Do you remember the TV show Green Acres running on repeat growing up? Here's a selection of our farm stay experiences that any modern Eva Gabor would be happy with.
Who cares if you can't tell a boy cow from a girl cow?
The appeal of country holidays is timeless: fresh air, plenty of space plus local produce to put a twinkle back in your eye. Our rural regions are tailor-made for a green and healthy holiday, you may also learn some helpful stuff about cows. Or steers. You be the judge.
Some of these delightful rural properties are on working farms so you can see the daily rituals of our hardworking farmers. Others are secluded escapes nestled in rural splendour, so all you have to do is relax and fall in love with the serenity.
Afterall, it's inspired a lot of tree-changers to make some life altering decisions for a better work-life balance. Will you be one of those too?
Plan your 'yee hah' holiday here with us and blaze your own trail in the Barrington Coast.
Situated on 50 hectares near Gloucester, this 1890s original cottage has been beautifully updated to provide modern conveniences. There are sweeping views of the rolling countryside and you’ll feel like you’re on a classic movie set. We loved it so much that we used it for our photo shoot, the friendly Angus steers (yes, the boy ones) at the front door became our superstars!
Ashmar helped farm stays become popular, it’s one of the originals and still one of the best. Family holidays are unique at Ashmar: try your hand at milking a cow, collecting farm eggs or feeding the animals and enjoy a hay ride around the property. Set on a 200 hectare Hereford cattle stud, Ashmar Farmstay is a Destination NSW Award Winner offering a true country experience loved by all its guests, especially the kids!
Looking for a farm stay straight from the covers of Vogue? Alongside the Manning River on Oxley Island, this contemporary farmhouse is super stylish with zoned living areas so the whole family is comfortable. There's a games room, gym equipment, private jetty on the riverbank plus rolling green pasture for your horses. And you can bring your own boat too, the Bohnock boat ramp is only minutes away and you can tie up on our private jetty, ready for your Manning delta cruise or fishing trip. This is the one that Eva Gabor thought she was getting!
Altamira Along Bakers Creek is a country escape on a working farm in the heart of our region near Gloucester. Set on 100 hectares of private rural property surrounded by mountains, the property retains all the original agricultural buildings including the homestead, cabins, and farm shed. Enjoy a picnic by the creek, go bush walking or jump in the pool. The kids will love the animal farm: goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and peacocks!
This deluxe country home at Krambach is designed for modern comfort, set on a 120 hectare property spanning native forests, grasslands, creek, and farm. Nestled on the side of Krambach Mountain with breathtaking views across the valley and towards the coast you won’t be disappointed. The house has a comfortable minimalist design philosophy: clean lines and simple finishes, with featuring materials such as polished concrete floors, native hardwoods, and glass. There’s a plunge pool to enjoy those breathtaking views.
Not far from historic Wingham, this quaint country accommodation is a working farm. Enjoy waking up to the sounds that farm life brings, meander around the picturesque property, getting up close to the cows or just sit in the garden with a glass of wine or your morning cuppa and enjoy the beauty of the mountains in the backdrop. This is a real working farm producing premium grass fed beef and pasture raised pork.
This 100 year old ex-dairy is a fun and funky farmhouse with sweeping 360-degree views and near to rainforests, waterfalls and Pacific Ocean beaches. Set on 14 hectares, the timber cottage has been beautifully renovated. It sits inside a fully-fenced yard surrounded by glorious and established large shady frangipanis, mulberry, orange and numerous fruit trees.
The beautifully styled interiors at Waukivory Estate are abundant with the simple country charms of this 100 year old working farmhouse, recently restored. Enjoy the layers of textures inside the home with all the creature comforts, this is a perfect partner to the untouched farmlands and Waukivory Creek that curls through the centre of the property.
A converted milking shed, this is a stylish farm stay in a hidden riverside location. Clunes Lane Cottage is nestled on the southern edge of Mamboo Island on the Manning River delta. The cottage has been lovingly restored, tastefully decorated and enjoys views from every room. Settle in for the day and take in the fresh salty air and views on the beautiful sunny deck or if the weather is less than average, get comfortable on the linen couch by the fire.
This is a delightful cottage in beautiful dairy country at Hannam Vale. Old Fig Farm is a 40 hectare working farm and the owners follow the farming practices of regenerative agriculture: chemical free, caring for planet, people, animals, soil. On this green and pretty farm you'll find cattle, goats, horses, chickens, guinea fowl and organic limes.
This one bedroom cottage is a beautifully styled country retreat, perfect for a romantic couples getaway or for some private rest and relaxation. The 1940s timber dairy has been beautifully restored into a private rustic getaway nestled into lush gardens. Luxury French linen, a Moroccan inspired bathroom, Turkish rugs, antiques and a commercial-style kitchen.
Candlarah is just the spot if you love nature and the chance to really unwind. Read, relax, stretch... there's plenty of space for rolling out the yoga mat. The farmhouse is surrounded by a large garden, wildlife and 40 hectares to roam. The log fire in winter is just oh so good. Seasonal fresh herbs, lemons and mandarins are growing ready for you to enjoy. Relax on the decks and by the pool which captures all-day sunshine. Enjoy sharing meals in the large kitchen, making memories around the hand-crafted dining table.
Smart and stylish convenience with country charm, this cottage on 16 riverside hectares offers expansive views over paddocks and the river where you can watch cattle roam lush pastures. This is a perfect escape from the city, where a peaceful quiet ambience is only interrupted by bird and cattle calls. At night, soft beds will ensure you get a restful night’s sleep.
This is a storybook rural cottage beautifully set at Mayers Flat near Bulahdelah in the heart of the Myall Lakes region of the Barrington Coast. Although it's not a working farm itself, the neighbour runs cattle in the paddocks, so you can easily imagine life on the land as those friendly cows greet you each day.
Close to stunning Ellenborough Falls, this relaxed farm stay accommodation is an old barn renovated into comfortable quarters. The rustic veranda overlooks the rolling hills of the farm and the border of the National Park. Tirrintippin is a working farm with horses, puppies, piglets, ducks, sheep and chickens and organic gardens. It follows principles of ecological agriculture. If the TV show Green Acres had an Australian setting, then this would be it. You can easily believe the lovable character Fred Ziffel is about to knock at your door with his pig Arnold under his arm.