Self-contained cottage with full kitchen - day spa - organic, chemical free
About Arisa Inlakesh
What inspires us most every day is we share a commitment to Freedom, Love and Beauty, and seek to drench every moment in all three wherever possible. Our intention with our accommodation is to offer our guests a taste of that during your stay here. You will hopefully find them in abundance, or at least enough to bring your attention to such things in ways that will persist long after you leave. In times past, we have both been immersed in the corporate world and understand first-hand the kinds of pressure and stress that drive the breakneck pace of the world in which so many of us live. We have both made and lost empires and fortunes and learned a lot as we did. Our enthusiasm for Beauty in all its forms comes from the belief that the act of seeing it has a positive effect on our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. To see beauty, be it in myself or others, in nature, art, words, architecture, décor, design or music, is a choice that I am free to make in every moment. The ugly side of humanity is usually just beauty trying to emerge, lost for a time in a place that has forgotten to be grateful for the simple gifts of life, blind for a while to the beauty all around. We are motivated to leave our grandchildren a legacy they thank us for. We believe it is a basic human right to have access to a healthy natural world, and share a concern that future generations may be denied that right unless we choose, one mind at a time, to insist that our lifestyle be sustainable. So we aspire to a lower environmental footprint in that we do. We have a ways to go before meeting our own standards, but for now, we focus on organic food (preferably grown or made ourselves), on avoiding high footprint processed foods, on minimising our intake of plastic of all kinds and to re-use what we can and recycle what we can’t. As our guest, we invite you to experience for yourself how comfortable and pleasant a sustainable lifestyle can be.
Arisa Inlakesh purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Arisa Inlakesh chose Tallebudgera
This is the first house we have bought together, and both loved it before even getting to see inside. Small acreage, on a creek, surrounded by forest, with views, on a dead-end road, next to a council-maintained park ... sounded perfect. And we loved the location, just minutes away from the hustle of the Gold Coast lifestyle, but nestled in a closed that ensured it would be peaceful. The fact that the property is almost next door to a very successful lifestyle retreat (Gwinganna), gave us the quiet certainty that the property was in the right spot for what we had in mind ... our own organic retreat centre. Walking out the front door we found access to a half-dozen walks suitable for a range of different fitness levels, one of which includes a stunning freshwater swimming hole. Within 15 minutes drive, we found more walks along Tallebudgera Creek, around Burleigh Heads National Park and other beautiful spots. And of course, there is proximity to the world-renowned beaches like Burleigh, Miami, Palm Beach, Currumbin and Coolangatta. From Google Maps, we were also delighted to see a bush corridor between this part of Tallebudgera Valley and the Springbrook National Park to the West and North. That would mean birds, and lots of them, dozens of varieties flying over all the time. We surmised that with a little temptation, by way of fruit, flowers and seeds, they would become regular visitors. We are happy to report we were right, and that the bird and butterfly populations are among the best we have seen anywhere in the world.
What makes this Cottage unique
What makes us unique? So many things ... Our focus on beauty means that the cottage is tastefully decorated using furniture, objects and art collected from around the world. It smells and feels clean because we keep it fresh without chemical cleaning products. The food we provide for breakfast tastes better because it is locally grown and organic. In the garden, we don't spray weeds or kill bugs but find our own ways to find the balance where everything stays tidy and all the critters (including us) get enough to eat. As our guest, we invite you to pick from the herb garden, which usually has at least 50 herbs going at a time, many with remarkable nutritional and healing properties. The property is close to the coast but feels a thousand miles away. That we have flowing water along our western boundary that brings in so many birds and other wildlife. That the birdsong is louder than the occasional passing traffic, and that the neighbourhood is quiet enough to hear the trickle of the fountain circulating the water through the fish ponds.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Arisa and Terrence have created an awesome get away from it all experience. We really liked the secluded feel and nature close at hand... welcome relief from the usual business and technical everyday life... need time out this is a good choice... need some vitamin D.. good place too. Beaches are within 15mins and Palm beach was our local. JFK Woodfire Pizza is a really good choice for dinner in Tallebudgera as well. Lots of good cafes in the area
The perfect short break
Cosy cottage in the lovely Tallebungera Valley. Well equiped, peaceful spot quirkily decorated with interesting objects from the hosts' travels. Great spot for exploring the SE Queensland hinterland and the NSW Tweed Valley. Or, bliss out in the lovely cottage gardens. You can even indulge in a fabulous massage from host Arisa and sample her homemade beauty products. Perfect short break.
Thank you Jean for your kind words and support. So very glad you enjoyed it all so much.
For anyone reading this and thinking of coming to say, the 'beauty products' are natural, fresh and organic for use in facials, for beauty and wellness. And of course there are all the other healing modalities, including deep tissue massage, hot stones, reflexology, Reiki and other energy work.
Thanks again Jean and look forward to seeing you next time.
Until then, all the best of wellness to you,
Arisa and Terrence
Peaceful & quaint
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here... a clean dreamy quiet property with beautiful & helpful hosts, nature hikes nearby, organic gardens, & breakfast items provided. We arrived late in the dark evening with our 3.5month old baby & instantly felt welcomed by beautiful music playing in the cottage a clean & warm bed, ample books to get lost in & warm soft bathrobes to curl up in. The spa on-site provides an array of nourishing treatments offered by the host. We will without a doubt be back to stay here again & again. A truly delightful & relaxing getaway in every way... our expectations were exceeded and the photos on the website can not possibly do this little gem justice. Thank you infinitely.
Thank you Andrew! ... for your generous words and warm-hearted appreciation. Always a delight to provide for folks who notice the beauty and natural gifts of the place. We both look forward to seeing you again. Until then, ease and grace on your ways, Arisa & Terrence
The location is a nature-lovers paradise, rich in bird-life, butterflies, gardens and flowers. We are just 13 km from one of the loveliest beaches on the Gold Coast (Burleigh Heads), but offer a taste of another world of birds and butterflies and the beautiful gardens that attract them.
Stay at the cottage and count the number of different birds you see in a day, or wait for butterflies to come and sample the flowers by your back door, or practise the art of communing with fish in the back ponds, or just pause to listen to the gentle sounds of water trickling through the ponds.
Walk from your front door with several options, from a stroll on a flat dead-end road to a steep bush fire trail waterfall hike, or a couple of kilometres to a freshwater swimming hole or (if you dare) go on a 13 km hill climb up winding roads to the highest point in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Within 15 minutes drive, walk along a the side of Tallebudgera Creek all the way to the beach, or start at the beach and explore Burleigh Heads national park.
We provide a house manual with details of all the popular nearby walks, including directions and maps.
You have a full kitchen at your disposal, but if you prefer to eat out, 5 minutes away is an iconic local cafe (breakfast and lunch), or 10 minutes will get you to West Burleigh and a handful of cafes and restaurants, or 15 minutes and you're in James Street at Burleigh with a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Also in the house manual is a lengthy list of eateries that includes phone numbers and addresses. In the back of the manual are menus from the local Thai and an Indian that offers a discount for takeaway.
For those wanting a relaxing few days away from maddening hustle of modern city life, our location offers the perfect combination of convenience and peace. There is no through traffic, and the acreage around us imbues a feeling of spaciousness into which beauty flows with as much natural ease as the breeze at dawn.