Home Away From Home
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Dedicated safe enclosure for petsDedicated safe enclosure for pets
Parties/events allowed - Must be cleared through owners prior to bookingMust be cleared through owners prior to booking
Max guests: 9
Minimum age of primary renter:
- All food to be consumed in dedicated meal areas
- Please sleep between sheets/bedding provided
- Please keep furnishings and furniture in the rooms as placed on arrival
Lucy & Graham Watson
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About Lucy & Graham Watson
We are both Retired High School Teachers, Graham Science and Lucy Music. The home was designed and ownerbuilt by us about 1985 to accommodate our family of 5 children, who grew up here and now have children of their own, but still love to return to 'Fern Ridge' whenever we can coordinate a family get together. Our youngest son and his family still live on the property in the other 'Little House' where we all initially lived. The house is in revival with many family visits now from Homeaway guests who like us enjoy the relaxing environment and facilities 'Fern Ridge' provides. Vanilla (the donkey)is the continuing resident and has been here for over 25 years, came originally from Grafton with her mother, who has since passed on, but Vanilla the family legendary pet still enjoys a carrot or two and willingly devours any food scraps you can drop over the fence. Donkeys whilst carrying a reputation of stubbornness, are very intelligent and monitor your every movement in the house and are long livers up to 50 years. We understand Vanilla is about 3/4 there and visits both homes daily in search of quality scraps. Our family (mum & dad and 5 youngens aged 5-12) are intrepid travellers, initiated back in the late 80's when we set off on our first overseas trip of 7 months around the world in 80+ days visiting Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and America and Canada before returning to our favourite 'Fern Ridge' and the tradition has stuck since travel is still high on the list for everyone. One of the things we enjoyed most was family oriented lodgings and comfortable (not necessarily luxurious) but homely accommodation, where you could relax and feel most 'at home'. It is our desire that Fern Ridge is just this for you too, to enjoy for a night or two or more.
Lucy & Graham Watson purchased this House in 1985
Why Lucy & Graham Watson chose Karangi
Well, families grow up, move away, sometimes come back again... its that generation, but we have come to the conclusion most of our family has moved along with their own responsibilities and we think we've been empty nested, so have moved into apartment living just north of the city and instead of bush walking we are beach walking and looking through the trees at whales, waves and the grand expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Both experiences are beautiful and so the family home is there to share with you and we welcome you to our family sanctuary after 30 + years. So, ENJOY!
What makes this House unique
There is something very peaceful about a private 'home amongst the gum trees'. We love it in the winter around the fire, bushwalking and exploring the rainforest (Yes it just up the back), wallabies, kookaburras, koalas and the pleasure that comes from a special space with fun times around that kitchen table in the heart of the home. Eventually, everyone toddles off to their own room at the close of the day and rise slowly the next as the sun peeps out somewhat later over those tall gums. If you forget something its just a brief trip to the bustling city down through the bananas, blueberries and avocados. Adventure awaits all around this coastline and hinterland. The climate is one of the mildest in the country, while they Swelter in Sydney and Burn in Brisbane we live on Mildly on the Midcoast. Myriads of beaches to satisfy all choices and activities from World Rallies to Theatre to Extreme Sports in a pollution free paradise .... I need say no more.