First things first - the EarthHouse is beautiful. A nice and sleek design, the decor (most especially the tapestry) is in the best of taste - and the views are just stunning.
The guesthouse has two rooms, a wide atrium seperates the owner's house from the guest area. There are two entrances to every guestroom - one from the front terrace, the second one from a secluded and screened small area at the back. From there (which we were kindly asked to use cause otherwise we would have passed by the "neighbor's" terrace) one enters directly into the open bathroom, vis-à-vis the toilet bowl (less than 1,50 meters). We found that ackward, but what we really didn't enjoy was the completly open-designed concept, no chance to close any door when using the toilet. There are different likings to that topic and we want to state that we don't judge the concept - but if you prefer to give each other privacy - then this is not the best place to be.
Another point was the breakfast - the fridge is filled with 4 slices of bread, jam, a little container of butter, a view fruits and a fresh juice. The web page states a continental breakfast and that is just what you get. Again, this is a question of liking - just be aware that if you wish some fresh bread rolls or cheese, maybe some tomatoes or cold-cut you have to buy it yourself.
The second guestroom was rented too and the couple there didn't have the best of times in their marriage. The two adjoining bathrooms have at the top a window instead of the wall - which allows noise to travel really well. Between the two bedrooms is a door, not so great to absorb sound neither and although the couple really didn't raise their voices much we got to know details about their private lifes ... Ended up in opening the TV although we didn't feel like watching.
Would we come back ? No. Which doesn't mean that the EarthHouse is not a good place to be (let me state again the fact of the beautiful views and some very nice near-by rural restaurants) - it just wasn't the right place to be for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EarthHouse is a unique guesthouse, built from local rammed earth, situated in the picturesque hills of the North Coast of New South Wales. Located just 10 minutes from Bangalow on a 100 acre working farm, EarthHouse comprises of two independent suites, each with queen bed, large ensuite bathroom, dressing room, breakfast pantry, and an adjoining private courtyard. The EarthHouse philosophy is tasteful simplicity, inspired by and sympathetic to, the natural environment. Every care has been made to ensure the comfort of guests, whilst being sensitive to the earth from which it was built. Both rooms have spectacular views from the wide verandah, across the Corndale Valley and beyond to the Nightcap ranges. The EarthHouse began when owners Alastair and Jackie Black, moved to the area in 2005 from a sheep and cattle station in North West NSW. After many years of experience with renovating houses, they endeavored to build an ecologically sound house and cottage that included many of the best ideas from previous homes. The rammed earth approach to building was chosen because of its unique look, and its exceptional thermal qualities. A typical seasonal breakfast includes freshly ground local coffee, loose leaf teas, freshly squeezed juice, fresh seasonal fruit, home-baked sour dough bread, homemade spreads, muesli and yoghurt. EXTRAS Wine/champagne and cheese platters can be arranged for your arrival. Massages and yoga lessons can also be arranged. ... more less