The Cubby House" Farmstay is set on 1030 acres of pasture improved and natural bushland overlooking the picturesque Capertee Valley "The Widest Valley In The World!" at 1100m above sea level providing a pleasant, fresh climate and therefore avoids the high summer heats of more western areas. Your hosts are John & Margaret Chadwick. We are situated a comfortable 3½ hours drive North West of Sydney off the Castlereagh Highway in scenic Running Stream.
We have great pleasure in sharing the many aspects of our working farm including sheep,cattle, goats, chooks, ducks, mini horses, bushwalking, or just to enjoy magnificent views surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs and a variety of wildlife, birds and native flora. (Roos, Wombats, Echidna, Tree Ferns, Rock Lillys, etc.) You will experience the perfect environment for relaxation during your stay. Sheep Shearing normally takes place any time between October/February, depending on availability of Shearer. "The Cubby House" is also ideal for photography, landscape painting, bird watching and star gazing.
Seeing is believing. These pictures don't do this awesome view justice.
"The Cubby House" is a beautifully presented 3 bedroom cottage which accommodates up to 9 people and is privately set near the main farmhouse. The cottage is airconditioned and open plan with spacious lounge and dining area, country style kitchen, full bathroom facilities and verandah surrounds the cabin. We only take one group at a time so book early to avoid disappointment. Especially in holiday periods.
It is self-contained with just about every modern convenience provided. (Bath, Shower, Washing Machine, Iron, Stove/Oven, Refrigerator/Freezer, Kitchen Utensils, Microwave, Digital TV/DVD/VHS/CD, BBQ, Hairdryer, High Chair, Cot, Wood Heater, Firewood Supplied, Air Conditioning, Fans, Books, Games, Linen, Towels, Pillows, Doonas, Blankets and Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Milk, Biscuits, Eggs, Shampoo/Conditioner, Soap, Toothpaste.)
We suggest you bring enough food with you for your stay before you get to Running Stream. Nearest General Store for emergency supplies is IGA Kandos 38km, Lithgow and Mudgee 70km away. Closest Restaurants/Take Aways/Hotel are in Capertee 25km or Kandos 38km..
The bedrooms consist of 1 king size bed in main bedroom and 2-3 single beds in each of the other 2 bedrooms. (Single Beds can be put together to make a double if preferred. A cot is available on request. Advise at time of booking. Cottage sleeps up to 9 people. Only the right number of beds are made for your booking so please advise if you require a double and/or single at time of booking so that the right number of beds can be made ready for your arrival.
All you require to bring with you is food, drinks and clothing for all seasons and suitable closed in shoes for the farm, preferably not white.
Unfortunately our local "Foxwood Farm" Cafe/Bakery at Running Stream is currently closed for business. Next best/closest place to eat out or emergency supplies is the Capertee Royal Hotel/RSL Kandos/IGA Kandos.
There are many scenic drives within an hours drive. Visit Wineries, Cafes, Historic Towns, Natural Wilderness Areas, Glow Worm Tunnel, Turon Technology Museum Sofala 48km, Windamere Dam 45km, Dunn's Swamp, Zig Zag Railway 79km, Secret Creek Sanctuary, Turon River, Glen Davis Ruins 46km, Mt Piper Power Station Energy Expo, Hill End 84km, or stop overnight and continue your journey to Dubbo Zoo 224km etc. If you are looking for something different, Mark Lilley from Capertee Valley Helicopters may be able to take you for a scenic flight over the Capertee Valley for an Eagles View of the property and surrounds.
In brief, you should know the following about us: our Farmstay was established in 2005. We overlook the Capertee Valley which is known to be the largest enclosed canyon in the world (wider, but not as deep as the Grand Canyon USA) and is located to the East of the Great Dividing Range off the Castlereagh Highway half way between Lithgow and Mudgee. The Capertee Valley also is home to some 236 secies of birds and holds the record for the highest number of birds per square kilometre than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere and 10% of Australia's biodiversity in a world heritage listed area. The accommodation is first class and everything you could wish for is provided, including a gas barbeque. We offer comfortable accommodation and a cosy cottage, with quality beds and super warm doonas.The fireplace in the loungeroom is set and ready for action with kindling and firewood provided nearby for ongoing use. Our regular customers particularly value "the most magnificent views in Australia, great bushwalking, wildlife, natural fauna, bird life, etc. and the chance to enjoy real peace and tranquility. It is a wonderful place to get away from it all".
Please note that mobile phone reception and Wireless Broadband is limited to the Next G Network and some new Digital Optus Network. If you have Vodaphone you may find a signal as you walk around the farm, however, it does not work at the cottage itself.
Various rock formations can be found on the property, some depicting sillhouettes, teapots, etc. Let your imagination run wild.
Please click the link below to bring up a google maps view of The Cubby House. Follow Vulcan Rd to the end and it turns into a dirt road. Follow this dirt road from the gate for 2km untill you see the signs to the Cubby House.
For those with a GPS you can put these co-ordinates into your magical electronic journey finder. The same coordinates are in the two standard formats, degrees or degress, minutes and seconds
If you are not familiar with our Farmstay and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Farmstay is located at:-
Tourism Experience in The Central West - Capertee Valley Helicopters - 4675 Castlereagh Highway Capertee - (02) 6359 0157. Pilot Mark Lilley can cater for every need whether it is a short joy flight, pub crawl, charter, wedding, party or picnic, just name it. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your hosts - John, Margaret, Daniel & Clare Chadwick (and Max - missing in action?).
Your hosts - John, Margaret, Daniel & Clare Chadwick (and Max - best sheep dog).
Keyhole view of Mt McDonald
Follow me and I'll show you the property and it's majestic views and tell you a yarn or two
Double bed for 2nd couple. Beds can be made up to suit your individual group, up to 9 people (3 in each room comfortably leaving the lounge room free)..
Cot available on request. Also if you could let us know which room you want it in so we can move it and have it ready.
Fully equipped kitchen.
High chair available
View from kitchen window.
Plenty of firewood supplied to keep the fire burning all night.
Homestead garden in bloom Jan/Feb.
Kids having fun in the bush
Prize winning Poll Dorset sheep at Rylstone Show
Nanny goats with their kids
Inquisitive Poll Dorset sheep
Hen with chicks
Peking & Indian Runner Drakes.
Kids in the nursery.
Friendly Mini Horses (only for patting not riding).
Early morning storm brewing over valley.
GUEST REVIEWS -
Just one of the shots of a sunrise with the valley carpeted in cloud taken by Margaret - May 2010.
SEP 2010 ELIZABETH - Recommended, 4 out of 5. A perfect location with magnificent views, ideal to base yourself for exploring the surrounding valleys. The accommodation is well fitted out and despite cold, rain and wind we were very comfortable. Our hosts ensured we were made most welcome. This is a place to return to!
OCT 2010 ANTHONY - Recommended, 5 out of 5. Our two nights were not enough, had a very relaxing time. Will be back for a longer stay. Our hosts were fabulous.
DEC 2010 MICHELLE - Recommended, 5 out of 5. The Cubby House has one of the most amazing views you are ever likely to see. The view is just awesome! The accommodation was very comfortable, the hosts very friendly and our stay most enjoyable. We would happily recommend The Cubby House to friends and family and will definately be back to visit again.
JAN 2011 HALYNA - Recommended, 5 out of 5. Thank you Margaret, John, Clare and Daniel once again for your warm hospitality. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay - the view, the clean cosy cottage, 4wd around property, picking fresh raspberries, playing cards and the animals. See you again.
OCT 2011 JO - Recommended, 5 out of 5. We absolutely loved The Cubby House. Amazing views, clean comfortable home, beautiful animals everywhere, fantastic ride around the property! I couldn't recommend this place more if you're looking for a breath of fresh air with your family.
NOV 2011 MICHELLE - Recommended, 5 out of 5. Our stay at the Cubby House was fabulous. We were in awe of the view from the verandah at sunrise. The kids loved the animals and Margaret and John were so welcoming. The kids loved the truck ride and the beautiful gift that John gave the kids was very special. We had three families staying there and we were all very comfortable and enjoyed the stay very much. Would love to return and totally recommend it.
NOV 2011 LISA - Recommended, 5 out of 5. This was the second time we stayed at The Cubby House and it won't be our last! The Chadwicks are truly lovely country people who make you feel completely at home on their property. They have thought of everything at The Cubby House. It's a completely relaxing home away from home. Besides the country hospitality, the scenery is beyond belief!
NOV 2011 MATTHEW - Recommended, 3 out of 5. Loved the place, went there in 4 months. I took my grandma there for her 90th birthday. Wonderful view!
NOV 2011 CHRIS - Recommended, 5 out of 5. Without any doubt the Cubby House is the place to relax for all the family. We try to return every year for a weekend break in this peaceful place and recommend it to everyone we know. Also thanks to John and Margaret for their warm welcome to their farm. The place is enchanting with beautiful views...and I recommend everyone to wake up early and to view the beautiful sunrise. highly recommended.
DEC 2011 DARREN - Recommended. We loved "The Cubby House" We had a great time exploring the property and surrounds and our daughter had the most wonderful time with all the animals and loving the farmlife. Wonderful hosts make for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. (And great home made Raspberry Jam!)
JAN 2012 NEVILLE - Recommended. John & Margaret's owner built Cubby House presents very well overall with a number of pros and cons, as do most farmstay cabins. Valley views from the veranda, spacious internals, an abundance of firewood, John's subtle sense of humour & his willingness to have a bit of a yarn in between his continuous daily chores. He has certainly got local knowledge, given that he has lived in the area all his life. And then there is their 11 year old son. Daniel. What a charmingly articulate, knowledgeable and polite young man. A thoroughly likeable young gentleman who adds real value to one's stay.
OCT 2012 LORNA - Recommended. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cubby House. It is a fantastic property. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.
JAN 2013 JESS - Recommended. My partner, myself and our 3 year old son extremely enjoyed our 1 week stay at The Cubby House in Running Stream. The log cabin they milled themselves and has absolutely every comfort and luxury you would need and expect in a hotel/Inn. The best part was overlooking the Capertee Valley from the windows and lighting up a fire to keep us warm and cosy at night even during summer season! Oh and the star gazing on clear skies at night!!!. We enjoyed the sheep shearing, the truck ride through the bushland exploring nature, looking at fossils and also the hundreds of cattle, sheep, horses, chickens, ducks they had roaming across their pastures. The produce was fresh and yummy! We had lots of time to explore and experience tours the surrounding mining towns in Rylstone, Kandos, the wineries in Mudgee, museums in Bathurst and Western Plain Zoo in Dubbo. Dunns swamp was amazing to easily hire a kayak and enjoy travelling along large pristine waters or laze back on the sandy banks. John, Margaret and the kids were extremely hospitable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. We are going there again without a doubt to forget about the rat race of a life we are living.
JAN 2013 JOHN - Recommended. Our family's first holiday as a family - 2 adults and 2 boys aged 3 and 4.5. John and Margaret made us feel so very very welcome and the cottage is very cosy and has all the conveniences you will need. Make sure you bring food. The place is incredible and beyond description. Our youngest loved all the animals and the tour of the farm on the back of John's truck (us grown-ups enjoyed that too). Our older son loved visiting all the great towns in the area including Hill End and Gulgong. We will be back!
FEB 2013 IRENE & CHRIS - Recommended. What an outstanding place we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. This was our second visit and it was great. John and Margaret are great hosts and nothing is too much of a bother especially the "freshly baked scones" thank you John. They make you feel like you are one of the family which is very nice and welcoming. All the animals are very friendly and don't seem to worry if you walk around them at all. The views are breathtaking and you can't get enough of them, we spent quite a bit of time on the verandah just watching the clouds drift by imagining you are in another world. Always remember though to take some warm clothes because the weather can change at the drop of a hat.
FEB 2013 DAVID - Recommended. This is our 3rd visit so it speaks volumes and definitely won't be our last. As per many previous guests comments. John and Margaret are the most hospitable and down to earth couple we've met and their 2 children are marvelous as well. Everything needed for a comfortable stay is provided including a BIG jar of biscuits and 12 fresh farm eggs. The peace, tranquility and views are only some of the highlights of The Cubby House. Do yourselves a favour and book a weekend away and I am sure you would be going back!
MAR 2013 ALBERT - Recommended. The travel instructions were accurate and easy to follow. We were welcomed to The Cubby House with a lovely bunch of flowers on the table. Our hosts were helpful and gracious. This is the neatest, cleanest cottage we have ever stayed in. It is roomy, very comfortable and there is a nice big bathroom. The view is out of this world, we could not stop looking at the beautiful valley. We could not have wished for better. The night sky is brilliant for anyone interested in astronomy or stargazing. The bathing ducks created hilarious entertainment. We will certainly be back as soon as possible.
MAR 2013 BRETT - Recommended. I would like to personally recommend this wonderfull farmstay, my family had a excellent time enjoying the world class scenery, animals and hospitality !!! those fresh eggs taste amazing. Many thanks John and Margaret.
MAR 2013 LINDA - Recommended. We had a very relaxing stay at The Cubby House. The cabin is very comfortable, well equiped and the view is amazing. John and Margaret are very welcoming and hospitable. Our son had a great time shooing the ducks and chickens in for the night but his highlight was playing Lego with Clare.
APR 2013 CARL - Recommended. This place is great. The hosts greeted me with a cold beer and took me through a few of the local points of interest. They showed me a kangaroo skin, quartz and other interesting artifacts. It was clean, tidy and the fire was ready for lighting!! Great place, would recommend this place.
MAY 2013 SARAH - Recommended. Only stayed one night but it really is a very special place, with lovely hosts. It has everything that you need..gorgeous views and nature, I will be back.
MAY 2013 GRAEME & STELLA - Recommended. For a retired couple who needed a break, the Cubby House was ideal. We found it comfortable, well equipped, quiet (except for a confused rooster), interesting and the view over the Capertee Valley (especially at sunrise and sunset) was simply breathtaking. My camera went into overdrive. The hosts were friendly and kind and thoughtful for our welfare. You really do need your own transport to get there and explore the area. We enjoyed visiting Kandos and Rylstone and had a great afternoon at Dunns Swamp. Oh, and pack your warm woolies! Highly recommended.
JUNE 2013 GARRY - Recommended. We have been guests at this property twice and have found it a fantastic place to have a "value for money" quiet break. The hosts are very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. John's scones are the greatest!!
JULY 2013 AMY - Recommended. We had a relaxing and invigorating visit to the Cubby House. Thank you for your hospitality, the warm fire, the truck ride and the goat fashion-parade. Unforgettable.
AUG 2013 KATE - Recommended. The Cubby House was amazing. Our first morning we saw it snow and it was magical. The kids loved collecting the eggs and feeding the baby goat Wally. John and Margaret were so hospitable and the truck ride we all loved. The accommodation was very cosy and comfortable with plenty of wood to keep the fireplace burning. We will definitely be back. See you again real soon!
OCT 2013 SUNNY - Recommended. Kia ora I loved the quiet and peacefulness at The Cubby House farm. It was awesome waking up to a beautiful morning sunrise at Eagle View. Daniel, Clare and Wally: thanks for the amazing show - you guys are so talented and creative. We are both grateful for everything. Cheers Sunny and Justin. Aroha nui.