Using permaculture ethics & design principles to transform an old energy guzzling bungalow into a showcase of sustainable design. It's about energy cycling, building community, self-reliance,creatively using & reusing materials... all without spending heaps of money.


There's a number of ways that you can come and visit Abdallah House in Seymour, Central Victoria:

In May 2011, 2012 and 2013 we have been open as a part of International Permaculture Day. This is a free event where the property is open for people to wander around and ask questions. We also opened the property up for the Sustainable House Day in September 2012 and September 2014.

From time to time there are local sustainable house tours in the area that we are invloved in that are run through the Mitchell Shire Council or BEAM - Mitchell Environment Group. These are usually advertised in local newspapers or on their websites.

Richard describing the passive solar aspects of the house (Photo: Maria Cameron)

We've also run a number of private tours for groups including: Eltham CollegeCountry Greens Network, Seymour TAFE, Seymour Garden Club, Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group and Transition 3081.
Private tours can accomodate up to 20 adults and run for one to six hours, generally three hours. They usually start with a welcome billy tea and home grown / made drinks. An introduction and a tour of the outside of the house is followed by a lunch, with guests bringing a plate of food to share. After lunch we venture inside to explore the heart of the house.

Communal lunch with Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group

If you or your group are interested in organising a tour and discussing pricing then please contact richard.telford(at) - replace (at) with @

Some comments from guests:
"Your property inspired the group in many ways - from the use of recycled materials from the original house to the use of water on the property, the cellar and cool room (cool cupboard), the importance of insulation and your wetland in the front garden - and your descriptions of the thinking behind the work were very informative." Cathy - Sustainable Communities Program
"Wonderful to see such an inspirational, thoughtful home and lifestyle. We all have a real life example of what to aspire to. Many thanks!" Yuki - Transition 3081
"You presented the story of Abdallah House without making out that it's impossible for others to achieve, with such modesty about the incredible project you have carried off. I also liked how you seemed to effortlessly strike the fine balance between being laid back about us being in your home, and being gently firm to make sure we didn't overstep the welcome and invade your garden or your privacy. And the billy tea, cordial, chairs even for the kids, etc was just perfect - and way over what I'd expected!" Maria - Transition 3081
"Thank you so much for sharing this amazing project. This is what the world needs to pursue, less commercial consumption and more sustainable living. Well done, an inspiration." James - 2012 Sustainable House Day
Club members were interested in the energy-efficient house and edible garden and the couple's strategies for lowering their impact on the planet as much as possible, while maintaining a high quality of living." Lyn - Seymour Garden Club

Seymour Garden Club tour

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