The Exeter FarmStay was easy to find, close to the cute little villages of Exeter, Moss Vale and Bundanoon. The whole area has a very English feel, with mature deciduous trees and cottage gardens, old pubs, bridges and village greens. The farm is in a beautiful area of rolling countryside dotted with trees on the edge of the forest, very Australian in comparison, with many native animals and birds.
Jill and Ray gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the spacious and very comfortable apartment which had everything we needed including healthy snacks. The living areas are spacious, the bedrooms huge and the bathroom is very roomy and ideal for a family.
The setting is idyllic with long views over paddocks to bush in the distance. A herd of beautiful Dexter cattle and their calves was just over the fence and there are also sheep and an alpaca on the farm.
A highlight of our stay was a relaxed evening stroll with Ray to a little hut which is an ideal spot to view the sunset. We saw an echidna, a wombat and many kangaroos plus lots of birds.
We were happy to eat in the apartment so we took advantage of Jill's kind offer of spaghetti bolognese which was ready for us when we returned from our evening stroll. We enjoyed the generous sized meal which came with a large and delicious salad.
We were in the area for the Bowral classic cycle race so left very early next morning after devouring a large and sustaining Continental breakfast provided by Jill. We would have loved to stay longer and unwind in this peaceful haven.
It would be a great place to bring children with relaxed hosts, a large garden to explore and wildlife and farm animals on the doorstep. The bedrooms were well stocked with books for all ages and board games.
A large wood burner sits in the heart of the living area with an endless supply of firewood for the chillier weather.
The area has many eateries, shops and artists' studios and is well served by the Sydney to Canberra railway line and the Moss Vale station.