In our family for 4 generations, the house on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.
It's spacious - there are beds for 12 and plenty of extra room if your group's even bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.
13 minutes' drive to shops, 18 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 22 minutes to the centre of Ballarat, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (Google Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)
Ample parking, sorry no internet, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on both Telstra and Optus' networks.
Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the t-w-i-t-t-e-r-ing of birds. The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear.
If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-tuned Lipp German upright piano (dated at 1899!), a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!
There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), a treasure hunt, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing, exploring the shearing shed and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.
The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite, 2 other double bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.
As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, enormous fridge, urn, pressure cooker, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, hand mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ provides an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.
There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio / c.d. player, as well as important appliances such as a large front-loading washing maching, an ironing table and board and a hair dryer (Rosie says they're very important :)
For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!
It's quite an environmentally friendly property too. Apart from the 100 acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums and Blue Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline rather than a dryer. Unless it's mid-winter It does also limit your ability to do water-intensive activities, but if you'd like to bring a blow-up pool or similar, it may be possible to fill it from the nearby dam, so please ask!
Your hosts, Ann & Bill and their son Angus are seasoned travellers. Ann is fluent in German and French and Angus is fluent in German.
Strictly no smoking on the property, either indoors or outdoors (due to fire restrictions) and strictly no pets. Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!
Also, due to water constraints at Galwiji, we would ask that you provide your own linen or we are happy to supply linen at $25 per additional person. Thanks for your understanding.
|Tue 22 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Wed 23 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Thu 24 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Fri 25 May, 2018||Unavailable|
|Sat 26 May, 2018||Unavailable|
|Sun 27 May, 2018||Unavailable|
|Mon 28 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Tue 29 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Wed 30 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Thu 31 May, 2018||* From $99 p/n (inc GST)|
|Fri 01 Jun, 2018||Unavailable|
* The rates provided above are approximate only. Please contact Galwiji Homestead to confirm rates.