Entire home/apt

5 guests

2 bedrooms

3 beds
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"Themeda" cottage is a solar passive designed 2 bedroom mud brick cottage set in 5 acres of garden and forest plantings. Close to Candelo village, 20 minutes drive to beaches, national parks and historic sites. Halfway between Bega and Merimbula.

The space

This cottage is tucked away in a secluded rural setting just a short drive to superb national parks, beaches, historic villages and local seaside ports. We provide 2 queen beds - but can include a trundle if more space is required.
With wood fire for winter, instantaneous gas hot water and electric cooking you will be comfortable all year round.

- Superb gardens including organic vegetables and fruit
- Wifi
- Laundry
- Full Kitchen
- Sunny outdoor courtyard
- 2 space carport

Welcome on arrival and on call for any questions or assistance required.

Secluded, peaceful, wildlife abundant - kangaroos, deer, echidnas, many native birds. Organic garden.

Requires a car to drive to nearest village and seaside.

Guest access

- Superb gardens including organic vegetables and fruit
- Wifi
- Laundry
- Full Kitchen
- Sunny outdoor courtyard
- 2 space carport

Interaction with guests

Welcome on arrival and on call for any questions or assistance required. Owners may have to attend to watering garden and caring for chickens during your stay - but this area is separate to main house and can be done discretely and quietly.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: 2PM - 5PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 22 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 28
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: 134 / night
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House Rules
Check in time is 2PM - 5PM

Non-smoking house. Pet friendly - but no pets in veggie garden or roaming lose in paddocks please. Pets to use own bedding (and not human beds!).
Leave house clean and tidy as minimal cleaning fee is charged. All used linen placed in laundry please.
All rubbish bins emptied and removed from house - placed in outside collection bins at front gate.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 3 nights.

46 Reviews

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John User Profile
July 2016
The house was clean and the fire lit for us when we arrived. It was actually better than expected, with a small but well-appointed kitchen with great cooking utensils. The log fire is easy to light and warms the entire house except perhaps the second bedroom. The location is quiet, with gorgeous sunrises. We had one kangaroo visitor in the next paddock but no other wildlife. We enjoyed the vegetables from the garden and the fresh eggs from the hens, which add the intangible value that you don't get in a hotel. Mary dropped by a couple of times; she is gracious and welcoming. Internet worked without a problem, which is essential for teenagers! It was a relief to find very good coffee and a small but useful selection of supplies at the Candelo General store. Beaches, mountain walks and an animal sanctuary within 20 minutes drive are added bonuses. We had a great time and would be happy to return.

Marie User Profile
April 2016
Absolutely loved Themeda Cottage, from the first glimpse, stepping out of the car into peace and quiet, walking through and around the Cottage becoming more and more entranced. It was everything I didn't know I was looking for and more :) It definitely matches the description but you have to be there to feel the grace, the history, the land. Foraging for fresh greens, vegies, fruit - delightful - and I couldn't help but appreciate the huge amount of work that it takes to develop and maintain such amazing gardens. Fresh eggs from happy chooks. Stunning views of rolling green. An a wonderful host, who was willing to take a leap of faith and allow our house bunnies to stay too - they are quiet, penned and too cute for words, but so appreciated, thank you Mary. We will be back - the question is, how soon can we book lol

Jack User Profile
April 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Themeda. The cottage was clean & cosy & had everything we needed. It was peaceful & quiet. We enjoyed seeing kangaroos & parrots. I loved the cafe at the General Store in Candelo & Tully loved the flying fox at the park just across the road. Merimbula isn't too far away for shopping etc & Pambula Beach was beautiful. Thanks for your hospitality, real eggs & organic vegies Mary.

Melissa User Profile
April 2016
We loved our stay at Themeda Cottage. The cottage was cosy, comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Our host, Mary, was friendly and welcoming and she happily took our daughter along to collect eggs and pick herbs and vegetables from the garden - such a treat for city folks! We toasted marshmallows by the fire pit at night and sleep well on the comfy beds. Beautiful countryside with a charming small village just down the hill. Thanks for a wonderful country experience Mary!

Pritiksha User Profile
March 2016
Mary was accommodating before we even arrived. As we were staying over the Easter long weekend, she organised a BBQ for us and also cleared space for us to leave our boat. She made us feel welcome from the time we arrived, greeting us and ensured we were settled in. We even got fresh eggs for breakfast. The cottage was great for the 4 of us, plenty of space. The fireplace was also plesant in the cooler evenings and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals. The place was so peaceful as it's about 15mins from Merimbula town.

Kate User Profile
March 2016
We had a lovely nights stay at Mary's mud brick cottage. The zucchini that we picked out of the garden and had for dinner was delicious. The beds are comfortable. It is a very nice quiet picturesque place to stay in the countryside, with lovely birds and kangaroos to entertain us.
Mary User Profile
Response from Mary:
Glad you were comfortable and got into the spirit of the place.
March 2016

Phil User Profile
February 2016
What a beautiful place! Mary was there to greet us with some fresh figs from her garden and freshly laid eggs too. The place was clean and tidy AND pet friendly. Set in amongst rolling green hills and close to Merimbla, it's a pretty great location. I'd like to come back again soon!
Mary User Profile
Response from Mary:
Thanks Phil, it was delightful to meet you! Glad you enjoyed your stay - definitely too brief - you're welcome back anytime!
February 2016

Candelo, AustraliaJoined in May 2014
Mary User Profile

I am friendly and welcoming - keen to meet people and to share our beautiful rural retreat, organic garden and local network of farmers, gardeners, artists, musicians and wonderful local experiences in the Bega Valley and gorgeous Sapphire Coast.
I love reading, gardening, photography, writing and travelling and supporting young people to grasp the opportunities life presents and to rise to the challenges.
I'm married to Simon and together we love cooking and hosting great meals for family and friends - often with produce from our garden. We work together to improve our landscape through collecting native seeds, growing seedlings and replanting.
I love walks on the nearby beach, good coffee and chats with friends.
I enjoy all forms of travel - the most important things being, the experience of new people, new cultures and landscapes.
As a host, I will provide a very cosy, solar passive designed, mud brick cottage in beautiful garden surrounds, with a rural outlook. I will give you access to our fruit and vegetable gardens if you desire, and provide great local knowledge and information for your adventure.

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