About the property
- Farmhouse979 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
Peace and quiet in a beautiful rural setting
In our family for 4 generations, the homestead 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 (25 squares) - there are beds for 12, extra room for 3 couples in our brand new eco-house, and even a lawn for camping if your group's a bit 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.
There may not be many recent reviews for Galwiji on stayz.com.au as we source our bookings from a number of different websites, including our own. However, every review left for Galwiji is mimiced on a site you may know that has the words 'trip' and 'advisor' in its name :)
We guarantee to beat any price you will find on any internet site by 5% if you come directly to us via our own site (which can be found by putting our name, Galwiji Homestead, into any internet search engine).
8 minutes' drive to shops, 15 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 20 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 :)
There's ample parking. Internet is available for a small charge, 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 the Telstra and Optus' networks and improving all the time on Vodafone.
Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the twittering of birds. The farm is home to various animals from time to time, and if they're about, you may be able to go and greet them (they've had plenty of human contact).
The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear. We had an ornithologist visit, and he was able to catalogue 40 species!
If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-rebuilt 1899 piano and a nylon-string guitar.
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), an outdoor quiz, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing and a 200 acre tree farm (a.k.a. a forest!), not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.
The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite (with an additional single sofa bed), 2 other queen bedrooms, another bedroom with 2 single beds and a set of bunks (two single beds, one above the other), another bedroom with a king single bed, all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge / dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly accessibly 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 sofa bed sleeping for 3 (1 x single and 1 x queen), table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large slow-combustion wood heater.
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, large fridge, urn, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, electric mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ and 4 burner gas barbecue on our brand new extended BBQ deck provide an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire. There is a separate 2 burner BBQ if you really need to get some quick tucker going.
There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, and a radio, as well as important appliances such as a front-loading washing machine, an ironing board and a hair dryer in each of the 3 bathrooms. The games room has a second smaller wall-mounted flat screen TV with DVD player.
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 200+ acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels, our hot water is generated by a very efficient heat pump and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline, and some freestanding drying racks. 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, Malcolm and Angus are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are fluent in German and French and Angus dabbles in German.
The property is non-smoking (fire danger). Sorry, 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!
Linen is not included in our tariff. You can bring your own linen (at a minimum each bed requires a flat sheet, fitted sheet and a pillow case) or alternatively, at a cost of $25/person, we are more than happy to provide it.
P.S. The site is handicap accessible (the house and grounds are fairly flat, with 'made' pathways and we have a designated accessible entrance and bathroom). We've had several groups of wheelchair-bound guests enjoy the facilities.
P.P.S. For the full terms and conditions of a stay, look up the terms and conditions tab on our website (which you can find by putting our property name into any internet search engine)
P.P.P.S. We've just recorded a 2 minute video tour of Galwiji. Look us up on you tube :)
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
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We absolutely loved Galwiji! A very spacious, cosy homestead with a real homely feel. It was equipped with everything you would desire including jackets and footware for the outdoors. Malcolm was the perfect host - prompt with communication and very informative.
Dear Kathy, we're so glad that you had such a successful stay with your group attending the Victorian Teachers' Games, and that you chose Galwiji to for your accommodation. Hopefully you can make Galwiji a part of your visit next year! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Home Sweet Home
What a beautiful old farmhouse! Full of history and charm. Comfy beds for that much needed good nights sleep. Everything about the place was warm and inviting - including our Hosts
Will definitely be returning.
Dear Karen, an absolute pleasure to have you and your leadership team come to Galwiji. It will be a pleasure to have you any time again! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Great getaway for a weekend. .
Paul, we loved having you and your family and friends stay at Galwiji. Thanks for leaving us a review. Hopefully you can join us again soon, and thanks for being such a quick and efficient communicator! :) Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Comfortable and spacious
Property was very accessible and easy to find. Our group of 15 family members were comfortably accommodated. Indoor games area and outdoor space were perfect for the young children. A lovely, quiet environment. Little town of Buninyong is nearby and handy for getting provisions.
Dear Brian, thank you for such a lovely review. We are delighted that we were able to accommodate your wife and her wheelchair. A lot of time and effort has gone into making Galwiji wheelchair accessible, so it's really satisfying to know that it met your needs. Kind Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Great Weekend Place for our Youth Camp
We stayed at Galwiji with our Youth Group for a weekend in May. I was a spacious, cozy and warm house. There was enough beds for all the kids plus having multiple bathrooms made shower time a breeze! We loved having the wood fires and games room! Would definitely recommend Galwiji if you are after a peaceful and relaxing break!
Dear Amy & Simon, you guys are fantastic. To volunteer to come away with your youth group on a camp, that's true love! And to be prepared to do it again in 2017 - even better. So glad you enjoyed the first of what will hopefully be heaps of visits. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
Excellent place for a group to stay.
Galwiji was a wonderful base for our visit to Ballarat with relatives from Germany.
Quiet, pleasant surroundings, well-appointed accommodation with plenty of space for seven adults.
Would be more than happy to stay here again.
Eleanor and Detlev, it was a pleasure to have you and your German relies to stay (es war uns ein Vergnugen :) And well done for having a long-enough stay to be able to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Please come again soon. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.