As you can imagine there are many decisions to be made when you are creating a new tourist accommodation. We are ‘tree-change’ escapees who are new to the business of tourism, but like most people we do have our own experiences of travel and past holidays. For us our most stand-out experience came from weekends away in northern NSW where we stayed at a delightful cottage outside Murwillumbah. It wasn‘t expensive, wouldn‘t have featured in flash travel magazines or TV travel shows, or receive celebrity endorsement; but the owners displayed what I term as ‘thoughtful hospitality’ and this made our stay a delight and a retreat from our busy lives. So as well as incorporating sustainable design into all our services and buildings we have endeavoured to incorporate ‘thoughtful hospitality’. From the comments in our guest books and on-line reviews I know our guests appreciate our efforts, and we hope you will too!
Stay for a while... Relax!
We have created tourist accommodation that is a destination and not just a bed for the night. We want you to be surrounded by natural beauty and to experience the bush and large night skies. Hear the flowing river, birdsong and scuffling sounds of native wildlife. Feel the vitality of the natural world. Explore our bush trails and read about the local Chinese Tin Mining heritage. Sit quietly on the sandstone benches beneath the Sasafras trees, meditate, enjoy! Walk by the river, watch the fish, wait for the platypus. Take a swim. Explore the river in our canoe. Enjoy the antics of our resident chooks and our crazy failed sheep dog trying to round up the alpacas… Pick vegetables from our organic garden. Talk to your hosts.
Of course we want you to explore the region too. There is so much to discover. Ask us.
While still being very practical with our construction (we had a limited budget!) Graham (yes Graham is a builder) used local materials as much as possible. All hardwood was felled and milled on site. Malcolm walked his bullock team in from Derby to assist! 80-year old macrocarpa pine trees growing in our paddock were used to create the doors, window frames (all double-glazed) and joinery in each cottage. Beautiful hard dolerite stone from Mt Victoria and recycled bricks were used in construction. Services are sustainable too: enviro-cycle sewage treatment, rainwater harvested, powered by micro-hydro electric generation, gas heating rather than wood-fired and we try to minimize waste; although the latter is also up to you…