Highfield Forest Retreat, Kauri Coast
Highfield Forest Retreat
Highfield Forest Retreat is set on the lush Kauri Coast, 25 minutes from the Northland town of Dargaville and 2.5 hours from Auckland.
The campsite is set in a dappled glade, in mature native forest on the edge of Highfield Farm. A large, luxury tent is accompanied by a delightful old kauri hut - providing a charming kitchen, dining and lounging area. A boardwalk through the tall native bush connects the two. A short walk away from the site sits a private outdoor bath in a rocky grotto, nestled amongst the bush and fern covered ground.
Highfield Forest Retreat is truly unique and romantic couples accommodation. But its flexible bed arrangement makes it perfect for a family, or two couples holidaying together.
Surrounded by nature, you'll see native birds like tomtits, tui, grey warbler and native pigeon dart about the campsite in the early evening. A pretty stream meanders through the bush near by. At night you'll hear the sound of water trickling over the rocks and the morepork calling from the treetops and if you're really lucky, the kiwi calling from the bush.
So just do it! Unplug from technology and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of New Zealand native forest. Reconnect over a board game, explore the nearby rocky stream, wander the many bush tracks - or simply lie back in the steaming hot outdoor bath, and gaze through the canopy of trees to the sparkling night sky above.
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Highfield Forest Retreat, Kauri Coast
The campsite at Highfield Forest Retreat is set in a dappled glade, in mature native forest on the edge of Highfield Farm. The site features a luxury tent, beautiful kauri hut and an outdoor bath in a rocky grotto, nestled amongst the bush and fern covered ground. Just 2.5 hours from Auckland, it makes a great weekend glamping escape.
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Check Availability and Book - Highfield Forest Retreat, Kauri Coast
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Highfield Forest Retreat has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, and one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main January holiday period. There is a one night stay surcharge of $30. If you only want one midweek night, please select this option during the booking process.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIODS
Highfield Forest Retreat has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, but does allow stays of one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main holiday period (20 December - 31 January), with a single night surcharge of $30. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Where there is a single night gap between bookings during the peak holiday period (20 December - 31 January), it may be possible to book that single night with a single night surcharge of $30. Please email us with your date request if you'd like this option.
Peak (1 November to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for the peak period is $260 for up to two people.
Extra people are $10 per extra child (under 16) and $30 per extra adult, up to a total of four people.
Midweek one night stays are allowed outside of the main holiday period (20 Dec - 31 Jan) and have a single night surcharge of $30.
Off-Peak (1 May to 31 October):
The standard nightly rate for the off-peak period is $220 for up to two people.
Extra people are $10 per extra child (under 16) and $30 per extra adult, up to a total of four people.
Midweek one night stays have a single night surcharge of $30.
Breakfast Hamper - $20 per person
Make life easier (especially if you're only staying one night) by ordering a breakfast hamper. Includes:
- Fresh whole farm milk & UHT milk
- Plunger Coffee/ English Breakfast & Earl Grey tea
- Hubbards muesli and stewed fruit
- Bacon, eggs, tomato and hashbrowns
- Ciabatta bread rolls (great toasted)
- Butter, honey and jam
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Highfield Forest Retreat or any Canopy Camping Escapes glamping site. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
The campsite is a short drive into the property through a combination locked gate on Baker Road and occasionally electric tape gates. Please close them when you have passed through. Car parking right at the site. You're welcome go to and from the property as much as you like to explore the local area.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is after 3pm.
Check-out is by 12pm on the day of departure.
The campsite at Highfield Forest Retreat consists of a luxury tent, a kauri hut and separate shower and toilet hut - all a few metres apart and connected by board walks through the bush. The campsite is completely off-the-grid, but has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay. LPG bottles and a gas califont provide hot water, and battery power provides lighting.
- The camp kitchen and dining area are inside the fully enclosed kauri hut. There is a double ring gas hob available for cooking and hot water for dishes.
- A large gas BBQ is provided.
- An antique ice chest is provided in the camp kitchen for cool food storage, but it's a good idea to also bring a chilli-bin.
- The campsite has a hot water shower and flushing toilet.
- Heating is provided in the tent via a flued gas heater and a wood-burner is provided in the kauri hut to use during cooler weather.
- An outdoor bath grotto with running hot water is nestled into the bush.
- There is no mobile phone reception at Highfield Forest Retreat, but if you need to use your mobile phone during your stay, you can travel a short distance back down Baker Road (at the entrance to Highfield Farm) and you'll be able to get reception.
TENT SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
Highfield Forest Retreat can sleep a total of 4 people. The luxury tent sleeps up to 4 people (2 children and 2 adults), with a queen bed and a double cane sofa bed. The kauri cabin has a fold down double sofa bed.
100% Egyptian cotton linen, feather duvets and towels are supplied.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink - make sure you bring all the food and drink you need for your stay
- Walking shoes or boots - if you'd like to go for a walk on the property
- Warm clothes - it can be chilly in the mornings and at night. A warm jersey and long pants are a must.
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen - a must have!
- Towels for swimming - bring some spare beach towels for taking off the property to swim.
It’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your campsite welcome guide. These terms and guidelines include:
- Visitors to the property stay at their own risk. This is a working dairy farm and has machinery and tools that may cause injury.
- Leave gates as you find them and avoid electric fences.
- Animals are unpredicatable - best to avoid them.
- Supervise young children carefully. There is a fast flowing stream on the property and a shallow, rocky stream closer to the campsite to be aware of. There are also other specific water hazards for young children, such as troughs.
- For your own safety please do not touch any farm machinery, and do not enter any other buildings on the property.
Highfield Forest Retreat is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.
Travel north up SH12 for 33km until you get to the Kaihu Tavern (on your left). Turn right opposite the tavern onto Kaihu Wood Road, then over the bridge and past the hall. Then turn left onto Baker Road. Follow Baker Road until you reach a gate which requires a combination to open (this will be supplied to you in your pre-stay information that we send 4 days from your arrival). Proceed for 1km following the signs to the campsite.
From Waipoua Forest:
Head south on SH12 until you get to Kaihu Tavern and turn left onto Baker Road following the directions above.
Eating and Drinking
Highfield Forest Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
The nearest shop selling necessities is Kaihu Motors - an 8 minute drive away. There is a Countdown Supermarket in Dargaville, 25 minutes drive away.
Kaihu Tavern, just 5 minutes away is a great place to have a meal if you want a night off cooking!
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY...
- Soak in the outdoor bath
- Enjoy a peaceful meander through the bush and up the rocky stream
- Battle it out over a board game
- Walk through the farm, take in the views and enjoy the river.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Collect mussels at the Bluff at low tide or go fishing off beach
- Visit Trounson Kauri Park to take in the magnificent kauri trees - walk night and day
- Visit the Kai Iwi lakes, and go trout fishing (in season)
- Check out Nelson's Kauri Shop and Mill at Kaihu
- Enjoy a delicious meal out at Kaihu Tavern
Tracy and Simon Hayward are the owners and farmers of Highfield Dairy Farm. They will be your hosts during your stay.
Tracy, Simon and their 5 children bought Highfield Farm in 2004. It's a dairy farm, milking 160 cows, and covering 90 hectares of farmland. A further 70 bush covered hectares of the property was put into QEII protection by Tracy and Simon, along with a section of land on either side of the main river that runs through the property. Highfield Forest Retreat is nestled in a part of the QEII protected bush section of the farm.
With the combined effort of Hancocks Forestry, Northern Regional Council and DOC, Tracy and Simon have been trapping pests on their QEII block and up the valley. Through kiwi listening they have established that they now have a moderate population of kiwi - which they look forward to seeing grow annually.
Tracy and Simon want to share their unique and beautiful forest with others, and felt there was no better way than to stay within it. In March 2015 they made their first steps toward their vision with the purchase of a 100+year old kauri hut, then developing the site through the winter to open in December that year.
Their next challenge is to develop a walking track from the campsite to a giant Totara - where a track then follows the river back to the farm.
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.75% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at Highfield Forest Retreat. We publish these comments verbatim.
"My husband and I decided to try canopy camping for our anniversary with our 9 month old baby. We were bit worried however we were so appreciated that they prepared us a portable bed for our baby. Also environment is extremely clean and fresh."
(5 July 2017)
"Amazing experience. Highly recommend!"
(3 July 2017)
"The forest retreat was an amazing getaway. So many activities and new places to explore within a short drive made the weekend really enjoyable. The farmland was extremely well maintained and the outside fire pit and bathtub in the forest were definitely highlights. Would love to go back some day."
Jake (20 June 2017)
Highfield was a luxuriously humble retreat and an amazing experience (hopefully not one in a lifetime as my partner and I will definitely be back!)"
Paige Williams (18 May 2017)
"We had such a great time. The location was perfect - so isolated, yet so easy to get to and so quiet!! Really enjoyed the outdoor bath and the old Kauri hut, and the tent was just beautiful. Would definitely recommend it for others looking for a retreat."
Sarah Lovatt (27 April 2017)
"We absolutely fell in love with Highfield Forest Retreat. Not even the torrential rain could dampen the mood there. It's gloriously secluded and being surrounded by the buzzing forest is just magical. We could not recommend this experience more."
Clare and Brook (17 March 2017)
"What a special place. A great relaxing 3 days to spend away with the kids. We loved the privacy, the ability to wander the forest and the farm. Kids loved spotting rabbits, picking blackberries and listening to the call of the kiwis and moreporks. We loved our stay, thank you."
Stuart McKenzie (19 February 2017)
"Definitely give this a go! It blew our expectations away and was incredible - the photos do not do it justice."
Sam Couper (12 February 2017)
"We absolutely loved our stay at Highfield forest retreat a few days after our wedding. It was the most beautiful little piece of paradise, and an awesome place to unwind with just the two of us. We will definitely be back someday ☺"
(21 January 2017)
"Me and my partner had the best time staying at Highfield for my 21st birthday. The site was located alongside beautiful farmland which you can explore! The place itself is nicely tucked away in the amazing Kauri Forest with everything you would want. The tent is super cosy the kitchen and lounge are great to relax in too. Other places are also super close by and easy to get to like the Kai Iwi Lakes and Baylys Beach. I would definitely recommend staying here! Thanks so much for having us!!"
(16 January 2016)
"Absolutely loved staying here! The outdoor bath was incredible, and watching the sunset over the mountains was beautiful. Great facilities here, had everything we needed for our stay. Would love to stay again."
(13 January 2017)
"If you're looking for time to relax Highfield Forest Retreat is the place for you. The boardwalk between tent, cabin, shower and toliet was great. The outdoor bath was bliss especially listening to the moreporks in the evening. During the day you can visit Tane Mahuta and the Kai Iwi Lakes."
(5 January 2017)
"If you want a totally peaceful and romantic escape this is for you!"
(3 January 2017)
"Highfield is just such a great experience if you want to be private but still have interesting places to drive to in the nearby area. The forest has an ethereal quality and is great to explore with rivers and small lakes. At night the moreporks call constantly, the kiwis whistle and the possums cough now and again. The nearby fields are great to explore. We were fascinated with the huge mounds of boulders everywhere and tbere is a sizeable river running through which I am sure is swimmable. On top of all that we walked the 4 kms to the local historical pub for a beer and took a drive to the nearby Kai Iwi lakes for a swim. It is advisable to take a warm jumper because it can get chilly under the trees, however, the outside bath warms you up rapidly. Just a great get away."
Penelope Read (28 December 2016)
"Real cute experience to have either with a special someone or with family/friends!"
Kenzi (9 December 2016)
"Awesome experience out in the forest. Would recommend it to anybody who loves the camping lifestyle."
(29 November 2016)
"Fantastic weekend, wonderful accommodation and beautiful native bush. Highly recommended."
Janine Stockley-Nygren (15 November 2016)
"It was a week- late birthday celebration for our daughter and we had a really good family time! The simple and clean facility was warmly welcoming us, making our cooking time super easy. We spent a precious evening with laughter, card games and candle lights, without any digital entertainment! Thanks to Tracy, Simon, and the kind lady at the local gas station."
Hiroshi, Yuko & Sora (4 November 2016)
"100% recommend, doesn't feel like you're camping at all!"
Jenelle Thomson (2 November 2016)
"We had a great time with no phones or TV, just enjoying some quality time together. To anyone questioning whether it is appropriate for children, we took our three year old and she LOVED getting to sleep in the tent. She had a ball being on a 'venture, and getting to have a bath with fairy lights and candles in the bush just topped it all off! If you want to try something a little bit different then this is totally the place to choose."
Juanita (30 October 2016)
"Spent 3 days here over Labour Weekend - turned out to be the best weekend of my life. Amazing surroundings, the bed is the best you will ever sleep in and staring at the forest from the outdoor bath is a truly special experience. Can't wait to come back!"
James Mather (26 October 2016)
"Amazing weekend getaway. Set in the forest this experience is truly relaxing in amongst the forest and allows you to experience nature at your doorstep."
(18 October 2016)
"Highfield was the perfect little getaway from the city. When we pulled up into the driveway in the late afternoon, four big brown bunnies were hopping alongside the car and we knew we were in for a treat. We spent our time enjoying the fresh air, reading, soaking in the outdoor bath, creating cosy meals, listening to the birds and loved every minute of being out here. The tent is spacious and the bed is so comfortable! A great wee trip that I won't be forgetting anytime soon."
Sophie Chan Andreassend (14 October 2016)
"Great experience for the whole family. An opportunity to disconnect from outside and reconnect together. Plenty to explore and a truely different experience for both young and old family members."
Shauna Thorburn (11 October 2016)
"Remote, relaxed, revived. Even my 15 year old daughter was able to give up her Internet and enjoy herself!"
Janine (3 October 2016)
"The getaway at Highfield Forest Retreat is the fresh start any city dweller needs! It was so blissful being surrounded by native birds and a kauri forest while you relax and unwind. Such a memorable stay, loved how quaint it was and Tracy and Simon were absolute gems. Will be making this an annual occasion!"
(13 September 2016)
"Must try, this was one place I would keep going back to for the rest of my days - hard to describe with words I'd suggest booking and going and just submerging yourself in the beautiful nature all around you. 12/10"
Nicholas (16 August 2016)
"Highfield forest retreat is the ultimate getaway, the kauri cabin is so cosy and warm and the sound of the birds at night was amazing- a wonderful relaxing experience that allowed for some quality time with friends."
(3 August 2016)
"We loved our time at Highfield Forest. From the moment we drove up the driveway and saw the fairy-lit tent and Kauri Hut we felt at peace. The site was so well prepared and we enjoyed the little treats left behind by our hosts. Walks nearby gave us plenty to do without feeling the need to reach for our phones. It was a great time to slow down and relax. To top if off the outdoor bath under the trees at the end of the day was a perfect way to spend a winter's night. Thank you!"
Joshua Burrowes (19 July 2016)
"We stayed at Highfield Retreat for the weekend of our 5th wedding anniversary. Was in the middle of winter and rainy weather but the camp was very cosy. So fantastic to be isolated in the bush and to hear kiwi calling at night. Great activities around the area."
(12 July 2016)
"It was a good, quiet escape from the busy life in the city."
(8 June 2016)
"My partner took me here for my birthday and it was the most peaceful experience, so private couldn't see anyone or any thing but beautiful forest, birds and rabbits. Would highly recommended and will definitely be coming back!"
Jared and Rose Haughey (29 May 2016)
"It's such a lovely experience to lie under the stars, hot drink in hand, whilst being serenaded by the songs of several native birds. A beautiful escape!"
Kelly (24 May 2016)
"A novel and great escape from the hustle of the City and plenty to do in the area. Very Enjoyable."
Peter Neeve (3 May 2016)
"Lovely and peaceful setting with all the necessities. Such a nice spot to get away from the hustle of the city."
Rachel Bray (24 April 2016)
"What a fantastic memorable experience. We'll be back!"
Craig Carpenter (31 March 2016)
"Highfield Forest Retreat is magical. Remote and romantic with the luxury of a gorgeous bed, hot water and a stunning outdoor bath nestled amongst rocks, it has to be seen to be believed. Highly recommend."
Sarah Bell (22 March 2016)
"It's a fairy book like setting in the bush. There is everything you need there to just enjoy the peaceful relaxing setting. I was impressed in the absence of creepy crawlies as well! The outdoor bath is pure bliss. Make sure you take a moment to take in the stars at night as well."
Stephanie Pritchett (18 March 2016)
"Highfield Forest Retreat is an exquisite piece of paradise...It's a world away from reality with just enough touches of 5 star comfort and history in its design to make you step back and feel at peace. The natural atmosphere of the forest and the noises of nature insist that you step back from your chaotic world and just "stop" not rush and "do". Relax in the bath in the candle light. Drink your coffee down the drive in the paddock looking out across the hills. Marvell at the history of the buildings and the fridge and cooking over stove. Relax into a bed fit for royalty.....sit under the stars...whats not to like....we'll be back, there is no question about that. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us."
Joanna Brunton (8 March 2016)
"We had a fantastic óff the grid' family holiday together with our little girls - who thought it was such a wonderful adventure. Highfield Retreat has been set-up so well - with separate sleeping tent, indoor living area, and different outdoor spaces. Great place to explore the Kauri Coast...or just relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside and native forest."
Lee (3 March 2016)
"A wonderful relaxing weekend in the native bush."
Tom (23 February 2016)
"A truly memorable experience!! The most beautiful location and every small thought out detail made the whole experience that much more amazing!! Would definitely recommend to all!"
Claire Harvey (16 February 2016)
"Give it a go! It is a great experience."
(14 February 2016)
"Divine private site with everything you need. Highly recommend for everyone. Our hosts surprised us with daily farm treats. The hut was perfect and the outdoor bath was a real luxury. The beautiful bush song changed through out the day and the sound of Morepork through the night. Can't wait to re-book."
Sherelle Kennelly (10 February 2016)
"Excellent decision to go glamping in the Highfield forest retreat.. it's a must do for people who are afraid or not sure of camping..Highly recommended!!!"
Prashant (5 February 2016)
"I felt very relaxed. it was like being in a paradise. felt very connected with nature, the tub in the middle of the forrest is just what i need! .. quiet and the whole experience was amazing. Glamorous camping indeed!"
Karen (3 February 2016)
"If you're thinking of spending two nights here, it won't be enough! The outdoor bath is divine and the little touches added by Tracy and Simon really helped us to relax during our stay! We will definitely be back to this slice of heaven!"
(31 January 2016)
"I'm no camper but I loved this gorgeous place! So serene, private and beautiful. It is located such a short drive from Auckland but feels worlds away with the most stunning places to see close by. So well thought out and special. The gorgeous little outbuildings are so well thought about. Lots of handy things that are so often forgotten about - even in hotels!! Shelving in the shower room to put all of your toiletries etc, hooks for your towels. Wonderful. The hosts are so lovely with Tracey checking in to see if there is anything you need but certainly not intrusive. There was fresh milk, eggs and even home grown cucumber waiting for us! We'll be back!"
Cheryl Marston (19 January 2016)
"A great opportunity to spend peaceful, quality time with family without the distractions of phones, tablets, and whatever else. And a nice balance for those wanting to camp like me and girls with the "hotel experience" for a city girl like my wife."
Hyo Kim (1 January 2016)