We stayed at Honeycomb Farm for a week in July and had a marvelous time, so much so that we have already booked to return again next year. Given that I was reasonably luke warm about the idea of a farm holiday (it was my husband’s idea) I think this says a great deal.
Anna, Andrew and their children were warm and welcoming from the very start and have mastered the balance of making you feel instantly at home while still ensuring that you have your own space as a family.
Our children, aged 4-9 couldn’t wait to be up and outside each morning (at a very parent friendly 0830) to help feed the animals, collect eggs and take part in anything else that Andrew had to do around the farm that day. Andrew was fantastic with the children and really encouraged them to help out and experience some farm life. When you add cuddling the bunnies, going in search of newborn lambs, horse and pony riding, fishing and riding the tyre swing, there was really no need to leave the farm at all.
We did nevertheless venture out on few occasions to visit nearby wineries and a local farmers market. Forster is also a quick 20 minute drive and we headed there one day to grab some fresh seafood from the Co-op but I can imagine in summer it would also be great to head there for a day at the beach.
For those who like to cook (as I do) the solar oven was a unique experience and Anna and Andrew showed just as much enthusiasm as I did in seeing how my experiments turned out. I successfully baked cookies, scones and a lamb roast so I would definitely recommend taking up your favourite recipes and a few choice ingredients and give it a go. Fun and great for the environment all at the same time.
I should also mention that the cabin was comfortable and well provisioned. The combined oven/stove is small but works well and I managed to bake cookies very successfully in this oven as well (albeit in small batches). There is also a BBQ for everyone’s use nearby and a guest laundry with washing machine and dryer if, like us, you are staying for more than a few days (although you are unlikely to need the dryer as the outdoor line gets lots of sun and breeze so things dry very quickly.
As we were staying in winter, the fireplace in the cabin and camp fire nights were also highlights, particularly for the children who ate an enormous quantity of toasted marshmallows (be warned if you are going in winter to pack plenty of marshmallows as the local store does run out). Thankfully they burned most of it off tearing around playing spotlight (hide and seek with torches for the uninitiated) with all of the other children.
Finally, we also have to say that we are now fans of Anna’s many Farmerceuticals, particularly the Sleep Balm which has helped our eldest child, who used to often have trouble getting off to sleep and is much improved after using this product, and the lip balm which the whole family is using.
A big thank you to Anna and Andrew for a wonderful stay and we are really looking forward to seeing you all next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Much-loved, award-winning (Gold at the NSW Tourism Awards in 2013!) and fun NSW farmstay just 3 hours north of Sydney near the beaches and lakes of Forster & just 1hr south of Port Macquarie. Lots of hosted farm holiday activities for kids and adults morning & afternoon including animal feeding (chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, ponies, cows), pedalboat rides, tyre swing, ute and quadbike ride, goat milking, star gazing, bushtucker picking, campfire and more. Join the Campbell family on their sustainable farm adventure...maybe even cook in the solar oven, swim in the pool and enjoy a pony ride. The farm has just two, 2 bedroom cottages so personal attention is assured. The farm also has a farmgate shop full of farm-grown produce, extensive Resilience Gardens, a Native Stingless Bee Sanctuary and plenty more to keep you busy. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Agoda and Booking.com so you can book your Honeycomb Valley Farmstay reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.