Hi all, I thought I’d share this blog from Lea who recently spent some time at Tostaree (see our Gippsland pages in Victoria). She was looking for an inexpensive holiday to destress and it appears she found it. I think we forget how peaceful it is to simply get away to the country for a while and I think Lea has captured what our farmers can offer us! My advice is search these pages for farm holidays when you are next in need of time to yourself, cheers Pauline
Tostaree Cottages is a gorgeous, peaceful, hospitable, relaxing place to visit! You can not picture it’s sheer beauty until you see it. My husband, puppy and I have recently returned from a long weekend at Tostaree and can honestly say we didn’t want to come home. We didn’t realize from the photos alone how incredibly peaceful and stunning the surroundings were. We were quite isolated and it was fantastic as it felt like it was just us in the whole world and gave us a real sense of homeliness.
The cottages themselves are so cute and well set out. There is plenty of space for you to take an entire family!! In the Drovers Cottage where we stayed, the lounge had huge windows looking out over this amazing countryside and we spent hours just snuggled up on the couch and looking out over it all. There are also fireplaces in each cottage and that really made us feel cosy, especially on a cold night. Although we did have TV and DVD facilities, we spent hours just watching the fire and playing games, it was everything a country getaway should be!
Greg and Vicky, the owners, were so friendly and hospitable we felt like we had known them forever. They lent us a Quad bike to drive around on and explore the farm, which was great as we could really see every bit of the 200+ acres. We drove up hills and took hundreds of photos of stunning views and gorgeous landscapes. We also spent an evening in front of the huge fireplace in the Tavern, having a few quiet beers and then later a BBQ. It was so homely and warm!
I can highly recommend these cottages to any one just wanting to get away from it all. You come back feeling so relaxed and full of fresh air. For those that want more to keep busy during the day there is plenty to do including fishing, surfing, cycling, bushwalking and a stunning beach only about 10mins away. It is also extremely close to the busy Lakes Entrance, which makes for a nice day trip. Greg pointed us in the direction of this gorgeous town called Metung about 20mins away and we had a lovely meal and watched a great band down there on the Sunday afternoon as well.
Thanks to Greg and Vicky for a fantastic weekend away. You made us feel right at home and allowed us to really unwind, which is exactly what we needed. The fact that we could bring our dog as well was a huge plus for us and he also thoroughly enjoyed himself! It’s funny how we spend so much money and time travelling the world and trying to see all these different places, but we very rarely stop to explore our own beautiful country. And it really is beautiful.