Being a clean freak, I don't deny that I had apprehensions about the cottage I was gonna stay in for 3d. I was worried that I would hv to spend some time cleaning up the cottage before it was "livable" by my standards. Alas, I didn't even had to touch the broom or mop thruout my entire stay!
- Excellent, AWESOME, magnificent views of Lamington National Park! Oh man, the view is to die for! It's especially so for me because I come from a country which is basically a city everywhere. No inspiring views anywhere. So this is really a treat for me. I just love it and relish every moment I had to look at the scenery
- The cottage sure exudes the charm of a real cottage set in the olden days. There's even a very traditional looking heater in the living area. Firewood is also provided. But we didn't know how to use it, lest we burn the entire cottage down, we didn't try. But there was no need anyway. At night, it's cold!
- Close proximity to nature. Horses grazing at the verandah or hanging out just outside the window are really common sights. For the 1st time, there's no barrier between me and this magnificent animal, can just stroke and touch them. Feels great!
- Close to creeks. We brought our kids to a couple of creeks and had the guided picnic tour as well, which is near the Corner Pool. Great! I thought the creek at the Lost World was better though. Clear running water and there are cows near the creek too!
- Kitchen in the cottage is very well-stocked. It's the BEST kitchen compared to the other apartments I stayed in earlier. Even a 1st aid kit is provided. How thoughtful! Lots of supplies provided, eg bottle of handwashing detergent instead of the many others I've seen, just a pathetic sachet of detergent to last me like 8d! Also provided rolls of toilet paper to last a typical family a week at least. Again, the other apartments I stayed in only provided 2 rolls for a long stay for a family of 4 people. Sigh...
- Cottage is squeaky clean considering it's a cottage set in the nature! Sure there are bugs and such with some cobwebs stuck on the netting etc. But hey it's a cottage in nature! So be prepared for wasps, bugs, frogs, etc. Within the cottage itself though it's really very clean and I feel so at home. Even the kids liked being in the cottage, watching DVDs. Yes they provide DVDs as well!
- Kids get to enjoy nature too! Through animal feeding and milking of cow.
- Twilight tour was good and reasonably priced. Go for it if you can. It gives you a different perspective of the farm and allows you the chance to appreciate the enormity of the farm
- A tad too expensive just for meals! A$35 for a lunch/dinner....=( I didn't think was worth it considering what was served. Yes they taste good but I don't think it's value for money
- Nothing much to do if you don't sign up for any of the activities which are at additional charges. But certainly you can bring kids to the creeks like we did or even bring them up the mountain and explore caves. We didn't get to do that though
- What can I say? EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT! I will definitely want to return to this farm when I have the opportunity to, someday. Just love the serenity of it all.....
- Don't go for their catered meals. Before your arrival at the farm, there's a town nearby (about 30mins away). Buy your groceries from Coles and prepare your own meals. It's way more economical that way. We only catered 2 meals, day 1 dinner and day 2 picnic lunch. The term they used, guided picnic tour simply means that someone will bring you to the site, set up the gazebo and prepare billy tea, set up the picnic table with the food (sandwiches, fruits, cakes, etc). So don't expect any "commentary" about the place you're at etc. Perhaps if you ask the staff may share but it's not like a standard part of the experience.
Just to give you an idea. The dinner mains basically consisted of 2 pieces of ham, steamed/boiled veg and mashed potatoes as sides. The dessert was brownie with a scoop of ice-cream. This will set you back A$35. I think in Singapore, with that kind of price, I could've had a rack of baby back ribs with dessert! Oh ok, fine the set does come with bread and juice. But still, I don't think it's worth it. But it's up to you, if you prefer a hassle-free stay then sure go for fully catered meals but just note that it will cost you an arm/leg PER adult. Close to A$100 per adult PER DAY.
If I were you, I would rather spend the money on activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 1050 acre Cedar Glen cattle property has been in the Stephens family since 1882, and has been a Farmstay since 1981. It is located in the stunning Lost World Valley, just 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Farmstay accommodation includes the 1901 Homestead or one of three historic Cottages. Animal feeding, cow milking and egg collecting occur daily. Horse riding is a highlight for all ages and levels of experience. Other activities include boomerang throwing, whip cracking and 4WD tours. ... more less
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