River House (aka Federal Hilton)

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, bed sheets, wheelchair access
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books

Overview of River House (aka Federal Hilton)

Entire home

River House (aka Federal Hilton)

4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor space
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Federal, NSW

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCrystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens18 min drive
  • Popular LocationBangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms21 min drive
  • AirportBallina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway)38 min drive
  • Popular LocationMinyon Falls45 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

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 (aka Federal Hilton)

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.
The home of the big lobster, movie theatre and airport.
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.
Lismore - Lizard ville:
Bustling regional centre 30km west of Federal. Supermarkets, cafes, airport and University.
Mount Warning:
A day trip for the more adventurous.
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 fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. This accommodation is furnished with dining tables and kitchen islands. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, kitchenware and utensils and dishwashers.

Bathrooms include a shower. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

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

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Playground
  • Children's games
  • Children's toys
  • Children's books


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Spices
  • Blender
  • Kitchen island
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster


  • Dining table


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


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

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


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

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
  • Phone

Location highlights

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

Things to do

  • Tennis on site
  • Fishing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Horse riding nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • 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


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
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
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property registration number PID-STRA-29120

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

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.

What's nearby

  • Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens - 18 min drive
  • Bangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms - 21 min drive
  • Tyagarah Nature Reserve - 31 min drive
  • Rocky Creek Dam - 43 min drive
  • Minyon Falls - 45 min drive

Getting around

  • Mullumbimby Station - 23 min drive
  • Ballina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway) - 38 min drive


  • Doma Cafe - 5 min drive
  • Choux Choux Patisserie - 20 min drive
  • Bamboo Thai Food - 20 min drive
  • Butcher Bakery - 20 min drive
  • Town - 20 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 25 out of 30 reviews
5 - Excellent 83%
Rating 4 - Good. 4 out of 30 reviews
4 - Good 13%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 30 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 30 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 30 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Perfect Secluded Retreat
Rustic secluded getaway in the heart of Federal. Loved it with all the amenities that were required.
Stayed 5 nights in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Country Cottage
What a lovely warm and inviting cottage. Enjoyed the books and music and loved the fire. And a lovely property to stroll around.

5/5 Excellent

A great retreat
It was a lovely break from the big smoke Very quiet and lovely to hear the birds, esp the kookaburra, in the morning. It was a very cold period, and great that there was a solid supply of firewood for the woodburner All appliances worked well. Very nice hot showers. Comfy beds. It suited me and my kids.. had lots to talk about and explore

5/5 Excellent

Back into Wildernes
Loved the quirky design, colours and all the bits and pieces in this beautiful cottage. Its not luxury but its so comfortable and the log fire is lovely. Once opened up the house really connects with the outside and the surrounds are stunning, beautiful and loads of wildlife visitors. The local Cafe Doma and the Produce shop were amazing and had everything we needed for a great long weekend.

4/5 Good

Getaway from it all
As described in listing. I chose this place for the restorative powers of the open fire and the river is a bonus. Stayed during a cold snap. Enough blankets and wood to keep us warm. Lots of little extras to look at in the cottage. Something different. I would stay again.