House and Cottage on 42 acres in Forreston
Robin & Garry Dawson
Why Robin & Garry Dawson chose Forreston
Garry and I first saw and fell in love with Barrenjoey Hideaway in June 2009 and have been passionately running our beautiful 42 acre farm as holiday accommodation since June 2010. Since then we have seen thousands of wonderful guests drive in to experience an unforgettable farm stay. We also love to welcome back our many return guests who over the years have seen the farm evolve. They delight in the many changes they see from year to year and season to season. To discover and study the history of Barrenjoey from its beginnings way back in 1856 - when Johann and Maria Muller found themselves in Adelaide all the way from Germany and built their first little cottage, now just a ruin -we can see how this farm has been loved; we are fortunate enough to now call her ours. Garry and I put as much into Barrenjoey as we take from it. We delight in being able to share it with you all!
What makes this House unique
Simply said, we think there is no other property like it! We waited a long time to find the right place for us, and this 42 acre, historic farm has everything one could wish for. Barrenjoey is set on a beautiful, quiet dirt road, but not too far off the beaten track, being only 3.5km from Birdwood; it has magnificent views from every aspect of the house and its surrounds, and it has sprawling gardens which we spend every spare moment maintaining and improving. Native birdlife is abundant, from sulphur crested cockatoos and other parrots to kookaburras and to small, fragile finches, and our resident blue wrens are testament to how one can become quite mesmerised with bird watching! Frogs happily croak nearby in our ponds, and our resident mob of kangaroos are at home wherever they may be grazing on the property. There are many varied areas of our farm to explore, from the acres of gardens to our untouched, native hill area, to our forest with 3 dams. Fragile ruins indicate her age. And our front verandah is perfect to just sit and listen, watch and enjoy. You will discover something new each time! The house and cottage are roomy, with three large sleeping areas, all set a reasonable distance from each other, along with two bathrooms and toilets. Bunks for 3 are at the end of the main house. The kitchen is superbly equipped with every type of utensil and crockery/cutlery item you will need, plus many extras. The laundry is fully equipped with washing machine and dryer. Our combustion heater keeps the house warm and cosy during winter, and all timber is cut, stacked and free of charge from our agro forest. During the summer months the house and cottage stay cool with two reverse cycle air conditioners. An undercover area gives unparalleled views and is ideal for drinks, meals and small gatherings. A large gas BBQ is provided, along with ample seating for up to 20. As one of our very early guests commented in an online review many years ago, "Barrenjoey Rocks!"
Children allowed - Explore gardens, forest, enjoy cubbies and swingsExplore gardens, forest, enjoy cubbies and swings
Pets allowed - Dogs are welcome - check with owner to confirmDogs are welcome - check with owner to confirm
Parties/events allowed - Extra fees, terms and conditions applyExtra fees, terms and conditions apply
No smoking - Smoking is permitted outside, inside is smoke freeSmoking is permitted outside, inside is smoke free
Max guests: 9 (sleeps up to 6 adults) - More than 9 guests can be accommodated on request.More than 9 guests can be accommodated on request.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing! A beautiful get away
Our two labradoodles loved their holiday so much that they wouldn’t get in the car when we had to leave. So much to do and see, all in the privacy of your own retreat. Can’t wait to stay again.
Relaxing private hideaway
We had a lovely time. The home was spotlessly clean and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. We had a lovely bbq and went home relaxed.
Amazing Amazing Amazing !!!!!!
Beautiful and peaceful oasis ! We never wanted to leave !
Awesome wildlife ! Beautiful birds, frogs, had a possum come say hello and seen a koala down the street!
Very easy to organise ! Robin was lovely to deal with and texted through all info with no problems !
We were blown away just driving in !
110% recommended !!!
Simply the best. Lovely property. Actually couldn't have wished for more. Will definitely be back.
Host was Amazing. Have stayed in many places, never been more impressed with the service. Can't wait to go back.
Thanks John for your fabulous feedback! We're so happy you had a great weekend and hope your little dog enjoyed it too! For us, knowing our guests have a great experience at Barrenjoey is key. Looking forward to you all returning! Cheers, Robin
We had a lovely couple of nights at the large and comfortable property with our adult family for a local wedding. The bonus for us was the ability to accomodate 5 adults in 3 separate bedrooms and take our dog as well ! Lots of extras such as dog treats , coffee machine and beautiful outdoor areas to sit in the sun and take stock ! Very helpful directions from Robin also on shortcuts to Woodside to our sons wedding venue . On a weekend that required lots of precision planning the decision to stay here was a great one !
Sharon, we're so glad everything went to plan for your son's wedding and you also had time to enjoy all the extras Barrenjoey has to offer! We hope you will return again in the future for another relaxing stay. Cheers, Robin
A beautiful hideaway
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Barrenjoey. The property was everything we could have wished for and more. The surroundings are beautiful and the grounds and house are a credit to Robin and Garry - you can see their passion at every turn. Our 6 year old son fell in love with Barrenjoey and has pleaded with us to return. We can thoroughly recommend a stay at Barrenjoey.
Thank you Matthew, even though your stay was cut short we appreciate you taking the time to write a review. It was our pleasure to have you all, and we do hope that next time your stay will help create many more happy memories for your family! Cheers, Robin and Garry
Barrenjoey is situated on historic Winton Road, which lies between Gumeracha and Birdwood. It is a very scenic, quiet dirt road and in many parts is lined with massive, old river gums. There are many attractions within easy reach of Barrenjoey, including the Motor Museum in Birdwood and the Big Rocking Chair in Gumeracha. Further afield there is the Gorge Wildlife Park, an easy 15 minute drive to Cuddly Creek. There are also many fantastic local wineries in the surrounding townships and beyond. The Barossa Valley lies a very reasonable distance away, about 25 minutes drive through some gorgeous countryside. During the summer months, one of the biggest cherry farms in the Southern Hemisphere, Torrens Valley Orchards, offers unlimited supplies of sweet cherries. We are so lucky to have them situated at Forreston, right at the turnoff to Winton Road! The farmers market at Mount Pleasant, a short 15 minute drive away, is open every Saturday. Artisans, growers and producers from the area meet between 8am and 12 midday to provide visitors and locals with a unique and affordable food shopping experience.