Araluen – meaning place of waterlilies – the story so far….
We purchased the property which we have since called Araluen Park in late 2002. . The property was just under 200 acres, had no house and had been used for grazing cattle. A significant gully, part of the Bunga Creek catchment, cuts through the front part of the property.
It soon became apparent that about 40 acres of this front part of the property was not suitable for cattle and an alternative concept of sustainable land use and restoration of habitat was explored. What followed was the development of a number of individual environmentally friendly cottages in a natural setting with a long term plan for native vegetation restoration of the gully. Integral to the cottage design were elements of sustainability including solar power, waste water management systems, domestic potable water collection and recycling.
In 2014 we entered the East Gippsland Business Awards and were selected as finalist in the ‘Accommodation’ category and Winner of the ‘Eco-Adventure’ category.
We saw this award as recognition of our contribution and commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Built with love and a care for the environment
Whilst having a focus on sustainability, we did not want to compromise on lifestyle, appreciating that our guests should expect the normal comforts afforded to country style accommodation. Accordingly, the cottages have been built to a period style, reflecting individuality and privacy.
We both share an interest in building, furniture and vintage and antique items. Incorporation of restored mantle pieces and other items of furniture are common throughout the cottages. The leadlighting throughout the cottages are all our own works.
The revegetation of the native vegetation around the cottages has commenced, and the improved habitat has seen an increase in the native flora and fauna in the area. The rainforest gullies have started to attract some of the unique creatures only found around such vegetation.
A great way to spend the weekend un-winding. Hosts were very helpful, lovely spacious accommodation on a quiet country property.