The SpaceSuite with its own entrance, bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed, a lounge/study and a bright kitchen/dining room. Bathroom with shower recess and full-sized bath; toilet with bidet.
The 50 square metre suite is half of our brick home, separated by walls with 130mm of soundproofing. It is suitable for one person or a couple.
The entrance is five metres from our main entrance.
The kitchen/dining room (3.5 by 3 metres) is a bright room with two burner stove, small oven, full sized fridge and several appliances.
The bathroom has a full-sized bath and a shower recess. The toilet is in a separate room with a Japanese warm water bidet (Washlet), incorporated.
In our 2014 renovations we used non-allergenic substances like casein wall paint, citrus oil-based wood paint and sand-coloured natural linseed oil linoleum with a cork underlay.
The bedroom has a Dunlop Sleepmaker Orthopaedic Supreme inner spring mattress with magnets in the underlay.
While we are meticulous with the cleaning of the suite, keep in mind it is nested in an organic botanic collection where no insecticides - no cides at all - are used.
The one acre organic gardens have over one thousand useful species, including cooking and salad greens, herbs, spices, and fruit, nut and fibre plants, for your use. Our garden and the nearby paperbark ecosystem are home to wallabies, echidnas, possums, bandicoots and 45 species of birds.
In summer sea breezes keep the gardens and dwellings cool. The sound-scape is calm as the house is set back from neighbours and street sounds are muffled by 13 species of clumping bamboo and 20 wide clumps of tall tiger grass.
Guests from the city are always impressed by the number and brightness of stars visible in the large night sky.
Since 1998 we have collected perfume plants with drifting scents:- Osmanthus, several types of Jasmines, including Star, Night and Sambac, Roses, two types of Champaka, Brunsfelsias, Gardenias, seven colours of evening-fragrant Brugmansia, Burmese Bayur and ten types or species of Frangipani. In August 2016 we commenced making perfume with these on a base of our home-made sandalwood tincture. We employ traditional French methods of extraction:- cold enfleurage (in village shea butter), warm oil maceration and tinctures.
We have also started a 3 tonne sculpture in white rock of breaching Migaloo the white humpback whale at the bottom of the garden.
Several guests have continued their work while staying here. The park-like gardens, tranquility and natural beauty are conducive to hatch ideas and to focus the mind; the lack of distractions may be conducive to an art retreat, researching or writing a script, song or novel, running your business remotely, or similar.
You may like to test out a sea/tree change by observing the other residents (Jude and Michel) going about their back-to-the-land lives. As the Peasants of Pleasantville they tend and harvest the gardens, repair and create, collect eggs from the (two) chickens, play music, draw and paint.
Unless away, they will offer you fruit, greens, herbs and spices from the gardens. Guest AccessYou have sole access to the guest partition of the house.
Wifi @ 200Gb per month.
You might like to enjoy meals alfresco in the garden.
You have access to a laundry with a front loader.
There is a dedicated space for parking your car at the edge of our circular driveway. Drive in on the right side and continue on out the opposite side of the circular driveway.
You are welcome to use two mountain bikes and also two old beach bikes. Interaction with GuestsWe will greet and farewell you (when we are here) at the least. We always enjoy to show the gardens and give locals' tips.
The doors of our home and your suite are just four metres apart in a courtyard under a large verandah, with a privacy screen so each party is aware of the other's comings and goings.
Should you need anything come to our entrance or phone/text our mobile. If we are overseas, we shall keep in touch by email.
Canned music is kept to a low. The NeighborhoodClosest airport is Ballina (thirty minutes by car or shuttle bus); closest international airport is Gold Coast (one hour).
The Organic Urban Park is located on the southern edge of Byron Bay, 2.3km from the CBD in a leafy neighbourhood that is surrounded by bushland, suburban but secluded, on one acre.
150m away on the main road are the popular cafe / restaurant, the Roadhouse, a chiropractor, a delightful garden nursery and The Blues Festival office.
Heart and Soul Gym and Yoga centre is another 100m toward town and both the Green Garage and Mac's delicatessen are within a kilometre.
The Thursday morning Farmers' Market and the first Sunday-of-the-month General Market are just to the north of the small CBD. There is a Saturday evening craft market in the centre of town.
See our Guidebook for several other local attractions and dining options.
Tallow Creek mouth, with local and migrating birds, on the wild Tallow Beach is only a short walk/bike ride (700m) via a small coastal heathland track through Arakwal National Park. From there take long promenades to Cape Byron Lighthouse or Broken Head. Whales can be seen migrating north from June to August and returning south in September and October.
Our latitude is 28.3°S, with a sub-tropical climate, relatively cool in summer and warm in winter. Temperatures are mild rarely reaching over 30°C in summer and in winter up to 25°C. Getting Around2.3km to the post office and CBD is a 20 minute walk for the fit, or cyclable. There is a Blanch's bus into town with a bus stop just 200m away.
You will find many car hire options at airports and in Byron Bay (even coupes!).
Daily there are dozens of long haul buses from/to Brisbane and Sydney.
Airport shuttle buses will bring you to the door.
If you would like to visit local beauty spots like Cape Byron, Brunswick Heads, or Broken Head, you will need a car.
That said, there are plenty of attractions, in particular the two big beaches, within walking or cycling distance. You have the use of two mountain bikes. Other Things to NoteWe very much welcome folk of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds as we have worked in over forty countries and also have a multi-cultural and multi-racial family.
Guests often report how well/deeply they sleep. The distant sound of pounding waves from Tallow Beach may help.
Mosquitoes breed in the Bay tea tree swamps and can be a nuisance, usually January to April. We have home-made organic repellents, a very effective mosquito buzzer and citronella burners to keep them at bay. Wear long loose sleeves and pants when outdoors in the evenings.
We beg you to be very careful when you swim at the beach because of the rips particularly at nearby secluded Tallow Beach and even at Main Beach where, unless an experienced swimmer or surfer, you should swim between the lifesavers' flags.