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Barrington Tops Organic Retreat Reviews - Romantic Getaways & Farmstays NSW
Sydney Morning Herald (Independent Review)
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Trip Advisor Excellence Award 2012 - The Best luxury Farmstay in NSW and Romantic Getaway
52 Weekends away SMH choice 2011 & 2012
Traveller rating *****
We (two couples) stayed for 3 nights and loved it. John was very welcoming and fun in his various guises as; Manager, Cook, Guide....... The cabin was very well designed and well appointed. If you wanted more seclusion The Lofts would be a better option. Getting up into the Barrington Tops was very special and we will return to explore some more. Highly recommended.Grant McT
Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
Took advantage of the March special 3 night deal. We had a loft cabin with a good kitchen and lounge area downstairs along with the bathroom and spa. Upstairs was a double and a single bed.
Quiet, clean and well presented cottages with all the facilities you can ask for. very well looked after by the staff. they even let us borrow their fishing rods.Very beautiful place to stay and lot of activities to do nearby, the staff will give you ideas on how to go and what to do..Look out for leeches outside in the bush especially if its wet. good to carry some salt to sprinkle on them.
We enjoyed a relaxing drive from Newcastle with short stops at Stroud and Gloucester on the way.While the last few klms are dirt road it was suitable for even the most fastidious car owner. The welcome and hospitality from hosts Sharini and John during our stay was absolutely first class. The property is in a beautiful quiet wilderness area with only the sound of birds and native animals to break the silence. The options are unlimited - although seniors, we are fairly active and enjoyed several bushwalks, swimming and tennis as well as quiet times relaxing on our cabin deck with a glass or two of the lovely organic wine while taking in the ambiance of the surrounding scenery (including a pair of eagles soaring above us). Sharini's cooking in the restaurant was "to die for" and we can certainly recommend John's breakfasts. My wife being coeliac and lactose intolerant often finds it difficult in mainstream restaurants but it was a non issue for Sharini and John. We must also mention "Jessie" the resident dog. She accompanied (guided) us on all our bushwalks and slept beside the tennis court while we played tennis. All in all a great experience.
Room Tip: We stayed in one of the loft cabins which are only a short stroll to restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool
January 2013, travelled as a couple
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and could not ask for more. The surroundings were beautiful and peaceful. No trains, planes, just the sound of birds.The cabins were clean and very functional, with our own kitchen to cook. The food at the resturant was great, The hosts John and Sharini were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. We had lots to do, tennis courts, feeding the animals, bush walking, swimming pool, four wheel driving, etc. We went sight seeing in the surrounding towns, broke down and the country people were so helpful, assisting us in getting us going again, fantastic retreat, fantastic sightseeing and fantastic people. Mousa and Rada Azar
We Stayed in a loft cottage over the Xmas break( 3 nites ) to escape the crowds and we were not dissapointed John the owner made us very welcome and we had few chats over the time we stayed there! All the staff are friendly the food was great at the resturant..We live on the coast and was a breath of fresh air to be in the countryside....There a 4 loft cottages next to each other and down lower there is 4 family cabins hidden in the bush.
Stayed December 2012, travelled with family Source - Trip Advisor
“Great hosts - lovely place for a relaxing break - saw a koala too!”
All in all, a really nice family retreat. Source:TripAdvisor
“Relaxing break in nature”
We have just returned from a relaxing long weekend in The Tops, and had high expectations after reading the reviews on here. We were not disappointed: The self-catering accommodation is very comfortable and clean, and the food in the organic restaurant is delicious. We loved the sounds of the birds, great walks, and the farm animals on site. We saw wallabies, kangaroos, and many different birds. The friendly owners have created a very special place. Source:TripAdvisor
“An excellent place for a relaxing holiday”. My boyfriend and I just had three nights at the retreat and can't wait to go back! We stayed in one of the farm stay cabins and found it to be comfortable and well presented. We did make use of the kitchen in our cabin to prepare some meals, but we decided to eat mostly at the restaurant as the organic meals were so delicious (and healthy!). We also explored the private bushland (on foot and bike), which was well sign posted, and saw many of the things that make barrington tops an amazing place to visit, for example, areas of rainforest, the dilgry rivers and wildlife! We are now recommending the retreat to our friends because it was such a great experience really can't wait until our next trip up there. Thanks to John and Sharini for making it so enjoyable! Source:TripAdvisor
“A breath of fresh air”
Just had the pleasure of a 5 day stay here and it was just wonderful. The lodges are comfy and some are self catering. But who needs that when the food in the retreat's own restaurant is so good. And, being totally organic, also good for you. There's lots of great walks on the property and also up the road at Barrington Tops. The couple that run the Retreat made our stay even more special with their friendliness and desire to help. Be warned if you go, that there is no mobile reception. You'll just have to relax and enjoy yourself. Source:TripAdvisor
“Great family farm stay”
This was our first farm stay experience and we are glad to have chosen the Barrington Tops Organic Retreat. We stayed 5 nights with our two daughters (aged 4 and 6) in one of the loft cabins on the hill. It was an excellent experience for us and the children really enjoyed being amongst the animals.Our cabin was clean and very comfortable and, on the few chilly nights we had, the fireplace made it very cosy. The loft cabins face the forrest and are private and quiet (apart from the lovely sounds of nature of course).We chose the restaurant breakfast and diner option and found the meals to be of excellent quality. The cabin's kitchenette was basic but adequate for our self-catered lunches. The organic wines were a surprise treat and we recommend them.The retreat is very relaxed with adequate facilities for either relaxation, exploration, or entertainment. Owners John and Sharini, and all staff were very friendly and always happy to help.Overall, an great family experience. A big thank you to John, Sharini, and Ella. Source:TripAdvisor
“Perfect for a Family Farm Stay!”
. We had 5 nights at the Tops. We loved it and now that we are home, we miss it. Very relaxing place. Hosts John and Sharini were very friendly and happy to help in any way. We self catered for the kids and we adults enjoyed the delicious dinners in the restaurant. Acommodation was clean and comfortable. All the animals were great - the kids loved collecting the eggs for their breakfasts. The canoes on the lake were a big hit also. We adults enjoyed the downtime - plenty of time to read, eat, relax and chill out and enjoy a glass or two of organic wine. Bliss! Source:TripAdvisor
“Holistic experience, awesome for the kids and parents, just gorgeous all round”
. The kids were so happy to explore, pat the animals, make friends, play, read the books not to mention enjoying the owner's daughters' hospitality. It was a place that I felt sad to leave as we realised we hadn't been guests in their 'resort' but more like a part of their home. The food was so fabulous we wanted to stay one more night to sample the Prawn Curry! Thank you Sharini, John and girls for a wonderful experience. See you again soon. Source:TripAdvisor
“The Paradise of being 1 with Nature”
We stayed at The Tops Organic Retreat for 3 nights. We bush-walked a lot in the companionship of Jessy the faithful tour guide and protector. She's the resident Dingo Dog. Remember to take plenty of water and food for yourself and of course wonderful Jessy. The cabin we stayed at was great. The only thing with the cabins was there was no oven in the 'new' kitchen and their spa bath needs more jets! Other than that, it is an amazing place, and the staff are warm and friendly. We ate once in their restaurant and the food was divine. Highly recommend this sanctuary, you'll love it! :-) Source:TripAdvisor
“Retreat and Relax!”
“Fantastic country getaway”
The retreat's setting allowed us to have a total get away from city life. It is tranquil and very well set up. We enjoyed bush walks on the property (and managed to spot two koalas!), feeding the farm animals, having a casual game of tennis on a court that is surrounded by rolling hills and a few games of pool in there too. There is a fantastic horse riding stable just down the road (the best we've ever been too) which topped off our overall experience and holiday. We'll definitely be coming back. Source:TripAdvisor
“Peace & quiet”
The only negative is that the cabins are too close to each other, there isn't much sun on them during the day and our spa did not work. The price was a bit high too. Of course not much of a problem as we did not complain and you can't really move the cabins away...
“Great walks, beautiful cabins!”
My girlfriend and I recently had one night here and absolutely loved it. The cabins were very stylish and homel - a perfect place to relax, have a glass of organic wine, and just sit by the fireplace. We also sampled the breakfast and dinner put on by our hosts which were spectacular to say the least - the salads and Sri Lankan curry were simply amazing! Finally, there were some beautiful walks (some were quite steep!) nearby that were excellently signposted so you couldn't get lost. Overall, a great way to spend a weekend out of the city and we'll definitely be back! Source:TripAdvisor
“What a tranquil little spot...”
Just returned from a two night stay in a cabin with my partner, and it was the perfect long weekend away!There are lots of animals wandering around to keep you company, or if you just want to sit and listen, the whole area is alive with birdsong! We even had some visitors to the balcony in the form of Kookaburras and Currawongs.The cabins were very well appointed, wood fire was wonderful, and the spa was to die for!When you want to venture outside for a bite to eat, the owners provided the most delicious breakfasts and dinners in their big barn - it was all very welcoming and homey. (You'll never taste bacon as good anywhere else, I PROMISE YOU)All in all it was a wonderful weekend away, and I'm fairly sure we'll be visiting again to experience some more!Thanks for such a wonderful spot! Source:TripAdvisor
My partner and I stayed here for one night as a spontaneous get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and we were very impressed!
The staff were very enthusiastic and helpful and we were blown away by the cabin.
“Perfect!! Whole family loved it and will be back and telling all my friends!”
“Great experience for young families”
The boys enjoyed feeding the guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and exploring the property. On our fourth night we had a meal at the restaurant. Unfortunately one of our sons was unwell so had to retreat to the cabin before mains. The staff were fantastic delivering our meal to the cabin and latter returning with some refreshments for our son. Both my husband and I had Trout and it was cooked to perfection. No complaints.
John was always available for a chat and very helpful. The Tops is a special retreat for those who want to experience a peaceful country experience combined with activities such as bushwalking, fishing and sight seeing. Our eldest is now begging/badgering us to return.
For those with young children this is a lovely getaway and we can also recommend stopping in Gloucester and having a picnic lunch at Billabong Park. Source:TripAdvisor.
“Comfort in the wilderness”
Reviewed August 21, 2011 Despite the wet and muddy conditions, we had a wonderful, restful break at the Retreat. The friendly staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The spa cabins are beautifully appointed and so comfortable, especially the the loft bedroom and posturepedic bed.The log fire is a delight; wood for it is supplied everyday. The interest in organic produce is very informative and the delicious food that Sharini cooks is both delicious and inspiring. Every effort is made to cater for the tastes of the people staying there. The walks were 'challenging' because it had been so wet and we are 'oldies' - but we and our two dogs thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on our walks. It is a real 'get away from it all', peaceful and remote, yet comfortable and nurturing experience. Trail riding in ther Tops was also a highlight - what a way the experiencce the beautiful country - and in very careful hands. Thank you to all concerned. Jill and Bruce Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“a magical mountain retreat”
Reviewed August 3, 2011. What a beautiful place!....gorgeous cottages.....fantastic property....wonderful staff...lot's of wood in the fire....it was a brilliant weekend and wished we could've stayed a week!... the property had the most beautiful walks.....i'm sure we saw some fairies! will definately be back!.... Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“Beautiful location and wonderful hospitality”
Reviewed July 31, 2011. Barrington Tops Organic Retreat is in a beautiful location so if you truly want to get away from everything, it's a great choice. The cabins are spacious and clean with a lovely outlook and a veranda from which to enjoy the view. The food was excellent and the hospitality of John, Sharini, Mark and Lorna was warm and welcoming. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor “A perfect weekend away” Reviewed July 31, 2011. The retreat is a perfect place to get away from the stress of city living. A comfortable drive from Sydney with a couple of stops on the way found us arriving in the afternoon with a complimentary drink by the fire, information about the area and great suggestions as to what to see and where to go. Our Loft cabin was warm and cosy with lovely timber floors plenty of heating (a gas fire and a real log fire ready to go with plenty of chopped wood on the cabin verandah),linen,blankets and fluffy towels.The organic food was lovely - generous servings of beatifully cooked meals. We enjoyed the organic wines on offer as well.The breakfasts were very filling and great value. Our hosts and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. This is a truely relaxing and peaceful place to stay with wonderful fresh air, tranquil walks and the spectacular Barrington Tops to explore. Thankyou Sharini,John, and Lorna for providing a relaxing and enjoyable break away for our wedding anniversary.Penny & Jeff M. Sydney NSW. Room Tip: Loft Cabin perfect for two people. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple.Source:TripAdvisor
“Fantastic place to curl up by the log fire and.....relax”
Reviewed July 25, 2011. My partner and I stayed in one of the self contained cottages over the weekend which had everything we needed....log fire, big spa bath and set in a peaceful spot for us to kick back, relax and listen to the birds. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful. Meals in the restaurant were lovely and went down a treat with the organic shiraz. Would definately recommend for a great weekend away! Shannon and Dan. Sydney, NSW. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor “Loved it, will be back in the springtime” Reviewed July 20, 2011. We went up for a long weekend and met good friends there, for the kids, theres rabbits, guinea pigs and eggs to collect! Our daughter just wanted to hug the guinea pigs all day! The loft cabin was very comfortable and cosy with excellent gas heating and a log fire. Imagine soaking in a king size spa after a long walk in the middle of the wilderness! TV with a couple of Foxtel channels was good too. A highlight was the food, all organic and a lovely small menu of two or three courses, nice range of organic wines and Coopers. A fantastic log fire and a pool table meant that you could sit and read from a small library for hours. The staff were lovely and Sharini the chef was happy to oblige with a special meal for our fussy daughter and vegetarian parents of our friends who had also come up. All in all, a lovely stay and had a great time there. Room Tip: Loft cabin great for a small family, the bigger cabins have a great kitchen. Stayed July 2011, traveled with family. Source:TripAdvisor
"Top Location" Top location, top accommodation, top food, top service. Thanks! Reviewed June 2011. Google Places
“Fantastic family getaway”
Reviewed April 22, 2011. What a fantastic getaway! I can’t speak highly enough of the accommodation, organic food/wine, pristine location, hosts and staff. Sharini, John and staff are very friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. This is the second time my family have visited the Retreat and it certainly won’t be the last. You can choose to do very little and just relax in the peaceful surroundings or do what we did and take advantage of the activities e.g. beautiful bushwalks, tennis, cycling, farm tours and the 4WD trip with John. The food is first class with good variety to suit most people. We had some wonderful meals in the common room/restaurant followed by some delectable organic wine and a game of pool. Some guests were content to just sit by the fire and relax while reading, playing board games or listening to some music. We had a self contained cabin which was beautifully furnished; very cosy with lovely views of the rainforest and absolutely everything you need at your fingertips for a perfect family holiday. If you need a place to unwind, relax and recharge the batteries then you won’t be disappointed! Stayed April 2011, traveled with family. Source:TripAdvisor
“King spa weekend”
Reviewed January 2, 2011. We went for a king spa weekend of doing nothing and mission accomplished, the food was 5 star, cant say I have eaten better, owner very friendly, even though we were on a romantic weekend it looked as though there is plenty of things to do with kids. Great weekend. Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“The perfect escape for the tired city slicker”
Reviewed October 14, 2010. The stress of city life and the 9-5 work grind is quicky forgotten when you arrive at this beautiful country retreat. Unfortunately it was rainy & muddy all weekend but the friendly welcome, divine food, cosy & newly renovated cabin (with spa & log fire!!) and breathtaking rainforest surroundings made this one of the most memorable & relaxing weekends we've had in quite some time. John, Sharini & all the staff are very welcoming and hospitable. The common room / restaurant area has an open fire, pool table, games for the family & comfy sofas - perfect to lounge on while enjoying a glass of organic wine. Have we mentioned the divine food? Despite the weather, we went horse riding at Camp Cobark, a short distance from the retreat. The 2 hour trek takes you up the mountains, through the rainforest & across rivers - a magical experience! We'll definitely be returning to experience all the other activities on offer - especially bushwalking, fishing & touring the farm. Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
Absolutely ideal for a romantic time away... We loved the welcoming, casual yet luxurious atmosphere and just getting the log fire in the cabin going was an event in itself. This is a place to revisit time and time again! Reviewed August 2010. Google Places