Rustic 4 bedroom 4 bathroom farmhouse located in the heart of the Margaret River region, available for weddings /events. Sleeps 4 couples + 4 extras on sofa beds (maximum 12). Linen & towels included in rental fee. Couples are welcome to marry on the property with a separate hire agreement. Back yard is suitable for long-table lunch / picnic style reception. (Guests must hire portaloo if more than 15 guests.) Advertised fee covers 3 couples. Extra fees: $60/adult/child.
FLASH SALE! BASE RATE $50 PER PERSON FOR BOOKINGS MADE BEFORE 31 AUGUST. (+ weekend/holiday loading, cleaning and AirBnB fees). Minimum booking 3 couples. Extra fee is payable for extra guests: $60 per person (whether adult or child).
This farm house has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a library / playroom, and an area for computers. Including sofa beds, the entire space can sleep up to 12 people.
The main rooms are generous in size, and each has its own advantage:
ROOM 1: QS bed with wardrobe, bar fridge, small TV, and toilet/bathroom next door. It has easterly views, so block-out curtains are provided. Has a sliding door to the outside.
ROOM 2: QS bed with WIR, bar fridge, TV, ensuite with heat lamps, air conditioning.
ROOM 3: QS bed with walk-through-robe leading to a modern shower/toilet overlooking the back yard. Has a ceiling fan in the bedroom.
ROOM 4: KS bed in the loft space along with a single bed and a fold-out sofa (can sleep 2 with a squeeze).
Unlike other short-term rentals, we encourage weddings!
There are lots of places on the farm where you can marry (requires a separate hire agreement to avoid double-booking with other couples).
We also have a landscaped garden that has been set up with long-lunches in mind. Enough trestle tables and chairs to seat up to 40 guests can be hired at $5/chair and $10/table.
Being a Marriage Celebrant, I have first-hand experience of many of the local suppliers, and would be happy to make recommendations. For example, I can refer you to caterers and stylists who know the space and know what they're working with. For all other service providers we encourage you to visit the Margaret River Bride and Groom website which lists *only local* professionals.
Warning: "Rustic house on farm" =
* cobwebs (they can pop up overnight!),
* country sounds (ear plugs are supplied just in case you can't cope with the sound of birds, frogs etc!),
* country smells (cattle, hay, etc). If you are sensitive to dust, pollen etc, please pack your antihistamines.
* Some sections of porch are open to the garden with a drop of 1m. There are electric fences, spiders, unfenced dams and (touch wood), possibly snakes. Therefore, this place is not suitable for toddlers.
Being a rural property and a farmhouse style of home, 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.
One advantage, however, is that being on a farm, you can make as much noise as you like (within reason -- on still nights, loud music can be heard next door). You can also fill your lungs with fresh air, sloowwww dowwwwnnnnn to the pace of country life, and spend hours counting as many night-time stars as you like.
During winter, enough wood is supplied for the inside wood fire, for your first night at the farm. Loads of wood can be purchased thereafter for $20/basket.
The entire house + garden space north of the driveway, including the landscaped garden contained by the "wind wall" on the east side of the house. Cars can park on the lawn area next to the gallery car bay.
Out of bounds: Any building (including the chicken shed, studio, gallery, small cabin, farm sheds) south and east of the driveway.
Interaction with guests
Meet and greet, tour of the house, on arrival. Thereafter, available by phone for any questions / assistance. I work from the studio on-site, so also available in person if need be.
Other things to note
We are on a farm, so restaurants serving evening meals can be scarce. Either be prepared to drive into Margaret River (10 minutes south), or make yourselves a cook-up at home. You are welcome to use the outdoor wood-fire pizza oven if you supply your own wood.
Due to electric fences, livestock, unfenced dams and other considerations, children must be strictly supervised at all times.
Being a rural property, there is a large population of kangaroos in the area. Guests therefore need to exercise due care when travelling to and from the property.
There is a lot of original art hanging in the home (a lot of which is for sale). An inventory of the art and various kitchen items will be provided at the start of your stay. Any breakages or damage will be deducted from your security deposit.
Further, a cleaning fee of $50/hour will be charged for any extra cleaning required over and above what the cleaning fee includes:
* clean linen and towels on arrival
* bathrooms cleaned and freshened
* vacuuming / sweeping of all rooms and common areas
* basic cleaning of obvious cobwebs
It would be appreciated if you could please leave the kitchen (and house in general) in the same state (as much as practicable) as you found it in.
- 1. conserve water (we are on rain water)
- 2. conserve power (we are on solar which can't cope with hair straighteners being left on all day, etc)
- 3. be mindful of what you flush down the loo (we are on septics and don't want the job of cleaning out large objects!)
- 4. No tents or caravans (the solar power and hot water are at capacity with a full house).
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!