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The Coombe, Denmark, Western Australia -http://www.thecoombe.com.au
This stunning two bedroom rammed earth house sits in an acre of Karri Forrest grove on the Wilson Inlet foreshore. The design was inspired by the Usonian hexagonal designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the rooms enjoying sweeping views over Wilson Inlet and the Nullaki Peninsula. Whilst staying here you can enjoy water birds, wild flowers, whale watching, mushroom hunting and bird watching, or just simply with a book in front of the Jotul Stove.
 
Glen Allen Cottages, Dunsborough, Western Australia -http://www.glenallencottages.com.au
A choice of four rammed earth cottages in a tranquil bush setting close to swimming beaches, world class surfing and diving. Great for entertaining or enjoying the wildlife.
 
Heron on Earth, Port Sorrell -http://www.herononearth.com
B&B in a modern solar house on a five acre organic farm. The farm provides a wide range of organic food from asparagus to raspberries according to season. They leave you with a selection of fresh produce on your arrival. The bay is only minutes away -bikes and canoes are available for guests to use.
 
Losari Retreat, Margaret River -http://www.losariretreat.com.au
Three and a half hours south of Perth, you cabn find these Six boutique luxury spa villas and beach house set within 70 acres of stunning landscaped grounds, bordered by the National Park and close to the the Margaret River township.
 
Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains -http://www.oldleuradairy.com.au
Eco certified accomodation in a choice of six converted lodgings, including the Strawbale House and Buttercup Barn.
 
Possum Creek Eco Lodge -http://www.possumcreeklodge.com.au
Hilltop cottage set on half an acre of mediterannean-style gardens on a working organic farm with macadamias and lemon myrtle; three bedrooms sleep up to six with the capability of additional guests on sofa beds. A variety of environmental techniques are in use from re-use of rainwater to composting of all kitchen waste.
 
Tianjara -New South Wales -http://www.tianjaraeco.com
Homestay in a simple barn on an organic farm -you can self cater or the owners will serve you with organic home-cooked meals. The main house is built from unfired clay bricks and designed on passive solar principles. Recycled materials are used where possible and the barn is fitted with a composting toilet.
 
New Zealand:
Bay of Islands Holiday House http://www.opuahome.co.nz
Fabulous sea view are possible from this exclusive solar house in Opua in the Bay of Islands. Immaculate modern open plan interiors. Activities on offer include kayaking, fishing, diving, dolphin and orca-sightings, para-gliding, walking tracks through bush reserves, golf, the Waitangi Treaty House and other historic sites, horse trekking and sandy beaches. 
 
The Cottages, Cooks Beach -http://thecottages.co.nz
A rather elegant website for these three cottages -one in rammed earth with macrocarpa weatherboard, and Avocado and Bush Cottages which are timber clad. Enjoy panoramic sea views from decked terraces or explore the surrounding bush with rainforests, caves, coves and islands. Add to this kayaking, diving and mouth watering seafood and it has to be a winner.
 
GreenSpace, Christchurch, New Zealand -http://www.englishpark.co.nz
Bed and breakfast rooms in an energy efficient and environmentally friendly house designed by Alan Simpkin from Eco Homes and built by Phillip Wilkinson Fern of Natural Home Builders. The brief was to create a house that would be both energy efficient and sourced from environmentally friendly building materials.. The house uses solar water heating, untreated timber frame, non-toxic painted surfaces, triple glazing, on-site organic vegetable and herb garden, recycling, planting of native trees, use of chemical-free and eco-friendly cleaning products.
 
Neudorf's Gingerbread House, Nelson - http://www.gingerbreadhousenz.com
Beautiful eco-chalet, situated next to the Abel Tasman National Park. The idyllic location combined with the owners friendly welcome makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind or to take advantage of the local area and the hiking, fishing and beaches that are only minutes away. The house was built using sustainable materials and the Swiss/kiwi owners work hard to protect the local environment and reduce the house's impact.
 
Rangiora Eco Village -http://www.rangioraecovillage.co.nz
This is a new sustainable coastal development offering houses for sale, located 4km from the historic village and artists haven of Kohukohu. It aims to be be carbon neutral in all aspect of energy generation, water supply and waste disposal. The use of alternative energy sources and the latest eco technologies such as solar and wind generation and anaerobic waste water systems will allow all homes to run at almost zero cost, and not will not require power from the national grid.


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