The SpaceThe 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. Guest AccessLinen 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 GuestsOur 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. The NeighborhoodBalingup is special for its fresh air, good food, changing seasons, misty mornings and beautiful scenery.
The village of Balingup is in the Blackwood River Valley, two and half hours southwest of Perth, Western Australia, in the picturesque Shire of Donnybrook – Balingup. It is surrounded by vast expanses of native forest interspersed with orchards, vineyards and farmland.
Getting AroundIf you're driving, Balingup is on the South Western Highway, about 50 minutes SW of Bunbury. There are trains to Bunbury and (limited) bus services from Bunbury to Balingup. Let us know if you need to be picked up from the village. Other Things to NoteWe 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.