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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.

Maryanne Murray
11 Sunset Ridge Drive, Bellingen, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-6655-1559
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)2-6655-1559

So there you are, venturing through the quiet streets of Bellingen. You step nimbly through Maryanne’s front door, smiling happily at the prospect of this town B&B.....

.... On you go, through the sitting-room, admiring the antiques, chatting to Maryanne. And then you stop. Because as you move onto the verandah, you realise that Bellingen was just a mirage, a theatrical illusion. The scene that confronts you is pure pastoral symphony and the town is nowhere to be seen. The garden swoops downhill from the verandah and there in front of you is the Bellinger River, dominating a rural tableau of water, woody hills and bush. Breakfast is always served outside on the verandah facing the view because, my dear, you would not want to eat anywhere else. It never really gets cold this far north, but there are heaters if the warmth of a three-course gourmet wake-me-up is not sufficient. The house is only 14 years old but Maryanne wanted to recreate the Federation style and the use of dark woods, pale walls and Victorian furniture achieves this admirably. Both rooms have French doors leading onto the verandah and I preferred the blue one with its splendid, separate bathroom. Bellingen really gets going in August when there is a big jazz festival, but Maryanne, who plays bluegrass banjo, can tell you all about that. 10-minute walk to town centre, 30-minute drive to Coffs Harbour.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    No Credit Cards Accepted    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    
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Rooms: 2: 1 king/twin with private bath and shower; 1 double with en-suite shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included.
Directions: Coming from the east, turn right at the Post Office in Bellingen and go over the bridge. Turn left at the roundabout into Wheatley then go right into Sunset Ridge Drive. House is on the left.

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