232 @ BOONDEROO

Earth Covered Eco House near Bathurst
FEATURES
Extremely quiet inside the house.
Low VOC Bio Paint interior.
Ultra low energy living.
Solar hot water and power.
Undercover parking (80m from house).
Smart lock access – independent check in and out.
Indoor fireplace.
“How To” Video tutorials in house and on YouTube for lighting fires etc.
Outdoor bath and shower with privacy screens
Outdoor barbecue under cover
Outdoor accessible toilet
TV, DVD/CD player, soundbar with subwoofer
WiFi throughout house
Outdoor gazebo for dining or relaxing (insect screened)
Fully equipped kitchen including one wood and one gas fired oven and stove, microwave, toaster and fridge
Pure cotton linen and towels, pure wool or silk quilts
Fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke detector
First Aid kit
ACTIVITIES
Bush walking and bird and animal watching on site.
Great cafés, restaurants, micro brewery 15 minutes drive away in Bathurst.
Mt. Panorama race track (a public road outside race times)
National Motor Racing Museum
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Bathurst Goldfields (in school holidays)
Historic Abercrombie house (just down the road)
Joy flights at Bathurst Soaring Club (weekends)
Stroll through Bathurst’s beautiful Machattie Park, Kings Parade and historic streetscapes.
Farmers markets – every 4th Saturday of the month.
Co-op mini market – weekday mornings and Saturday mornings.

Orange is slightly further at about 45 minutes, also well known for food and wine.

Millthorpe village – about 30 minutes towards Orange; a charming and picturesque village with excellent cafés restaurants.

THE ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“Conceived and constructed by a German master builder in 1994, this unique house blends into the landscape and uses very little energy as it is bonded to the earth and insulated from the outside environment with double glazing.

It’s an earth covered house with Earth tube ventilation, off grid solar, solar hot water with fuel stove back up and LED lighting.

All water used is gravity fed rainwater from underground tanks.

The minimum 2.1 m of earth cover combined with double glazing, strategic insulation, and weather stripping provides a stable inside temperature between 18˚ and 23˚ year round, with zero energy input. The earth tube ventilation allows for constant and gradual exchange of air without compromising temperature stability, the result being that the house remains fresh and comfortable no matter how long you care to leave it closed up, or what time of the year you turn up!

Inside the house the doors, architrave and skirting are all made from fallen she-oak logs milled and constructed on site and finished in natural oils, and internal painting is Bio Paint (made in Adelaide) which has zero VOCs.

We have worm farms and compost bins on site for organic household waste.

We recycle soft plastics and other recyclable materials (bins clearly labelled).

My parents spent many years beating back the blackberries, Tree of Heaven, rabbits etc and then planted many thousands of trees on this property in an effort to rehabilitate and restore the native vegetation in the areas where it had been previously cleared, to very good effect as the photos show –  a testament to their dedication as much of it occurred in drought conditions and in steeply sloping areas that required manual watering.

To improve survival rates most of the trees were grown from seed collected on the property, predominantly Acacia Vestita and Casuarina Cunninghamiania, with the various Eucaplyt species matched by local experts and purchased from commercial nurseries.

My parents were also the recipients of a Federal grant to undertake an experimental blanket planting of natives in the late 1990’s to assess the impact of such plantings on controlling the invasive grass Serrated Tussock. We intend to continue this regeneration and elimination of invasive weeds work in the remaining unforested areas.”

 

What we love…

232 @ Boonderoo is a unique earth covered house tucked away in a secluded spot with beautiful views. Naturally air conditioned, the house uses the thermal mass of the earth to achieve ultra low energy consumption.


 

Tell me more…

This stunning house is located on a property about 15 minutes outside Bathurst NSW, which has been a private conservation and regeneration project since 1979.


 

Get the Facts

Where is it?  Rock Forest, near Bathurst, New South Wales

What?  Earth Covered House

Style of Accommodation?  Self contained House

Who?  Not suitable for children and infants  as there are significant fall from heights hazards, unfenced water nearby (dam), burn risk from hot stove surfaces inside.

Accessible?  Yes – no steps and wide entrance

How much? From $319 per night for 2 guests midweek


 

Sounding Good?  Read on…

Perfect for up to 5 people the house is fully self-contained and has spacious living and dining areas. There are three bedrooms: with queen bed, double bed and single bed respectively.  

The property and house offer great views over the Macquarie river valley and surrounding ranges. There is a slow combustion wood heater in the living room for use in the cooler months; in summer the house remains cool due to it’s wrap around earth insulation design and double glazing. Mobile phone coverage is limited when inside the house, but available in the garden and surrounds, and free wifi is provided. Air conditioning is earth tube ventilation, averaging 21 degrees. Temperature varies between a minimum of 18 by the end of winter (if no heating is used) and 23 degrees by the end of summer.

Like to read more about the amazing story of 232 @ Boonderoo?

Host: Svend and Mallika Stuebe
Address: 232 @ Boonderoo, Rockforest near Bathurst.

 

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FEATURES
Undercover parking (80m from house).
Smart lock access – independent check in and out.
Indoor fireplace.
Outdoor bath and shower with privacy screens
Outdoor barbecue under cover
Outdoor accessible toilet
TV, DVD/CD player, soundbar with subwoofer
WiFi throughout house
Outdoor gazebo for dining or relaxing (insect screened)
Fully equipped kitchen including one wood and one gas fired oven and stove, microwave, toaster and fridge
Pure cotton linen and towels, pure wool or silk quilts
Fire extinguishers, fire blankets, smoke detector
First Aid kit
ACTIVITIES
Bush walking and bird and animal watching on site.

Great cafés, restaurants, micro brewery 15 minutes drive away in Bathurst.
Mt. Panorama race track (a public road outside race times)
National Motor Racing Museum
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Bathurst Goldfields (in school holidays)
Historic Abercrombie house (just down the road)
Joy flights at Bathurst Soaring Club (weekends)
Stroll through Bathurst’s beautiful Machattie Park, Kings Parade and historic streetscapes.

Farmers markets – every 4th Saturday of the month.
Co-op mini market – weekday mornings and Saturday mornings.

Orange is slightly further at about 45 minutes, also well known for food and wine.

Millthorpe village – about 30 minutes towards Orange; a charming and picturesque village with excellent cafés restaurants.

ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“Conceived and constructed by a German master builder in 1994, this unique house blends into the landscape and uses very little energy as it is bonded to the earth and insulated from the outside environment with double glazing.

It’s an earth covered house with Earth tube ventilation, off grid solar, solar hot water with fuel stove back up and LED lighting.

All water used is gravity fed rainwater from underground tanks.

The minimum 2.1 m of earth cover combined with double glazing, strategic insulation, and weather stripping provides a stable inside temperature between 18˚ and 23˚ year round, with zero energy input. The earth tube ventilation allows for constant and gradual exchange of air without compromising temperature stability, the result being that the house remains fresh and comfortable no matter how long you care to leave it closed up, or what time of the year you turn up!

Inside the house the doors, architrave and skirting are all made from fallen she-oak logs milled and constructed on site and finished in natural oils, and internal painting is Bio Paint (made in Adelaide) which has zero VOCs.

We have worm farms and compost bins on site for organic household waste.

We recycle soft plastics and other recyclable materials (bins clearly labelled).

My parents spent many years beating back the blackberries, Tree of Heaven, rabbits etc and then planted many thousands of trees on this property in an effort to rehabilitate and restore the native vegetation in the areas where it had been previously cleared, to very good effect as the photos show –  a testament to their dedication as much of it occurred in drought conditions and in steeply sloping areas that required manual watering.

To improve survival rates most of the trees were grown from seed collected on the property, predominantly Acacia Vestita and Casuarina Cunninghamiania, with the various Eucaplyt species matched by local experts and purchased from commercial nurseries.

My parents were also the recipients of a Federal grant to undertake an experimental blanket planting of natives in the late 1990’s to assess the impact of such plantings on controlling the invasive grass Serrated Tussock. We intend to continue this regeneration and elimination of invasive weeds work in the remaining unforested areas.”

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