A film & travel writer & editor, currently travelling New Zealand ~
Published July 10th 2012
Update July 10th 2012
Clouds End is self contained accommodation :) no eggs I'm afraid, but the house still provides everything you could possibly need to be your own Gourmet!
Sitting staunchly, high in the rolling green hills surrounding the tiny NSW township of Dorrigo (a 5 hour drive from the Gold Coast), up the winding Whisky Creek road and teetering on the edge of the Dorrigo escarpment, you'll find the welcoming homestead accommodation of Clouds End.
As the rest of the world floats away, the words Home Sweet Home come to mind as you head up the long driveway, and have views to the ocean and Coffs Harbour on your left, and nothing but landscaped gardens followed by views over the hills and mountains on the right.
Sitting on 22 acres, the timber home has three double bedrooms and two bathrooms; couples, families or just a group of friends need only have to think about the cows lazily wandering the paddocks, and the birds flitting amongst the flower beds and native bushes in the gardens.
Winter truly rings true the name of Clouds End, as sitting above the cloud line you sip on a hot drink in front of the fireplace or from the wrap-a-round veranda and watch the clouds or mist drift past. Storm season is truly magnificent from this vantage point, as sheet lightning cracks up the surrounding skies, giving glimpses of the surrounding rainforests and mountain ranges. The high stack of logs on the verandah keep the house cosy and warm, while the country kitchen helps you concoct the perfect meals to accompany the view and solitude. There is nothing to want as the house provides everything from wireless internet, to a washer and dryer and crisp linen on your arrival.
Picnic in the gardens in Summer - sit back on the grass, listening to the jazz floating down from the home's fully stocked music library and just watch the skyscape pass you by. Grab a book from the lounge, find a bench amongst the gardens and just let time pass or BBQ on the deck while you watch the sun set.
If you feel the need to venture into town, slowly make your way through the country stores (a bit like Maleny or Montvillle) and truly take on board the town's relaxed pace of life. Take advantage of the many close National Parks, rainforests and waterfalls to hike through or you can really make a go of it and stay when the Bellingen Jazz Festival (August) heats up, the Folk & Blue Grass Festival is in town (October) or when the Bush Poets Roundup (November) cracks off.
Clouds End – you won't want to leave but you'll be able to come back, again and again.