Farmstays with a difference

21 April 2015

Girragirra Retreat, Forbes

Girragirra Retreat, Forbes


Farmstays in NSW are proving a fresh approach to country living, by adding a taste of style, sophistication and gourmet dining to the equation.

Reserve your spot at a sourdough workshop or book your seat for a long lunch at Girragirra Retreat, a sustainable retreat on a working sheep farm near Forbes in Central NSW. As part of your stay, you’ll enjoy fresh food from the vegetable garden and a pantry full of breakfast delights, including farm fresh organic, pasture-laid eggs, house-baked sourdough and homemade muesli and jams.

On the South Coast, The Pines is a farm run by sixth generation dairy farmers who now make artisanal gelato. Stay in the stylishly renovated original homestead which is located on Saddleback Mountain overlooking the Illawarra escarpment and golden beaches. To sample the farm produce, order a breakfast hamper (with a pint of milk) or drop into II Locale Gelato in Berry or Blue Espresso Bar in Gerringong to try the farm’s gelato.

The Black Sheep Inn is a stunning, renovated 100-year-old shearing shed near Orange in Central NSW. The original shearing shed has been transformed into a unique and stylish guest house overlooking stock-filled paddocks and still features the original wool table, sheep chutes, timber flooring and roof that were hand-cut on the property. While in Orange, book a seat at the ever popular Farm Kitchen at Mandagery Creek Venison Farm, where farmers Tim and Sophie Hansen serve the farm’s beautiful venison and Orange’s finest produce.

The Farm in Byron Bay is a new café and restaurant in Byron Bay by the team from Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. The Farm includes a petting zoo for the kids, cooking school, foraging trail and picnic spots to enjoy the goodies from the onsite store. While accommodation isn’t available onsite, the stylish self-contained Bayshore Bungalows and luxurious hinterland hideaway, La Vista Byron Bay, are located nearby.