‘Elsewhere’ is the perfect place to kick back and relax. This bright and airy cottage has two bedrooms (one queen, one twin) a small but well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, comfortable living/dining area and big verandah with spectacular views.
The huge veranda has an outdoor kitchen, four-burner barbecue, dining area, daybed and seating. Soak up the winter sun, watch the roos come over the hill at dusk, enjoy misty mornings and spectacular sunsets.
‘Elsewhere' is an 8-acre property, thee minutes' drive from the town of Balingup, close to the Bibbulmun Track and the Blackwood River Valley. As well as to your hosts, Adam and Lucy, Elsewhere is also home to five alpacas (plus one baby alpaca, Elmo, born in March), a dog, four chooks, frogs, abundant birdlife, kangaroos and, occasionally emus.
Linen and all essentials are provided. Some cooking/breakfast basics, such as eggs, olive oil, milk, butter, home-made jam or marmalade, tea and (real) coffee are provided. The cottage has WiFi, a DVD player, an extensive library of DVDs, books, children's books and games. Please note, there is no television reception - a great opportunity to forget the outside world and talk, play games or watch movies!
Mobile and 3G/4G internet reception is generally excellent.
Interaction with guests
Our house is on the property, so we are on hand if needed, but the cottage is completely private. You are welcome to wander around property and help us feed the alpacas and we are happy to share our local knowledge of the area.
Other things to note
We welcome families with children. Please be aware, however, that this is a rural property with open water, rough ground and opportunities for kids to fall off things, get scratched and get dirty. We've yet to meet a child who doesn't love it here, but a certain level of adult supervision is necessary.
We have a small dog, Tina (aka Hairy McLairy), who will bark on your arrival - but rest assured it is a bark of welcome, not of warning!
Many people ask if we have a fire in winter. Sorry - no, but the cottage is heated and there are plenty of spare doonas, blankets and rugs to keep you warm.
Generally we do not accept visitors' pets because of the alpacas, chooks, neighbouring cows, sheep and kangaroos. (Our own dog knows the rules and dangers).
Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage.
My partner Adam and I moved to Balingup nearly three years ago to turn a beautiful but weedy paddock into a functioning property. Both of us grew up in the country - Adam in Poland and I in England, and we had long dreamed of growing food, wool, trees and flowers, building a house and sharing our place with lots of people - and, while we still have a way to go with the paddock - that's what we're doing. We are both old enough and travelled enough to know that the little things count when you're staying somewhere far from home - a comfortable bed, a good hot shower, a lamp to read by and real coffee in the mornings. As hosts, we hope your stay is comfortable, restful and rejuvenating and we look forward to meeting you!