The SpaceHello travellers and adventurous souls! Please note: This is not a "traditional B&B". It's a rustic weatherboard family home, with people that love welcoming travellers, WOOFers, and friends. (There's often a mix of all three gathered in the kitchen or on the porch!)
It is not a high-quality-hotel either... there will be sheep poo and weeds in the garden, peacock poo on the deck, and dust from the paddocks get into the house. The space itself gets professionally cleaned for each visit, but the rest of the house is lived in by kids, WOOFers, and us -- it can get a little messy at times!
Here is what is GREAT about a homestay / farmstay...
1. The animals are charming, mostly tame enough to feed, and I prefer their noises to city-noises.
2. The flowers and trees are unique to this corner of the world, and there are many walking trails you can take to get closer to nature.
3. The internet is crap. It frees me up to have real conversations with real people!
4. The fresh air smells GREAT!
Welcome to country life!
Here are the "downsides" (I can't think of a better word!) for Farmstay...
1. There are some animals that make noises (not the kangaroos though! They're quite polite!). The cattle don't say boo. Or moo. They just chew. The peacocks may yell in breeding season, but they are locked away in another part of the farm during this time. The rooster crows at dawn 99% of the time. So, bring ear-plugs if you're a light sleeper.
2. There may be pollen and grass seeds flying around, especially in Spring (October-November), so pack your hay-fever tablets if you have allergies.
3. Our internet is crap. *Limited* wi-fi is available in the house; password provided on request. (Warning: it's very slow!)
4. Being a rural property and a farmhouse style of home, it is not modern and shiny with a spit-polish finish. Expect a "lived in" feel. For many people this makes them feel right at home. However, this would not suit those who prefer 5-star-hotel level of mirror-finish-clean.
But geez it's BEAUTIFUL!
If you can cope with the above realities, you'll love this space!
And here's what is good about a HOMESTAY.
You'll be staying with locals, who are welcoming and friendly. You'll get the inside tips for what to see and do in the region, and hopefully you'll leave feeling like a part of the family.
Again, I'll remind you, we're not a hotel, and we're not a B&B -- you'll be mixing with a variety of people -- us, our daughter, other visitors, and the occasional WWOOFer too. Hopefully this will give you a richer experience than going to a hotel!
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The QS bed is really comfortable, and is layered with a bamboo underlay, a lambskin, and an electric blanket for the chilly winter nights.
The view is westerly over farmland which has been in the same family since 1932. As Western Australia doesn't have daylight savings, the room has block-out curtains if you don't like rising with the sun.
The room used to be the master bedroom in the house, so it comes with its own ensuite (shower, toilet, basin), walk-in-robe, and air-conditioning.
Here are some of things you can look forward to which are included in the fee:
* Clean luxury linen at the start of each stay;
* Towels ;
* Access to our kitchen to make your own meals;
* Guest guidebook in your room with recommendations, emergency phone numbers, hiking maps and more.
There is also a little porch in front of the room which is the perfect spot to watch the sun come up. Either that, or watch it go down from our back porch -- whichever suits you.
You also have a range of second hand books in the bedroom if you like to stay in of an evening.
Being a farm house, it is fairly rustic. ("Rustic" means it is "lived in".)
Nevertheless, it is a clean and comfortable space, and hopefully welcoming!
Looking forward to meeting you on our beautiful farm! If you arrive at twilight we're most likely on the deck, drinking wine and watching the kangaroos. Come on over! :-) Guest AccessYou're welcome to use our BBQ or kitchen if you wish to cook proper meals. A washing machine and clothes line is also available upon request. Interaction with GuestsWe are on hand for any questions, advice and recommendations, but on the whole, we respect your privacy and your space. We work from home, so we're always around if you need us. Having said that, we're both travelers ourselves, and love meeting people and hearing your stories. The NeighborhoodWe are literally in the "Heartland" of the Margaret River Wine Region. Just minutes to:
* Caves Rd and wineries such as Vasse Felix, Cullens and Brookland Valley;
* Tourist hotspots such as the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Silk Road;
* The township of Cowaramup;
* Hayshed Hill for breakfast;
* Cullens for a long lunch;
* The Cowaramup Districts Social Club for a casual dinner;
* Gracetown beach. Getting AroundWe have a private airstrip on the property which you're welcome to use with prior arrangement. However, there is no public transport once you're on the ground. We have two bicycles (male and female bikes) you can borrow if you wish to explore further afield, or a taxi can be ordered. Some tour companies will even pick you up at the farm gate. Other Things to NoteDOGS are welcome providing they are on a leash and kept outside. We can provide a kennel if required.
There is room for up to two HORSES in the paddock neighbouring the room. Agistment is $20 per horse per night (choose 'extra guest' to book your horse in). Hay is not provided, but there's plenty of grazing space, and water.
There is plenty of room to pitch a tent nearby if you're bringing the kids. $20 extra per person, per night.