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Rosewood River Cottage...Thora
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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A rainforest cottage set in 25 acres on the Rosewood River, about 16 ks from Bellingen off the Waterfall Way. The river is a very special magical place for swimming , connecting with nature or just relaxing. Its a place for relaxing, reading, painting or just being We adjoin the Gondwana World Heritage area and Dorrigo National park, where the river begins it journey. The cottage is next to the main house where I live.

The space

Situated on the pristine Rosewood River with swimming holes, rainforest privacy and plenty of space to relax. It is a deeply spiritual place. The cottage has a mezzanine bedroom, which sleeps two,air conditioner, firewood combustion heater, self contained kitchen, with fridge, small oven, laundry and a delightful bathroom looking over the rainforest. The large deck has a spa which also looks over the rainforest and river and an outdoor dining area. There is nothing more calming than going to sleep and waking up to the sound of the river. There are two swimming holes, rapids and smooth flowing waters. You may even sight a family of platypus who share the river with us. No fishing please.

Guest access

Guests have access to all areas of this beautiful property, except the main house . There is a lovely courtyard area between the two houses, with a great fire pit to warm yourself by, and for storytelling. There is also a large fire pit in the main garden totally private and away from the house.

Interaction with guests

I have worked in hospitality all my life, and am happy to help you get the most out of your stay. I respect privacy and I love interaction with interesting people...your call entirely.

Other things to note

The cottage is about 5 metres from the main house, but designed in a way which facilitates good privacy. Telstra is the only network available, however a phone is available for emergencies. Parking is not undercover.


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Cleaning Fee $56 NZD
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Enjoying and respecting the environment is the key to a great stay.
I'm very relaxed and happy to hear laughter, singing and enjoyment.
So does myLabrador Snooki who is very friendly and social .. so you really need to be a dog lover as well as a lover of nature.
There are a number of things to be aware of, [particularly if you come from the city] and you will be given a personal briefing on arrival so you can get the most out of your stay.

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Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

30 Reviews

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Jodie User Profile
September 2017
We have stayed in some excellent Air BnBs, but this one is our favourite! The location is unbelievable, so peaceful and secluded. Photos do not do it justice. The house itself is wonderful and comfortable, with an amazing bathroom. The bed is comfortable and going to sleep listening to the sound of the river is lovely. John is a great host, helpful and up for a chat, but in no way intrusive and Snooki is a delightful dog who I wanted to smuggle home with me! If you love nature and rainforests etc you should absolutely stay here. The best!
John User ProfileJohn is a superhost.
Response from John:
Thanks Jodie for your lovely review I really enjoyed meeting you both See you again sometime
September 2017

Justin User Profile
August 2017
A truly relaxing stay. John's place is exactly as described and he is a very generous and kind host. He is clearly devoted to sharing his special part of the world with his fortunate guests. The accommodation is truly gorgeous and ideal for a romantic couples weekend away. Despite being in the bush, it feels very safe and secure even for city goers and the river is truly divine. Thanks so much once again for having us John. We are sure to be back when we are next in the area.

Emilia User Profile
July 2017
John is a wonderful host and the property is stunning. The perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

Nakiya User Profile
June 2017
John and Snooki's magical place is truly amazing. Right by the river and surrounded by nature, there isn't much more you could hope for. Bellingen is really close and has so many awesome cafes restaurants and shops. Not to mention awesome gelato. Dorrigo national park is also close and there are incredible beautiful tracks and waterfalls to explore. John and Snooki are wonder hosts - so welcoming and kind. The place is very comfortable with a fireplace and outdoor spa, BBQ and fire pit. Such a treat. Can't recommend enough.
John User ProfileJohn is a superhost.
Response from John:
Nakiya Thanks for your lovely comments. My apologies about the dust and ill get my cleaner to look at it ..thanks for raising it. Lovely to meet you both. Regards John and Snooki
June 2017

Caitlin User Profile
June 2017
We have just returned from our most lovely little trip down to Rosewood River Cottage. John and Snooki were marvellous hosts and we feel like we were extremely well looked after. The setting and scenery is incredible and quite overwhelming - the photos certainly don't capture the true beauty of the natural surroundings and gushing river. The cottage is beautiful, very warm and comfortable, and a lovely place to relax and take time away from a busy life and technology and reconnect with loved ones and nature. We would highly recommend staying here, and hope to return! Thank you once more, John and Snooki!

Lucy User Profile
June 2017
This is a unique and special place. Right by the river, if you want a taste of nature, this is for you. John is very kind and welcoming and a fount of wonderful stories should you be so inclined, but also respectful of privacy. Snooki the dog is a special person too! We very much enjoyed a winter stay with both an indoor fire and a fire pit outside. It is a convenient distance from both Bellingen and Dorrigo. The kitchen is pretty basic so not a place to go and cook extensive dinners but sufficient for some simple meals. We loved walking the property and listening to the river while lying in bed. It truly is a sanctuary.

Kathlene User Profile
June 2017
It rained all of our weekend stay, we found the cottage perfect for a relaxing weekend, well stocked with books we didn't need to put on the tv. It had plenty of space so no cramped feeling with interesting art, décor and set in a large well maintained private tropical garden and native bushland. The sound of the river and the rain made a perfect ambiance for a weekend getaway for two.

Bellingen, AustraliaJoined in October 2014
John User ProfileJohn is a superhost.

I'm a 71 year young single man with 4 remarkable "children" who left sydney 4 years ago for a 25 acre stunningly beautiful property on the Rosewood River at Thora near Bellingen. I adore all sorts of music and art, particularly Aboriginal art , my family and many friends all over the world, and am passionate about my work helping Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land to develop small cultural tourism businesses. I am also Chairman of a start up company called Adventure Junky which presents over 1000 extraordinary adventures in over 100 countries in a fun exciting way through our APP.
I go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning to the music of my magical Rosewood River, which comes straight out of the World heritage listed Gondwana National Park. I love living here after the hustle of Sydney and love to share it's magic .

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Response time: within a few hours

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