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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6872
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: February 28, 2016

We are mainly offering our accommodation for short stays of 4-6 days for travellers who would like to explore the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Our property, Lavender farm is 6 kilometres from the small tourist town of Healesville in the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is wine-growing region at the foot of the Great Dividing Ranges. It is about 1 hour by car or 1.5 hours by public transport from Melbourne. We have a lemon orchard, vegetable garden, and horse paddocks. We are not a commericial lavender farm although we have a lot of lavender growing in the gardens. There are (old) horses, chickens, family dogs and a swimming pool. Our daughters are grown up and living in Melbourne so we normally just see them on the weekend.

There is a second house on the property which we run as a bed and breakfast accommodation.
We offer helpers accommodation in exchange for about two hours work a day. You would provide and prepare your own meals and are welcome to help yourself to herbs, lemons and anything else that is growing in the garden at the time. Jobs can include helping in the garden or on the farm, cleaning in the tourist accommodation, painting or other maintenance work. Jobs depend your skills and interests, the weather and our current needs. Working times are usually very flexible.
We have a small self-contained studio with a bedroom, kitchenette and its own bathroom for helpers. Our property would best suit a couple or two friends who are happy to share a bedroom or have one in the bedroom and one in the lounge/ kitchen area on a day bed.
Having your own transport or being able to drive is necessary as we are about a 5 minute drive from the town and any public transport.We do have bicycles and may be able to lend you a car for trips in and around the area.If you are coming up from Melbourne we may be able to pick you up from Lilydale train station.
Our preference is for a couple or two friends for short stays. You can then do some work, experience some Australian rural life and explore the Yarra Valley.

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