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Galwiji Homestead - Spacious Country Accommodation

Farmstay, Ballarat

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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Min 1 - 2 nights stay

12 guests
5 bedrooms
11 beds
3 bathrooms

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.

There may not be many recent reviews for Galwiji on stayz.com.au as we source our bookings from a number of different websites, including our own. However, every review left for Galwiji is mimiced on a site you may know that has the words 'trip' and 'advisor' in its name :

We guarantee to beat any price you will find on any internet site by 5 if you come directly to us via our own site which can be found by putting our name, Galwiji Homestead, into any internet search engine.

8 minutes' drive to shops, 15 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 20 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 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, 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 king single 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 slow-combustion 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 is a separate 2 burner BBQ if you really need to get some quick tucker going.

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, our hot water is generated by a very efficient heat pump 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, Ann & Bill, Malcolm and Angus 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

Linen is not included in our tariff. You can bring your own linen at a minimum each bed requires a flat sheet, fitted sheet and a pillow case or alternatively, at a cost of $20/person, we are more than happy to provide it.

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 :

Features

Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Dishwasher, Parking, Washing machine, Wheelchair accessible

Air conditioning Books Ceiling fan Child's high chair Children welcome Coffee maker Cot Deck/Patio Dining Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Eco-Friendly Events allowed Fireplace Games Games room Hair dryer Heating Internet access Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Living room Long-term renters welcome Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Pantry items Parking Refrigerator Stereo Stove Television Toaster Towels provided Toys Video library Washing machine Wheelchair accessible Wood stove
Galwiji Homestead - Spacious Country Accommodation is rated 4.8462 out of 5 by 39.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Weekend Place for our Youth Camp We stayed at Galwiji with our Youth Group for a weekend in May. I was a spacious, cozy and warm house. There was enough beds for all the kids plus having multiple bathrooms made shower time a breeze! We loved having the wood fires and games room! Would definitely recommend Galwiji if you are after a peaceful and relaxing break!
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent place for a group to stay. Galwiji was a wonderful base for our visit to Ballarat with relatives from Germany. Quiet, pleasant surroundings, well-appointed accommodation with plenty of space for seven adults. Would be more than happy to stay here again.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely country place, wonderful homestead Galwiji is a wonderful property rooted in family humbleness and country beauty. After months of searching for a wedding venue, we finally found our idyllic Homestead to get married on. The family, even though they hadn’t had a wedding on the property in over 20 years, agreed to give us their century-old property to get married on as a blank canvas to create our ideal setting on. We will never forget the kindness the entire family and staff have shown us. We started preparing the grounds a week earlier and they were there from the beginning, ensuring their best to make sure our day would be more than special. They organised a gardener to look after the gardens, CFA representative to ensure there were no issues on the day, mowed the grass for our ceremony spot and our marquee to make sure our summer wedding would be perfect. The house itself is fantastic. There’s plenty of room to sleep and a massive rumpus room for table tennis, music and games. Our family and friends loved staying there, especially the tea tree farm which you must visit early in the morning. It has lots of wildlife and birds.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Option A wonderful location with very clean and tidy facilities. Galwiji Farm Homestead provided us with exactly what we were looking for. A relaxing spot to spend some time celebrating the end of a hard working year with good friends. Could not have asked for a better location. The family obviously take great pride in Galwiji as it was clear from their excellent communication prior to the visit and also the upkeep of the venue.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for large groups! Our Writer’s Retreat was held here last weekend, and it was fantastic. We had nine people over four days, which in a smaller place can get a bit cramped, but in Galwiji there was heaps of space for us all to enjoy either solitude or companionship. The Homestead fit us all very comfortably, and the THREE bathrooms helped enormously! Also the town of Buninyong is close by, so there were plenty of opportunities to duck out for gourmet pizzas and craft beer. Until next year!
Date published: 2015-09-02
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