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Galwiji Farm Homestead Farmhouse

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 12 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Description from owner

Description

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

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 1899 Lipp piano (recently restored) and a nylon-string guitar

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), 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 wood heater.

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!

Due to the high cost of servicing linen in the Ballarat area, linen is not included in the tariff. Pillows, blankets and doonas (duvets) are of course included. If you'd like us to provide linen, the charge is $20/head.

P.S. The site is sheelchair accessible (the house and grounds are fairly flat, with 'made' pathways and we have a designated accessible bathroom). We've already 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 :)

Location description from owner

The Victoria region

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

Ballarat

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

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Key Info

  • Nearest beach 92 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: 3 Single Beds
    Bedroom 5: Bunk Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed Single Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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House rules

Please familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions found on our website, which you can access via a web search on our name: Galwiji Homestead.

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About the owner

Malcolm P
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
22 Jul 2016

Languages spoken: English, French, German


This Farmhouse has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 12. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 31 Jul 2013. Located in Victoria, it has 52 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £402 to £1667.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Jul 2016.

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“Lovely, peaceful, relaxing place for a family vacation.”

Reviewed 20 Dec 2013

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.

“A beautiful country retreat.”

Reviewed 7 Dec 2013

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.

“A nice and peaceful getaway”

Reviewed 12 Nov 2013

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

“Taste of Heaven in the Country”

Reviewed 30 Oct 2013

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

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

Reviewed 29 Oct 2013

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.

“a great farmstay for a family or group”

Reviewed 27 Oct 2013

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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