Stayed here for 2 nights and was very impressed with the accommodation and the setting.
Well placed for access to Margaret River, Cowaramup, Prevelly and the Caves Rd wineries. Also bikes available to cycle included but we do not use them.
Lara met us on arrival and booked us a restaurant for the evening (Morries) which was helpful and a good recommendation.
The bungalows are very private and it feels like you are on your own at the farm which was really great. It is very quiet and it is very dark at night - a welcome break from the street lighting of Perth.
The place was clean and well presented but there were a quite a few obvious cobwebs inside which had been missed.
Very spacious rooms, maybe too big, and a pity that the 1 bedroom accommodation is restricted to only 2 adults, as there would be plenty of room for 3 (1 sleeping in the living room) and this would make the accommodation affordable as well as high quality. It just feels that the space is more than is needed for only 2 people eg. 2 small sofas, 6 person breakfast table etc.
The main disappointment was the lack of water pressure to the shower. The accommodation markets heavily the 'spa bath' and we decided not to have one as we thought it would take too long to fill which was a shame. Equally, a good high pressure shower would have sufficed without a spa bath. The shower was serviceable but was just less than we had expected from the description, we forgot to advise Lara about the water pressure when we left so it may been a fault rather than an inherent problem - we hope this get checked/responded to.
The bungalow is well appointed with TV, satellite, DVD player and radios, BBQ etc. There is a woodburner which we could not use (summer fire restrictions) but expect that it would be really nice in the winter. The thick heavy rammed earth walls keep the place cool without needing air conditioning which was a nice change. The outdoor area had tables/chairs and a hammock but could benefitted from a comfortable sofa and table rather than 2 coffee style tables and chairs
No mosquitoes - brilliant! Lara also lent us some bug repellent as we were not going to take any risks.
We bought a breakfast basket which seemed quite expensive but upon review was good value as it did last the 2 days we were there. It would be better if the some of the contents of the basket were made available at check-in (coffee, milk etc) - there was instant and tea in the bunglaow but the fresh coffee would have been nicer, and saved a trip to the local supermarket for milk.
Burnside Organic Farm markets itself as being a very high quality and unique experience which visitors pay a premium for, and for that reason this review is probably more critical than for a less expensive lower quality establishment.
We would definitely come again and recommend it to our friends but perhaps consider coming as a group and taking one of the larger units.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avoid mainstream tourism and stay on a certified organic farm and vineyard. Burnside Organic Farm is only a 5 minute drive from Margaret River and central to all the renowned attractions of the region. Pristine beaches, world class wineries and beautiful Karri forest. Couples can indulge in a private and luxurious 1 bedroom Rammed Earth Spa Bungalow or families and small groups can enjoy a 2 bedroom Limestone Bungalows. All bungalows have cosy wood fires for the cooler months. Built from natural rammed earth or limestone the bungalows are cool in summer and warm in winter. The bungalows are set apart to ensure peace and privacy for all guests. Enjoy our farm animals including heritage chickens, geese, pigs, sheep and cows. Watch the kangaroos come out to feed each night. Pick fresh produce from our vegetable garden and whip up a tasty feast! Breakfast baskets available. Enjoy forest and farm walk trails. ... more less
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