Earthhome - The Shouse

Eco house in Hazelbrook, NSW
100% Recommended
6 people
No pets
The 'Shouse' is a rustic but modern earth and strawbale building in a secluded valley of protected bushland. The earthhome has become popular as a meditation and yoga retreat, for board games and conversation by the fire. It is also an excellent base for bush walking.

Overlooking a pristine bushland valley, it is a passive solar, rustic straw bale and mud structure. Cool in summer and cosy in winter (with the help of a combustion fire). It is high- tech and entirely off-the-grid.
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Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bathroom
Indoor fireplace
Power
Shower

Details

  • Check in after 2pm
    Check out before 10am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

EARTHHOME DETAILS
The Earthhome is a clean but rustic alternative home. Meaning you need to be prepared for the shock of it not having a hair dryer or microwave. If you cant live without these you will need to bring one yourself. It does however have an essential good coffee machine.

It has one large living room with an earth floor and a king size bed enclave, kitchen facilities, shower and toilet. It also has a beautiful, airy and light upstairs loft with 4 more beds - accessed by steep ladder stairs. Being both high and steep the loft area is not suitable for small children, sleepwalkers or the infirm.

While central for Blue Mountains bush walking, the property itself also has its own creek and waterfall as well as other interesting natural features including a hanging swamp. We have a chicken yard, honey hives (and two free ranging guinea pigs too, now carried away by wedge tailed eagles). Alternative & organic but pragmatic too.

Named 'The Shouse' because it was originally intended as a studio, but over the course of the building process, developed into a very comfortable 'house' which our family lived in for 2 years.

GUEST ACCESS
Guests have all the advantages of a self-contained kitchen. It has a bathroom, a wood heater for winter, a writers desk overlooking the valley, a growing library of books, board games, a table tennis table and an imperfectly tuned piano and guitar. Bush walking and transport information.

Instead of a tv you will find a beautiful view of the valley, board games, books and a writing desk. If you need access to the internet you will need to bring your own dongle (the reception is fine) or log in at one of the local cafes.

We can also put you in contact with an astunga yoga session guide or masseuse.

PLEASE NOTE
The ladder stairs to the loft makes that sleeping area less suitable for elderly or disabled guests and unsuitable for young children and/or unsupervised older children.

No dogs or cats allowed - as we have chickens, lots of wild birds and wallabies.

INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
Our family home (another strawbale building) is 50 metres down the hill so your privacy is as assured as you wish it to be. Steve or S'haila are usually onsite if you have questions or need directions/advice either in person or call.

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
This accommodation will be suited to people interested in peace and quiet, away from tv and the internet too (unless you want to bring your own dongle - reception here is reasonable). People interested in bushwalking, alternative building, living and architecture too.

DIRECTIONS
Drive down Terrace Falls Road till it becomes a gravel road. Then after 300metres of gravel you will see our open gates on your right. Number is 129 on the letterbox.

Our drive is very steep so please park in the large space just inside the farm gates (and walk down) if you are not a confident driver.

Your accommodation 'The Shouse', is the first of the two buildings you will see as you come down the driveway. It has the solar panels on the roof.

If you are comfortable driving down the driveway, you can park at the side of the shouse.

Key will be in the entrance door near the table tennis table. Ring me (Steve) on 0414 368 458 if you have any queries on arrival. I will probably be at the main house or in the garden.

Remember we are completely off the grid so we ask that you conserve water by limiting your showers to 3 minutes. Also we ask that you dont allow any chemical products to go into our shower or toilet (eg hair dye). We supply shampoo and soap which are fine. The hot water system is water pressure ignited so turn the hot tap on first and wait till it is hot before adding the cold water as required.

Split wood for the fireplace is supplied and left next to the table tennis table. THIS SPLIT WOOD IS ONLY FOR THE INSIDE WOOD HEATER.

Be aware the house is a shoes-off house as it is a mud floor and cant withstand heavy wear.

Check in time is 2pm and check out is 10am.

The Shouse is not ideal for young children as the loft stairs are so steep which is why we decided to restrict visitors age to over 12 years.

Regards

Steve Appel
129 Terrace Falls Road
Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains 2779
Phone 0414 368 458
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Prices

  • Base Price $115 / night
  • Weekend Price $125 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $40
  • Security Deposit $200
  • Extra People $45 / night after 2 people

Adventures on the Property

These are the exclusive natural wonders and outdoor activities within the property boundaries.

Bushwalking on the property

While central for Blue Mountains bush walking, the property itself also has its own creek and waterfall as well as other interesting natural features including a hanging swamp....

Location

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Adventures Nearby

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Hiking at National Pass

This walk through dry eucalyptus forest has wonderful views of the Jamison Valley and neighbouring cliffs, plus you are rewarded with spectacular waterfalls at both ends of the walk. Highpoints are the paths, which are cut halfway up the cliff-face that lead you to a crossing of the incredible Wentworth Falls, right next to the appropriately named Giant Staircase. Be prepared with water and appropriate footwear as there are some difficult sections that require reasonable fitness....

Kanangra Boyd National Park

The Kanangra Boyd National Park is within the Greater Blue Mountains, characterised by its deep gorges and rugged landscape, a majority of the park is declared wilderness area. The park is popular among outdoor adventures for its many hikes and walking tracks. The park offers stunning views of the sandstone ridges and large water catchments, not to mention the wildlife you will discover....

Wentworth Falls

The track to the falls is short but steep. Leave from the Wentworth Falls picnic area and follow the track past two lookouts before descending 200 steps to the cliff edge at Fletchers lookout. Spend some time marvelling at the water cascading 100m to the valley floor before tackling the steps back....

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100% Recommended

Alfred

5 Mar 2019
We had an absolutely beautiful time at the Earthhome! Steve was very accomodating and made the process very simple for us. It was unbelievably calm and the walk he recommends to the waterfall was *beautiful*. If you are looking to escape the city for a little while, or just want to kick back in a groovy space this is perfect!...

Jamie

28 Jan 2019
My partner & I had a wonderful time at the Shouse. It is the perfect place to unplug, enjoy nature & each other’s company! We had a great time playing board games and learning more about sustainability in the magazines. It is also a great location and hub to explore the Blue Mountain region. Definitely recommend!...
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