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 a great location we have in Upper Plenty

One of the great aspects of staying in one of Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages in Upper Plenty is that you can choose between visiting many of the surrounding attractions and events and join in with a lot of activities, or you can simply stay put.  You don’t have to leave here during your stay and  you will still enjoy your holiday.

As we are a working farm everyone can get involved with feeding the animals that include alpacas, cows, chickens and sheep.  There is nothing your kids will love more than being up close and personal with our animals.

Our location is perfect for getting the kids away from the computer and video games so they can experience the outdoors.  Make sure to bring a football, soccer ball or even a cricket set.  We have plenty of room to have your own footy grand final, a world cup for soccer or even a Twenty20 match if you are a cricket fan.  Maybe bring along your kite because  our wide and open spaces make is such fun to fly them in.

Also, don’t forget to bring along your runners or walking boots as you can go on many walks in the local bushland and surrounding areas.  In addition to all of our farm animals, there is a good chance you will see the local wild life such as kangaroos, wombats and birds.

Bring your camera along, too. as you are sure to get a spectacular photograph or if you are an artist bring your equipment and paint one of the many landscapes.

These are just some of things to enjoy while you stay in one of our cottages.  We are in such a great location that you can take it easy, enjoy the features with our location as you simply take it easy and have a well deserved break.

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.



How pretty is it at Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages?

These photos were taken by Diane, one of our lovely guests who kindly sent us a copy. How pretty is it at Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages? Let the photos speak for themselves.

A peaceful country retreat

We’ve had such a busy year so far.  It’s nice just to stop and see how far we’ve come.

I’m sitting back under a tree, watching the clouds roll past in the blue sky.  Upper Plenty is hilly and we have some spectacular views at Annie;s Cedar Farm Cottages.   I can see rolling hills and green valleys.  I can see cows peacefully grazing.  If I close my eyes I can hear the breeze stirring through the grasses nearby.

It has been a wonderful year for butterflies and dragonflies, too.  We sit and watch as they dance by with a flutter of wings and flit from leaf to leaf.  This is such a lovely place that it really is a retreat from a busy world.

We’ve met some wonderful people this year and had the pleasure of their company as they stayed in our cottages.  We’ve met couples on honeymoon and families with children who loved to run free in our safe environment.

We’ve added some features to Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages, too.

BBQ area

It’s nice not to have to go away from the property if you don’t want to.  We have added an outdoor area with seating, a table and a BBQ.  This is wondeful for families.  They can let their children eat on the run and burn off all their childish energy.

We’ve added a swing set for children to play on.  It’s close enough to the cottages for safety but not so close that their laughter will be too loud.  You can stand on the front verandah and see them clearly.  If I was small enough, I would be sitting on that swing and staring out at the view for ages.

swingset at cabins


And this one is for those times when you just want to sit in peace and contemplate nature.

With the soft scent of eucalyptus and the gentle swishing of the leaves, the park bench offers serenity to those who need it.


Upper Plenty is beautiful and Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages gives you your own private country retreat when you need to get back to nature.  We are so happy to be able to share our space with you.  If you haven’t visited us yet, don’t leave it too long.  You don’t know what you’re missing.