Lillypad Lodge is located atop a hill, in the midst of 30 acres of rainforest and green farmland, with beautiful views of rural Hannam Vale. This architect designed, timber and glass 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house has multiple living spaces, so you can relax with a book in the sun in the glass entry or play a game of table tennis or pool in the adjacent rumpus room. Whether you're curled up with a hot chocolate in front of the slow combustion stove, or taking the rainforest walk down to the Waterlily Dam, the peaceful surrounds are only disturbed by various rainforest birds or the local wallabies at dawn or dusk.
This amazingly serene location makes for a lovely family holiday, family get-together or couple's escape, or a fun break along the way of a longer holiday!! You can be as busy or as quiet as you want - from surfing and swimming at the local beaches to exploring the rainforest and open fields and leaving messages in the message tree, to relaxing in the hammock or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset looking out over the countryside - there's something here for everyone.
The main house sleeps up to 7 (3 bedrooms, 5 beds) - this is what's included for the advertised price, however for bigger family get togethers or for those wanting some separate space the separate downstairs flat can also be rented (accommodates up to an additional 2 people (Q bed).
From Sydney, the F3 etc highway (M1) will deliver you almost all the way to the door, in just over 3 hours, with sealed road access all the way.
Please read on for more details of house and surrounds....
Inside: Fabulous living spaces and flexible sleeping configurations
Main house: The main bedroom has a queen bed, a private balcony with beautiful rainforest and rural views, walk in robe and an ensuite with pebble-floored shower also looking out into the rainforest. The second bedroom is very large and contains 2 single beds which can be put together as a king bed, a built in wardrobe, and a portacot. The third bedroom contains a set of bunk beds and a built in wardrobe.
The kitchen is fully equipped, with coffee machine, dishwasher, microwave, large fridge / freezer, Kleenmaid oven, gas cooktop, kettle and toaster. There are also some basic food stores and kitchen basics (washing up liquid etc), chopping boards, sharp knives, a good variety of pots, frying pans and cooking implements and food storage and serving platters, as well as the cutlery and crockery basics. A large gas BBQ is situated under cover on the lower deck outside the downstairs flat.
Living areas; There are two large living areas - the central open plan living space which includes the kitchen, and the additional large rumpus room / games area. The main living area has a large lounge, slow combustion wood heater, stereo with CD and i-pod dock, as well as a TV / DVD player, some books and DVDs. There is even a "cubby" room looking out into it alongside the bedrooms, great for little ones to play in with their toys.
The separate rumpus room has the air conditioning for hot days and contains the large dining table (seats 8 comfortably) and a pool table, table tennis, backgammon, rummy cub and cards.
There are in total three lounges in separate areas, so plenty of places to hang out and relax.
Outside we've got swings for the kids and a large house yard with lots of different areas to explore.
Pets: With timber floors throughout the house pets are permitted on application. The large house yard has plenty of shade and is fully fenced, with some sections more securely fenced for smaller dogs, and there is also a running line so they can be left in the house yard if you go out. Water bowls and kennels are provided, however they may sleep inside if you prefer. In addition to the main lilypad dam there is a smaller dam near the house which dogs can swim in too if they want (hopefully they won't catch one of the resident turtles!!).
Downstairs flat: If you need a bit of additional room or want the separate space, the downstairs flat can be rented in addition to the main house (it is NOT rented separately). It contains a queen bedroom with views of the rainforest, a full bathroom including a Japanese bath, a living area with its own air conditioning, lounge and TV opening on to the undercover deck with outdoor setting, and tea & coffee facilities.
So much to do....
If you want to do more than relax and enjoy the peaceful scenic countryside and each other's company, there is plenty to occupy you.
Farm life: The neighbour's cows sometimes wander up to say hello at the side of the house yard, but to really experience the dairy community, just wander a couple of minutes up the road at milking time in the afternoon to see the farmer and his dogs rounding up the cows and taking them across the road to the dairy.
Fruit picking: In spring / summer you are welcome to pick the peaches, mulberries, lemons, oranges and guava from the trees in the house yard, or visit our 80 tree mango orchard for some lovely big mangoes. There is a blueberry farm down the road where you can pick as many buckets of blueberries as you like for a low cost (seasonal, great for freezing!). They usually open in time for Christmas!
Being only 5 minutes from the freeway means you also have complete access to all that this part of the mid-north coast has to offer!
Beaches and other activities: With a variety of beaches only 15-20 minutes away, visit the sweeping untouched beaches of Crowdy Bay, perfect for gentle surf, beach cricket and fossil hunting, or the various surf beaches around Laurieton. Nearby Kew is home to the Camden Haven golf course, and morning tea at the Macadamia Farm in Lorne is a must for both the food and the views. Surrounded also by several national parks, there are various rainforest walks, falls, and incredible mountaintop scenic outlooks to discover. Waitui Falls is only 15 minutes away up the road.
Timbertown is only half an hour north, which is great for the whole family to explore the days of the early settlers. Consisting of a variety of buildings nestled into the bush, from a blacksmith (live demonstrations!) to a schoolroom, you can explore the lifestyles, pat the bullock train dragging the logs, see a steam mill operating, ride the steam train and even learn to crack a whip!
With various townships close by - Laurieton (15 mins), Taree (20mins), Port Macquarie (30 mins), there are cafes, movie theatres, camel riding, koala parks etc all easily reachable, and the whole area (from Manning River to coast) is well known for its fantastic fishing.