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“A great place to stay for a larger group or family”
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Farmhouse -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Ballarat, Victoria

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fozzy139
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
“A great place to stay for a larger group or family”
Reviewed 29 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

A lovely family holiday retreat in a quiet location but close enough to Ballarat for convenience. Big enough for a large family or group with room to spread out. The large games room is great.

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Liked best: The location away from everything and the peace and quiet.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
30 Oct 2015
It was such a pleasure to have you and your lovely extended family stay Daniel. Please please come again :). Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Julieshan...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Perfect for a large group!”
Reviewed 2 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

11 of us stayed at Galwiji for 2 nights for a church leaders retreat. It was so peaceful there with plenty of room to unwind and relax. The kitchen is well set out, with three bathrooms to share around. Loved the two rooms with wood heating as the weather was very cold when we were there. The surroundings are quiet with some sheep watching on, great place for walks without being disturbed. We will definitely be back! Thank-you Malcolm and family for your professional and welcoming manor.

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Liked best: The size of the home and the quite surroundings
Liked least: During winter it is difficult to keep the whole place warm
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
3 Aug 2015
Rev. Julie, it was an absolute pleasure to have you and your group to stay.

I hope that your trip to Africa goes well and that we can see you back at Galwiji soon.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Jann T
Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Comfortable n spacious home perfect for a family getaway!”
Reviewed 27 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We booked a 1N stay(which is too short!) at the farmstead for a family of 3. The hosts Ann n Bill were very friendly and warm.they setup the fireplace b4 we arrived so that we'll feel warm when we arrived.
The kids especially loved the big living room that has a table-tennis table where they had fun playing.
We all loved the open space of the farm and plenty of fresh air.
One thing to take note of is the water heater. The water will sometimes turn icy cold and sometimes scalding hot. Just be careful when u r using it.
As we arrived quite late and had to leave early the next day, we didn't really have time to explore the farm. So I'll recommend to stay at least 2N in order to really enjoy the tranquillity of the farm.
This the place to stay if u like rustic, quiet and peaceful stay with well-equipped facilities. :)

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2015
It was a pleasure to have Jann's group of 6 adults and 6 children stay from sunny Singapore. They were very brave in trying to fit so much in in their trip to Victoria!

They did arrive quite late and then left early, which might have put quite a bit of pressure (every pun intended) on the infrastructure.

Apart from that, we were disappointed that they didn't have a chance to wind down in the tranquility that Galwiji offers, but we also know that time can be tight!

We promise to have some of the small maintenance items that Jann raised fixed as soon as possible.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor.
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Sam Z
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great location for a few families”
Reviewed 10 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Great farm location for multiple family groups. Lovely to sit by the fire and have a few drinks.
Kids loved the farm animals and they loved all sleeping in the one big room.
Close to Ballarat

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Jun 2015
Always a pleasure to have you and your basketball team to visit Kerri.

Queen's Birthday is yours for as long as you'd like it! :)

Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Opeations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Robyn1946
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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“Great place for a group to stay”
Reviewed 8 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Galwiji provides beds for 12 but there is room for extra people to camp as the web site says. Three toilets (one separate from a bathroom) are ideal for a group and two TV sets were an advantage for us - one could watch the football while the rest watched DVDs. The kitchen is well equipped. The walks that have been clearly mapped for visitors are a great help. We went into Buninyong for the market on the Sunday that we were there and then went on to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. That's well worth a visit. We'd like to return to Galwiji in October one year, when the weather is a little warmer. The wood fires are great, though.

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Liked best: The three toilets
Liked least: The dining table is a bit tight for any more than 8.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
10 Jun 2015
It was a pleasure to have you to stay Robyn. Even more so when you told us that you've sampled a number of other properties in your yearly weekends away, and that Galwiji had stacked up well against them :)

Looking forward already to your next visit.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Kevin D
Greater Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“spacious and comfortable”
Reviewed 13 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Loved the old style charm a lovely spacious and comfortable residence with plenty of room for everyone.
The wood fire worked a treat and was still going as we awoke in the morning with plenty of wood supplied

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
13 May 2015
Excellent to have you down from Shepparton Kevin. Hoping that your bike races were a big success. At least the rain held off for them!

Regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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andreapG5...
2 reviews
“The perfect country house for a family weekend away”
Reviewed 6 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We've just returned from a long weekend at Galwiji - our second Easter weekend stay and what would have been our third if we hadn't missed out on getting it last year. We are two families of four adults and five kids, and Galwiji suits our needs perfectly. The location is idyllic - far enough away from anywhere to enjoy the peace (and make as much noise as you want!) and close enough to civilisation to pop out and get a good quality (and much needed) coffee of a morning. The house is the best equipped of any holiday home I have ever stayed in and the location of everything is clearly labelled so that you are not wasting time trying to find out where everything is. We love Galwiji because it is simultaneously cosy and spacious; it is in good enough condition that it doesn't feel run down or tired, but is not so fancy that you need to worry about the kids touching things or ruining anything. Little things, like good quality bed linen and toilet paper, a roaring fire and a bottle of wine awaiting your arrival, and wifi that actually works, are what makes this place stand out from the others. Last, but definitely not least, the owners are the sort of people who greet you like you are family and who cannot do enough to help make your stay a happy one. Highly recommend.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 May 2015
Such a pleasure to have you back again Andrea. Big family groups are our raison d'être, and you and yours certainly fit the bill.

Kind regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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