There’s staying in an amazing location, and staying in beautiful accommodation. When the two combine it makes for a memorable get away. The Promised Land Cottages near Bellingen sure live up to their name. Architecturally designed and built almost entirely from hardwood and with rare skill, these boutique luxury cabins are perfectly set-out for a weekend (or week’s) break.
Set a short walk from the beautiful Never Never river, the cabins are private and overlook the Dorrigo National Park mountain range.
One of three on a large property, our cabin had a large main living area with floor to ceiling glass to take in the view, and large outdoor deck for the same (can’t get enough of it!). On either side were two large rooms, one with bunks for the kids. The mountains are a constant backdrop and the cabin is perfectly positioned to make the most of the northern aspect. We sat for hours, watching the changing light shift on the mountains.
The cabins are luxuriously appointed and the small kitchen perfectly equipped. Fresh coffee is ground on arrival and guests are welcome to feed scraps to the chickens, grabbing fresh eggs when available as their reward. New mountain bikes are available for all guests and there’s a tennis court on the property. The owners are a delight to interact with and no request (flat car battery included) was a problem.
The amazing Never Never river is a 3 minute ride. We swam here most days. The water is crystal clear and refreshingly cold! This is a special river with countless spots to stop, swim, read a book, and listen to the bush and the river at work.
The town on Bellingen is five hours north of Sydney, just off the main Pacific Highway and 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour. Nestled on the Bellinger river, this is a very cool little town. The main street is lively, with dozens of great cafes and myriad small boutique stores selling upmarket clothing, vintage finds, and gifts. There are also small grocery stores to stock up for the cabin. Bellingen reminds us of Bangalow (in the Byron hinterland). Each year, Bellingen comes alive with the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival, Camp Creative, the Bellingen Music Festival (classical music) and the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
Thirty minutes away is the cute town of Sawtel, with its beaches, shops and bars. It makes for a nice change from the hinterland experience.
The Promised Land Cottages are deserving of their reputation as a hidden gem in the mid north coast of NSW. The stay was hard to fault – a truly special part of the world.