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CasaBelle Country House

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Fritz and Suzanne Dimmlich
90 Gleniffer Rd, Bellingen, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-6655-9311
Cell: + 61 (0)427-550-155
Fax: + 61 (0)2-6655-0166

Bellingen is a small, thriving, artistic community, full of galleries and coffee shops, set in one of the most beautiful river valleys in Australia. And just across its wide and gracious river, far enough down the road to be described as ‘properly rural’, Suzanne and Fritz live on a hill with high views across lush cattle-grazing country to the distant mountains of the Dorrigo National Park.....

.... We sat on the verandah watching a red sunset, as Fritz explained how he had built his Tuscan-style retreat. Casabelle is architecturally stunning and has a gentle, relaxing feel with lots of open space. You flow effortlessly through it, moving from pretty garden to huge sitting-room and on to the cloistered courtyard, off which the large, airy bedrooms are found. The rooms are full of busts, ethnic pots and eye-catching objects such as the Indian ox-wagon-cum-coffee-table. Much is Suzanne’s work and far better than she would ever let you believe! Elsewhere: terracotta-tiled floors and coir matting, oil-burning candles, bowls of fruit, gilt-framed mirrors, fresh flowers, old rugs, bath salts and an easy-going atmosphere. Breakfast is a feast and goes on until noon, so leave your alarm clock at home. There’s a forest at the back of the garden too. Beautiful, unspoiled beaches and the Dorrigo rainforests (full of waterfalls) really close by; white-water rafting, scuba-diving in the marine park or whale-watching.[i/]

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Rooms: 3: 2 doubles with en/s spa bathrooms, 1 twin/double with en/s shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included + served till noon. Other meals available locally in Bellingen. In-house candlelit dinners provided by prior request.
Directions: In Bellingen turn down road by Post Office to roundabout, turn left, continue along this road as it curves sharply. At bottom of curve turn right into CasaBelle. Just 2km from PO.

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