If you thought staying at an eco-friendly place automatically meant sacrificing comfort, then you haven't been to Anja Koch's EcOasis in the pretty and historic hamlet of Uki in northern NSW.
Her two villas in the Tweed Valley, near Mt Warning, sit on 45ha amongst sub-tropical rainforest. It's as though they have been lowered from on high, they blend in so perfectly. Huge windows and balconies take full advantage of the vista outside.
The villas have been cleverly positioned to use winter sun in the cold months and welcome breezes in summer no need for air-conditioning, which is something Anja and her partner Thomas wanted to avoid for eco reasons.
The site was very carefully chosen. No trees were felled in fact 1200 were planted and a regeneration program is in place. The villas sit on a steel post system, which means excavation was minimal and recycled materials were used where possible. The floors draw much comment. People are surprised to learn they are simply made from plywood chips, a friendlier method than using thick boards.
The state-of-the-art kitchens and hot water use gas, while the gravity feed water supply has reduced electricity demand. Toilets are environmentally friendly. You can self-cater or pre-arrange to have the cupboards stocked from your own provisions. Anja offers a choice of breakfast hampers, picnic lunches and dinners, with a choice of traditional, vegetarian, Italian or bush tucker. Uki and Murwillumbah offer a good choice of restaurants.
Perfect for honeymoons, romantic escapes, special occasions or just a break, the splendid use of timber and glass gives you nature and luxury all at once.