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Farmhouse -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Ballarat, Victoria

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Hanselund...
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great option for lots of family and friends”
Reviewed 28 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

This is a large, comfortable, well-equipped family home. It is definitely not 'flash' but is clean and comfortable and homely - the kind of feel where you can really relax. We had two families of 4 staying, and another family joined us for a few days too, and there was plenty of space for all. Staying in September, we had some very cold evenings/mornings but beautiful sunshine in the middle of the day - the weather was perfect for us. There has been heavy rain recently so it was very sodden in the fields and round about, so definitely needed good walking boots/gumboots - there were some there for the kids to borrow which really helped. When we got back, it was common to find a child having a snooze somewhere - on a couch or a beanbag, snuggled under a blanket or near the fire. Says it all!

HIghlights: the excellent combustion stoves inside and rustic feel of the fireplace; the outdoor campfire with roasted marshmallows *every* night; really high quality linen and electric blankets to make going to bed cosy (bedrooms otherwise very cold at this time); lovely walks (on the property - the waterlily pond at this time was divine; and the Buninyong Union Jack Reserve walk was a really interesting look at the goldmining history in the area); the sewing shop at Buninyong (if you're into that - we are!); the games room (separate place for kids to run riot leaving plenty of space for the adults).

We had a great, mostly quiet but occasionally active holiday, with children from 6 to 16 well amused. The house is extremely well equipped so we just didn't have to think too hard about what to bring - it was all there.

Highly recommended!

Date of stay: September 2016
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Sep 2016
Adrienne, it was a pleasure to have you and your family, and your friends and their families to stay at Galwiji Homestead.

Thank you for such a detailed review!

Glad you took advantage of the slow combustion stoves. Keeping the supply of wood stocked is a big part of my job, so glad to know it's appreciated :)

Also fascinating to find out about more of the attractions in the area.

Kindest regards. Please come and stay again.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Date of stay: August 2016
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Management Response
15 Sep 2016
Kim, I think your kids are so lucky to have a mum who, as a part of their home-schooling, brings them out to a farm for some 'hands-on' tuition.

We are looking forward to your next stay very much.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Date of stay: August 2016
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Sep 2016
Thanks for your lovely review Danielle and we're so glad it suited your family (and friends) so well. We promise to consider the the key box idea in the future.

Kindest regards. Please come and visit again.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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L0reen201...
Ballarat, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A slice of heaven”
Reviewed 7 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Clean, well-appointed, lovely views - peaceful. Love the touches like a fire pit outside, with chairs - good seating under cover on the verandah.
This is not an "ultra-modern" house - it has more the feel of a family home.
Would be ideal for 3 - 4 families. I didn't actually stay this time - just viewed for future booking, Hosts very friendly and cooperative.

Date of stay: June 2016
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Liked best: The rural aspect
Liked least: Not close to public transport
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
8 Jul 2016
It was a pleasure to have you visit Loreen. Pity we weren't quite big enough for your gathering this time, but we would certainly welcome you in the future.

Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Budscook
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Highly Recommend!”
Reviewed 30 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We had such an excellent amazing experience staying at Galwiji Homestead. We enjoyed every moment and will definitely come back! Galwiji is very well equipped with everything you need for a getaway from the city.
We loved the cosy fireplaces, the beautiful garden, open paddocks and most of all the country atmosphere. We highly recommend Galwiji Homestead!
Many thanks to Malcolm, Bill and Ann for being so lovely!

Date of stay: May 2016
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Liked best: Country atmosphere, well equipped, basically everything!
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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
31 May 2016
Anna, it was a pleasure to give you and your family and your friends and their families a break from their PhD studies.

As a dad, I love reconnecting with my kids after being away, or engaged on a project.

Thanks for engaging with the homestead so beautifully.

Take care. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager.
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El M
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
“Excellent place for a group to stay.”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

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 of stay: March 2016
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
25 Apr 2016
Lovely to have you and your extended family stay at Galwiji Homestead Eleanor. Even better as we have had so many lovely times in Germany.

Es war uns ein Vergnügen!

Kindest Regards,

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager.
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PeterSue2...
Parkdale, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A PERFECT FAMILY PROPERTY”
Reviewed 21 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We stayed with our family (13 people in all) as a getaway and to visit Sovereign Hill. Did not disappoint.

House is ideally suited for a large group. Exceptionally well equipped. Nothing was forgotten.

The children had a ball playing outside and observing the wildlife.

The adults enjoyed a few drinks first outside at the fire pit ( all wood provided) and then inside in front of the 2 wood fires.

Table tennis and soccer board in the very large living area.

Great hosts.

Date of stay: April 2016
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Liked best: Home away from home in a rural setting
Liked least: Due to recent fires no sign out on the road. We all went past the drive
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Apr 2016
What a lovely review! We are delighted that you enjoyed Galwiji so much and that you made an effort do explore all facets of the place.

Please come again soon.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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