Through the eyes of a traveller

A regular guest of ours wrote this beautiful letter for us. We thought it only fitting to put into our blog. Thank you Liz and Karel.

I love coming to these cottages. We’ve been twice now, both times for 4 – 5 day stays. And d’you know why I love it? It’s QUIET! Upper Plenty is but 41kms from Melbourne but what you mostly hear when you’re up here is birdsong. Even the cows, sheep, alpacas and chickens are quiet – just quietly grazing away, on the enormous fields of the cottages.
And the cottages! Literally self-contained. We haven’t wanted for anything! Oh except when we arrived here for the start of our second stay and I thought Karel had brought up the bag of vegies, and he thought I had – and all we had was broccoli, which was not going to do for our stir- fry that night. So, I phoned Annie to see if she could spare even a carrot, and blow me down, if not five minutes later, Annie and Steve arrive on our cottage doorstep carrying a wooden bowl laden with leek, red capsicum, an onion, a carrot and two plump red truss tomatoes. That’s how generous our hosts are. So attentive! So wanting their guests to be totally comfortable.
I’m writing this on the penultimate day of our second stay. I’m out on the verandah, sitting at a glass topped table. The autumn sun is gently warming me, and the birdsong is beautiful.
I love coming here. Did I mention that?

Liz Lipski

Australian Parrots

Horse Riding at Upper Plenty

This is a perfect time of the year for some outdoor activities and horse riding is a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors.  Uncle Nev’s Trail Rides is only a few minutes away from us and worth visiting the next time you stay with us or are in the area.

Rides go through many of the open plains in the area as well as through the State Forest of Mt.  Disappointment.  You don’t have to be an expert rider as they cater for all skill levels from beginners to experienced and with over 60 horses to choose from you will also be matched up with a horse of a suitable temperament.

As they cater for kids from 8 years old this is great way for them to experience the surrounding bushland in a unique way.  Get to see many of Australia’s wildlife such as wombats, wallabies and kangaroos.

There is a great choice of riding adventures depending on your level of experience. Rides can also be arranged at twilight where you can get to see the spectacular sun set over the Upper Plenty area.

Also, the Great Australia Pub Ride is another great opportunity to ride through the scenic landscape and arrive at one of the local pubs where you can relax while you have a meal.

You can also bring you camera along so you capture some fantastic pictures.  Check out Uncle Nev’s Trail Rides and get to experience and enjoy the great outdoors of Upper Plenty.

What is a Farm Stay?

Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottage in Upper Plenty offers a Farm Stay experience.  So what does that actually mean?

A Farm Stay is a holiday on a real, working farm.  Depending on the size and nature of the farm, that could mean guests are involved in everything from feeding the animals to shearing sheep or milking cows.    Think of it as a kind of agricultural tourism.

Staying on a working farm is fun and for many people it’s the fulfilment of a dream.  You might have grown up wondering what it’s like to live on a farm and now you have the chance to find out.

Every farm is different so a stay at one is never the same as the stay at another.  Dairy farms are vastly different form sheep or mixed farms.  The work is different and they are each influenced by seasonal changes.   Some farms rely on heavy machinery such as combine harvesters to do their work while smaller farms might only need a tractor and a good sheep dog.

Our visitors love the pace of life here at Annie’s and the fact that they can get up close and personal with our animals.  They love being part of daily farm life.  Above all, they love being part of the local community for that short while.  For many city people, our farm life is bliss.

It’s entirely up to you how involved you would like to be in the work of our farm.  We know you’d love feeding the animals, though.  Come on and see us.  Let us show you what country farms are all about.



Get away from it all

Are you looking for a place to get away from it all?  We are located in Upper Plenty and only under an hour north of Melbourne’s CBD.  Annie’s farm is just far enough away from home so you can really enjoy a fantastic and relaxing environment. Sometimes the day to day distractions and hustle and bustle of our regular life can get in the way, can’t they?

Artists paletteIf you are an artist then we are surrounded by some spectacular scenery, landscapes and mountain ranges making it perfect for painting or sketching.  Bring your canvas or sketch pad and draw in complete serenity.

As a writer you may need some peace and quiet to finish your latest story.  It’s an ideal location to really get the creativity flowing. With only the sounds of nature around you, you’ll have no problem with concentration.

We are a great place to stay if you are doing research into Australia’s history. Annie’s Cedar Farm is perfectly located as we are close to where Ned Kelly was born in Beveridge.  Follow the trail of Ned Kelly and the Gang. The Hume and Hovell expedition passed through the area also.  We are at the gateway of many other historic sites ranging from old homesteads, gold fields and other historic Victorian features.    Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages is also close to some great restaurants and wineries as well as many other attractions.  You can do as little or as much as you like during your stay but we guarantee to make the time away as enjoyable as possible.



Honeymoon At Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages

Not everyone has the time to pack up and go to Venice or Paris for a honeymoon.  Some are lucky to have a few days to themselves at all.

At Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages, we’ve got romantic hearts and we love to make you feel special especially if you are on your honeymoon.

We’ve been very honoured to have our cottages chosen for a honeymoon and a wedding night stay.  It gave us a chance to spread some romance around the place.

First of all, we put a heart in the sky….


Then we went indoors…


You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to stay with us.  If you are having a very special night away or celebrating an anniversary, let us know and we’ll make it perfect for you.  Don’t forget to look at our packages, too. They can be the icing on your wedding cake.