1950's Rustic Train Carriage on Alpaca Farm

Farm in Laguna, Hunter Valley, NSW
100% Recommended
4 people
No pets
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Stay at our eco off-the-grid farm in our 'rustic' 1950's Sydney Train carriage and Tiny Shepherd's Hut - true glamping style.

Glamping for 4 adults in the Lower Hunter Valley - Laguna.

Rustic farm stay glamping style: Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed. Its nothing like a hotel, your room does open up to a beautiful landscape instead of a lobby.

We live in a small beautiful secluded valley surrounded by bushland. Our paddocks are the local Wollaroo favourites with good grass all year round. We grow seasonal produce, especially in autumn, spring and summer. Our train deck is the perfect place to hang out and watch our alpacas, guinea fowl and chickens move about the farm totally surrounded by bushland and creek frontage.
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Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bathroom
BBQ
Hammock
Heating

Details

  • Check in after 3pm
    Check out before 11am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

Bedroom 1 - Rustic Red Rattler 1950's Train cabin:
* Spacious bedroom with comfy queen bed.

Inside the train cabin:
* Rustic kitchenette with 12-volt fridge and small gas hob,
* Undercover BBQ,
* Outdoor wood-fired pizza oven (book this in with us as we need 3 hours slow burn).
* Waterless-composting toilet,
* Glam bathroom with hot and cold shower facilities,
* Outdoor bath with hot and cold water,
* Lounge room with small gas heater,
* 'hang-out' deck overlooking the alpaca paddocks.
* Two outdoor comfy hammocks
* Yoga mats
* Linen and towels provided.

Bedroom 2 - The Petite Shepherd's
Our petite (3x2m) Shepherd's Hut has a double bed inside and is located by the creek. A short walk away (100m) from the train. It uses the kitchen and bathroom facilities on the train.

The train is not insulated but there is a gas heater in the lounge area and lots of heavy doonas in the bedroom for winter - true 'glamping' style!

Winter will be cold and summer can be hot inside and outside - so please be prepared for the weather elements as you would when camping.

Our train facilities have been hand-built using recycled and upcycled materials. We rummaged around Sydney to find 100-year-old timbers from a house in Balmain, old mirrors from the inner-west, an old laundry tub from the central coast, claw bath from Gladesville, and old doors from dad's shed.

Please note, this is a couples farm stay and we don't accept children. All guests must be over 18 yo from mid-2019.

This is a working farm and our house is located up the hill behind the train. You will see us on the paddock and you are welcome to join in alpaca feeding and grooming if you wish.



Local Area Info
* Our local pub, GNTP, Great Northern Trading Post has an amazing weekend dinner plus brekkie, lunch and great coffee and it's only 4.5kms drive. Friday nights they have music so do book for dinner. 02 4998 8244

*Laguna Village Providore run by Raza for fresh fruit, veg, and deli essentials but is not open every day. It is right next to GNTP. You can pre-order grazing platters for 2 or 4 pax and pick up from the store.

*Bike Hire: Hunter Valley Bicycle Rentals simply book in advance online before you arrive and they will deliver the bikes to our farm. 02 4909 8492 - https://www.huntervalleybicyclerentals.com.au/

*Therapeutic Touch Mobile Massage.
Phone Michelle 0437 694 984 for deep tissue massage or full-body therapeutic massage with essential oils. Book in advance and enjoy it on our train deck overlooking the paddocks.

*Wine Tours
Book this in so you don’t miss out. Simply call Melissa of Grape Experience Tours for half or full days around the vineyards. 0414 457 956.

*Girri Girra Aboriginal Tours and Smoking Ceremony. Book in a private tour with Tim and learn about his culture and the Wollombi Valley.

Wollombi village is only ten minutes away. Finchley Track for bushing walk and sightseeing is a short drive away and check out Wollombi Valley Tourism website for more -things-to-do in the Valley.

If you are attending a Pokolbin concert or hot air ballooning - its approx 40 mins drive. For concerts, you can book in advance Rover Bus pick from GNTP. For wine tours, contact Melissa of Grape Experience Tours.

Little Valley Farm has been featured on the ABC Newcastle and Hunter Coastal Lifestyle magazine and best of all, it's a unique 'glamping' experience in Wollombi Valley.


GUEST ACCESS
Road access is by standard 2WD & 4WD but you will need detailed directions. Our road is not suitable for motorbikes or minivans. Our neighbour's kids ride their horses on our road so keep an eye out for them. Our road is a dirt track road with potholes and surrounded by thick bush. It is steep but only in a small section. It looks rough but any standard 2WD car can get up it. Low cars need to go very slow.

We have limited wi-fi (unreliable) and there is no mobile reception in Laguna, which is a great excuse to unwind from it all - get your digital detox here. If you pop up to the house we can sort out the wi-fi and we have a fixed landline phone.


INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
We are here for your arrival & departure and to show you around. I will give you a quick tour of our off-grid farm. You will see us during the day attending to our farm chores.

PLEASE NOTE
- We are off-grid & we love it! So no toasters, hairdryers, dishwashers etc..
- The Train has limited 12v lighting. 240v access is possible. Camping style!
- Rainwater is harvested for the house, livestock & the produce we grow. 
- Please shut all gates to protect our livestock.
- Drive slow down our 1k driveway: look out for wombats, roo's, lyrebirds & goanna's.
- We are a working farm so you will see us.
- Pack an esky so you can enjoy brekkie or lunch on the train deck. 
- The train is not insulated so cold in winter and can be hot in summer, so be prepared for the weather elements.
- Our alpacas are friendly and love guests, we feed them in the late afternoon and you can get involved and take a lot of photos.


HOUSE RULES
- No parties or events.
- Not safe or suitable for children or dogs.
- No feeding the livestock and keep gates closed.
- Driveway good for 4x4 & standard 2 wheel drive (not suitable for motorbikes).
- No children, No pets, No smokers.
- No evening bonfires unless we have the relevant fire permits in place.
- For first time visitors best to arrive before dark to ensure you find our place as without mobile coverage it can be difficult. Your digital detox starts here.
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Prices

  • Base Price $155 / night
  • Weekend Price $169 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $59
  • Extra People $49 (adult) and $0 (child) / night after 2 people

Adventures on the Property

These are the exclusive natural wonders and outdoor activities within the property boundaries.

Feeding The Alpacas

Discovered by Charlotte
An amazing experience I will never forget. There's nothing quite like getting up close and personal with some of the most cutest animals in the world. Not only would they feed right out of my hand, they even came up to the bath.

I don't think many people could say that they feed Alpacas while having a bath. A surreal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will treasure forever.
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Plant A Tree

Discovered by Charlotte
At the Farm, they encourage each visitor to plant a tree. This was a great way to help contribute to our Mother Earth. We planted five eucalyptus trees that had all come from seeds being blown into the shed guttering and potted for planting. We felt proud to put our name to these bad boys and with rain on the forecast for the next couple of days our chances of seeing them big and strong when we return was high. An amazing way to support a carbon-neutral off-grid farm....

Exploring In Nature

Discovered by Charlotte
It felt like we were staying in our own private wildlife park. Every corner in the property there was a new animal or creature to be discovered. We found Wallaroos, Guana, Wombat and Kingfisher birds just to name a few...

Yoga With The Alpacas

Discovered by Charlotte
The train offers many games and activities, they have two yoga mats on board which I certainly took advantage of.

There are only sounds are nature which made the perfect background music to go with the picturesque scene.
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Outdoor Bath With A View

Discovered by Charlotte
Outdoor baths, with a view, a pink bath bomb have become one of my favourite most relaxing self care practises. Nothing can compare...

Exploring The Bushland

Discovered by Charlotte
The property is huge and there is so much pretty nature to explore. Take your walking shoes and prepared to be amazed....

Fresh Local Produce

Discovered by Charlotte
Collecting fresh farm eggs and in season tomatoes on our door step, made breakfast a real delicious treat. Could definitely get used to this life....

Life At An Alpaca Farm

We are a working farm so you will see us moving about the paddocks or working with the alpaca's. You can get involved in as little or a much as you like. Our farm is secluded and great for a digital-detox plus its a great escape from all the touristy-attractions....

Outdoor Equipment Provided

Enjoy the outdoors with the following equipment included in your stay.

Yoga mat (2)
You can hire your gravel bikes from HUNTER VALLEY BICYCLE COMPANY in Cessnock. Visit their website, order the bikes and they will deliver here before your arrival. The price for this is on their website....

Location

The map shows the listing location and awesome adventures nearby.

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Adventures Nearby

Here are some details about the adventures nearby. Refer to the map for their location.

Visit Wollombi Tavern

Discovered by Charlotte
We enjoyed a nice cold beer with locals at the good old fashioned hospitality in the historic colonial village of Wollombi....

Bushwalking In The Wollombi Valley

The Wollombi Valley is a great base for short bush walks or long treks in the Hunter Valley. Bordered by Yengo National Park, State Forests of the Watagan Mountains, and Watagans National Park, a range of walks are available. Topographical maps are available at Wollombi Real Estate. Wildwalks is a free online bushwalking and camping guide for NSW – they detail many walks in surrounding State Forests and National Parks, such as Heaton State Forest, Olney State Forest, Watagan State Forest, and Watagans National Park. Some of the ancient aboriginal sites still visible and accessible can only be accessed by foot. These bush walks are a short drive from our farm....

Gravel Bike Riding Book In Your Bike Hire At Hvbr

Laguna is now the home to the annual October Gravel Grit Laguna & that's pretty special. Hire a gravel bike from the HUNTER VALLEY BICYCLE RENTAL. Find them on google so you can enjoy our tracks up at Mount Yengo, Finchley Track and Watagan Creek. Ph:02 4909 8492...

Yengo National Park

Take in the spectacular views, immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed wilderness, and visit Aboriginal cultural heritage sites at Yengo National Park. Covering one million hectares, it was included in the World Heritage list in December 2000 for its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values. There are more than 90 different eucalyptus species found here - some 13 per cent of all eucalyptus species in the world....

Host

Daniela
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We moved to the farm in 2012 to breed huacaya and suri alpacas. Before that we lived in Asia and Europe for nearly 15 years. Daniela was editor and marketing manager for luxury shopping and dining guide, LUXE City Guides, Hong Kong and Singapore as well an as online shopping portal in Singapore before moving back to Australia. We now spend our time breeding alpacas, training new alpaca owners and working with the alpaca fleece as well as showcasing our off-grid farmstay to guests. Our little farm has a 1950's Train carriage, the famous Sydney Red Rattler plus our petite handmade Shepherd's Hut. Rustic farm stay 'glamping' style: Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed. Its nothing like a hotel, your room does open up to a beautiful landscape instead of a lobby. Little Valley Farm now accommodates 4 adults on our unique farm stay. Get off-grid and enjoy the digital detox that is uniquely Little Valley Farm.
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Reviews (8)

100% Recommended

Anna

29 Mar 2020
This lovely off the grid Train Carriage stay was nothing short of amazing. Two nights was not long enough, we could have forgotten about the outside world for a lot longer. There were four paddocks of gorgeous Alpacas to feed, chickens and the whistles of lovely birds.

The Train Carriage had all the essentials needed for your getaway - hammock included. We hope to be back, especially when the little ones are born! Thank you, thank you!
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Carolyn

20 Mar 2020
Wow! What an amazing place!
Daniela and Ewan are just the perfect hosts too, so welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The train carriage is one of the coolest set ups we have been to, we absolutely loved it.
We had the best time just relaxing on the deck reading and watching the guinea fowls chase each other around and then in the evening watching the epic sunset with a glass of wine.
The alpacas are the cutest and feeding them was just the best ever. Daniela took some excellent photos for us feeding the alpacas, thank you so much!
Pizzas cooked in the pizza oven were delicious and fun to make.
We had such a great time that we will definitely return in the near future.
Thank you again Daniela and Ewan for an unforgettable experience.
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Hannah

16 Mar 2020
We had a lovely time staying at Little Valley Farm with our hosts Daniela and Euan. They made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived and provided us with lots of useful information about the train and the area. The train was a really fun and unique getaway on such a beautiful property. We really enjoyed staying here and hanging out with the alpacas and the other animals on the farm. Would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone and we look forward to coming back again someday (hopefully soon)...

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