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Published October 5th 2021
Looking for something different for your next holiday?
If you are looking for something a little different for your next getaway, either with the kids or without, have you ever thought of going to a farmstay? Here are few options, not too far from Perth, that might tickle your fancy.
Claiming to be Perth's favourite local Farmstay where you can join in for a hayride, feed the animals every morning, book a pony ride, or just relax at one of the many wonderful vineyards, cafes, restaurants or pubs in the local area. Only 30km from Perth City in the Shire of Mundaring, Perth Hills. Gumleaf Cottage Farmstay provides a wonderful country escape and a fun-filled holiday experience for the whole family.
Featuring views over the pasture paddocks and adjoining bush reserves each of the two villas has its own verandah or patio with private BBQ. Each includes reverse cycle air conditioning for year-round comfort and a kitchen/dining and lounge area with a flat-screen TV in both villas. Tea, Coffee, Sugar and Long-life Milk is provided for your convenience on arrival. There is a private bathroom with a shower (including a bath) and a hairdryer in each unit, along with free toiletries. Gumleaf Cottage Farmstay provides a children's playground, huge trampoline, see-saw, ride-on toys and bikes free of charge. There is also a massive lawn area and each accommodation has its own garden area with a private barbecue. Guests can go hiking or cycling through the many bush trails adjoining the property.
2. Diamond Forest Farm Stay
Join farmers Mark and Kerriann on their picturesque Pemberton farmstay where your whole family can enjoy a range of farm experiences and activities or simply relax and unwind in this peaceful setting. Diamond Forest has a selection of four self-contained chalets, all with facilities to suit your needs, catering for up to 5 guests in each comfortably.
With over 100 friendly farm animals to feed there's plenty of fun for the whole family. You can join the owners on their daily feeding runs and get up close and personal with kangaroos, chickens - collecting the eggs - peacocks, turkeys, rabbits and many many more. You might even get the chance to bottle feed a lamb or two.
Their picturesque three-acre dam is the ideal place to take out a canoe, fish for rainbow trout, enjoy a picnic with the family or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. If you need to keep the kids more amused, you can spend some family time in the fully equipped games room with free wifi, or enjoy the on-site playground for the little ones. There is plenty for your family to do at Diamond Forest Farm Stay.
3. Lucieville Farm Chalets
Lucieville farm is situated within the South West Wine region of Western Australia, only eight kilometres south of Bridgetown, it is ideally positioned to use as a central hub to explore the many quaint surroundings of the beautiful south west. They offer family-friendly activities on-site such as animal petting, feeding and milking of cows.
Lucieville offers four standard open-plan chalets, two large chalets, the Farm Cottage and Ringwood House. All of their Bridgetown accommodation options are fully self-contained with amenities including a washing machine, small kitchen with gas stove, pots, cutlery, crockery and microwave. For cosy winter warmth, each unit has a slow combustion wood heater.
4. Misty Valley Country Cottages
Only 10 minutes from Denmark, Misty Valley Country Cottages is the perfect location to relax and unwind for your holiday. Misty Valley is a great choice for a fantastic family farmstay, or a cosy getaway for two, with your own secluded self-contained chalet cottage on 110 acres of sweeping views, close to all the local attractions. Misty Valley is an ideal base to explore the many features of Denmark and the surrounding areas of Albany, Walpole, The Porongorups and Stirling Ranges. For the active explorers, there are nearby cycle and walk trails, treetop walks, pristine surf beaches, forests, wineries, local arts and crafts, and delicious local specialty produce to discover. Or, if you prefer to just relax, you can settle back in front of a roaring log fire, or maybe take in the bush views from your balcony, with a glass of local wine and a platter of delicious local cheeses.
Misty Valley Country Cottages caters for everyone - the kids will love the fun farm activities, they have disabled access, and they even offer pet-friendly accommodation for your well behaved furry friends. Even better, it's a terrific holiday destination all year round. In the summer, it's perfect outdoors and beach weather, in the winter, you will feel warm and cosy, with reverse cycle air conditioning, a stacked wood fire, misty mornings, and starry night skies. Wake to the sounds of the bush at your doorstep, relax with a BBQ breakfast, or explore the farm, and join enjoy a delicious cafe style coffee or steaming hot chocolate.
5. Blue Hills Farmstays
Bluehills Farmstay, Harvey, is a beautiful property overlooking the magnificent Harvey Dam and enjoys rolling views of the Darling Range.
Bluehills offers three self-contained chalets that can each sleep up to six people, and include split system air-conditioners and wood tile fires. Each kitchen is fully self-contained with a microwave oven, gas stovetop, electric oven and all your basic kitchen needs.
The farm has a central pool, BBQ, and play area between the chalets. The play equipment included a trampoline, swings and a cubby house. But the main attraction of the farmstay is the animals. Bluehills has horses, a pig, alpaca, cows, sheep, chickens and rabbits, which you are welcome to feed, pat and cuddle to your heart's content.
Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm offers both studio and two-bedroom accommodation set amongst native bushland in Karridale. Their self-contained cottages are the perfect way to get back to nature, relax and unwind while still being close to all that Margaret River and the South West have to offer.
Karridale Cottages and Hop Farm offer guests more than just a relaxing place to stay, they have a bushwalking track through the native bushland on the property - you can even take part in a nature scavenger hunt on your walk. there are kangaroo viewing points, a dog exercise area and the neighbours even have some friendly horses who like to say hello. You can even check out their hop yard where they grow the hops to produce locally made craft beer. A copy of the map is available in your cottage on arrival so you can take full advantage of what Karridale Cottages has to offer.
Karrak Reach Forrest Retreat offers a choice of three accommodations, all of which you will find stylishly appointed and comfortable. Appointed with a luxury spa bathroom, open plan living, kitchen - microwave, a fridge and oven are also offered, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine, a dining lounge, balcony decking with outdoor dining and BBQ and stunningly breathtaking views of the paddocks, dams, and off into the rambling Scotsdale Valley from every room. Just behind the chalets, stands 50 acres of karri tree forest, with trails to explore the local flora and fauna. There is also a smallholding of farm animals - alpacas, goats, sheep and cattle also share the property.
Karrak Reach Eco Retreat is a convenient and pleasurable drive into the town of Denmark, or to one of the many beaches along this incredible stretch of coastal forest. The property rests a serene distance from the Denmark tourist road. This fabulously scenic drive weaves through many of Denmark's hidden treasures, forest walks, art galleries, wineries, and restaurants. And pets are welcome too!
8. Ferguson Farmstay
Ferguson Farmstay is located in the beautiful Ferguson Valley, only 30 minutes drive from Bunbury and less than two hours' drive south of Perth. The chalets and a function centre are situated on top of the undulating Darling ranges, giving spectacular views of farmland and vineyards all the way to the Bunbury coast. Boasting 11 fully self-contained chalets, a function centre, amphitheatre and over 1,000 roses, Ferguson Farmstay is the ideal destination for your next family holiday.
Ferguson Farmstay has a menagerie of farm animals for kids young and old, a large playground, a tennis court, basketball court, trampoline and a large lawn area. Families are invited to participate in farm activities that take place every morning of their stay.
Each of the 11 chalets are fully self-contained, with reverse cycle air conditioning, wood fireplace, and all offer uninterrupted views to Bunbury and the ocean. Each chalet differs in size accommodating between four to eight people, but all have generous verandas equipped with gas barbecues and outdoor settings. Each chalet is set up as a small house, with separate bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen/living areas. The kitchens are equipped with a four-burner stove with grill and oven, full-sized fridge with freezer, a microwave, all cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery.
9. Sunflowers Animal Farm & Farmstay
Sunflowers Farm and Farmstay is a 315 acre cattle farm just out of Margaret River, in the South West of Western Australia. Sunflowers offers farmstay accommodation in four fully self-contained units, sleeping either five, seven or nine people and staying on the property get you free access to the Sunflower Animal Farm which features over 300 farm animals including llamas, horses, pigs and kangaroos.
Each of the on-site units includes tv with a DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen, including microwave, reverse cycle air-conditioning, log fireplace and there is a BBQ area and playground guests can use. Sunflowers is ideal for anyone who wants a farmstay experience to remember.
10. Sunnyhurst Chalets
Sunnyhurst Chalets are set amongst the glorious, rolling hills, or Bridgetown, away from fast-paced city life. Their chalets cater for families, singles or larger groups (up to thirty-two people) Your stay can be an intimate one, family holiday or the property can be exclusively yours if you book all five chalets for an extended group event.
Each chalet is clean and comfortable and set up with everything you need for your stay, from a fully equipped kitchen and cooking utensils for your own BBQ on your private balcony. Log fires will keep you toasty in the winter months whilst the pool and reverse cycle air con will keep you cool during your summer stay.
If you want to enjoy a local wine of two away from the kids, you can lose them on the nine-hole mini putt putt and playground. Or you can enjoy an outside fire pit under the stars on a crisp night, mingling with other guests or relax while you curl up by the fire.
So if you are looking for something a little different for your next romantic or family getaway - these are just a few places you might want to check out.