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Barkeldine Farm Country Retreat

Located mid-way between Barrington Tops and the Forster/Tuncurry Coast, close to the township of Gloucester - a perfect location for a getaway with family or friends or an ideal base to explore the whole Coastal and Hinterland Region.

125 acres of picturesque countryside -
rolling hills, dams, creeks, bush and farmland. Grazing cows, our 2 donkeys, geese, abundant native birdlife - you may also spot wallabies, echidnas and other native animals.

Relax and enjoy the property with its salt water swimming pool, half-sized tennis court and fabulous wood fire, or head off to enjoy the many attractions the Gloucester district has to offer.

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$160/night for 2 adults
Additional adults @ $50 per adult/night.
Children (2 - 16 years) @ $25 per child/night
$120/night for 1-2 adults
Available for booking in conjunction with the Cottage only

-minimum 2 night stay (3 nights in holiday periods) Maximum 11 guests

-minimum 2 night stay (3 nights in holiday periods) Maximum 13 guests

*STAY for 4 nights PAY for 3
-offer available anytime outside of public & school holiday periods.

For Special Offers and Managers Quarters Bookings contact Ron & Pat Crooks on (02)65580222 or [email protected].

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Local Attractions


Swim in the salt-water swimming pool - play tennis on the half court - explore the creek - enjoy bush walks up Boori Boori Hill and to the Hidden Paddock or stroll around the main dam to view the native birdlife - feed the farm animals - our donkeys, Phantom and Mason love apples and carrots, the geese will eat any vegetable scraps and bread, and the cows can be fed grass - search for miniature frogs in the cool foliage - investigate the Historic Hut built on the property in 1891 - be creative - paint, draw, take photos - read, watch a dvd, or relax and do nothing at all - on a clear night turn off the lights, go outside and view the stunning vista of the Milky Way.

Within a 10-50 minute drive you can find horse riding, bush walks, canoeing, kayaking, scenic drives, wineries, gold panning, fishing, boating, beaches, community markets, art and craft galleries, golf, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shops. See Related Links below or go to Links & Attractions page of this website.

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Love this place. 3rd time here and it just keeps getting better.

We were so excited to come back and it was just as ‘perfect’ as ever. The view, the pool, the tennis competitions, the beautiful fireplace, the peace, no phones, the cows , the geese and our favourites, our friendly donkeys. We only went through 6 bags of carrots this time!! Thank you Pat and Ron.
PS – Oh, and the amazing stars!!

Sam & Shaun

Built a fire – climbed a hill – connected with nature – the silence was precious – the beds were so comfortable – time to STOP and smell and taste and see! A very special place.
Nicola and Josie

Loved staying here in winter. The fire was fantastic.
Matt & Natalie

Barkeldine Farm Country Retreat is located 25 kilometres(about 20 minutes drive) north-east of Gloucester via the Bucketts Way.
PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1177 Wallanbah Rd, Gloucester. NSW 2422

As you exit Gloucester, travel North along Bucketts Way towards Taree. After travelling approx 10km turn right into Wallanbah Rd. Continue along the road until it becomes dirt. Our property is 11.17km in from the Bucketts Way junction, opposite the turn off to Yates Ave.

From the Pacific Hwy turn left into Willina Rd at Coolongolook. Continue through Willina to Bunyah. At the Bunyah Rd junction veer left into Little Bunyah Rd and follow it to its junction with Wallanbah Rd. Turn left into Wallanbah Rd and Barkeldine Farm is the first property on your right.

From the Pacific Hwy, take the overbridge exit at Nabiac and turn left at the roundabout into Wallanbah Rd. Follow Wallanbah Rd for 30 minutes (28 kilometres) inland, (where the road forks – do not veer right towards Kranbach and Gloucester, veer left and stay on Wallanbah Rd)

The Cottage is the building on the lower side of the tennis court with the pool at the back.
The Manager’s Quarters is attached to the Main Homestead and is the room closest to the Cottage. Entry to the Manager’s Quarters is via the sliding screen door at the base of the steps.

Originally a dairy farm owned by the Holstein family, Barkeldine has provided holiday accommodation since the 1970’s. At that time ‘The Bails’ or milking shed was converted into a large Cottage suitable for self-catering accommodation, the Homestead offered Bed and Breakfast stays, and the owners lived in the Old Managers Quarters sharing the Homestead living quarters with their guests.

Ron and Pat Crooks have owned and operated Barkeldine Farm Country Retreat since August 2004 and offer comfortable self-catered holiday accommodation in the Cottage, with the Old Managers Quarters offering an additional queen room for large group overflow. The property is ideal for 2 or 3 families holidaying together, and also a great venue for couples, friends, family gatherings, small group retreats and special event celebrations. Many guests just keep coming back.