Secret hideaway in the Byron Bay hinterland, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom sleeps 4
About Louise Bickle
We live in the inner city suburb of Redfern and this is our much loved holiday escape. We like to share this beautiful hideaway with other like minded guests (although not at the same time of course). We try to get up to the hills as often as possible so our house has that homey feeling rather than your usual holiday let + we are always updating something or making things more comfortable.
Louise Bickle purchased this Cottage in 1978
Why Louise Bickle chose Federal
Before the original European settlers arrived, the Federal Valley was a rain forest & bush area called the ‘Big Scrub’. The settlers were afraid of the ‘big scrub’ so they cleared all areas of the land. The land was then used mostly for the running of livestock. We bought the property in 1978 & at that time there was only one tree on the entire 10 acre block, (it’s the one to the left of the deck, the Red Apple Tree). All the other trees & shrubs have been planted by us or spread by birds or the elements. The rain forest at the creek edge has slowly regenerated by it self. From 1979 to 1986, the top paddock was planted as an orchard of avocados. These unfortunately were slowly killed off by phitopherous (a root disease). The Federal Valley was also a proposed dam site, a 10 year battle was fought & won by the community in 1995. The dam would have flooded the valley entirely, our property would have had water to the top gate. All the wild life & trees would have been lost. Our 10 acres now hosts many interesting trees & shrubs, among them we have grapefruit, limes, oranges, tung oil, pecans, black bean, mango, custard apple, macadamia & coffee as well as a huge range of gums, cedars and pine trees to name a few. We are slowly creating a beautiful garden, there are both fragrant & colourful species that do their thing at different times of the year. At the creek we have turtles, a platypus family, a kingfisher family & hundreds of other birds, butterflies & reptiles. We hope you relax & enjoy your stay!
What makes this Cottage unique
Our back grounds are in textiles, theatre and interior styling - so you'll find an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishing. We like cooking and eating at home so the kitchen is very well equipped for the holiday chef. We have a teenage son who has spent his growing up years, holidaying on the property, so we have a very child friendly environment and lots of books, CDs and DVDs to keep all ages entertained + a trampoline! AND we have no wifi. Internet and mobile coverage is a very recent addition to the area - but try to stay off grid for 100% relaxation. Read a book on the deck, relax in the butterfly chairs, swim in the swimming hole, spot wildlife and enjoy the sunshine.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
A little bit of everything, country retreat, fresh water creek and the beaches only 20 mins away!
Lovely trip away - only criticisms would be the lack of fans in the living area, laundry and screen doors! Otherwise, perfect. Very well stocked kitchen, awesome shower pressure and a good opportunity to get kids off screens!
Thanks for staying with us and glad you had a great time.
Thanks also for your comments - always good to get feed back from guests.
As we are on tank water we are unable to offer a washing machine for guests - but we do have a washing tub, washing powder, pegs and a clothes line - if you need to wash during your stay. We also highly recommend the Laundry Mats in Mullumbimby and Bangalow - drop your load off , have a coffee and explore the villages - then hang it out at home.
Relaxing stay in idyllic setting
We had a lovely relaxing 10 days in the cottage. The setting and views are simply beautiful with easy drives to surrounding areas. We loved Federal itself and Bangalow with its great cafes. We had lunch at Doma and loved it - packed but laid back at the same time! The accommodation was comfortable and cosy. The only suggestions we might make would be a microwave as we brought food with us and it would have been easier to use rather than the oven. Also, with water saving in mind, a dual flush toilet. However, these are just suggestions - we loved our stay at the "Hilton".
So glad you enjoyed your stay at our house in Federal. And thanks for your suggestions always good to get feedback.
All the best for 2020 and hope we can welcome you another time soon.
We loved our weekend away at this beautiful property. So Peaceful and relaxing. Loved the decor and nature on the doorstep short walk to the creek/ waterhole. Very easy process to check in. Thank you and we would love to come back one day soon.
Thanks for your review Johanna
So glad you both enjoyed your week end away and look forward to welcoming you back again anytime.
Cosy home in a beautiful location, we absolutely loved our stay! Peaceful and relaxing but also plenty of fun to keep our youngsters entertained, messing about in the creek, climbing trees and picking fruit from the trees. Just lovely, thank you :)
So glad you and your family had a great time over the weekend at the Federal Hilton. Look forward to welcoming you again soon.
A Quirky Hinterland Paradise
We spent a week in this vintage/retro cottage with our young teen boys. Cosy, quirky, gorgeous. We stayed in winter, enjoyed the log fire at night but still dared to jump in the swimming hole. Freezing. We want to come back in the summer now. The back deck was a glorious spot for family breakfasts and late evening card games. The neighbours dogs adopted my boys who ran around the property with them instead of spending time on screens. There's everything you need providing you follow the instructions when you book. It feels isolated but you're still close enough for good coffee, newspapers and that extra bottle of wine. We travelled to Byron for dinner easily enough once we got used to narrow, windy roads. But really we just wanted to chill out at the property. The week felt like a real break of total relaxation. Get yourself a massage in Bangalow and don't miss the most divine Mexican at Chupacabra in Suffolk Park.
So glad you enjoyed your in stay at our house in the Federal hills - and look forward to welcoming you all back again soon. And I promise the swimming hole is not freezing in summer time!!
Great, relaxing place to stay.
We had a wonderful time at this property.
So much space for the kids to roam free and we loved exploring the creek and picking fruit direct from the tree like grapefruit, oranges and starfruit.
The house is cosy with all that you need and being winter, we relished in the indoor fire place to keep us warm.
It's located in a tranquil area, only a few kms from the local cafe/general store, and a beautiful drive to Minyon Falls. We recommend the boggy creek bush walk.
We hope to return.
So glad you and your family had a great time at our property in the Federal hills and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The Byron bay hinterland is a beautiful natural environment. Our house is located on 10 acres with a natural swimming hole on one of the boundaries. Relaxing, peaceful, secluded yet close to cafes, shops, beaches and all that the North Coast has to offer.