Aerial view of homeBurleigh beach is 20 minutes away below hinterland valley
Breathtaking eco-resort
Hosted by Mara
Mara is the host.
10 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
10 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
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Stylish retreat high up in Tallebudgera Valley has 360 views, large pool, 200 meters of decks, modcons, solar PV, tank water. Panoramic BBQ. Sculpture gardens. Recycled + new. 20 minutes drive from Burleigh Beach. Sleeps 10+. An experience awaits...

The space

A visit to this homemade Gold Coast hinterland eco-resort offers a stylish and comfortable experience that you, your family and your friends will remember…

The house is set on 8 acres and sleeps up to ten people (12 with comfy couches). You'll find the property 25 minutes' drive from the Gold Coast airport, and 20 minutes from Burleigh Beach. Cook from home or dine out from a corner of the Gold Coast that's our hidden secret.

It is built with recycled Queenslander cladding and aged corrugated iron sides. The large main room blends stylish and rustic furnishings and includes two large couches, a dining area, open kitchen, a strong wireless network and Netflix from the US. This large lounge/living/kitchen/bar room is surrounded by glass with one wall opening to a forest escarpment. The covered barbecue area near a large pool seats 8 (12 with a nearby bench) and becomes the centre of the home with panoramic views. There is a large skillion covering a big deck which has a fan for cool afternoons outside.

It's a perfect location for a large family reunion, or a break from city life for friends seeking relaxation and fun.

During cool winter evenings the wood stove will keep you cozy. Through the Queensland heat enjoy a large pool surrounded by decks and comfortable shaded areas and a home designed to open for breezes, with large ceiling fans or floor fans in each room. The main lounge/kitchen room and master bedroom have solar powered aircon as backup.

Three bedrooms are located in a separate wing attached by decks. They sleep up to six (one queen, two kings). All bedrooms open onto a rainforest garden veranda or have sweeping valley views. A shed 'bunkhouse' has another queen sized bed and two bunk beds. Two comfy couches and an outdoor balinese day bed offer further accommodation.

The main bathroom has bathtub and a sliding wall that opens to the forest if you fancy a bath with a view. The master bedroom also has an on-suite, and the bunkhouse has another toilet + shower.

The most magical aspect if this place is its natural setting.

Wallabies regularly wander between the home and the neighbour’s property. You will wake up to a gentle symphony of birds as the sun hits valley walls…

Guest access

Guests can drive down to Burleigh Beach in 20 minutes, and the Gold Coast Airport is 25 minutes away. Walk along the lovely road in the evenings where neighbours enjoy 8 acre blocks like this one.

Dine down at the Coast at our famed restaurants and/or cook from home. The place is easy to find though hidden away, and you'll get tips for uncovering the very best of the Gold Coast.

Interaction with guests

The entire home is available, and Mara the owner looks forward to greeting you to show your group around. You can reach her by mobile if something comes up or you want ideas for restaurants or shopping.

Other things to note

Because this stay is a 20 minute drive from shops, food planning is a good idea unless you plan to do all meals down the valley. Mara will leave fresh bread, milk, coffee and tea, and room in the fridge/freezer to store food.

There's space in the bar fridge to store your drinks. Plan ahead for meals and you will enjoy cooking as if in a forest - but with all the amenities and a kitchen that lets you enjoy cooking together.

Notes for how to use the sound system, TV and wifi will set you up for a good stay. This is a semi-rural setting but free to air works just fine.

This is a dog/cat friendly home - your pets are welcome if they're part of your holiday but please let Mara know in advance so she can leave out water bowls etc.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed, 2 single beds
Common spaces
2 sofas

House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Special events like birthday parties, Hen's nights etc are welcome. But this is not a party house!

Please don't bother coming if you are into partying heavy and don't appreciate the peaceful and lovely setting of this property. It is a sustainable home with magnificent views.

No smoking in the house, no diddles in the pool.

Make sure you turn off the gas after using the BBQ.

This is a spectacular corner of the Gold Coast hinterland and our neighbours value peace and quiet, so no loud music after 11pm please...

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Gopal User Profile
October 2017
We were four families with two kids and two infants. Stayed at this resort for 2 nights. Had a very refreshing time and lots of memories which will stay forever. What did we like the most - Place is just 30 minutes from Gold coast but still offers that isolation and tranquillity which many of us look for on vacation - Best part of the resort is the huge deck with barbeque overlooking the valley and the swimming pool - Perfect for up to 8 Adults and 2-4 kids - ample common space and good sized bedrooms for all - Mara is an excellent host. Welcomed us with Wine, Champaign and chocolates. Took us around the property and made sure we were comfortable before she left leaving us with full privacy. She is passionate about the place and has put full hearted effort to build this place Things to note - Only Telstra mobile will work here. None of us was Telstra - and this in-fact made our stay even better !!
Mara User Profile
Response from Mara:
I hope you guys come back Gopal! I actually loved the lingering smell of Indian food. It reminded me of my years in Kathmandu. Keep well - Mara
October 2017

Vanessa User Profile
July 2017
This property has the best vibe, as does Mara. Perfect for a weekend away and very relaxing!

Lyndall User Profile
April 2017
Thank you for an amazing stay

Pamela User Profile
April 2017
Although secluded the property is only 25 minutes from beaches, restaurants and tourist attractions. The gardens are spacious and the home has a welcoming, warm feel about it. Bedrooms are large and very comfortable. The kitchen is well appointed with every appliance and utensil you could want. It was perfect for our family of 6 adults and one 2 year old. The outdoor area was used frequently and proved to be a wonderful, relaxing area. We were given a very generous "goodies" basket and invited to help ourselves to any food items we needed. There are several good walks in the area and the birdlife is magical. We fed the butcherbirds from our hands.

Lachie User Profile
January 2017
Mara's eco-resort is exactly what what it is set out to be. The styling of the house is incredible and the closest shops are only about 15min away. I would recommend staying at this booking to anyone as our time there was fantastic. Mara is also a fantastic host and was very helpful throughout the stay. Thanks Mara!

Meila User Profile
December 2016
Mara's place is many things. Firstly, it is breathtakingly beautiful and scenic. Hidden in the mountains, it feels like you have your own personal slice of paradise. Secondly, my friends and I couldn't stop talking about the pristine quality of the place as Mara obviously takes great pride in maintenance and cleanliness. Thirdly, Mara always spoke to us with a big smile on her face and offered us bread, wine and milk upon arrival. Her hospitality and service will not be easily forgotten! Our favourite past time here were swimming in the pool, catching up on Netflix, watching the mountain views and hanging out in the spacious and breezy living room. Every thing was great, can't complain about anything. Will be back soon! Thanks Mara and Stu!

Lucy User Profile
December 2016
Mara clearly went out of her way to make us feel welcome at this lovely quiet spot. We had a very relaxing stay. She clearly wants to make this place one that people enjoy and want to return to. Great efforts to make our toddler welcome too (thanks!!). The outdoor deck wasn't in great shape, but we understand that's being fixed soon for future guests. If you have allergies, we would suggest finding somewhere else as dog hair / dander / odour was quite strong. Whilst we are dog people, and not a concern to us in the living areas, it was more than we would have liked in the main bedroom.

Tallebudgera Valley, AustraliaJoined in January 2014
Mara User Profile

I live in the Gold Coast hinterland's Tallebudgera Valley with two gorgeous dogs Banjo and Tashi. After living in inner Sydney for 15 years, I love being on a property in mountains so close to the beach, and less than half an hour away from the Gold Coast airport.

The Gold Coast is a spectacular place. Beaches, waterways, tons of "urban action" and also a diverse cultural scene, world-class dining, unexpected pockets of music, and a magnificent hinterland that looks down on it all. I love it here.

Originally a technology investment banker, I'm a Company Director and consultant to business, governments, non-profits and universities. So I'm on the move quite a bit. In between I work from this lovely forest home which is such a treat. Love to garden, cook, watch movies, and explore the hinterland.

I'm easy going, like meeting new people, and enjoy learning about new cultures and ideas. As a native Brazilian who was educated in the US and lived in Nepal before moving to Australia 25 years ago, I've come to love diversity as a spice of life.

Languages: Español, Português
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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