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Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst
Ranked #2 of 17 Bathurst B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2012

Loved every minute of our 4 day stay in the last Oct school holidays. Elaine & Ken welcomed us warmly & our kids loved following her around morning & afternoon feeding the animals. After the chores our kids were able to cuddle Billy the goat (he's very cute), play with a number of dogs or brush & pat the horses. Thy ever got to ride Cody & on the back of his little gig. Accommodation was great, lovely & clean & we had our own BBQ which went to use every night for dinner in the fresh country air. Perfect place for us city slickers & we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed here for 1 night only , but our daughter loved it ... from feeding the chickens and lambs to pony rides this place is a must for a family with kids. Elaine and Ken were great and the caravan we stayed in was very cosy ....

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

What do you do with a 10 and 13 year old who are permanently attached to their computer?? Answer - Billy the baby goat!! My sons were so enamoured with this little fellow they completely forgot about their computers!! Ken took the boys out for a couple of hours to round up and move some sheep with his working dogs while our 23 month old was entertained by the chickens and baby lambs. A real treat was the sulky ride with Cody the Shetland pony and the sled ride with Bella the very patient clydesdale. The kids even got to bottle feed Rosemary the tiny orphaned lamb. We stayed in the Barn unit which was very comfortable. We wanted for nothing and nothing was a trouble. The farm fresh eggs were to die for!! Make sure you save your food scraps for the chooks!! Elaine & Ken were very accommodating - nothing was a trouble. We would highly recommend Barcoo Farmstay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

My husband and two boys aged 19mth and 3.5 years stayed in the cosy caravan for one night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, Elaine and Ken were very warm and accommodating - everything that we needed for a young family was there. Elaine was very kind and patient with my sons and they were both very sad to leave the farm behind, I dont know how I am going to explain to my 3yr old that Santa cant bring a baby lamb to him for xmas this year - thank you so very much for letting us share your home and farm.

Room Tip: the caravan is an excellent choice for the family on a budget, yes you have to walk to the amenities...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

The fun started the moment we arrived at Barcoo's Barn with our 7-year-old daughter proudly helping prepare a bottle for the little lamb Barney. Our three kids aged 7, 5 and 3 absolutely loved every minute on the farm - from feeding the chooks, lamb, calf, goats to riding the little horse Cody and going into town with Mr Barcoo the Clydesdale. It's only minutes from Bathurst and a fantastic adventure park and the accommodation was comfortable and cosy - plenty of room for us all and there were even dressing gowns supplied for the adults. I would recommended Barcoo's Barn to anyone with young kids looking for a real farm experience. Elaine is a wonderful host and made it a really special holiday for our family. We can't wait to go back and our three year old is still talking about Elaine and all the animals almost a month later!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Barn which was great for a family.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

This was our first farm stay, and it really was tremendous. Elaine was very good with our 7 year old boy, who has mild autism. Mornings and afternoons he fed the animals with Elaine, looked for chicken & duck eggs, played with the puppy and had pony rides, and during the day we went to Bathurst (10 minutes away). The Hillview unit is very nice, and has a separate main bedroom and a bedroom for kids. For those needing to stay connected there is wifi and the mobile phone reception was good. The BBQ facilities and camp kitchen were great too. We intend to return!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We were looking for a place to stay with our youngest (10 years) and a friend while our older girls were on a camp. A search on the web led us to Barcoo's Barn. We booked the barn unit and I had visions of being a fair distance from the main house looking out onto rolling paddocks. While we were very close to the main house we did look out over rolling paddocks. The unit consisted of a smallish lounge/dining and kitchen area, a separate bedroom with a King size bed and another huge room with space for umpteen kids.

I had also imagined lots of animals with the obligatory cow to milk. There weren't a huge number of animals and there wasn't the obligatory cow. However what was provided was just perfect with both our daughter and her friend declaring 'it was the best holiday they had ever had.'
We had barely unpacked our bags when our wonderful host Elaine came knocking and took the girls off for their first taste of the farm. The sight of the girls sitting up in the truck with huge grins on their faces as they headed off to get hay will stay with me for a long time.

After having read other reviews on Trip Advisor before our holiday I was a bit worried if ten years was a bit old for this sort of experience. I thought after the first day that the test would be if the girls were as enthusiastic at the end of their time as they were at the beginning. If anything their enthusiasm grew!

What my wife and I soon discovered is that ten year olds are capable of going off and doing the farm things without us. That enabled us time to read and completely relax. At 8.30 they would head off for about an hour and a half and similarly at 3.30 in the afternoon. My wife and I could pick and choose when we joined in. Bliss!

The activities that they enjoyed were many and varied-collecting chooks eggs, buggy rides pulled by Clysedales with a variety of buggies, including one that was purchased from the Amish community in the States, instruction in horse riding, tractor rides and rescuing a calf.

One of the highlights was picking up a baby lamb whose mother had died. Our girls were given the priviege of naming it. Basil was their name of choice. They then fed it late at night and early morning with a bottle.

Our hosts Elaine and Ken were just perfect for the role. They did everything to make our stay most memorable and it was. Our daughters friend has already insisted that her family has to bring her back.

We stayed for four nights, but left somewhat sad that our stay was over. The girls came away with wonderful memories and a somewhat unusual souvenir-horses toenails from when the 'shoeman' came!

If you are after a relaxing, educational, fun farmstay experience then look no further than Barcoo's Barn.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst

Address: 1080 Trunkey Rd | Perthville, Bathurst, New South Wales 2795, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Bathurst
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Bathurst
Price Range: $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Interactive Farmstay Activities on a genuine Australian Farm. Enjoy feeding the farm animals, take a farm tour, enjoy led horse horse rides on tiny ponies through to big Draught horses. Tractor drives, sulky rides, so much to enjoy. Very peaceful rural views downthrough the valley. Bistro & store only 2 minutes away, and Bathurst is 10 minutes away. ... more   less 

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