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The Best Farm Stays in NSW for an Unforgettable Country Escape

Looking for a weekend away with friends? These gorgeous farm stays in NSW get country elegance just right.

Credit: Willow Farm
Credit: Willow Farm

After a wisteria-draped cottage with a wraparound balcony? A renovated barn house for yoga? A set of stables for a morning jaunt on the ponies? Thankfully, NSW has the farm stay down pat, meaning you can indulge in all the best parts of farm life without any of the elbow grease (yes, we are city-slickers through and through).

Here are the places with charm by the bucket load…

Credit: Minimbah Farm Cottages
Credit: Minimbah Farm Cottages
Minimbah Farm Cottages

Three charming self-contained cottages are the centrepiece of this sprawling 150-acre beef and cattle property in the breathtaking Kangaroo Valley; The Cottage (two bedrooms), The Loft (three bedrooms) and Budderoo House (six bedrooms). The pristine location boasts a creek, incredible views over grass paddocks and plenty of farm animals including goats, alpacas, horses, chickens and peacocks to get acquainted with, as well as plentiful natural wildlife. Just a 30-minute drive from the coast and 40 minutes from the Southern Highlands, you’re perfectly poised to take in everything the region has to offer.

From $390 per night

48 Nugents Creek Road, Kangaroo Valley

Credit: Basil's Brush

Basil’s Brush

This stunning colonial farmhouse sits in the beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay and is just minutes from the Federation township of Bangalow (crucial info when you need a proper coffee asap). The property sits among the slopes of an old dairy farm, with cheerful cows offering a symphony moos at every passer-by. Three queen-sized bedrooms and a fourth ‘bunk room’ for the kids comfortably accommodates three couples with kids; the laidback yet charming styling of the home will have you settling in instantly. Get familiar with the woodfired pizza oven and the entertaining areas by the pool and you won’t want to leave.

From $1,250 for two nights

Friday Hut Road, Possum Creek

(*Booked out until 10th September 2020)

Credit: Willow Farm
Credit: Willow Farm
Willow Farm

Settled on 160 acres of rolling green farmland with its own picturesque creek frontage, this estate was once a dairy farm that has since transitioned into a beef cattle farm and is still running today. The 1920’s stone farmhouse accommodates up to ten guests, with elegantly appointed rooms and spacious living areas, you’ll feel immediately at home. You’re encouraged to throw on gumboots and explore the property, pick apples from the orchard and visit the cows or head over to the renovated tractor shed where yoga classes are held Monday to Friday. In house massages and spa treatments can also be arranged.

From $900 per night (minimum two-night stay)

123a Beach Road, Berry

Credit: Duckmaloi Farm

Duckmaloi Farm

Calling the Oberon Plateau of the Blue Mountains home, Duckmaloi Farm offers spectacular scenery across its 100 acres and a wealth of activities suited to young families and couples looking for an escape. Established gardens and farm animals make for charming afternoon strolls, while the nearby Jenolan Caves, Kanangra Boyd National Park and horse riding schools ensure that you’ve plenty to do. A classic country style BBQ and rec area is available for you to cook up a feast before working it off on the full-sized tennis court. Two 2-bedroom, self-contained cottages are available as well as four luxury bedrooms available within Duckmaloi house.

From $199 per night

54 Karawina Drive, Duckmaloi

Credit: Markdale
Credit: Markdale

Steeped in Australian sporting history, Markdale is the place where the Ashton Brothers formed the polo team that put Australia on the polo world stage. 6000 acres of rugged landscape is your playground and just 80km’s northwest of Goulburn it acts as a fantastic base from which to explore this NSW region. The historic 1850’s ‘Stone House’ and ‘Shearers Quarters’ are the property’s guest accommodation and with a full-size tennis court, pool, riverside picnics and wildlife walks, there is plenty to keep you busy on the property. The property’s outstanding award winning gardens were designed in 1947 and have been featured in books and magazine editorials for decades.

462 Mulgowrie Road, Crooked Corner

Amaroo Cottage Farm Stay, Central Tablelands

A family operated, 760-hectare farm 25 minutes south of Bathurst is a striking property on the Central Tablelands of NSW. Guests are encouraged (if they so desire) to join in with the daily activities across the farm, or to sit back and take in the scenery. Wildlife is abundant in the area so don’t be too surprised if you catch a goanna or an echidna ambling about the place, and you can also get involved with the farm animals with mustering and sheep sheering for a taste of the farmer’s life. Amaroo Cottage sleeps up to 8 guests across three bedrooms and has a fully equipped kitchen and barbeque facilities.

‘Amaroo’ 371 Caloola Road, Newbridge

Love the idea of a NSW farm stay and looking for more rural escapes? Here is our round-up of the best country getaways, and the road trips you need to do at least once you in your life!