Tucked away at the end of a 1-kilometre dirt road is a unique sanctuary, offering the best of nature and relaxation. A cosy off-the-grid mud brick cabin, and studio featuring all the mod-cons, combine the best of both worlds for this one-of-a-kind listing.
I spoke with Louise about Bimbimbie Hideaway, her property that has been on Airbnb since 2015.
Where does the name Bimbimbie come from?
It’s an aboriginal word meaning “place of many birds”.
What prompted you to share your property on Airbnb?
We have owned the property for a long time and have always loved this spot. We’ve used Airbnb’s all over the world and thought we had something unique to offer. The location and type of property are ideal.
What do you feel are the best features of your property?
The location. Bimbimbie is set amongst the peace and quiet of nature. It’s almost guaranteed guests will spot a kangaroo or koala during their stay. Our property is not in close proximity to others, so guests have complete privacy.
Being only 30 minutes from the city, hills, or gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula, it’s convenient for exploring all areas.
Our property is quirky. Pieces we’ve collected during our overseas travels have been used to make a personal connection with our guests. Many years ago, local artist Judy Brooks painted the floor of the cabin with beautiful murals. She’s recently been back to refresh them.
Was going off-the-grid a specific goal when this property was built?
Yes. Back in the 80s, my partner Della and I grew proteas to supply florists. We’d come to tend to them every weekend but didn’t have any shelter from the elements. We hand-made mud bricks to build a cabin and used recycled materials where possible.
There was a push for living off the land back then, so sustainability was a guiding principal. In the main cabin we use solar power. There’s a pot-belly stove for heating in winter and we use a biolytic septic system and rainwater. The cabin makes up the kitchen and lounge area. The adjoining studio, where guests sleep, has all the mod-cons.
Half of our visitors are people from Adelaide, usually couples looking for a quick break from the city. The other half are interstate and overseas guests, especially in summer.
What unique experiences do you offer at Bimbimbie?
We offer two different packages. I’m a keen gardener and conduct a tour of our prize-winning rural garden. I also talk a little bit about the eco-friendly building.
Over the years Della has been rejuvenating 10 acres of our property back to its natural environment. Her tour discusses this process.