The reason why I chose Lillydale was the good reviews from other tripadvisor contributors. However, it was not as good as what I thought it would. Firstly, the trail ride is boring. It was just a ride around the farm. Not worth the money as it was not cheap.
Feeding was fun with Bec but when with Farmer Doug, it was a stressful time. My son was so worried if the next feeding would be Farmer Doug again! Farmer Doug was really like what other contributors described...grumpy, fierce and unfriendly! Horse riding with Farmer Doug was worst! He was screaming and swearing at us when the horse stop and despite us trying to make the horse move, it doesn't want to! It was indeed a stressful one hour horse trail ride.
Room was really clean and nice. But all those rules made us too stress to enjoy. Frankly, I was happy to leave the next day. I actually felt worried for the another family who came in to stay after we check out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Don your boots and Akubra for a rural getaway with fourth generation beef cattle farmers Doug and Pam Hardgrave at their ecotourism cattle farm - nestled in the foothills of Mount Barney National Park. Lillydale is environmentally responsible and holds advanced ecotourism status. Get amongst the daily farm activities like getting lost in the hedge maze, collecting the fresh eggs and feeding the many resident animals. You must also try your hand milking the cows, kayaking on the dam and simply kicking back with an in-room massage or good book. Kids Club available in conjunction with massages. Fantastic 4.5 star AAA rated award winning rooms with air conditioning and heating. All rooms contain kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Invite the extended family and select all three award winning self-contained eco suites for a spacious and private getaway or the two bedroom stand alone eco-cabin. Order ahead and make use of the cook your own hampers of organic veggies and Angus beef straight from the farm, and best cooked under the stars. Or enjoy the premade snap frozen meals of salmon linguine or beef casserole delivered to your door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lillydale Farmstay Australia/Rathdowney