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Secluded Retreat on scenic hill country farm.

 Just awesome! Had a great boys weekend away, our hosts were just fantastic down to earth people. We all would recommend this place, it really is somewhere different and special to stay, and I woke up to a fallow deer at my window!!! Thanks so much Sue and David! 

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Secluded Retreat on scenic hill country farm.

 A truly amazing place set amongst 900 year old trees as much a part of the experience as the house! Particularly loved the 2storey arched window and master bedroom but every " space" in the house is unique. Bathroom and toilet have glass roofs and shutter windows opening onto the bush,lounge is circular with fabulous fire,really cant say enough about the architecture!Add to this great farm walks and awsum trout fishing within 15mins drive.had a magical time cant wait to return, thanks. 

Secluded Retreat on scenic hill country farm.

 Great hosts, great spot for a relaxing. A quirky set up with all the comforts. 

Secluded Retreat on scenic hill country farm.

 great stay and great people wish we were able to stay longer 

Secluded Retreat on scenic hill country farm.

 Easy access and easy to find, good directions. Beautiful location in a very quirky cottage. A little cottage hidden away from everyone.