Jemima’s guest house – a review

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Our little family left behind the bright city lights of Brisbane last weekend and made a beeline for Byron Bay, where we were invited to spend a couple of nights at Jemima’s.

Who’s Jemima?

She’s a beauty of a guest house hidden away in the Byron Bay hinterland, that we were fortunate enough to make our home away from home for two glorious nights.

Jemima's guest house
Jemima’s gave us everything we needed and more to soak up the hinterland goodness and take some much needed time out from the hustle and bustle of the city, routine and the screen.

After a two-hour drive from Brisbane filled with a patience-testing chorus of ‘Are we there yet?’ we pulled into Jemima’s on dusk. We piled out of the car to see the sun paint the sky a dusty pink as it set over a field of green. The girls took one look at the luscious grass skirting Jemima’s and went wild.

‘Is this our backyard?’ Miss Five squealed incredulously.

The girls ran around like caged animals just released. They were quick to spot horses, chickens and ‘giant’ fish and were intrigued by the nearby macadamia farm. Eventually, we dragged them inside to see their new home for the weekend.

Jemima’s guest house

The newly built, two bedroom self-contained guest house is equally as stunning as the land it sits on.

The kitchen and lounge/living area is immaculately kept and decorated beautifully with a modern dark wood kitchen table and black leather couch setting off the light wood floors. Personal touches such as black and white chevron cushions and a vase of white and pastel flowers gave it a stylish edge, while the kids DVDs and collection of books and board games gave it a homely feel.

The kitchen has everything you need from the standard crockery and cutlery, to condiments, plastic bowls and cups for the kids, paper towels and more. Plus, we were treated to a gourmet welcome hamper packed with local goodies.

These special touches set Jemima’s apart from other holiday homes we’ve stayed in. As did the very hospitable owners Margaret and Richard, who went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed for a relaxed and comfortable getaway.

The bedrooms and bed linen were of showroom standards, looking almost too good to sleep in. I’m glad we did though, because all four of us had two delicious night’s sleep. The beds were cosy and comfy and the pillows light and fluffy.

Jemima’s has a queen and double bed, so the girls had to share. This was met with extreme excitement. They giggled and played before crashing in contentment.

Other features include air conditioning, Foxtel, Wi Fi, microwave, washing machine and dryer, iron, a courtyard and a carport.

Jemima's guest house

jemima-bedroom

Jemima's guest house

The property

With a massive Norfolk pine marking the entryway, Jemima’s is nestled down a quiet country lane on rolling green hills. A hen house and three chickens, which Miss Five quickly named Licorice 1, Licorice 2 and Chicken nugget, are to one side of the property, a generously-sized pool and entertaining area set among the rainforest sits at the back, and a farm of macadamia trees is on the right.

A newly built hut with fire pit is the perfect place to keep warm, while you sit under the stars. As for the stars, wow! The stars away from the city lights are nothing short of spectacular. As Dave showed the girls the Milky Way arching across the night sky, they were rendered speechless.

The property is peaceful and relaxing – a real getaway.

The location

Jemima’s is in a superb location in the Northern New South Wales hinterland, just five minutes from historical village Newrybar, 10 minutes from Bangalow, and about 15 minutes from Byron Bay.

The scenery is picturesque with narrow winding roads, single lane bridges over pebbled creeks, and what the girls like to call tree tunnels.

Byron Bay Hinterland
Things to do in the Byron Bay Hinterland

There are plenty of family friendly things to do in and around the Byron Bay Hinterland. This is what we got up to on our weekend away:

  • Explored nearby village of Bangalow and treated ourselves to local produce.
  • Wandered through the historic village of Newrybar. Dave and I checked out the shops, while the girls made friends with the local dogs.
  • Feasted on freshly made pastries baked in the 107-year-old wood-fired oven of Newrybar’s Harvest bakery. We had breakfast there both mornings indulging on croissants, danishes and custard tarts as we sunned ourselves in the neighbouring edible garden.
  • Bought local produce from the Bangalow Farmer’s markets.
  • Collected eggs from the chickens at Jemima’s.
  • Trekked to Killen falls, a swimming hole and waterfall between Byron Bay and Ballina. The climb down to the hole was an adventure as we ambled through rainforest and up and over tree roots. Half a metre from the bottom, I spotted a snake. In what I’m sure was an extremely calm voice I casually mentioned to Dave, ‘Dave! I’ve just seen a S – N – A – K – E’. It turns out spelling is futile when your five-year-old can sound out words. Mild panic ensued with Miss Five declaring, ‘This is NOT the best day ever’. Dave managed to calm us as we stepped over rocks at the bottom of the creek and took in the beauty of the surrounds. It was definitely worth the adventure.
  • Next stop was Byron Bay beach where the girls changed into their swimmers, built sandcastles, and went for a paddle. The water was surprisingly warm considering it’s almost winter.
  • Checked out the Byron Bay Lighthouse and had a running race to the most easterly point of Australia.
  • Made the most of the home grown produce at Harvest Restaurant, Newrybar, for dinner. The girls were enamoured with the jewellery-wearing, French speaking waiter, Sidric.
  • Tasted delicious macadamias from neighbouring farms.
  • Took long drives in the hinterland taking in the beautiful scenery.

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I think we did pretty well in just two days, don’t you? And yes, that raspberry jam doughnut really did taste as good as it looks.

Jemima’s was the perfect place for a child-friendly getaway. It was wonderful to escape from the city and other noisier holiday spots. Jemima’s gave us the time out we needed in the most gorgeous of settings.

It definitely gets our seal of approval.

Find out more about Jemima’s.

Have you been to the Byron Bay Hinterland? What do you look for in a good holiday home?

* Mummy, Wife, Me received two night’s free accommodation at Jemima’s guest house in exchange for this review. As usual, all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

51 comments on Jemima’s guest house – a review

    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:04 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Leanne. It sure is.

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  1. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    May 31, 2016 at 7:11 am (12 months ago)

    OMG – gorgeous! AND … did you know that the Byron Bay hinterland just happens to be my most favourite place ever!! I would totally stay at Jemima’s! Glad you all had a fabulous time. 🙂 xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:24 am (12 months ago)

      You definitely should, Min. It would be perfect for you x

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  2. Bec Senyard
    May 31, 2016 at 7:24 am (12 months ago)

    Beautiful. Glad you have been able to get away together as a family. It reminds me of our weekend away this time last year for our 10 year wedding anniversary. The weather was perfect! And Harvest Café is just amazing. Loved it there.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:05 am (12 months ago)

      It’s a great time of year to holiday. Something different from our hot summer/spring 🙂

      Reply
  3. Lydia C. lee
    May 31, 2016 at 7:41 am (12 months ago)

    How fab! Even with the snake. Snakes are only bad if they bite you. Otherwise they’re just an awesome story….

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:05 am (12 months ago)

      It really did make an awesome story 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:06 am (12 months ago)

      It sure was peaceful and relaxing, Ingrid. The only sound was the birds … and our kids 🙂

      Reply
  4. Vanessa
    May 31, 2016 at 9:25 am (12 months ago)

    Posts like this make me really want to get over my fear of driving on windy roads. So gorgeous.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:06 am (12 months ago)

      Vanessa, I know just what you mean. I have a fear of them too and get a little motion sickness. Dave always seems to drive too fast and too close to the edge.

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  5. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    May 31, 2016 at 9:35 am (12 months ago)

    Oh swoon, it looks so lovely!!! How amazing to get away with your fam bam and experience all of that. It looks so peaceful! I have not been to the hinterland but it’s time that I do. Going anywhere sounds FABBO right now! I like modern decor, an open fire place, pretty views, a decent kitchen and comfy bed when I go away. I don’t ask for much do I? xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:07 am (12 months ago)

      Lol. I hope you get a chance to get away with the fam soon xx

      Reply
  6. Hugzilla
    May 31, 2016 at 10:07 am (12 months ago)

    You had me at Byron Bay! And eeeekkk to the snake! (though it’s always good to have a dramatic “brush with death” story when you come back from a mini-vacation)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:08 am (12 months ago)

      Haha yes!! We’ll be telling that story for years to come. Know what needs to know it was a baby snake 🙂

      Reply
  7. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    May 31, 2016 at 10:33 am (12 months ago)

    Byron bay is such a gorgeous pls e and I live to sit people watch. Lucky girl to get to experience a beautiful piece of paradise

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:08 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Natalie. Yes, we were very lucky.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:08 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Natalie. Yes, we were very lucky.

      Reply
  8. JF Gibson
    May 31, 2016 at 10:51 am (12 months ago)

    Wow! Looks divine Renee. I haven’t been to that part of the world, but you’ve sure tempted me.
    Does anyone else think of Jemima off PlaySchool when you hear the name? lol

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  9. Andrea
    May 31, 2016 at 11:37 am (12 months ago)

    Brilliant! Glad you had a great time, it looks absolutely fantastic! I must get back to BB one of these days.
    And I love that spelling out words you don’t want the kids to know doesn’t work any more…. Lol! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:09 am (12 months ago)

      She’s too clever for her own good, that kid 🙂 I think you guys would really like it there. Perfect size for your family and perfect setting x

      Reply
  10. Deborah
    May 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm (12 months ago)

    Wow, the house looks lovely and it looks (and sounds) as if you had a great time.

    I’m keen for a getaway at some point so must start planning and budgeting.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:09 am (12 months ago)

      That’s the hard part about holidays, isn’t it?! I hope you can take a break soon 🙂

      Reply
  11. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm (12 months ago)

    What a spot! We had a similar time away this past weekend, I LOVE not being at home for a few days xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:10 am (12 months ago)

      It’s so great, isn’t ?! It’s amazing what some time out can do x

      Reply
  12. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    May 31, 2016 at 4:41 pm (12 months ago)

    Looks like a lovely escape and I love that it’s child friendly too. This has reminded me I really should plan a family holiday soon, we’ve never been on one!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:10 am (12 months ago)

      Your little one would love this place, Toni. Plenty of space to run free.

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  13. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    May 31, 2016 at 7:32 pm (12 months ago)

    This looks fabulous and it sounds like you guys had a great time. I will definitely have to check it out 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:11 am (12 months ago)

      Yes, please do. Your boys would love it.

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  14. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    May 31, 2016 at 7:37 pm (12 months ago)

    Oh that looks divine- I love a holiday where it actually feels like your “home”, even if it’s only for a few nights. The northern NSW rivers hinterland is one of my favourite places in the world.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:12 am (12 months ago)

      It’s so picturesque. Despite living only a couple of hours away, I’d only ever really visited Byron Beach. It was great to check out the hinterland.

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  15. EssentiallyJess
    May 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm (12 months ago)

    Renee that looks awesome! I’m so glad you got to have a little vacation, especially in such a picturesque location. I want to go visit Jemima.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:12 am (12 months ago)

      She’s a pretty awesome place 🙂

      Reply
  16. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    May 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm (12 months ago)

    This looks fantabulous and such a pretty part of the world. Harvest at Newrybar is just the best! Love your list of things to do too c

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:12 am (12 months ago)

      You’ve been there, Sam? You’re such a seasoned traveller 🙂

      Reply
  17. Zanni Hacska
    June 1, 2016 at 3:50 am (12 months ago)

    Oh I so want to go there! It sounds amazing! 😉 You did such a beautiful review of Jemimas. So glad you guys had a gorgeous weekend! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:13 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Zanni! Really appreciate your generosity xx

      Reply
  18. Jo @ You had us at hello
    June 2, 2016 at 1:57 am (12 months ago)

    Sounds gorgeous Renee! I’ve yet to venture Byron Bay and it’s beautiful surrounds. You’ve given me a great starting starting point. Love a little getaway

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 6:13 am (12 months ago)

      You guys would love it, Jo!

      Reply
  19. Ashlea | Glamour Coastal Living |
    June 2, 2016 at 10:25 am (12 months ago)

    What a stunning place for a city escape. I grew up in Bangalow and then Byron when I was younger, it will always be home. There is such beauty in the surrounds and hinterland! How amazing is Harvest?! So trendy now, its quite funny how much things change with time! Looks like the perfect getaway, you jammed so much into two nights!! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm (12 months ago)

      We sure did and lucky you living in some a gorgeous part of our country xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm (12 months ago)

      We sure did and lucky you living in some a gorgeous part of our country xx

      Reply
  20. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    June 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm (12 months ago)

    Renee
    I have never been to Byron! That’s it I am on my way if for no other reason than to get one of those doughnuts! Oh and to stay at Jemima’s because it has to be warmer than here is going to be this weekend. What a lovely getaway for you all.
    K xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Kit. It was the perfect getaway. You really need to get there sometime 🙂 x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Kit. It was the perfect getaway. You really need to get there sometime 🙂 x

      Reply
  21. Heart
    June 11, 2016 at 12:28 am (12 months ago)

    This guest house is really stunning! I like its place and structure. The kitchen, the bedroom, living room, and the pool outside are superb.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:40 am (12 months ago)

      Yes, it had everything we needed. I highly recommend it 🙂

      Reply

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