Travelled widely for work & with family! We have these 2 homes (near Bellingen and inner Sydney) where both our adult children were born. Our Bellingen Treehouse is our retreat. We have worked hard to regenerate our 13 hectare property and now enjoy a fully established rainforest environment around our house. Your fee for sharing it, helps us maintain and continue this vital regeneration work along the Never Never River and its precious water catchment. We work from home in Sydney or Bellingen, so hosting is our way to also support travellers' away from the normal hotel circuit -- as we like to travel too.
If we're home when you're visiting, we do work at night sometimes. We're average housekeepers keen on cooking and of course, cleanliness but not neat freaks! Into atmospherics! We love most music but not so much jazz/pop or country rather more R&B, Stephen Pigram and his brothers Kimberley music; indigenous artists including Gurrumul/Shellie morris/East Journey and Dan Sultan and the vibrant Mama Kin not to mention all the 60s and 70s music we grew up on!
Internationally we have lived in Italy and keep going back to visit friends and extended family. We've made films about the old Russia and books about Islam, Italy and international politics. We love to cook -- Italian and Asian our favourite cuisines but Bellingen also offers the visitor fabulous organic and home grown produce.
We are keen trackers of public and political affairs. actively supporting community's fighting inappropriate development. But our contribution is mainly to support a community's capacity and right to informed consent rather than as protestors'.
As hosts we are friendly but frankly, we work from home so we need to retreat to our desks once you're happily settled. Particularly because of working from home, we'd hate to be rude to you! So we figure it's best to be honest about this upfront. Most of our guests are independent travellers who are "over" hotels. They have work or sight seeing commitments and just need a bit of quick advice as they're in and out of our front door!
We hosted willing workers' on organic farms in The Promised Land 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.
Suggestions on how we can improve your stay, most welcome! 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!