Our cleverly restored eco-cabin is well-insulated and spacious, sleeping up to nine people in a comfortable design that minimises your carbon footprint. It has been crafted from recycled timber and fittings with off-grid solar power, slow-combustion heating and indoor-outdoor living options to take advantage of the stunning daytime vistas and sparkling night skies.
Adventurers, bushwalkers and nature lovers will delight in the easy access to fishing spots, horseriding trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, lookouts and walking tracks in all directions. Surrounded by bush and pasture in total privacy, the hut is a short drive to town for basic supplies but far enough away to retreat and replenish in a unique, breathtaking setting.
Four sleeping spaces include a small loft with a single and queen sized mattress suitable for children, and three queen size beds downstairs. Extra guests can pitch a tent nearby the open fire pit and outdoor barbecue area with its own sink. The outside bathroom with toilet and shower has glorious views over the paddocks and fruit trees. From late spring to early autumn you can help yourselves to the peaches, nectarines, pears and plums before the birds do.
The open-style living area can be closed off with glass doors for winter comfort and includes a kitchen with a slow-combustion stove and gas cooktop. There’s no fridge they suck a lot of power but you can keep fresh produce icy cold in the 125L commercial Esky – an old-fashioned ice box with plenty of storage. Ice is no longer available at the Ebor service station you will need to pick it up at either Dorrigo, Armidale or Grafton. If you forget or run out try asking at the local motel/pub at Ebor and you may get lucky
Our hybrid slow-combustion-solar power set-up means there is minimal power for gadgetry, but a single power outlet allows you to recharge small electronic devices. Telstra’s 3G network provides mobile coverage.
We’ve supplied a stack of board games and puzzles plus cards and books, so staying here is a chance to chat fireside, play games, read and relax the old-fashioned way.
The neighbourhood: things to do
Ebor Falls 5 mins
Horse riding in Dundurrabin 15 mins
Bushwalks & hiking in the Guy Fawkes River Nature Reserve and New England National Park 20 mins
Trout farm & fishing in New England National Park 20 mins
Variety of swimming holes within 15 mins
Weekend markets 10 min
ARRIVAL & THINGS TO KNOW
Getting to Hernani Hut is part of your wildnerness adventure. It’s accessible in a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle in dry weather, provided it has good clearance. Low-set vehicles such as sports cars are not suitable. Once you have booked you will need to email susan to receive a mud map and directions to reach the hut. It’s a fairly easy, well-marked 1km off-road drive from the main Road. Plan to arrive well before sunset, as the hut can be difficult to find in the dark.
Also be aware that in wet weather the access road can be slippery. As Hernani is a regional New South Wales wilderness experience the property does experience periods of heavy rain. In this circumstance you may need to use the longer all-weather 4WD drive only route or talk to us about rescheduling your stay. In four plus years of operating the Hut we have had 2 major weather events. Our extreme weather policy details are available upon booking request. Your safety is our first priority and we will always communicate clearly and quickly about any major weather considerations that may impact your stay.
YOUR HOSTS ARE NOT ON SITE:
The hut is totally private and self-contained and there is no face to face interaction with your hosts. We live one hour away in Bellingen where we run the Bellingen Vintage Farmstay and a beautiful biodynamic farm. We have a caretaker that sets up the hut for your stay and checks that our gas, solar and water systems have been properly switched off within 24 hours of your departure. Our caretaker lives nearby and is available in emergency situations only.
WHAT TO BRING:
We keep the hut clean and stocked with firewood and there are plenty of pillows, doonas, blankets and mozzie nets. The kitchen and barbecue are fully equipped and set up for your enjoyment prior to arrival.
ICE FOR LARGE ESKY 125L we do not run a fridge onsite due to being an off-the grid property. There is a large commercial grade esky for use during your stay. Packed properly with ice the esky will easily keep food for more than a week. Bring: sunscreen summer torches, food and supplies and an extra Esky if you are a large party. Equip for hiking or fishing.
PRACTICALITIES & TAKING CARE IN THE BUSH:
Because of its wilderness setting and off-grid status, some resources are limited and we ask you to give these your special attention.
We have a 'detailed guest book available online and at the Hut that contains all key information about your stay at the property
Tank water may be low during dry spells, so please minimise water use by having short showers and not leaving taps running unnecessarily - if the landscape on your way to the property is looking dry and brown it means it hasn’t rained for a while and water is scarce. We truck water in during dry periods at significant cost and ask that guests are respectful and practical about it’s consumption.
Similarly, lighting is solar-powered and works best when lights are turned on only when rooms are in use.
DEPARTURE & ANIMALS POLICY
We provide you with a clear set of departure instructions to be able to turn off the solar, gas and water. It is a condition of every booking that guests agree to follow a few simple steps to secure the hut and ensure our expensive solar and water systems are well looked after.
Dogs and domestic pets are not permitted. Vacuum cleaning is not possible and we cannot guarantee we can stay hair-free for those who are allergic. Besides, this is cattle country and dogs could also be tempted to round up the cows
However, horses are most welcome at Hernani. The hut is on the national bicentennial horse trail so it’s the perfect place to take them for a ride.