What better way to take a load off than by chucking on your gumboots and embracing the outdoors with a farm stay? Like a loyal sheepdog (but with a little less of a penchant for running) we’ve rounded up the best farm stays from the Perth Hills to Denmark and everything in between.
Practice your hay baling; we’re hitting the paddocks. Here are 10 farms you can actually stay on in WA.
Dunsborough Rail Carriages And Farm Cottages
If staying in a converted train carriage wasn’t picturesque enough, add 40-hectares and endless peppermint trees and you’ve got the tranquil getaway that dreams are made of. The eclectic self-contained cottages at Dunborough Rail Carriages and Farm Cottages lend themselves perfectly to a weekend vacation, especially if you’re looking for a bushwalking or breakfast-on-the-veranda, kind of holiday.
Burnside Organic Farm
The picturesque Burnside Organic Farm is an oasis tucked away in Margaret River. It has an experience to please everyone, with vineyards, orchards, a kitchen garden and a beehive all open to explore on the property. There are two bungalows nestled away on the farm—one has its own outdoor tub, and one an indoor spa overlooking the gardens. All guests are able to help hosts Jamie and Lara feed the animals and pick veggies from the garden, learning about what produce is in season. If you’re keen to truly get into the swing of farm life, you can hop on a Private Farm Tour, exploring the whole farm and sampling their biodynamic wine and fresh produce.
The Grange On Kalgan Farm Stay
Just 20 minutes out of Albany, you’ll find The Grange on Kalgan—a bespoke bed and breakfast overlooking the Kalgan River. We recommend taking advantage of the guest house and having the entire place to yourself. You’ll have your own bedroom and bathroom, an impressive verandah overlooking the stunning gardens and farm surrounds and a lounge area complete with a seriously cosy stone fireplace to sit back and enjoy a local wine or two. If you’ve got a furry companion, they’ll be welcome to hang out at the house with resident pooch Ollie, one of the sweetest little dog’s you’ll ever meet.
Karridale Cottages And Hop Farm
Located south of Margaret River between Caves Road and Bussell Highway, this quaint town was estimated to have just under 300 people in it when they last counted in 2006, making the Karridale Cottages a convenient getaway when you don’t want to be around other humans for a while. One for the beer lovers, this gorgeous property is set on the grounds of a working hop farm. The rustic studio cottages are simple but idyllic with a comfy leather couch, a queen bed of fresh linen and a standing vintage bathtub with Corynnes Natural Soap and bath salts to bathe with.
Swan Valley Sisters
For a holiday that’s only 20 minutes from the city, Swan Valley Sisters provides all the necessary ingredients for the perfect getaway. With four chalets to choose from, surrounded by citrus trees and wine country, you’re only minutes away from some world-class wineries, restaurants and specialist shops in the Ellenbrook area. You can even pick your own oranges and mandarins on the farm, and have a cuppa at the property's Produce Cafe. The accommodation is housed in a quintessentially Australian corrugated tin roof chalets, with contemporary interiors and outdoor entertaining areas.
Petra Olive Oil Estate
Petra Olive Oil Estate is a boutique olive grove close to Yallingup, and not only can you browse their collection of extra virgin olive oils, delicatessen delights and skincare in their Farm Shop, but you can cosy up in their luxurious chalets. Overlooking olive groves, landscaped dams and gardens, there are three glorious chalets to choose from. All are dog friendly and fitted out with comfy beds, outdoor patios and large windows, so the whole living area is bathed in natural light. With exposed granite and timber finishings, these gorgeous chalets are going to be hard to leave.
Margaret River Hideaway and Farmstay
If you’re keen to feed a few farm animals during your stay, Margaret River Hideaway is the place for you. Animal feeding happens every weekend and Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you can get up close and personal with the many lovable animals, including Scottish Highland Cattle, emus, sheep and chickens. During your stay, you can opt for a cottage or studio depending on your needs and party size, but every accommodation option has an outdoor seating area and BBQ, so you can dine under the stars and watch the farm animals roam past.
If you’re wanting to get back to nature and ground yourself, this farmstay is for you. Set in the Scotsdale Valley, close to many wineries and restaurants, this beautiful farm overlooks rolling green paddocks and dams on one side, and 50 acres of karri forest and walking trails on the other side. There are three spa chalets to choose from (called Tingle, Karri and Redgum), and one larger cottage perfect for families or groups. You’ll also be sharing the farm with friendly alpacas, goats, sheep and cattle, which you can help feed and get to know during your stay.
Blue Hills Farm Stay
With three rammed earth chalets overlooking the Harvey Dam and rolling green hills, the Blue Hills Farm Stay is the perfect setting to escape city life for a while. With a fully contained kitchen, each beautiful chalet sleeps six, so you can bring the whole family with you and entertain the little ones with activities on the farm; from animal feeding and collecting the freshly laid eggs to bushwalks and trampolines. Gather over the communal outdoor BBQ for the evening, and wind down with a glass of red after spending the day fishing, devouring samples at the cheese factory, swimming in the dam or hanging out at the nearby brewery.
For lovers of character homes and animals, the Settlers Rest Farm Cottage was built around the turn of the 20th century and is fully restored with the comfort of modern facilities and the charm of old Australian architecture. Bring your Blundstones because there’s plenty to do on the farm, from hanging out in the stables, walking the horses, hand-feeding the animals, collecting eggs and partaking in general day-to-day farm life. The wide-open space and clean country air make it hard to believe you’re only a 20-minute drive away from Perth, making the Settlers Rest a convenient and very achievable weekend getaway.
Image credit: Dunsborough Rail Carriages And Farm Cottages, Great Southern Outback Tours (The Grange On Kalgan), Petra Olive Oil Estate
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