An 'awesome' weekend....as described by our two children (6 and 8)! We stayed in the Harper room and it had everything we needed...electric hotplate, microwave, fridge/freezer and a bbq - and a great courtyard with outdoor table / chairs (perfect to sit at with one's glass of wine to watch the world go by while the kids were off feeding the animals).
We all did the horse riding (trail ride) with Farmer Doug (all novices!), swam in the pool (since when is it 30 degrees in mid-April?), tractor ride, bonfire with marshmellows, visited local wineries, bought local food (olive oil, olives, wine, cheese), and explored out and about (Maroon Dam etc).
Kids of any age will love Lillydale but ours were at a perfect age....they spent hours feeding the animals and playing with dog, leaving the hubby and I to relax, sample the local wine and catch up with our reading (me) and exploring / fishing (hubby).
A huge thanks to Bec, Farmer Doug and Pam for looking after us :-)
Oh, and thanks to the Easter Bunny who left gorgeous farm animal Easter chocolates in the hen barn on top of a 20 foot pile of hay for the kids to discover whilst collecting eggs!
- 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