What's not to love about breathing in some fresh air, being surrounded by cute nursery animals and gazing up to a sea of stars? Whether you're planning a romantic couple's getaway or a relaxing family vacation, we think you should definitely entertain the idea of staying at a Shoalhaven farm stay retreat. It will be such a memorable holiday experience that you might not ever want to leave!
Mt Hay Retreat, Berry
A luxury farm stay that's set amongst extensive landscaped grounds, Mt Hay Retreat in Berry is a one stop shop for all your relaxation needs. The modern architecture of this home away from home is perfect for busy urbanites who want a taste of country life but don't want to sacrifice modern luxury. The beautiful house is perched atop a hill and is a picturesque place to unwind and soak up views of green rolling pastures. At this rural escape, you can indulge yourself at the indoor heated pool and spa, order champagne and cheese plates galore and even take an outdoor bath. The accommodation combines all of these contemporary offerings perfectly with country charm - have a go at the giant chess set, wander through the kitchen garden and channel your inner child on the giant sky scraping swing. You will also love saying hello to the cute pigs, Digger & Dozer, the baby goats and cows who always love to be fed some oranges! This tranquil haven is tucked away for maximum privacy but also just a few short minutes from bustling Berry village for those who'd like to add a bit of shopping to their trip.
The Woods Farm, Jervis Bay
A must visit for all animal lovers - this property gives guests the chance to really interact with all the resident four-legged friends. Miniature goats and horses, 15 different breeds of chickens, peacocks, pheasants, alpacas (and more!) roam the grounds of The Woods Farm in Jervis Bay. You'll really feel like a local farmer during your stay, with the chance to get up close and personal and spend as much time with the animals as you like! This is a real treat for the kids who'll love being able to feed the horses, pat the cows and goats and play with the friendly alpacas. The property offers the option of staying in a luxury cottage (each of them are beautifully decorated in their own unique, country theme) or a glamping bell tent where you can camp in ultimate style. The beautiful waters of St Georges Basin are literally just one minute away and you'll be just a stone's throw away from Jervis Bay's famous white sand beaches.
Barranca, Kangaroo Valley
A hidden gem that's tucked away in the lush green hills of Kangaroo Valley is Barranca. This is another fantastic place to unwind for animal enthusiasts, with private walking trails and lots of wildlife and even massage and spa treatments. Barranca also has an equine program with Cedars Shire Horse Stud, where you can experience the nature and beauty of gentle giants, the shire horses. Each of the four villas has a cosy outdoor fire pit, and range from architecturally designed 4-bedroom accommodation to a cosy two-bedroom cabin, all with unique setting and views of the valley.
Back 2 Earth, Berry
The name really says it all, doesn't it? Back 2 Earth retreat strips everything back to basics and provides an organic farm stay experience while showcasing nature at its very best. The main principles that guide this property are sustainability, environmental awareness, zero waste and self-sufficiency. This is a fantastic place to escape to for all the eco warriors who want to learn a bit more about how humans can live sustainably by honouring nature's rhythms and cycles. You can meet and greet all the hand raised farm animals here - many of whom are rescued animals and are now enjoying a safe, peaceful, forever home; pick your own fruit and veggies and basically just take a well-deserved breather from busy urban life. This farm stay is famous for it's incredible raw and vegan cuisine, with the opportunity to also attend a personalised raw food workshop that's catered to your specific lifestyle needs.
Willow Farm, Berry
A sprawling 160 acres of greenery, meticulously landscaped gardens and an old tractor shed that's now a 'yoga shala'. All of this awaits at Willow Farm retreat, conveniently located between Berry village and stunning Seven Mile Beach. You won't find just any average country cottage here, the spacious stone farmhouse on the property is flawlessly decorated and can sleep up to ten people. These guys are famous for their relaxing yoga and massage packages - which are an absolute must try during your stay. The yoga shed is a wonderfully unique place to practise, overflowing with natural light and endless waves of calming energy. There's also something so very cute about being able to watch the cows grazing while you enjoy your yoga session.
Crystal Creek Meadows, Kangaroo Valley
An escape from the craziness of modern life, Crystal Creek Meadows transports you to a serene and peaceful setting that's perfect for spending quality time with your other half, family or close friends. This eco-friendly farm stay retreat was recently awarded best in Green and Responsible Tourism 2017 for the Asia Pacific region by the globally recognised Green Hotelier Awards. The 4 sustainably luxe cottages are ideal for groups and are spread far and wide over this 16 acre property. This means that you get to enjoy your very own unspoilt views of the lush natural surroundings in ultimate privacy. You never really feel like there are other people staying here, which also makes it a fantastic farm stay retreat for a romantic couples' weekend. Be sure to book some of the spa and wellness treatments to leave you feeling truly relaxed and rejuvenated. The Body Radiance package includes a full body scrub and masque plus a decadent one-hour full body massage that will soothe any tired body and soul.
Minimbah Farm Cottages, Kangaroo Valley
Discover the beauty of Minimbah's scenic farmland on your next holiday. This farm stay is actually a fully operational beef cattle farm that is also home to goats, alpacas, horses and more cute farmyard animals. There are three different accommodation options that you can stay in here. The huge 6-bedroom Buderoo House sleeps up to 16 people, making it fantastic for large groups. We think it's the ideal place to spend a chilled out hen's or buck's weekend or celebrate a milestone birthday. For parents travelling with children, you can stay in The Loft or The Cottage, which are slightly smaller but still offer up plenty of room for the little ones.
Narrawilly Cottages Farmstay, Milton
Located in the idyllic country town of Milton, Narrawilly Cottages provide the perfect blend of bush to beach. There are two self-contained mud brick houses on the property that provide all the comforts of a home away from home. Escaping city life for the serenity of the country is always a great idea, but even better when the place to rest your head is surrounded by green, rolling hills and cows grazing away while you sip some tea on the porch. For the keen surfers, the unspoilt blue waters of Mollymook and Narrawallee beaches are just a short drive away from this working dairy farm and there are plenty of shops, and many places to wine and dine nearby. If you want to add a bit of adventure to your stay, get the adrenaline pumping by climbing Pigeon House Mountain nearby - we recommended heading out in the afternoon and catching an epic sunrise over the landscape.
Enjoy a relaxing family retreat at Heggy's Cottage, perched high upon a secluded hilltop located in a 120-acre working farm. This farm stay is nestled amongst lush, native bushland and features spectacular panoramic views out towards Kangaroo Valley's stunning rolling hills. There is also a private serene waterfall on-site that will calm your soul and take your breath away. This place is all about country charm and hospitality, with a breakfast basket provided to guests that are filled with home laid eggs, homemade bread and the property's very own homespun honey!
Terralong Farm, Kangaroo Valley
Another cattle farm that should be on your farm stay bucket list is Terralong in Kangaroo Valley. There's only one house on the massive 150 acre property so you really will have the place all to yourself. Well, you'll have to share with the cows but we think this is all part of the charm! The kids will love taking a dip in the pool, being able to explore all the nearby wilderness and getting to know the local kangaroos, wallabies and wombats that regularly roam around the estate. The farm is idyllically perched at the top of a hill, providing exceptional views of Kangaroo Valley below and is located just up the road from the main village and the famous Hampden Bridge.
Old Schoolhouse Milton
A former school, Old School House Milton is now a luxury country retreat just outside of Milton. Choose from the Loft, or the Stables then settle in to enjoy the colonial charm of the buildings and modern style of the interior. The grounds are beautiful, with free-ranging chickens, an orchid and large vegetable garden which will provide you with tasty treats for breakfast. There's even a cricket pitch and outdoor fire pits for outdoor fun in the cooler months.