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“How's the serenity!”
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Farmhouse -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Ballarat, Victoria

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pauloz001
Greater Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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“How's the serenity!”
Reviewed 24 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Peaceful. Relaxing. Beautiful views. Equipped with "everything" you need......and more. We'll be back!

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Liked best: The peace & scenery.
Liked least: Have to leave to go back to work.
Travelling group: Large Group
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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Management Response
24 Nov 2016
Thanks for your kind comments Paul. And from my all-time favourite movie too :)

I look forward to your next stay!

Kind regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead
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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 21 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

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Management Response
22 Nov 2016
Sarah, it was a pleasure to have you and your amazing gym friends come and stay while completing the Tough Mudder. Thank you for a very kind review. We are looking forward to your next stay, even If I can't see the attraction in your 'leisure pursuit' :) :)

Kind regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Reviewed 18 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities
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Management Response
19 Nov 2016
It was a great pleasure to have Peter and his group stay. They made the best possible use of the facilities (and packed it to the gills :)

Please come again soon Peter.

Regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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mikehamp7...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Place for Groups”
Reviewed 29 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed for the Grand total of 1 night, 6 adults and & 7 Children. We needed a place to stay close to Sovereign Hill for the White Christmas in July event.

It's such a shame we couldn't stay longer, the place was neat and clean and full of character. There was wine and chocolate when we arrived and as it was the middle of winter they had lit both the internal fires.

I would suggest to those that stay over winter, pay the extra $50 to put the Gas central heating as the bedrooms, especially the large main bedroom were very cold, but the main living area's, including kitchen and lounge were toasty warm.

The surrounding farm is nice and if we had time we would have loved to have explored a bit more.

As the kids slept after and exhausting day and night at sovereign hill, the adults played board games and drank & were merry.

Thanks Malcolm, we all had a great time.

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Liked best: Good Location
Liked least: Little Expensive given we only stayed one night and provided our of bedding
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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
1 Oct 2016
Michael, so good to hear from you about your stay. Well done for being brave enough to bring such a big group just for the one night! (especially when your wife wasn't well at the last minute...)

The white night show is quite something; so glad you enjoyed it.

Many of our guests like the option of 'roughing it' a bit, and so opt not to take the ducted heating option. I wish we could charge less per night to access it, but bottled LPG (which comes on the back of a truck) is passed on to our guests at our cost :P. Nevertheless, we're hoping to upgrade to a newer LPG heater which should reduce the price somewhat.

Thanks for such a good review and hopefully we can have you back for longer next time.

Regards.

Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
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Hanselund...
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“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!

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

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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

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? 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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