Ballarat holiday farmhouse rental with walking and rural retreat and DVD

Galwiji Farm Homestead

from £144 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

42 reviews

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Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 12 Home 295396

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Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

In our family for 4 generations, the homestead on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.

It's spacious (25 squares) - there are beds for 12 and even a lawn for camping if your group's a bit bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.

8 minutes' drive to shops, 18 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 22 minutes' to the centre of Ballarat, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (Google Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)

There's ample parking. Internet is available for a small charge, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on the Telstra and Optus' networks and improving all the time on Vodafone.

Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the twittering of birds. The farm is home to various animals from time to time, and if they're about, you may be able to go and greet them (they've had plenty of human contact).

The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear. We had an ornithologist visit, and he was able to catalogue 40 species!

If you want to break the solace, there's an old piano, a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!

There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), an outdoor quiz, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.

The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite (with an additional double sofa bed), 2 other queen bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly accessibly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with sofa bed sleeping for 3 (1 x single and 1 x queen), table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.

As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, large fridge, urn, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, electric mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ and 4 burner gas barbecue on our brand new extended deck provide an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.

There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio, as well as important appliances such as a front-loading washing machine, an ironing board and a hair dryer in each of the 3 bathrooms. The games room has a second smaller wall-mounted flat screen TV with DVD player.

For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!

It's quite an environmentally-friendly property too. Apart from the 200+ acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline, and some freestanding drying racks. Unless it's mid-winter, it does also limit your ability to do water-intensive activities, but if you'd like to bring a blow-up pool or similar, it may be possible to fill it from the nearby dam, so please ask!

Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosemary, Malcolm's brother Angus and their parents, Ann & Bill, are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are fluent in German and French and Angus dabbles in German.

The property is non-smoking (fire danger). Sorry, no pets.

Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!

If your stay is longer than one night, included in your tariff is linen for the master (queen) bed, but if your party is larger you can either bring your own linen for the extra guests or alternatively, at a cost of $15/bed, we are more than happy to provide it. For one night stays, there is no 'free' linen :P

P.S. The site is handicap accessible (the house and grounds are fairly flat, with 'made' pathways and we have a designated accessible bathroom). We've had several groups of wheelchair-bound guests enjoy the facilities.

P.P.S. For the full terms and conditions of a stay, look up the terms and conditions tab on our website (which you can find by putting our property name into any search engine)

P.P.P.S. We've just recorded a 2 minute video tour of Galwiji. Look us up on you tube :)

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 13 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Games room
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave
Furniture Double beds (3), Single beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Victoria region

Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill ( 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle ( 25 minutes' drive).


Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football ( The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.

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21 Dec 2013


"Lovely, peaceful, relaxing place for a family vacation."

A great self contained holiday house, with everything we needed and more. The kids loved the play equipment out the back and the large games room. The beds were all very comfortable but unfortunately we didn't have access to all the bedrooms. The communication and service was fantastic!! From helping us to locate shops and even taking us to see the cows being milked. They made the stay that much more enjoyable. We deffinetaly recommend this place and hope to return in the future.

Karena, it was a pleasure to have you and Ben and the children stay. After a long year, I hope your batteries are now recharged a little. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager.

7 Dec 2013


"A beautiful country retreat."

This is a beautiful country homestead that my friends and I stayed for a long weekend. It had everything we wanted or needed and more. Wonderful walks on the property, a cottage garden to explore and the quiet and peace of rural Victoria. Inside there were 2 living areas both with fires to keep the house cozy. Only 5-10 mins from the endearing town of Buninyong with great gift shops and 15-20 mins to Ballarat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone. Great for large groups and families. Would we go back? Absolutely!

Our pleasure to have you and your lovely book group stay Apryl. Please come again! Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

12 Nov 2013


"A nice and peaceful getaway"

My husband and i enjoyed our week long stay very much, i was expecting it to be good but found that it was better than expected. The location was extremely peaceful, exactly what we were after. I found the owners to be very friendly and personable, they were accomodating and had good knowledge of nearby activities to do. We have already recomended to Family and friends.

Trish and Adam, you'd be most welcome back any time. We loved having you to stay and I know that the peace and quiet would have been just what you needed! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Marketing Manager

30 Oct 2013


"Taste of Heaven in the Country"

This place is the perfect country escape plan. It is big and roomy and relaxed. We had a perfect stay for one night and when we woke to a brilliant sunny spring morning and looked out over a pristine example of victorian countryside believe me we DID NOT want to leave to go back to work. It was amazing. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to destress from the rigours of a hectic life or just wanting to escape to a restful rural setting. Thanks Malcolm and crew we'll be back someday.

The more musos the merrier! A great pleasure to have you and your group stay David. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Marketing Manager

29 Oct 2013


"Beautiful peaceful property with all the comforts of home and the most generous of hosts"

Our party of five badminton players stayed at Galwiji when our booked accommodation fell through. We soon found that the relatively short drive to the badminton hall in Ballarat was no problem, being made up for by the peace & tranquillity of the property and our gracious hosts, Ann & Bill, making us feel very much at home.

Karin's group were a pleasure to have to stay, and their peaceful accommodation nearly allowed them to win the tournament - hopefully next time :) It was our privilege to have such lovely guests. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager.

27 Oct 2013


"a great farmstay for a family or group"

Really great country atmosphere, we were up there with a group of musicians and needed a warm and comfy place to stay, Great hospitality a beautiful environment

As a musician myself, it's always a pleasure to see other musos enjoying Galwiji Homestead. We would love to have you stay (and play!) again any time! Malcolm Pryor, Marketing Manager.

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