The 'Shouse' is a rustic but modern earth & strawbale building in a secluded valley of protected bushland. Central to the Blue Mts World Heritage Park 900m to the train station/shops. 1hr 15mins drive from Sydney. No kids under 12years sorry.
The 'Shouse' 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 clean, high- tech and entirely off-the-grid.
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.
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. For 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 orgainse a private astunga yoga session or massage to come to you.
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.
Our family home (another strawbale building) is 50metres 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 mobile (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
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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 good). People interested in bushwalking, alternative building, living and architecture too
Strictly no shoes in the house
No smoking in the house.
No children under 13 years of age
No uninvited/unexpected guests.
Please keep general areas clean and tidy up after yourself immediately
Oven/grill must be left clean if used
We live here after purchasing the bushland valley in 2010. The kids named it 'Yabby Valley' after the yabbies in the creek. (Steve) has been a songwriter and performer for a reasonable chunk of his life and over the last 5 years or so has been involved with alternative building and architecture. If you need any help or have any questions during your stay, he is probably onsite attempting to make sour dough or working on establishing a permaculture garden. (S'haila), is a local primary school teacher. We like movies, good food and fresh air. Building and maintaining the property remains a steep and ongoing learning curve for us - we enjoy it.