A mindful place to relax and retreat. 1 acre in town, whole house separate
- english, french, Japanese
About Mimi Holland
We are a family who is very grateful that Bellingen had a spell on our inner happiness. We moved away from busy Sydney to settle in Bellingen 13 years ago. It was a significant spiritual journey for all of us. Escaping the rat race in an unaffordable town to a more simple, grounded lifestyle where we found life meaning and higher purpose. Anthony is English from New Zealand, consultant, writer, violinist, life and adventure enthusiast. He consults around the world in risk management. He is a keen gardener and enjoy seeing the fruits of his labour growing with love. My is French Vietnamese… therefore the many Frenchy Vietnamese art touches in the house. She loves mosaics, learning and taking photographs. She is an executive coach specialised in emotional intelligence and in positive psychology, a published author and an international speaker on wellbeing and EQ. Her aim is to help as many people as she can to find inner happiness in their work life. She is also a carbon management consultant. They work in South East Asia mostly in Vietnam. We speak French English Japanese and Vietnamese. We moved from Sydney to Bellingen 12 years ago. We commute quite a fair bit to Asia so therefore we are happy to ST lease it when we are not around.We are consultant in corporate positive psychology and emotional intelligence. We have kept 2 rooms for us when we are back and the whole house with the music room is yours to use. The studio is also available to rent.
Mimi Holland purchased this House in 2007
Why Mimi Holland chose Bellingen
It s pet friendly! The river is at the bottom of our property literally. Many long walks around here all pet friendly - off leash in the valley of Bellingen. We are eco friendly and invite our guests to be so. If you need a break to reconnect with what truly matters, look no further. This is a retreat place we have created when we moved from Sydney long time ago and now we are happy to share our paradise with you. We are mostly overseas and can’t be self-centred enough not to share the beautiful land which welcomed our family. We wanted to reconnect with ourselves, our children, life: what truly matters to appreciate life and why we live in this beautiful planet. “Bambou” (French spelling) Retreat is a home. The energy in our home will grace you when you enter the property. The Ying Yang front yard will surprise you as it’s rather hidden from the street. Then the cottage and its unique design will invite your curiosity to discover more. The wooden cottage is made from recycling logs. The fireplace, the mosaic in the bathroom and kitchen will have a WOW effect on you. From the back deck you will discover that the land is over 125 meters long… You can walk down the river without meeting anyone. It’s that secluded. Alternatively, if you are not up for a swim or spotting platypus, you can simply enjoy a cuppa with Kookaburras by the bamboos or Ponciana. Just listen to the bamboos rattling against each other. You are not in Asia but in secluded Bellingen. The native forest down the bottom of the property will amaze you. We used to be WIRES rescuers, so we planted koalas food tree! If you are lucky you can meet Coco the super friendly possum. The acre of land impeccably manicured and its short walk to the river will surprise you with its magic spell. It’s very unique. The separate studio is literally 2 meters away from the main house: ideal if you would like privacy and independence from your teens or your in laws? We are happy to share our home with you.
What makes this House unique
This space is suitable for couples who need a break from their busy life, newly wed or near wed couple!. We are LGBTI friendly of course. Environmentally friendly minds We are interested in sharing our space with people who are respectful of our planet where we are all living in. Therefore, we will ask you to carbon offset your flights or car when you come here. Then we will ask you to be mindful about your plastic usage, your waste. Of course we have compost. If you shop at Kombu in town, bring your own container. We will ask you to be as mindful as possible with your diet… meat has an enormous impact on our planet through clearing land. Not eating meat for a week end is rather healthy. Reconnecting with the food chain is also a very powerful exercise for our mental health. Obviously, we can’t enforce these wishes, but we will at least ask you to bring conscious awareness about your impact on our planet. The space The main residence is adjacent to a separate studio (36 sqm with private deck). It’s a 4-bedroom house but you will have access to the upstairs bedroom, the living room, arty kitchen and bathroom, toilets and music room (piano, double bass and guitar). You can rent the studio as well if you wish. It can accommodate 2 people. The house is rather big, and our aim is not to cram people in to make money: we rather you enjoy your big space by the fire place or on the deck looking at king parrots eating banana flowers Our philosophy Of course we can do most of want of what we want with money. Water is too cheap. It should not be as it’s scarce and not an unlimited resource. We will ask you to be mindful with your usage. A 1 minute in the shower is 10 drinkable litres of water. As to electricity we have PV panels and also hot water panels. Please be mindful of your usage: no need to waste A/C if you are not around. Switch off consciously as it’s not a hotel so there is no system to switch off electricity automatically. We have 1 acre in town.
Max guests: 2
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Belligen - great location
Peaceful and Comfortable house and well equipped in walking distance to town
Thank you for your lovely words. Glad you liked the place and felt at home! Looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best wishes. My
More like a housesit than a hotel
Great for travellers looking for a home away from home, as most of the owners belongings are in the house. The cars in the driveway did make me check and recheck the address on arrival. If you’re looking for a more typical holiday accommodation style stay, then probably not for this occasion. Attentive hosts.
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