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“Nothing artificial. True secluded luxury in the heart of wine country”

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Burnside Organic Farm
Reviewed 25 March 2010

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.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

Our most recent stay at Burnside was our 10th since discovering them in 2002. We love it so much and wouldn;t dream of staying anywhere else when visiting the South West. The Rammed Earth Cottage is luxuriously appointed, secluded and yet close enough to the Town, Beaches, Wineries and all the other attractions the area has to offer. Jamie and Lara are superb hosts and we both highly recommend Burnside

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

My wife and I stayed 4 days at Burnside Bungalows. As soon as we checked in, we were given a basket of fresh eggs, bread and jam. The bungalow is well appointed with good kitchen appliances and spa bath. I spent 2 hours each day reading in the hammock. At 6pm, kangaroos would convene on the lawn adjacent to the patio. We also picked fresh herbs from the garden. Lastly, 5 minute drive to city center. Great value. Highly Recommended

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

My wife and I stayed 4 nights in Bungalow #4, a very large one bdrm, with large living area, dining area and big well equiped kitchen, spa bath and huge deck with BBQ.. We were met by Lara McCall who gave us maps, showed us walking routes, told us about the farm and the town. She also gave us 6 fresh organic eggs to start our next day. Burnside is located a couple of easy miles outside small, but trendy Margaret River, about a half a mile off the main road. Which means there is no traffic noise. In fact the only noise you will hear are the cockatoos, kookaburras and resident geese. Kangaroos are abundant and graze just outside. If requested, Jamie McCall will give you a tour of their Certified Organic farm, explaining how he grows zinfindal grapes, olives, fruits and vegetables without chemicals. After dark, the stars are simply out of this world.

Burnside Bungalows was a highlight of our month in Oz and I would recommend it highly to all.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 287 Burnside Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Margaret River
Price Range: £167 - £260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Burnside Organic Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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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