When I decided earlier in the year to use some of my long service leave and take all of October off, I also knew it was time for a holiday as well and commenced looking for a place to stay. I like to have a good look and then chat with the hubby and discuss pricing etc. We also invited some family friends along who have 3 boys – 2 of which are the same age as our kids.
My brother and his family stayed at Eco Olive Farmstay this time last year and it was on my list to look into. Located in Big Hill, NSW (just over 2 hours from Sydney) this is a very relaxed farm stay experience that has been just what we needed.
We checked in on Saturday afternoon and were warmly greeted by the owner/host, Monica. She showed us around, advised us of a few things, asked if we wanted her to get the fire going and then left us to it. A few minutes spent unpacking and then we went on a quick walk around the top area of the property, saying hello to the sheep and chickens.
Our days following this followed a pattern of waking up, heading out with Monica to feed the animals, head back to play games/read books, have lunch, siesta, afternoon tea, wine time, playing again, dinner, showers, dessert/toasting marshmallows on the fire, kids to bed and a board game for the adults and finally, bed.
The highlight of each day was heading out on the back of Monica’s ute and feeding the sheep, cows, geese and chickens and collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. Monica is a farmer and wealth of knowledge on all the animals and workings of the property. She knows every centimetre of her property and we listened intently, asked lots of questions and had a blast. Some tips included:
- Leave an egg in each nest so that the hens know where to return to lay more.
- Hold your hand flat as you feed the sheep.
- Stay onboard the ute when feeding the cows as they’re too large and unpredictable.
And so much more.
This property is well appointed with plenty of fun activities to do. There are two trampolines, various swings, a games room with air-hockey, ping pong, chalk board, balls, goals and many more activities.
The property has 3 bedrooms (1 with a queen bed, 1 with 2 sets of bunks and 1 with 2 single beds that can join together) 1 bathroom, 2 toilets and a generous enough kitchen/dining/lounge area that accommodated the 9 of us well. The kitchen was well stocked with appliances and crockery/cutlery. We did our shopping in advance and didn’t leave until our last day at checkout time. There is also wi-fi access as well.
I would definitely head back with our family. The experience allowed us to take things slowly, spend quality time together and also try new things as well.
Have you stayed at a farm before? Did you enjoy the experience?
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