About the property
- House3013 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Set on 100 forested acres. 3 QBs, 1 twin room, 3 bthrms. Mature dogs welcome.
Relax in your own private retreat set on 100 acres. Topi Gums is perfect for a weekend getaway, a week to unwind from work or connecting with friends or family. Its peaceful location is for those who love nature, and it's close to the beaches and lakes for those who love water. You'll discover this treasure among the trees.
The house is well-appointed for relaxation and pleasure with friends and family. Feel right at home in the living room with comfortable lounge, big screen TV and DVDs. Love sharing your delicious meals cooked in the generously equipped kitchen or BBQ. Dine indoor or outdoor, whichever you like. Whether you choose to curl up in the light-filled reading room or compete in the games rooms - you'll find something right for your enjoyment. When play time is over, three queen bedrooms, two with ensuite and deck, and 1 twin room sharing a 3-way bathroom give personal space.
Every window has a view to take in the natural surrounds attracting wallabies, birds, goannas, frogs and other wildlife. Every season has a feature.
There's lots to do at Topi Gums! Play a game of pool or table tennis, a paddle in the dam, a barbecue on the deck, refreshments in the gazebo or a nap in the hammocks. Be dazzled by the stars, planets and galaxies - the dark sky is a canvas for astral viewing. Allow the fresh air and space of Topi Gums to unleash your creativity and just relax...
Topi Gums has a low ecological footprint. You'll be using onsite solar generated electricity and drinking rainwater. Overall, chemical-free products are used to maintain clean and toxic free accommodation.
We’ll have the beds ready for you with fresh linen, and bed slippers too. The bathrooms are supplied with fluffy towels and guest toiletries. You will also find a selection of teas and coffee capsules and other treats to welcome you. If you love a winter’s holiday, during cooler months the fire box will be ready to light on your arrival, and you will have plenty of firewood on hand.
A note on pricing and facilities:
.The minimum price of $250 per night is to use 1-2 bedrooms (up to 4 people) during low season. It's more to use 3-4 bedrooms (8 people) and Christmas/Easter are full price.
. Refundable Bond: The property and furnishings must be left clean and tidy. The manager reserves the right to take additional payment for damage, theft, extra cleaning fees, additional expenses due to more bedrooms used than paid for, removal of excessive rubbish and cleaning of pet fur. We understand minor mishaps occur, therefore, the odd breakage will not be charged against the bond.
. Due to location and/or weather conditions, wifi may not be 100% reliable.
LOCATION AND ACTIVITIES:
Located in the beautiful Great Lakes of NSW, 3 hours north of Sydney. Topi Gums is a short, scenic drive to beaches, lakes and national parks. Seal Rocks, Smiths Lake, Myall Lake, Wallis Lake and the Pacific Palms beaches, the National Parks of Myall Lake, Booti Booti and Wallingat and Forster are places to visit.
Go for a swim or a surf, or take a boat out for fishing. You can bushwalk, have a picnic or go bird or wildlife spotting. A golf course and tennis court are within 20 minutes drive.
The Great Lakes area has amazing viewing points to observe dolphins and the annual whale migration from mid May to late July, and again from mid September to late November. Book your seat on one of the Whale/Dolphin watching tours from Forster.
ABOUT US: Topi Gums Bush Retreat has been welcoming guests since 1994. Together with a dynamic team of local people, we ensure you will have an amazing holiday house in the bush.
"We love the Australian bush and being surrounded by nature - birds' springtime songs, croaking frogs, the summer hum of cicadas, fresh winter nights, the scent of the bush and the starry nights. Being at Topi Gums makes us feel like nothing else matters. It is re-energising and liberating. These experiences need sharing. We invite you to come, relax and recharge". Topi Gums is a beautiful place.
THE LAND: The Worimi people who occupied many areas of the Great Lakes and the Birrimbai tribe who occupied areas of Bungwahl, named it: Topi, meaning 'to stay', and Topi Topi meaning: to stay a little while longer. It is believed that the region of Topi Topi was not settled by any of the Worimi tribes, rather they travelled through and rested there. Therefore, we offer you an earlier check-in time and an extended check-out time, so that you too may stay a little longer.
ADVICE: Topi Gums is not recommended for people who may require fast medical assistance. It's necessary to keep a close eye on children who are not risk aware. Motorised trail bikes, weapons, hunting and noisy behaviour is strictly prohibited.
This property is managed in Australia and we never request payments be made to overseas bank accounts.
Philip & Yolanda de Haan
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Philip & Yolanda de Haan
Hi, It's our mission to provide great guest accommodation at Topi Gums Bush Retreat. Together with a small, dynamic team of local people, we ensure you have an amazing holiday house in the bush. “We love the Australian bush and being surrounded by nature. The bird sounds, croaking frogs, the summer hum of cicadas, the scent of the bush and the starry nights. It is re-energising and liberating. Being at Topi Gums makes us feel like nothing else matters. We’re enthusiastic about sharing these experiences with you. So, we invite you to relax at Topi Gums. It's an appealing and beautiful place and, even though you'll have the space to yourself, you'll still feel our warm welcome. HISTORY: The name “Topi” comes from the Worimi people who occupied many areas of the Great Lakes and the Birrimbai tribe who occupied areas of Bungwahl. “Topi”, means to stay, and “Topi Topi” means to stay a little while longer. It is believed that the region of Topi Topi was not settled by any of the Worimi tribes, rather they travelled through and rested there. So, we invite you to come and relax, and stay a little while longer. Our 3pm checkouts mean that you too can stay a little bit longer.
Philip & Yolanda de Haan purchased this House in 1994
Why Philip & Yolanda de Haan chose Bungwahl
We chose this place because we thought it was special. It offers you your own space without a 'next door' neighbour. We like the trees, although we also enjoy the beaches and lakes and it's a short and scenic drive to the beaches and lakes for the day. At the day's end we love returning home to retreat in our own space.
What makes this House unique
We love Topi Gums for its tranquillity, the trees, the solitude, its ability to transport you from normal life to a green and fresh environment.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 12:00 AM
Check-out: 3:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Pristine Pet Friendly Perfection!
Have an incurable case of Sundayitis after returning from the paradise that is Topi Gums. Amazingly maintained property with great attention to detail and most importantly a warm, inviting ambience. Plenty of activities plus an eclectic library to entertain and pass the peaceful time. My whole family enjoyed their experiences and I am ever so grateful that a property of this standard is also pet friendly. Thank you both for sharing this gem!
Thanks very much for staying at Topi Gums and taking the time to review us. So happy it fulfilled your expectations and that everyone in your group enjoyed staying there. We hope you’ll stay again!
Quiet and very peaceful
Toppi gums lived upto expectation and more. It was the perfect place to kick back and relax for a few days. Everything we could have wanted was accounted for.
I will definitely be returning and recommending to other the property to others
Dear Garrett, we’re pleased Topi Gums met your expectations! It was our pleasure to host you and thanks for being A1 guests. We recommend you on HomeAway and we hope for the opportunity to accommodate you again. Thank you.
We really enjoyed our visit. The setting was amazing, spacious, private, quiet, lots of birds to listen to when you eat our on the deck. There are lots of emergency supplies for all the things you might forget. Lots of things to do on site (board games, table tennis table, pool table, walks around the property, kayak on lake).
Bring your own food, or pick it up from Buladelah IGA (~10-15min away) or big supermarkets in Forster (~45min away). The beach is probably 30min away.
How's the serenity
My family and I had a wonderful long wkend at Phillip and Yolanda's lovely property. It was a very accommodating home, fully equipped had a great aura and bushland setting that made us very relaxed.
Weather was perfect, sunny yet cool enough to enjoy the fire place :)
Would love to stay again in future.
Thanks Jessica. We're happy that you found Topi Gums comfortable and you enjoyed the bush setting. It was a pleasure to host your beautiful family.
Lovely home in a spectacular setting
We spent the June long weekend here along with our two dogs and didn't want to leave. Although it rained a lot over the weekend, we were more than comfortable spending time indoors and were lucky to do some long walks and spend some time sitting on the verandah soaking in the amazing view. The dogs loved the grounds and the chance to explore. Philip and Yolanda were great to deal with and we will definitely be coming back.
Thank you Leanne. Happy Topi Gums was pleasing and comfortable for all family members. Our pleasure to host such beautiful guests.
A welcome getaway
Place and surroundings were stunning. A few extras left by the owner made us feel very welcome. A great place to entertain with friends for a week especially those with babies
Topi Gums Bush Retreat is in the Great Lakes district of NSW, approximately 3 hours north of Sydney. It is set on 100 acres in an-out-of- the way location, however it is within a 20 minute scenic drive to the beautiful beaches, lakes and national parks of the area. It is a place in which to relax, have fun and enjoy time with family and friends.