This is a sponsored post
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.