Overview of River House

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TV, DVD player, toys, books
2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, linens, wheelchair access
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River House

4.7/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue Grill

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationCrystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens18 min drive
    Popular LocationBangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms21 min drive
    Popular LocationMinyon Falls23 min drive
    AirportBallina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway)38 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
90 sq m
Bedroom 1
    1 double bed
Bedroom 2
    1 double bed
Bathroom 1

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About this area


This cottage is located on a river and in a walkable area with great shopping. Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens and Bangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Byron Bay Golf Course and Teven Valley Golf Course. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkelling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with hiking and ecotours. Guests appreciate the property's quiet location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens - 18 min drive
  • Bangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms - 21 min drive
  • Minyon Falls - 23 min drive
  • Tyagarah Nature Reserve - 31 min drive
  • Rocky Creek Dam - 43 min drive

Getting around

  • Mullumbimby Station - 27 min drive
  • AirportBallina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway) - 38 min drive


  • Doma Cafe - 5 min drive
  • Bamboo Thai Food - 20 min drive
  • Choux Choux Patisserie - 20 min drive
  • Town - 20 min drive
  • Our Corner Store - 20 min drive
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About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

River House

Riverside Cottage with kitchen and patio
This is the secret hinterland hide away that has up til now been word of mouth only. The cottage is an eclectic mix of style and comfort. And feels like you're staying in your own holiday house The 10 acre property has been planted with a variety of tropical fruits - perhaps a grapefruit for breakfast, mango for lunch and a pomegranate for dessert! The star attraction is the privacy and the beautiful Wilsons River that provides an excellent swimming hole and a regenerated rainforest to wander through or have a picnic lunch. The layout of the cottage includes combined kitchen and dining room, lounge, main bedroom with double bed and second bedroom with a double bed and a trundle bed, bathroom and covered deck. You're in the hills but we do have everything a modern holiday maker could want - Electricity, cold and piping hot running water and will be turned on prior to your stay. We have an upright gas stove & oven, fridge, dishwasher, wood burner and cd/radio/ipod dock, tv and dvd, basic furniture, cutlery, crockery, blankets and dooners for all beds + a CD library and some games and cards. Outside you can cook on a great wood barbeque or on the gas barbie. Plus we have an iron, electric blanket and all the kitchen appliances you’ll need to whip up delicious meals. The Federal Store: The store is the only shop in the village and is a meeting place for the locals for anything and everything. It acts as the supermarket, bottle shop, post office, newsagent and eftpos outlet. All you need to bring are sheets, towels and provisions. Optional linen hire service: @ $60/bedroom – let me know if you wish to take that up and I’ll add it to the reservation. Some tips: A torch for night time spotting, gum boots for wet weather and table linen for glamour dining. Trips in the area Within the region can be found a number of attractions. Byron Bay: Eastern most point of Australia. Lots of restaurants and shops in this rapidly growing tourist spot. Beaches such as Wategoes, Broken Head, Tallow and the Pass are well worth a visit. A pleasant walk and picnic can be had from Wategoes to the lighthouse. There is a golf course on the south side of town. Ballina: The home of the big lobster, movie theatre and airport. Bangalow: A ‘pretty’ town and now bypassed by the highway. The town has been restored to it’s former glory and hosts galleries, second hand/antique stores and cafes. Try the Woods and visit the country market on the last Sunday of the month. Minyon Falls: 15 minutes by car from Federal is a 300m cascading waterfall into the valley of the palms. Picnic grounds, look outs all set in rainforest. A number of walks, including a 5km walk to the bottom of the falls. Brunswick Heads: 10 minutes up the Pacific Highway from Bangalow. Great pub for a counter lunch and lots to discover. Lennox Heads: Best right hander on the coast, but watch the rocks. Nimbin: Hippyville! Lismore - Lizard ville: Bustling regional centre 30km west of Federal. Supermarkets, cafes, airport and University. Mount Warning: A day trip for the more adventurous. Mullumbimby: A 10km drive from Federal along the Coorabel ridge, giving breathtaking rural and coastal views. ‘The biggest little town in Australia’ The Channon: 30 minutes west, tricky to find but worth the trip for the monthly market (2nd Sunday) great variety of plants, food and crafty produce. Along with the sights and sounds. The Gold Coast: Only an hour up the highway to glitz, glamour and gluttony. Casino, Pacific Fair and airport. Just some suggestions, but you can discover the rest yourselves. Check out our Instagram account for more images on Federal Hilton #federalhilton
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to patios. This accommodation offers separate living rooms. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, separate dining areas and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a shower.
Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor tennis court.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Louise Bickle
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
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Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Children's games
  • Toys


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Blender


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Towels provided
  • Toilet paper

Living spaces

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Music library
  • Stereo
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Near a laundromat


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • Near the bay
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Cycling nearby


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 969 sq ft (90 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

River House Federal
River House Cottage Federal
River House Cottage
River House Cottage
River House Federal
River House Cottage Federal
River House (aka Federal Hilton)

Frequently asked questions

Is River House pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at River House?
Check-in begins at 2:00 PM.
What time is check-out at River House?
Checkout is at 10:00 AM.
Where is River House located?
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Andrew Johnston Big Scrub Nature Reserve, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens and Minyon Falls. Goonengerry National Park and Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Rating 5 - Excellent. 16 out of 20 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Peaceful retreat
Spent a peaceful 8 days at Federal Hilton. The property is a little piece of paradise - tucked away and whisper quiet.

4/5 Good

Cute rural cottage on outskirts of Federal
Great communication and checkin and terrific advice about things to do in the area. Cute cottage with unique decor reminding me of a mix of Grandmas house and ritual farm digs. Very friendly neighbourhood dogs came to visit and the native animal nightlife reminded us that we were remote and rural! A lovely stay thank you.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect mid week break
Beautiful property, with a quirky artistic vibe. Can’t wait to return, early morning coffee with the resident kookaburra, pitch black night sky for star watching, swimming hole, and great restaurants close by.

2/5 Poor

Disappointed with the ambience of the house, felt very cluttered
Owner was easy to communicate with, house was a disappointment

5/5 Excellent

Charming peaceful retreat

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