japanese meals are available with some notice.
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The house is in a setting where nature dominates. The trees are 30 to 50 meters high and birdsong abounds. Our constant companions are kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, colourful parrots and scores of other types of birds. You can hear the surf crash in the distance and the sea breeze keeps the house cool. Vents in the very high ceilings in the main house catch the breeze. The beach is a short walk away. The walk home is uphill all the way and most people drive to the headland and save their walking for the pure sands and waters of the beach itself.
The nearest town is Urunga, 7 kms away. There is a railway station there on the main east coast line from Sydney to Brisbane. Local buses serve towns up and down the highway. The service is country style, so not frequent as you would expect in a city. We do our best to help guests who have arrived without a vehicle.
Pets must not be allowed to chase the chickens when they are out of the coop.
Pets must be discouraged from chasing the wildlife.
No shoes allowed in the main house (Japanese style).
No children allowed unsupervised in the studio or garage.
No chemicals, disinfectants or other unsuitable substances allowed in the eco-friendly bio-digestor system. (Down the basins, sinks, showers, bath or toilet.) This includes coffee grounds and sand from the beach.
We have undercover parking and we recommend that guests use this as the tall native gums are known to drop branches. The trees are away from the house and no vehicle has ever been damaged but we urge you to park undercover.
The house and verandah are non smoking. The grounds are spacious and a smoker could find a spot where the smell is undetectable by other people.
No chickens allowed on the verandah. Repeat offenders will be pan-fried in breadcrumbs.
I've been an illustrator for years working in Sydney and 19 years in London. My work has appeared in all the quality newspapers in the UK and on book covers and elsewhere. I now live on 5 acres of sub-tropical bushland near a pristine beach on the mid north coast. I have a studio for painting and printmaking and most of the equipment came from 19th century London. I live here with Kiyomi and we love animals. We have two cats and have looked after dogs on many occasions. Kiyomi is a fabulous cook.
Our joint interests are animals, the garden, travel, food, music and languages. Between us we speak 6 languages. I also like classic cars, my BMW motorbike and railways.