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Published April 16th 2014
Staying on a farm with alpacas is fun
Do you love farm animals? Ever wanted to live in a farm but with the luxuries of an inner city apartment? Or experience first hand the true lifestyle of living in Hunter Valley? Starline Alpaca Farmstay Resort is definitely the place for you.
Situated in the beautiful town of Broke, with a total population of 400 people, this quaint and comfortable resort expands over a huge area of farmland. Whichever apartment or cottage you select, you will enjoy amazing views of the Hunter countryside, with it's rolling hills and valleys and stunning sunrises and sunsets whilst you're here.
The kids will absolutely adore the farm animals, which includes super friendly alpacas (both black and white) that you can feed, pet and take photos with. There are also piglets and goats that come all the way to your back door in the morning. What a way to wake up.
If you get there early enough you can also collect fresh eggs from the chicken pen and admire the variety of birds in their aviaries including parrots and cockatoos. It is advisable not to bring dogs as they scare the alpacas.
There is wifi access at the main reception at the front of the resort but not in the individual rooms unfortunately. The resort also sells alpaca wool items such as clothing and knitting material if you were interested in purchasing a gift. You can also enjoy access to the heated spa and sauna - very romantic for couples - as well as the outdoor pool, tennis courts with free racket hire, and sitting area around it for viewing or enjoying a drink.
There are a range of rooms to choose from for couples, families or groups, each with kitchen facilities including a microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery and plates. Towels are also provided as well as basic bathroom and kitchen soap and detergent. There's also a TV and DVD player in each room so you can enjoy a movie in the evening before bed. Whilst the main reception might have basic supplies, it is advisable to bring food and cooking items as the nearest town Polkobin is a good 15-20 minutes away.
There are about seven wineries on Millbrodale Road itself so you wouldn't have to go far to taste some wine or enjoy a nice gourmet dinner, but make sure you book in advance as some of the restaurants, such as Nightingale's and Margans, are only open weekends and Fridays.
The resort also provides free bike hire if you felt like exploring the wineries and town by bicycle which is a fantastic way to experience the Hunter wine country. The resort is also only twenty to thirty minutes away from Hunter valley gardens a garden village, Polkobin village, and Singleton. With plenty of wineries nearby, and chocolate shops, cheese shops and olive tasting as well, there's plenty of things to do. You'll love it.