This unique stone cottage is located on the Williams River on "Boraning", a 3000 acre bio-dynamic organic farm 17 kms west of Williams. "Boraning" is home to the Newton-Wordsworth family. It has been farmed using bio-dynamic organic methods for over 25 years.The Newton-Wordsworth Family was awarded The Sustainability Award in the Western Australian Community and Regional Awards in 2012.
The cottage was built as one of two garrisons for soldiers on the original track between Swan River Colony Perth and King George's Sound Albany. It was located near a ford on the Williams River, which can still be seen today. The original settlement was known as "Williamsburgh". Later when the Albany Highway was rerouted the settlement moved to the town of Williams, but the cottage remains as the oldest buiding in the area, and an important piece of Western Australian history.
On "Boraning" near the Cottage is the Bio-dynamic and Organic Farm Shop and Cafe, and the Christian Community Centre. The Newton-Wordsworth Family's bio-dynamic beef and lamb have been included in the West Australian Newspaper food critic Rob Broadfield's top 10 gourmet products of Western Australia, and these and other organic products can be bought on farm. Meals are available in the Cafe or delivered to the Cottage by arrangement. Visitors can enjoy the organic vegetable garden and nearby pistachio orchard at the Christian Community Centre, and they can experience a gourmet organic roast meal and home made gourmet olives, olive oil, jams and marmalades.
Near the Cottage there is also a horse training centre, as The Newton-Wordsworth Family breed and train horses for the Olympic Sport of Eventing and general riding. Visitors can meet the horses, watch them being trained, and horse riding experiences/lessons on a quiet horse in an enclosed area are available by appointment.
Boraning is a working bio-dynamic/organic farm with cattle, sheep, horses, haymaking, cropping, and orchards including olives, pistachios, figs and citrus, so varying activities are going on year round, depending on the season. It is also the home of international singer songwriter Kelly Newton-Wordsworth and the music production company Newtone Productions. Boraning is set in rolling hills on the eastern foothills of the Darling Scarp, and is superb land for walks, picnics, swims in the lake, and relaxing around the fire in the Cottage or on the verandah. The aboriginal placename for this area was "Boraning" and it remains this today. An aboriginal elder said this name means "place of spiritual wisdom".
"Boraning" is central to a number of important population centres in WA. It is 2 hours drive from Perth, 1 1/4 hours from Mandurah and Bunbury, 2 1/2 hours from Albany and on the way to Esperance. It is around 40 minutes from Dryandra Forest, and the historic Quindanning Pub is only 15 minutes away. There is a golf course at Williams around 20 minutes away, and there is fishing and picnicing in bush on the Murray River on the Harvey Road around 40 minutes away.
The Newton-Wordsworth Family invite you to come and experience "Boraning".
Bio-dynamic organic farming, gourmet olives and oil, marmalades, meats and pistachios.
Featuring horse training and riding