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Published January 11th 2019
Farm stay with a difference
Nestled between Walpole and Denmark, Tree Elle Retreat is the perfect place to relax and a great base to explore the region. Hidden from the highway, follow the long driveway and Tree Elle slowly reveals its secrets. There are three bright, airy loft-houses to choose from, featuring 3 bedrooms (two in the loft) as well as two downstairs bathrooms. The large loft windows evoke instant relaxation.
Downstairs, sliding doors lead directly onto the rear veranda, where you can BBQ overlooking the paddock view (with some very friendly sheep visiting intermittently). The final accommodation option at Tree Elle is the luxurious 'Barnhouse' a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom two storey house set at the end of the driveway in the garden.
Happily, you can pack light because the accommodation includes a fully appointed kitchen and breakfast supplies of farm fresh eggs, milk, butter, cereal, home-baked bread mix, tea, coffee and basic pantry supplies. There's even your own bread machine because what's country living without freshly baked bread? Inbetween sightseeing we made time to make scones, oat slice, bread, pancakes and a frittata with fresh eggs. Board games are another thoughtful addition and although there's a TV and DVD library to choose from thankfully screen time was virtually non-existent.
Each accommodation has a breadmaker
Once you've torn yourself away from your accommodation there's more to see... The garden is like nothing else, from the birch trees to formal hedges, fruit trees and a veggie patch, rolling lawns, a coffee nook… each garden 'room' rolls into another. The garden here possesses an almost other-worldly beauty and it's hard not to be moved by the sheer beauty of the place!
There is enough space and separation in the sizeable garden for a game of chess, hide and seek or same kids frolicking and chasey on the lawn to co-exist with spots for quiet contemplation. The garden has magnetism so it's easy to see why this is a favoured setting for weddings and events.
Owners Kim and Peter add a warmth that makes Tree Elle next level special. They're full of priceless local advice, from the best spots to visit based on your interests to handy tips for accessing popular spots during peak holiday periods. Everything that makes your time at Tree Elle feel so effortless is down to Kim's thoughtful organisation. If you want to get involved in farm life they will also take you along for the daily animal care, with sheep, alpaca, geese, turkeys and chickens to be fed and eggs to be collected.
Tree Elle Retreat suits families, couples or groups and is located on the South Coast Highway in Bow Bridge, almost halfway between Walpole and Denmark. Just 10 minutes from the Tree Top Walk, other nearby stops include Peaceful Bay, Dinosaur World and Tingles Bakehouse. There are also ample attractions in Denmark and Walpole, enough to fill several visits. You can find out more and book online on the Tree Elle website.