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Published October 24th 2016
Scenic Farm Adventure with Cafe, Picnics, Playground, Shops
Want to see a working farm and local produce at the source? Ever wondered how the House with No Steps charity started? Or just ready to enjoy a relaxing lunch with plenty of activities for the whole family, especially the kids? Then Summerland House Farm is a must for locals and tourists alike. Its pleasant ambience will ensure repeat visits.
Keen to explore the local area more, an old friend drove me here and our relaxing lunch in their shady garden meant we lost track of time catching up. Being on a budget, we bought the spinach and feta rolls, plus drinks and a bowl of chips from their cafe. Well, our rolls were so large we didn't need the chips at all.
The place was humming with a coach load of seniors in their function room having a special lunch out. In another section of the garden was a very large family group mainly dressed in black (perhaps a lunch after a funeral). The cafe was well patronised inside and out, especially for a Monday, but the space was large enough that we all enjoyed privacy.
Cawley's Cottage is now a museum with a comprehensive history of House with No Steps and this farm on large easy to read wall displays. Next, we meandered through the delightful children's area, including a fenced playground with mini golf and their own little train.
Nearby was a fascinating water fountain for the young and old. Walking on certain parts triggered water spouts which doused one. You had the choice to escape quickly or stay and play within the various spouts to cool down. Mums were having just as much fun as their kids.
But this is also a huge working macadamia and avocado farm with most 'staff' being local friendly challenged people. There is a large tractor towed train to tour the macadamia plantation and complex, or you can book a tour of the package shed. Then we came to the consumers' delight facing out onto their spacious car park. It incorporates a gift shop, a grocery store, mainly filled with their fresh and packaged produce, plus a large delightful nursery for plants and garden accessories.