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Horse heaven at Eden Farm Escape

Bilpin, NSW

Shevonne Hunt and her family don their gumboots for an animal-filled weekend getaway at Eden Farm Escape in Bilpin.

When you arrive at Eden Farm Escape in Bilpin you feel like you’re stepping into a fairy tale. The double garage doors swing open to reveal a road that winds through green, gently sloping white-fenced fields.

As a city girl, with city children, there’s nothing I love more than a farm-stay. It lightens my heart to see my kids run with abandon on grass. And the Eden Farm Escape has only five self-contained cabins nestled at the back of 90 acres, which means you don’t need to check for cars every five minutes as your children whiz about the property.

Like most farm-stays there are animals to visit. And most of these animals have a story to tell. There’s Sir Russell Pigsley the III – originally a piglet rescued by the RSPCA, he’s now a giant pig who loves to munch down on grapes. The three toy donkeys – Shrek, Fiona and (of course) Donkey are all very happy for a pat and a feed. Then there are goats and a llama. The main attraction of this farm stay, however, is the horses.

Eden Farm Escape

Eden Farm Stay

Equine Therapy at Eden Farm Stay

Owners Michael Cthurmer and Deborah Goodman (founders of The Grumpy Baker bakeries in Sydney) bought the farm stay after their son (who has Oppositional Defiance Disorder) responded well to equine therapy. His first horse, Beau, is one of the horses that children can pat and feed.

Guests can engage a registered counsellor and equine therapist for a session, or if you’re not needing specialist therapy – horse riding, horse petting and horse feeding are all on hand.

Eden Farm Stay

Beau’s companions in the field are Tinkerbell, Dash and Elvis – each horse about the size of my five-year-old son. My son was rather taken with Dash, and I’m not sure whether it was because he was exceedingly cute, or just very approachable because he is so small.

Some of the horses that have come to Eden Farm Escape have been rescued from unhappy places (Elvis only has one eye because of mistreatment) though they have definitely landed on their hooves here. Farm manager Bernadette talks about the horses like they are family and looks after them with great care.

Eden Farm Stay

A Farm for families

In fact, everything about this farm has a family feel. Mike and Deborah may have been inspired to make it a public space after the experience with their son, but it appears they have learnt to be animal-lovers themselves in the process. As Mike took us around to visit the animals, there was genuine warmth and pride as he introduces each to his guests. The cabins are lovely snug, self-contained cocoons. Dogs are also welcome, though you want to make sure they don’t run into the fields with the horses.

The cabins are lovely snug, self-contained cocoons. Dogs are also welcome, though you want to make sure they don’t run into the fields with the horses.

If you have a child that can walk, your family will love Eden Farm Escape. Apart from plenty of room to run around and explore (the farm backs onto the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park) there are a host of animals smaller children can enjoy, and then there are the horses for older children.

There are plans to introduce a chicken run so that guests can collect their own eggs.

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Out and about in Bilpin

If you’d like to venture outside the farm, Bilpin has a number of places you can go fruit picking, and the nearby Tutti Frutti café has wonderful soft ice cream made with real berries. The local Archibald pub offers decent pub meals with a standard kids’ menu and good meals for adults.

Our family had a lovely time at the farm and considering it didn’t stop raining all weekend that’s saying something. We got our gumboots on and traipsed around the farm, and we still got to feed and pat the animals.

If you’re looking for a short weekend stay with lots to do close at hand, the Eden Farm Escape has lots to do, looks beautiful and is filled with charm.

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Shevonne Hunt is a presenter, journalist, producer, and mum of two. You’ll find her on the radio every weekday presenting her show Kinderling Conversation on Kinderling Kids Radio. When she’s not on air speaking about parenting, she’s writing about parenting, or being a parent. But that doesn’t make her an expert. She’s just muddling through like the rest of us.

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