Rustic, compact, self-contained 1-bedroom granny flat renovated from an old dairy shed in Cowaramup. Just 30m from the main house and your hosts means it's private & secluded. Westerly view over farmland in the heart of the Margaret River wine region.
Hello travellers and adventurous souls! Please note: THIS IS A FARMSTAY. Which means...
1. There are some animals that make noises (not the kangaroos though! They're quite polite!)*.
2. There may be pollen and grass seeds flying around, especially in Spring (October-November)**.
3. A farm different smells to the city, and not always nice, (although fresh air doesn't really have a smell, does it?).
4. Our internet is crap***.
5. There can be flies and insects (just like in the city! Or anywhere in Australia for that matter!)****.
* Possums might run across the roof, or the peacocks may yell in breeding season. The rooster crows at dawn 99% of the time. The cattle don't say boo. Or moo. They just chew. Bring ear-plugs if you're a light sleeper.
** Pack your hay-fever tablets if you're susceptible.
*** Limited wi-fi is available near the house; password provided on request.
**** Free insect spray provided in the room.
But here is what is GREAT about a farmstay...
1. The animals are charming, mostly tame enough to feed, and I prefer their noises to city-noises (traffic, garbage trucks, drunken yobbos)...
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 smells are pollution-free; fresh air is the best smell of all!
4. The internet is crap. It frees me up to have real conversations with real people!
Welcome to country life!
If you can cope with the above realities, you'll love this space!
Oh and also, in summer there's a bit of dust that may blow into the room if you leave the door open, but it's not a biggy. Just letting you know in case you're expecting the Hilton -- we're on a FARM, folks, dirt happens ;-)
The bedroom has a Queen size bed with views to the horse paddocks. The living area contains a compact kitchenette with dining table and sofa bed. There is also an ensuite with walk-in shower.
Here are some of things you can look forward to which are included in the fee:
* Clean linen and towels at the start of each stay;
* Basic kitchen equipment for simple meals;
* Guest guidebook in your room with recommendations, emergency phone numbers, hiking maps and more.
From the porch, you can enjoy views over farmland which has been in the same family since 1932. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a tipple as the sun goes down. *Especially* while reclining in the uber comfortable Adirondack chairs exclusive for your use!
This space has been converted from an old dairy, and where possible, rustic elements have been retained to keep the story authentic. ("Rustic" means it is not modern-shiny-spit-polish-clean -- it is cosy, quirky, and retains some historical value.)
Nevertheless, it has been restored to be a clean and comfortable space with attention to detail and original finishings.
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! :-)
There are electric fences, unfenced dams, vehicles and other farm "dangers" that means toddlers need to be watched 100% of the time. Older children tend to understand the dangers so can roam a little further.
Your studio is self-contained with a kitchenette and ensuite. The kitchenette has a sink, fridge, microwave, oven and kettle.
Interaction with guests
We 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.
Other things to note
DOGS 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.
If you're interested in reading how this old shed was converted, I've uploaded a photo album to our website, and have also printed it into a little guide which you will find in the room.
Due to fire danger, no smoking please. No ifs or "butts".
Do not flush anything down the toilet apart from pee, poo and toilet paper.
My husband and I are living on land settled by his grandfather in 1932. Therefore, it is a very special place to us, and it's just one of the reasons we've named our property the "Margaret River Heartland".
We share our space with our five-year-old daughter, a golden retriever, 8 chooks, 1 bunny and a rooster, and 2 naughty peacocks. Sometimes the occasional WWOOFA is passing through also, meaning there'll always be a mixed bag at our place + many interesting stories to hear.
I'm an artist in my spare time, so with any luck you'll find some original pieces on the walls (if they don't sell first!)
We're not the types to watch much TV, but when we do we love the crime shows like Castle and Breaking Bad. You're far more likely to find us in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or on the deck watching the stars and sipping a brew.
Just to clarify... the guy in the photo is not my husband, (but in a parallel universe I'd certainly consider it LOL) -- Heston has an amazing brain and it was awesome to listen to him speak about the science of cooking at the 2013 Gourmet Escape. He reignited my passion for cooking, and exploring new ideas in the kitchen. For that my husband is grateful!