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Promised Land Retreat -Tallowood

Bedrooms 2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

PROMISED LAND RETREAT has three chalets on a 100 acre property nestled below the great dividing range. Just a short drive from Bellingen.

If Tallowood is not available also look for:

*THE RIDGE at Promised Land Retreat (Two bedroom chalet) Property listing number (HAAU 9195917)

*THE BOWER at Promised Land Retreat (One bedroom chalet) Property listing number (HAAU 9195855)

TALLOWOOD is an immaculate self-contained timber chalet with attention to detail. Suitable for a couple,two couples or a family. The chalet has been built from timber in a contemporary style, it is crafted to perfection, maintaining a real sense of the environment and offering beautiful panoramic views of the Dorrigo National Park escarpment with its rainforest clad mountains. Undisturbed tranquility awaits you!

There is a spa bathroom, a large and spacious open plan living area with fully equipped kitchen opening to a spacious deck, where you can eat or relax and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

The chalet has reverse cycle air conditioning + fans, Smart tv with sound bar, WIFI, Netflix, Spotify Dvd and Cd included.There is also a separate games room, a top quality artificial grass tennis court and mountain bikes for the guests to explore the surrounding area. Pack a picnic and spend the day riding through the undulating hills before stopping for a dip in the nearby Never Never river.

The property is situated on 100 acres of private land - a 10-15 minute scenic drive north of Bellingen, 6 hours driving time north of Sydney.

The town of Bellingen boasts a thriving arts and cultural calendar, a la carte restaurants, cafes and a nine hole golf course. (30 minutes away is the Bonville International Golf Course)

The world renowned Dorrigo rainforest is a short 40 minute drive west whilst 30 minutes east takes you to any number of unspoilt beaches.

Just a short walk away from the chalets is the crystal clear Never Never river with a choice of swimming holes.

We are right in the middle of the Coffs Coast Region - a great springboard to explore this diverse and beautiful part of the World.



Stunning Retreat”

5 of 5 stars

This place had been recommended for us by friends who had recently stayed and we didn't regret the decision. Set in the beautiful Promised Land not far from Bellingen, the cottage is perched amongst green paddocks with a picturesque mountain range framing the view. The first thing we noticed was the quality of the build: no expense has been spared to create an organic piece of architecture that sits beautifully in the landscape. Just a short drive or bike ride around the corner you will find amazing water holes and pebbled river beds amongst the forest: a truly stunning natural environment.

The timber-work on the cabin is amazing and the paring down of interior 'distractions' lets the design shine. It's in the details, really it is and the thoughtfulness of the inclusions adds to the experience. There is something peaceful about this place, a place where you can totally relax with little more than the hum of a distant tractor.

Thoroughly recommended.

a month ago

If you're looking for a peaceful, quality rural retreat then this is it. Totally relaxing stay in a beautifully built cabin overlooking green paddocks and framed by equally stunning mountains. Two nights felt like a week! Thank you Sophie :)

We (family of 4 with 2 young teenage boys) visited in late September 2014. What a wonderful place to be ... I still have that vista in the forefront of my mind. The photos can only do so much justice. The accommodation itself was ideal... private, high quality and fit for the purpose. I have very fond memories of evenings playing board / card games with all of us happily engaged (a welcome departure from the world of gaming which often steals our boys away from us). Sophie and Greg were very welcoming and respected the privacy that such a location provides. In addition to all of this, the facilities were wonderful ... the tennis court (and lights) were brilliant. The bikes beautifully maintained and the expansive DVD library providing for that family movie night in paradise.

Best approach (as many have already hinted) is to stock up and stay in ... perhaps just venturing out to visit those nearby waterfalls.

It goes without saying that we enjoyed our visit immensely. I hope we return one day.

Stayed September 2014, travelled with family

Lyndon Garbutt – 5 star

We stayed three nights at the Promised Land Retreat, which was simply magical.

“A True Escape”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 22 January 2015

We spent a wonderful 2 nights here recently on our way back home after a long road trip. The arrival to the promised land is just what the website shows you, the setting is stunning and we never got tired of sitting on the deck looking at the view. Our two young children loved their time there and still talk about Alby and Zorro and miss them. The chalets are comfortable and have everything you need. Bellingen itself is a quirky and hip town and only a 10 minute drive away. We had a great time at the close swimming creeks and rode our bikes around, a great family spot in a beautiful part of the world.

If you're looking for a place of pure comfort while being ensconced in natural beauty and tranquility you certainly could not pass up Promised Land Retreat. The cottage was certainly well-appointed and offered beautiful views into the surrounding forest and mountains. The kind of view where you happily prefer to watch the clouds float past rather than the TV. So relaxing. The owners were very friendly and helpful with any enquiries. Loved our stay and would definitely return in the future.

A true escape from the hustle and bustle of larger centres. The cabins are beautifully constructed and appointed. Private and well positioned to take in views of the valley, the cabins are very relaxing. The valley seems to be full of native birds, with friendly kookaburras visiting the cabin each day.

Our time went quickly in the area - visiting the cafes and quaint main street of nearby Bellingen and exploring the natural beauty of nearby Dorrigo national park.

Sophie and Greg are the perfect hosts - friendly but not intrusive. We really enjoyed our time at the Promised Land and hope to visit again. We cannot speak highly enough of our stay.

Stayed in October 2014.

Melissa Dell – 5 starThis is truly a gorgeous venue where you can immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of nature. The timber chalets are amazing- the view even better!

Our hosts were lovely people and I cannot thank them enough for allowing my husband and I the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate amongst the beautiful landscape offered by the Promised Lands.

The pristine waters of Never Never Creek, the songs of the rainforest birds and the relaxed atmosphere of the Bellingen township are things I hope to recapture again very soon.

I thoroughly recommend staying at Promised Land Retreat!!!!!

' My wife and I stayed in one of your most excellent chalets for the 6 nights of our honeymoon and we would like to tell you how much we enjoyed it! The accommodation was elegant, private and so peaceful, all that we hoped for. You have such a pretty place and location. We spent some time in beautiful Bellingen, saw some great live music at The Cool Creek Cafe, went to Coffs, Urunga and Dorrigo as well, all very close. We had in fact had our eye on staying here since we saw the Sydney Morning Herald article from Aug 2002.

Being an Architect, I couldn't help but like the chalets, very impressive and the attention to detail was obvious. Lovingly made... '

S. Hassall. April 2004

In the Gourmet Traveller magazine Feb 2003, they say: ' The Promised Land Retreat offers no ordinary farmstay. On a 40ha property overlooking the mountains fringing the Dorrigo National Park, (three) self-contained timber chalets blend functional minimalism with deep comfort. Simple country pleasures combined with cosmopolitan luxury appear to be a hallmark of a valley visit.'

The property has also been reviewed on page 6 in the travel section of the Sydney Morning Herald - Aug 17th-18th 2002 and a rating of 17 out of 20 was awarded. Since then all the chalets have had reverse cycle air conditioning installed.

More Details

Sophie Warburton
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Gleniffer, Australia

Property Type:
  • chalet
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 large double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • forests


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Promised Land Retreat -Tallowood
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Couldn't fault these lovely cottages in a magical setting. Well appointed with care. We could never get used to this views.

The Never Never River is absolutely beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 13/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback and hope we may see you again in the near future.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay and can't wait to go back .

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathi. Until next time.
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Cleveland Ohio, USA

Pure bliss

  • 5 of 5

There was nothing about our stay that wasn't perfect. What an amazing property and whether you travel as a family (as we did) or a couple, Promised Land Retreat was a little slice of paradise.

Close enough to Belingen for a shopping run, but far enough away you feel as if you are the only person/people on earth .

A beautiful cabin, well appointed and superbly comfortable. Hike the surrounding area, feed the chickens and collect eggs, pat the donkeys or swim in the nearby river!

We can't wait to come back

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Andrew for reviewing our place, looking forward to see you again in the future:))
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Port Macquarie

Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent two nights here (two adults and our 10 year old daughter) and would recommend it very highly to anybody who values peace, privacy and quality accommodation with beautiful views. The place just invites you to relax but there is also plenty to do. We went walking around the property and met the donkeys and horses, we went mountain bike riding (supplied for free), we used the games room to play ping pong and we were givem permission by our welcoming host to pick the ripe mandarins and oranges from the fruit trees. We also went for a swim in the freezing cold winter waters of the nearby Never Never River which was very invigorating and we went horse riding at the nearby Valery stables which we would also recommend.

In the evenings we simply relaxed and enjoyed the cottage which was beautifully presented and equipped. Thanks Greg for your warm welcome!

  • Review Submitted: 03/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Peter for a your great review. It is very much appreciated. So good to hear you were taking advantage of everything on offer. Regards Greg.
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Woodend, Victoria, Australia

Gorgeous Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed three wonderful nights at Promised Land Retreat, and can highly recommend this property. The cottage itself is amazing, views are spectacular and the environs are lovely. The games room, tennis court, bikes available, help yourself eggs from the chicken coop, all contributed to a lovely relaxed stay for our family. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 13/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gabe, It is always good to know people have enjoyed their stay in our beautiful part of the world. Thank you for your kind review. Looking forward to your next stay. Best Regards Greg.
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Peaceful with a marvellous view. Very special experience! Everything very clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful with a marvellous view. Very special experience! Everything very clean and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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