This place not only feels like home, you catch yourself wishing it were home. We stayed at Burnside Bungalows for ten days and I really couldn’t fault our time there. We stayed in the Limestone Spa Bungalow, which had all the convenience of being fully self-contained.
It was well set out, spacious and very comfortable. There was a large deck, opening out with a view of the cows grazing in the paddock: here we spent many nights watching the stars, which were clearer than either of us had seen in years. The deck also had an outdoor spa bath, which was just beautiful: here we could enjoy a spa with some gorgeous smelling hand-made soap (made by one of Burnside Bungalow’s owners, Lara) and some glasses of wine, watching kangaroos graze. Once, we had some roos come very close, drinking from a bird bath just a few metres away.
The farm itself is beautiful too. It was wonderful to be able to pick our own herbs and veggies for dinner, and we collected eggs and fed the chickens and guinea fowl often. There were also some cute piglets to feed. We learned about the farm, hearing how wine is produced (which of course we tasted – the Zinfandel wine made by Lara and Jamie is excellent!) The hosts were just so lovely, friendly and helpful. Lara and Jamie were often there to have a chat, to feed the chickens or pick veggies with us, or just to say hello to our two young children (a toddler and baby). Lara went out of her way to make sure our kids were comfortable, providing a great pram to use on the farm, along with cots and high chairs, and good advice on places to visit with kids.
The region itself is gorgeous too. It’s just perfect for a wine region: sun, sand, surf on one hand, wineries and delicious local produce on another. Burnside Bungalows couldn’t have a better location. It was a very short drive from the town of Margaret River and we could come and go as we needed, setting out each day to visit caves, wineries, the beach, natural parks or other fun things to do. Other small towns with interesting attractions (like the Cowaramup candy factory, or Cape Leeuwin lighthouse) were all within very easy reach. Burnside is very central, smack in the middle of the whole region. This made seeing things, especially with young kids in tow, very simple.
So, why stay here over other accommodation? We did have a good look into what else was on offer. Other options include the standard luxury resorts, hotels and caravan parks you’d find in any area. I think Burnside was wonderful over these, as the seclusion was brilliant. We could exist in our own private world, relaxing in the spa as a family, truly getting away from mass tourism while still having easy access to anything we wanted to do. Here you can rest and refresh yourselves, learning that true luxury means the freedom of seclusion, and the beauty you find amongst banksias and bushland, with a chorus of kookaburras in the background.
There’s nothing artificial about this place – from the organic farming philosophy to the warm hosts to the magic of being in a place where you can kick back, relax and enjoy some champagne as the roos feed at dusk. I highly recommend this place: you’ll feel so at home. You won’t want to leave.
- 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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