The Berry Farm is a cafe and winery located in Margaret River that has been serving light lunches, morning and afternoon tea and making jams, jellies, wines and ciders ever since 1984. The Berry Farm started off as a group settler's home in 1925. In the 1940s it became the Thornhill Farm. The property and its gardens was purchased by the Lindsay Family in the 1980s and it was re-named the Berry Farm.
In 1985, the Cottage Café opened and in 1987 a second building called the Cellar Door opened. The Cellar Door has a retail outlet devoted to selling fruit-based wines and vinegars and a tasting area where people can taste jams, jellies and wines. The Berry Farm is open 7 days a week. The Cellar Door is open from 10am to 4.30pm and the Cottage Café is open from 10am to 4.pm. The Berry Farm was purchased by the French Family in 2006 and is now managed by Michael and Rebecca Skivinis (nee French) who live and work on the farm with their four children.
The Berry Farm has grown from a simple farm to one of the best wineries in Margaret River. They have gained a reputation for producing high-quality produce and wine products. You can find them at 43 Bessell Road in Margaret River.
The Berry Farm looks like something out of a Monet painting. The Cottage Café is surrounded by a large, beautiful garden. The house is old and full of character with timber floors and a wide veranda out the front and the back.
There is a large patio area and wide, open spaces, with large stretches of neatly cut grass. There is indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend sitting outside. The gardens were full of butterflies and little birds. There were Fairy Wrens dancing about and a couple of New Holland Honeyeater's jumped on our plates and tasted some of our jam!
I highly recommend giving the Berry Farm a visit if you have small children. They have TWO giant playgrounds with lots of climbing frames, swings and slides and there is also a giant chess set for the older kids to play with.
The Berry Farm grow their own boysenberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, strawberries and mulberries. The gardens are full of them. If you happen to find some ripe berries the farm actually encourages you to pick them and have a taste! The best time to pick berries is between November and March. What is your favourite kind of berry? I love raspberries and blueberries!
The people at the Berry Farm encourage people to explore the grounds and see their wonderful gardens. Please be careful and remember it is a working farm and there is often machinery and tractors about and in the warmer months you might even spot the odd snake or two in the bushes!
The Cottage Café is available for reservation for private functions like work gatherings and birthday parties. For groups of over 15 people, a set menu is available. The Berry Farm also hosts children's parties. Their party package is for a minimum of 10 children and costs $15 a head and includes ham and cheese toasties on Turkish bread, fruit platters, ham and cheese and pineapple mini pizzas, sausage rolls, a juice box (either apple or orange) and each child gets an activity bag!
You can purchase a Birthday Cake (chocolate or vanilla sponge with Berry Farm jam and fresh cream) for $45 that serves 20 and comes with candles. Alternatively, you could also bring your own cake, with a 'cake-age' charge of $1 per head. The staff will cut it and serve it for you.
If you would like to book the Cottage Café for a child's birthday party or a private work function please call 08 9757 5054 and press one.
The Cottage Café serves cakes, sweet treats, savoury foods, hot and cold drinks, wine and cider, and light country-side lunches. The cost of an item off their menu starts as low as $6 and goes up to $46 for their Ploughman Platter for Two.
Fans of chocolate and alcohol will love their "Adult's Only" Beverage section which lists things like a "Vienna Style Coffee" for $7 which is described as a "double shot of coffee served with your choice of Liqueur (choose from Hazelnut, Coffee or Chocolate) and topped with whipped cream"
When we visited I got a Mixed Blueberry Smoothie for $7 and we shared a plate of Berry Farm Scones served with a side of jam and cream for $8.50. The scones were freshly baked and piping hot and delicious with the jam and the cream. My smoothie was cold and refreshing. I could really taste the blueberries in it. My little girl got a cup of ice cream with crushed up pieces of Rocky Road in it. She was pretty pleased with it. I liked how it came in a cup.
In summary, it was worth the long drive to get to the Berry Farm. The staff were lovely, the gardens delightful, the service was great, the food was good and we all had a good laugh when those birds stole some jam off our plate!