Auntie Eileen’s is a simple but elegant old-style farm cottage built in the late 1800’s. Set on one and half acres, she is surrounded by a large Australian cottage garden and has a gentle farmyard atmosphere. In the mornings you are welcome to join us when we feed the resident farm animals and tend the covered veggie patch. From Auntie Eileen’s verandah there are views of Upper River and the valley escarpment. Situated on the eastern side of the valley floor, the local village is a gentle fifteen minute stroll away. Auntie Eileen’s provides the perfect place for families to have a small farm experience, for downtime with friends or a romantic getaway for two.
Auntie Eileen's is built on sandstone piers and has double brick walls, which help keep her cool in summer and cosy in winter. The north-facing lacework verandah has clear views to the Upper River escarpment and wraps around the house to the shade of the old plum, quince and pear orchard and beyond to the native plant hedge. It is here you can dine out, have a good belly laugh at the antics of the waddling ducks or just relax to the sight and sound of the local Australian native birds.
In the paddock live our three not so little pigs ; grazing, having a nap or keeping cool in their mud bath. In a separate paddock you will find Maggie, Mary and Millie the sheep roaming around sometimes keeping a watchful eye on their lambs. You can also take your pick from our small covered veggie patch or collect eggs from the near by chook house.
Inside, the house is decorated in a funky eclectic mix of approachable antiques and collectables to create an old world romance which changes tempo from room to room. The feeling is of relaxed comfort.
There are three bedrooms which can comfortably sleep a family of six or up to five adults. The front bedroom has a queen-size bed and a fresh French Provincial feel. The second bedroom has a wood frame country double bed and offers a sense of cosiness. The third bedroom has a set of bunk beds and leads to a toy filled playroom which could also be used as a quiet hideaway nook for grown ups. All rooms have views to the garden.
The cosy lounge room has a slow combustion wood fire. Here, you can snuggle up with a good book, play board games, or watch a DVD, all of which are available from the book shelf. Bake to your heart's content or whip up a fantastic meal together in the country style kitchen and serve it in the warm glow of the separate dining room or in the bright breakfast room away from the preparation mess.
And when it's time, relax in Auntie's big claw-foot bath.
Auntie Eileen's is about the simplicity of country living. The comfy house in which to relax, the fun of watching farm animals, the joy of being with family and friends. It's arriving to a basket of freshly picked produce, flowers and eggs when available and delighting in a freshly baked sponge cake for morning tea.
Like anyone of her grand age, Auntie Eileen's is a little quirky with a character all her own.