Pump Hill Farm Cottages

If you are looking for a very family friendly break away where the kids can be outside getting lots of fresh air, tiring themselves out and getting to know some friendly farm animals then look no further than Pump Hill Farm Cottages in Pemberton!

Pump Hill Farm Cottages is aimed at the family market.  It is located only a few minutes from Pemberton town centre but has a lovely sense of seclusion as it is next to a beautiful Karri forest overlooking a valley.

The site itself is very safe and peaceful with lawned areas offering plenty of space for children to run around and experience a sense of freedom which is pretty rare nowadays. There is also an excellent playground catering for all age groups with swings, a climbing frame and a sandy area with buckets and spades provided so the little ones can dig away to their heart’s content for hours!Pump Hill Farm CottagesBut, perhaps the main draw and delight for the children are the very friendly farm animals who love lots of fuss and attention. The animals are very used to people and will often come up to the wooden fences around the cottages for a nosey.
Pump Hill Farm Cottages

Each morning starting at 8.30am there is a hayride around the farm stay for children and parents (great to alternate who takes them so that you can get a lay in!!). This starts with feeding the donkeys, before hopping on to the tractor trailer for a ride to the field to feed the cows, the kids can get up close and feed them hay while still being safely on the trailer. 

The trailer then delivers the little farmers to the sheep and goats who are eagerly awaiting their breakfast, as are the ducks who come running from the fields in a long line up to the children who each have a pot of food for them to feed from. Last but not least it’s the turn of the chickens and the children can go in to the chicken house to collect a fresh egg for their breakfast.Pump Hill Farm Cottages

As for the accommodation, the cottages are traditional mudbrick and rammed earth with views either across the valley or over the paddocks onto the floodlit karri forest.

Pump Hill Farm Cottages

They are of differing sizes and configurations to suit varying family/groups, and if a group of you go down and are staying in separate cottages, then you can book neighbouring cottages. The cottages are all fully self-contained (and spotlessly clean) with full cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, BBQ, LCD TV and DVD player.

Children’s crockery and cutlery are provided as are children’s toilet seats and a step. Waterproof sheets are supplied in each cottage along with a fireguard. Highchairs, baby baths, cots with linen and bedrails are available on request, and there are also board games and books available for loan from reception. 

If you head down in the winter months, you can get all snug and warm after a day out and about with the wood burning stove! There is also a guest laundry and Wi-Fi hotspot.Pump Hill Farm CottagesPemberton itself is a mill town and still has a working timber mill. There are many places to eat on the main road in the town, namely the Mill House cafe, the Shamrock restaurant (perfect for steak and Marron), Fizz cafe (I’m told they do great fish & chips) and the pub also serves food. At lunch time there is a cafe/deli called Holysmoke that does great sandwiches as does the local bakery. Evenings can be spent at Sadie’s restaurant at the Gloucester Motel, and they are child friendly. 

There is plenty to do locally, but it is also a great base for day trips to places such as Augusta, Margaret River, Busselton, Walpole (tree top walk) and Bridgetown. You can get information about what to do in the area from the tourist office or Pemberton Discovery Centre both of which are located on the main road through the town, but a few suggestions are:

•Forest walks, including around Pump Hill Farm Cottages
•Tram ride
•The cascades which in the wetter months look fab with all the running water – the kids love going across the rope bridge on the walk around!
•Big Brook Dam is a fantastic spot for a picnic, play in the sand, a swim in summer, and there is a sealed path all the way around for a great walk.
•Bug and Frogs Tour – see Pemberton Discovery Centre
•4WD tour across the dunes to the ocean which I’ve done several times and really enjoyed – see Pemberton Discovery Centre
•There are the three trees to climb (or just look at and watch others doing the hard work) – The Gloucester Tree, TheBicentennial Tree and the Diamond TreePump Hill Farm Cottages

•Donnelly River Cruises

•And one more for the adults is the wineries. Pemberton has some great wines, and many lovely wineries are family friendly and offer a lunch menu. Lost Lake is perfect for tastings, Silkwood for tastings and food (nice outlook and grassed area for the children to play) and Hidden River for food and a playground for the children.

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