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Barkala Farm/Pilliga Pottery is The Jewel of the Pilliga, nestled in a beautiful valley between the vast forests of the Pilliga and the foothills of the Warrumbungle Range, in northwestern NSW.
This is a truly special place you will never forget. Established by a German family 25 years ago, staying in this secluded valley is like stepping into another world, with its fabulous European-inspired eco-architecture, the energetic and wonderfully creative atmosphere of Pilliga Pottery, and gorgeous natural surrounds of farmland, bushland, craggy ridges and living forest. The organic shapes and colours of the amazing buildings arise from extensive native gardens teeming with birds, with little vistas, hideaways, and unexpected highlights wherever you look.
We have five guesthouses on site, each one hand-built using local materials, an eye for beauty, and a desire to create a home away from home.. Our hope is that everyone who stays with us will leave invigorated and inspired, brimming with ideas and with full hearts.
Each house is pet-friendly and most are self-contained and self-catering, but we are more than happy to provide home-cooked meals for you, from traditional German fare to delicious wood-fired pizza, just ask us! Groups are welcome, and we also have lovely spots for campervans and caravans.
Our guests are welcome to enjoy the large swimming pool as much as they want!
The Old Schoolhouse
Experience the enchanting atmosphere of this octagonal "fairy tale castle", handcrafted from local timbers. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views from the large, Swiss-style balcony, and take a shower in a hand-sculpted masterpiece! Originally built as a creative place for our kids to do their Correspondence lessons, The Old Schoolhouse has been fully renovated, with artistic touches everywhere to suit its unique charm. It sleeps 6-8 and is self-contained, with a kitchenette, a shower and toilet, and a BBQ downstairs for guests to use. Small pets are welcome.
Rates are $130 for two people per night, with $25 for each extra person per night.
The Poets Cottage
Tucked away behind our orchard, with a private drive-in access at the rear, The Poets Cottage is the ideal place for a quiet and inspiring retreat. This cosy yet spacious mud brick cottage breathes an atmosphere of yesteryear. Sleep in with birdsong around you, spend the evening reading by your own woodfire, stargaze through a skylight above your bed! The Poets Cottage sleeps 6 and is self-contained, with a full country kitchen, a roomy bathroom, a campfire area out the back, and a BBQ on the front verandah. Pets are welcome. There is a fully-fenced verandah as well as a fenced dog-run.
Rates are $120 for two people per night, with $25 for each extra person per night.
The Studio was once the original hand-throwing workshop at Pilliga Pottery, one of the first mudbrick structures we made. After many extensions and a full renovation, it is now a perfect base for large families or groups. The Studio is a spacious, friendly and relaxing place to stay, directly adjacent to Pilliga Pottery and all its action, but set in its own garden for privacy. With its own recreation room (featuring a ping pong table), a reading nook, a wood-burning heater, and three lovely rounded mud brick bedrooms filled with handmade beds, it has something for everyone. The Studio sleeps 16 and is self-contained, with a full kitchen, a bathroom and a second toilet. Bathroom facilities are occasionally shared, as the third bedroom is also available as a separate B&B, but usually you will have it to yourselves,just ask us for details. Pets are welcome.
Rates per bedroom are $95 for two people per night, plus $25 per each extra person per night.
The Eagle Valley
Situated 2 km from the main homestead Eagle Valley offers total seclusion and a ?dream escape holiday? from any hustle and bustle. This very spacious house is made with the use of straw bale, sandstone, natural rock-walls and local timber to create an absolute piece of art. It has 3 large bedrooms with hand-made beds and sleeps up to 14 people. It also has a fully-equipped kitchen, a wood-stove (wood supplied) and a cosy lounge room for relaxing. The private location in your own valley and the entire atmosphere of the building will carry you instantly into an other world of total relaxation !!
$140 per couple plus $25 per extra person per night.
This unique, European-style building offers a high quality budget accommodation with shared amenities. Four spacious family rooms with a huge verandah with views over the paddocks and hills. Each room (rented separately) has a television and all the beds/furniture in the rooms are hand-built from local timbers. There are two toilets and a shared bathroom situated on the open verandah. The verandah is a lovely place to relax and take in the rural view. There is also a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities for your convenience. Guests can either bring their own food and enjoy it on the verandah or anywhere along one of the walking tracks. Or be welcome in our Blue Wren Cafe, where we serve a nice variety of meals and refreshments.
$85 per couple (per room) plus $20 per extra person per night.
Things To Do On-site
Bird watching and guided bird tours - we have 8 threatened species near the homestead
Farm activities - feeding the animals, farm tours, help milk our Jersey cow, visit our pet goats and lamb, our pigs, chooks and guinea pig colony.
Bush walking - an easy stroll or something more strenuous over the ridges!
Enjoying the swimming pool
Stargazing - marvel at the famous clear skies of the Coonabarabran region
Horse and Wagon rides
Pony leading for the littlies
4-wheel Driving - either on our property or through the vast wilds of the Pilliga
Camping or caravans welcome - we offer unpowered sites where you are welcome to stay
Photography - rock formations, twisted trees, tiny wildflowers, beautiful wildlife, there are hidden wonders of nature everywhere around here, not to mention the fascinating buildings!
Visit Pilliga Pottery! Free demonstrations, fresh coffee and scones, wood-fired pizza by arrangement, pottery classes, activities for kids, and your eyes won't believe the variety and colour in our gallery shop. Many people spend hours enjoying the wonderfully creative and relaxed atmosphere.
Barkala Farm is poised between the sprawling forests of the Pilliga and the mountains of the Warrumbungles. No shortage of natural beauty here.
We are an easy drive away from:
*the rural town of Coonabarabran, our local centre, with shops, cafes, eateries, supermarkets etc.
*The Crystal Kingdom
*Warrumbungles National Park
*Siding Spring Observatory
*The Sandstone Caves
*The Sculptures in the Scrub
And you can day-trip to:
*Mt Kaputar National Park
*Coolah Tops National Park
*Baradine and the old logging villages of the Pilliga, including the township of Pilliga with its relaxing hot springs
*Moree Hot Springs
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My wife and two kids 5 and 2 enjoyed our stay at Poets Cottage for three nights. Regrettably we only spent one full day on the actual grounds as we had plans to visit Taronga Zoo. The day was absolute fun, feeding the animals, my kids brushing and riding on the pony, exploring the grounds, and lighting a camp fire every night. The family and their crew were incredibly accommodating and warm, and we would recommend this place to anybody hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle and get in touch with nature and a touch of bohemianism. daleo79 and family0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
My husband and I stayed at Poets Cottage with our son, his wife and our 2 year old grand-daughter. We had a wonderfully relaxing time! The sound of birdsong and the tinkling of goat bells woke us each morning. Our grand-daughter was fascinated by the farm animals and enjoyed a pony ride on Bobbie the little black Shetland. Maria and everyone at the Pottery were warm and friendly - nothing was a bother. Would highly recommend the breakfast available in the cafe particularly the warm home-baked bread rolls. Great pizza available at night too.Would never have thought of this area as a holiday destination but the proximity to the Warrumbungles means there is a lot to see and experience. Highly recommended.0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
Swimming Pool, Parking
- Birdwatching, guided birdwatching tours by arrangement
- Cooking Facilities
- DVD player
- Farm Tours
- Farm animals
- Farm cafe open
- Fresh wood-fired pizza by arrangement
- Linen Supplied
- Pets allowed
- Pilliga Pottery gallery shop and free demonstrations
- Pottery classes
- Swimming Pool
- Towels Supplied
- walking tracks
Please Note - The Studio and The Farmhouse tariffs are per couple per room. Linen and towels included with all accommodation.
Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.
Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 12 beds and can sleep a maximum 15 people.
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