The Spiral House at Cloudfarm should be on every couples "bucket list". This unique miniature home is perched on the highest point of the Illawarra escarpment, in a totally private and idyllic location immersed in nature. Wake up to breathtaking views towards the escarpment and ocean; Relax in the open air bathtub, take in the night sky and twinkling lights on the coast ; go for a stroll on our 33 acre property. Relax, rejuvenate, reconnect.
The Spiral House at Cloudfarm has been designed as a luxury nature retreat for couples . The building lay dormant for many years and during 2018 has undergone a complete renovation. This miniature house has been carefully shaped, maintaining a small environmental footprint and crafted using materials that have been re-purposed or sourced locally. The space also showcases the work of your hosts, award winning artists Celeste Coucke and Stephen Fearnley. Original paintings and ceramics- such as the porcelain lamp above the dining table and the plates and bowls in the kitchen as well as the tiles in the kitchen and behind the fireplace- have been lovingly hand made at Cloudfarm Studios.
The firewood that we provide for our guests is sustainably sourced from a local firewood supplier. With no TV in the space, guests have the opportunity to experience screen free time; and whilst good mobile coverage is available, guests will need to provide their own data.
More About Cloudfarm…
Cloudfarm covers 13.35 hectares and is situated on the highest point of the Illawarra escarpment just under 800m above sea level. Mt Murray is the core of an ancient volcano- and you are right on top of it! Basaltic soils and high rainfall support a diversity of flora and fauna. Vegetation consists predominantly of tableland basalt forest (An Ecologically Endangered Community), native grassland and temperate rainforest. Most of the property was once cleared as farmland however the protected rocky slopes are in more or less original condition, supporting a rare fragment of endangered temperate rainforest. The rainforest is now regenerating and covers approximately one third of the property, with two thirds mostly native grassland. A magnificent stand of Eucalyptus fastigata crowns the top of the mountain, a remnant of endangered tableland basalt forest. Cloudfarm also forms part of an important wildlife corridor between the Macquarie Pass National Park and Sydney water catchment. We are currently taking part in the “Thin Green Line Project”. The “Thin Green Line” is a corridor which links native vegetation and wildlife between Victoria and Queensland. Cloudfarm is located at a particularly important part of this corridor, as it is east of Robertson that the line is thinnest. Native animals and vegetation are particularly vulnerable here, as a result of the activities of humans and feral animals.
We have lots, all generally shy and nocturnal. Your nearest neighbours are wombats- there's a big active wombat burrow right next to Spiral House! Cloudfarm is a member of the Wildlife Lands Trust and we are also members of Wildlife Rescue South Coast. Cloudfarm is home to rescued wombats. We have left a torch in the kitchen if you want to go night walking. Please note: all our wildlife- including the rehabilitated wombats- are wild. If you spot a wombat, watch it from a respectful distance.
Wildlife known to inhabit the property include bare nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor), brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) possums, gliders (Petaurus spp.), spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), antechinus (Antechinus spp.), short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), highland copperheads (Austrelaps ramsayi), tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), frogs and fresh water turtles. A long- nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) has recently been photographed in the rainforest. This is very exciting as these animals, along with spotted-tailed quolls, are listed as vulnerable.
Cloudfarm is also home to diverse bird life which includes wonga pigeons (Leucosarcia melanoleuca), superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus), golden whistlers (Pachycephala pectoralis), eastern whipbirds (Psophodes olivaceus), superb lyrebirds (Menura novaehollandiae), satin (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) bowerbirds, wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), grey shrike-thrushes (Colluricincla harmonica), eastern rosellas (Platycercus eximius), yellow-tailed black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), king parrots (Alisterus scapularis), magpies (Cracticus tibicen), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus), brown goshawks (Accipiter fasciatus), tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), southern boobooks (Ninox boobook), welcome swallows (Hirundo neoxena), barn owls (Tyto alba), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), common bronzewings (Phaps chalcoptera), honeyeaters and finches... and many more.
There are maps and information about the local area contained in a folder in Spiral House. If you need advice about anything, we are happy to help- just ask.
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