A handmade mud-brick family home built with love, creativity and just about everything recycled. This private rural property is set amid beautiful gardens on the Kalang river, with everything you need to feel at home, because it is a real home.
Come and enjoy a stay in our beautiful home.
Thirty years ago we were young and had a dream; to leave the city behind, design and build a mud home in the bush and have a few kids. So we moved to the Bellingen valley and did just that. Now the kids all live in the city and the trees we planted are full of fruit, the bedrooms are empty and we would like others to enjoy the place as we do.
Our unique property is just 6 km from the Bellingen township, with its vibrant country cosmopolitan atmosphere, full of music, art and small town friendly quirkiness, backed up with fabulous food, coffee and our very special open air markets, music festivals and camp creative.
Our home is a constant changing art work, always full of our festival and party sculptures, crazy dress up costumes hide in corners and cupboards, pottery, paintings and handmade stuff everywhere. There is even a 5 metre dragon living in the ceiling.
We hand built every brick, scrounged every window and door from the wreckers yards and put it altogether with attitude. The property sits on 4 acres on the Kalang River, the gardens are lush and green with sculptures and seasonal surprises everywhere. The bird life is awesome, Black Cockatoos live here all year, King parrots visit whenever there is fruit on the trees, Regent Bower birds, Kingfishers and our own resident pair of Buff-banded rails, just to name a few.
So if you’re looking for that unusual holiday stay, give us a try, our house offers many surprises. You can camp out down by the river, get up early to quietly look for our neighbourhood platypus. Sleep in late and listen to the birds and the quiet of the morning. You will always find a comfy place to sit, we have an abundance of couches and chairs in the sun, shade, or around our Scandinavian combustion fireplace.
We offer our home just as we use it, with its relaxed comfort and wish you to feel at home during your stay. If you're looking for a freedom furniture trendy retreat with manicured lawns, sparkling windows and rolled up towels this is not for you. The planet is too fragile to keep up with the latest trends in home wares, just use and enjoy our second hand and recycled stuff.
This home is available as a whole house suitable for 2 couples or a family of five/six. For a single couple there is a separate cottage on the property listed separately as ‘Mud brick & Stone Hideaway’.
This two story mud brick home has; master bedroom with a queen bed, views to the river, ceiling fan. The second bedroom has a queen bed and a king single, a large opening roof window and ceiling fan. The third bedroom has a king single and also a ceiling fan. Upstairs also has an office area with a large very tame dragon hanging from the rafters.
Downstairs the lounge has leather couches and a cane day bed all set around a slow combustion fire place. There is a Smart HD TV and a collection of music, books and games. There is wireless internet access available but mobile phone coverage is limited.
The large eat in kitchen with table setting for 6, every utensil and appliance you would need (no dish washer). We leave breakfast for your first morning and a lightly stocked pantry that includes a range of spices, oil, vinegar, sauces, teas and some of what ever you would normally or perhaps not normally keep in the cupboard, so if you forget to get something it may already be in the cupboard. Gas hotplates, electric oven and an outside eating area with BBQ and an open fire under the lush grape vine, which is the coolest place to hang out on summer nights.
Our old fashioned bathroom has a claw foot cast iron tub and a large shower, our unique outside loo has a view. All water for house is from the river and fed through a 3 stage UV filter system, ensuring chemical and bacteria free water from every tap. All hot water is solar heated, with a large capacity and emergency electric backup for rainy days.
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We try to be thoughtful hosts and be there if you need us for anything and stay away if you don't. However we always like to meet you and say good day when you arrive and enjoy a chat, a cuppa or can show you around if you want, its up to you.
Mobile phone coverage is limited in the areas surrounding Bellingen, including at our place, so enjoy the the peace, or if you really need to use our land line.
Minimum booking of 3 nights. Maximum of 6 guests.
No smoking inside.
No entry to workshop areas.
We are a happy couple who enjoy life, art and good company. We have lived in Bellingen for a long time, raised a family here and now enjoy sharing our place with all sorts of lovely people, we know and love the whole area very much.
As hosts we aim to be friendly, generous and achieve the balance of being available and respectful to our guests needs for interaction or privacy. Time permitting we love our visitors to come to our home for a cup of tea or a glass of wine and share a story or 2 during their stay.