Welcome to our home. It's a little 40s cottage with a surprising straw bale and clay expansion. Warm in winter & cool in summer and a whole lot of love (and quite a few sheds including a studio for art makers)
There's a lot to describe of this house - from the many rooms and nooks, to the deep bath tub and the fragrant garden... A few key words could be: organic, inviting, restful, comfortable, private, creative, and even productive. Please read on for further elaboration!
Some points about the layout and features of the house as follows:
- There are three unique bedrooms each with comfy queen sized beds. The Straw Bale Bedroom is generous with curving walls and deep window sills – we use it for yoga too.
- Large open plan lounge room/kitchen with a slow combustion stove+oven. High ceilings, good lighting, couches plenty, piano.
- There is no TV but a good stereo. There is no wifi and phone reception is spare. We find it great for some disconnect time.
- One bathroom with separate shower and bath (recommended in late afternoon light). + Laundry.
- Separate toilet (with ventilated skylight and compulsory-inspiring-postcards+quotes).
- The 'Snuggery' – our name for the sunny library/reading nook. We love to share our books but please don't take them home with you.
The garden is quite extensive and designed according to permaculture principles. There is a chicken orchard, compost heaps, citrus, roses, strawberry patches and the list goes on. It is not traditionally ordered but it is rich with plant life.
The kitchen is extremely well equip with gas hob and large electric oven. The bench tops are made with slabs of Australian hardwood and there is a long communal table for just that. There is no dishwasher and a standard fridge/freezer, small by 'modern' standards. What this also means to say is that this is not a weekend party house.
Rather, our Earth House/Home is a great place for doing everything else - from writing, reading, cooking, painting, gardening, hiking and time spent for appreciating the perturbations of the sky and mind. We are ethically* minded people and want to share our home with the like. We hope that you and your friends enjoy this place as much as we have!
*we leave firewood - please burn wisely
*bedrooms are left with clean linen, towels & doonahs
* our cat Sienna lives here too. And there are a bevy of chickens and Duster the discrete Rooster does wake round dawn
While we are new to renting our home on Airbnb, many friends and family have stayed here. See the following for some bona fide impressions from previous guests/earth house lovers.
Stay in a unique home, comfortable and accommodating in a quiet location in the Blue Mountains. The house is warm and welcoming with a large comfy seating area/open plan kitchen/dining area opening on to the good sized and well-planted garden, complete with chooks to feed! . The house is simply but stylishly decorated; there are swirly patterned varnished floors and some unique and well designed features; the owners added on the large seating area using a bale-and-plaster building style, resulting in an organically-shaped rounded room with deep inset windows and a built-in 'snug' corner area . Additional heat when required can be provided by the robust and efficient wood-fire stove in the room. The bedrooms are of a good size and there is a family bathroom/shower room and more than adequate storage space. I have to declare an interest as the owners are friends of mine. Anne
An enchanting mountain hideaway. If you're looking for privacy, a beautiful garden and a wood fire this is where you need to stay. You'll want to remember waking up to birdsong and eucalypts in this peaceful part of the world long after you leave. The amazing kitchen is equal parts rustic-charm and homeliness that opens up to a lovingly tended garden that stretches uninterrupted into the Australian bush (with any luck you'll get to met a ring-tailed possum like we did). The yoga studio is a great bonus. I would recommend this to anyone wanting an authentic and supremely comfortable mountain-getaway. - Alice Birrell
We have stayed at Jill and Sarah's on many occasions. It is a favourite place to visit and relax for us. It is peaceful and quiet and incredibly beautiful. They have created a garden with beautiful nooks and crannies that suit every mood, whether you're smelling the roses or picking tomatoes.
The house is spacious and comfortable. Jill and Sarah lovingly built a hay bale extension and this care is reflected in a lovely inviting living space. All the beds are comfortable. And they have the best bath.
The combination of the beautiful house and the serenity of the garden make it an ideal spot in the mountains to unwind in comfort. Jo and Lyndall
You have the whole house and garden. We have kept the old garage and the front room (that is very cold) for our own storage.
Check out before 11am - Check in after 2pm.
Entrance is via the garden path and the rear french doors into the main living area. There is an extra entrance for the Straw Bale Bedroom. Front door not used (garden is politely overgrown).
Interaction with guests
We will send you a guide to the place but believe that you are here for your own time so think you don't really need to hear from us! We will supply our contact for if you need us.
Please watch the walls in the straw bale part of the house. They are delicate.
Love the house as much as we do. We think you will understand once you get here.
No building more sheds (without prior consent)
I grew up by the sea at Cronulla, now I live in the Blue Mountains, love the community, miss the ocean. Work at an independent school with little children and that's fun. Love to make art, go walking, do yoga and swim in the ocean. My favourite adventure was 1000kms pilgrimage walking on the Camino in France and Spain and can't wait to do it again. .....And now we have done another 1400 kms in 2016. .... next trip will be ........