Rustic, character filled, architect designed cabin with a master loft and two small bedrooms constructed largely from recycled building materials, located on five acres of forest close enough to the ocean you can hear it in the distance.
Congo Camp House is a beautiful architect designed cabin located in five acres of eucalypt forest 1.5 kilometres from the beach. It's close enough to the beach you can hear it! There are seven wild, frequently deserted beaches, all within the Eurobodalla National Park, that are within eight minutes drive with the closest being only four minutes away, door to sand.
Because it's not really a house, like a normal house, and because there's a real "outside inside" feel and because most people spend their time sitting on the kitchen deck or around the fire pit it became known as the "Camp House". For those that love the idea of camping but not so much the inconvenience and still want a sanctuary from the elements and a comfy bed to sleep in then this place is ideal. That's why it's known as the "Congo Camp House", a name given to it by a four year girl called Amelie. This is sort of seven star camping!! I want to STRESS it's NOT a hotel! There's going to be cobwebs here and there although i try to stay on top of that and there will be dust from time to time, especially in the outside kitchen. We get little visitors like possums and bush rats in the kitchen and there's usually lots of birds hanging around and occasionally wallabies and kangaroos pass through. It's very much a bush experience and not for those expecting Hyatt style luxury. I want to stress this is a "Camp House" and it wont always be pristine and sometimes that will also depend on just how well the previous guest cleans the place.
The Jarrah kitchen is actually outside on a big timber deck, under, cover of course, and sheltered from the southerlies. Sometimes the Kookaburras will come and steal food from right under your nose, WHILE you are cooking and there will be mosquitos sometimes and moths and beetles. You are living in the elements just like if you were camping. If its raining and cold lying on the cosy couch in front of the little potbelly stove reading a book while listening to the rain on a tin roof is just wonderful anyway. There are insect screens throughout and upstairs there's a big mosquito net so inside you are generally protected from the bugs unless you've left the doors open .
From the start we wanted to limit our impact on the five acre forest it's nestled in because it's home to lots of wildlife and we tried to use recycled products where ever possible. So the Camp House features lots of beautiful recycled hardwood timber that used to be joists and bearers from old homes and it's lined with lime washed plantation hoop pine. The doors and windows were sourced as second hand castaways. The insulation is made from PET plastic bottles and the building is sited so that we can make the most of the northern sun in winter. The end result is an amazing little building that seems to belong where it is within the forest.
There is the master loft with queen size bed upstairs which offers beautiful views of the forest and two small and cosy bedrooms downstairs (two single beds and a double).
So far as we know just about everyone who's stayed at the Camp House loves the place. It rarely fails to impress. It's very private. The outlook is pretty much just forest. Its simple, unhurried, peaceful and at nights we generally sit around the fire and talk or play music. We really like that mostly the people who stay understand and appreciate what we have tried to create here and so far everyone has treated the camp house and the forest with great respect. It's a great place to escape to.
There nearest shops are in the small country town of Moruya about seven minutes dive away and where you can get just about anything you need food-wise. There is a bus service that runs between Sydney and Moruya but you'd need a car to get to the Camp House from Moruya. The coastline of the Eurobodlla is arguably the most beautiful and most wild coastline in NSW and mostly national park. There are so many beautiful and wild beaches to go to and an amazing array of national park destinations nearby.
You have access to the whole house and the five acres (2.5 hectares) during your stay.
Check in time is around 1pm and check out is midday but we are fairly flexible. if there's no one booked before you then you are welcome to arrive as early as you like and the same for check out times, if no one is booked after you then you can leave as late in the day as you wish. Just check in with us the day before and we can let you know then.
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We have a resident Brush-tailed Possum who can appear from time to time. Pretty harmless and cute. It's a good idea not to leave any food out in the outside kitchen because she can sniff around after you've gone to bed and make a bit of noise.
You will need to bring your own linen for Queen, two singles and a double. Also bring towels and tea towels . You will also be expected to take away your own garbage.
We do not employ a cleaner as this only increases the price significantly so we ask that you leave the place as clean and tidy as you found it. No pets inside please.
There is a small bar fridge but if you are staying a week it sometimes helps to have at least a cooler box/ eski to keep some things cool.
Hi, I'm a film maker/photographer these days and mostly make short films about the environment and cultural or Aboriginal heritage. My passion for nature and the environment extended as far as building Congo Camp House, my own little temple to nature, which sits very snuggly on five acres of native forest and why I'm happy to share it with like minded people. I'm fairly nomadic and spend a lot of my time travelling. I've been round the world several times and few places I have seen match the wild beauty of the coastline where the Camp House is located. I hope you get the chance to enjoy it.