Three years ago, we fell in love with a rundown sandstone farmhouse in the wild Capertee Valley. It’s now time for us to share this special place with you.
When we purchased Warramba, there was a green tree frog living in the loo, the grass was almost higher than the house and the land had been neglected for many years. Bringing Warramba back to life has been a labour of love, and a steep learning curve.
We knew nothing about farming. We knew nothing about renovating. We knew nothing about cattle. With the help of our neighbours, experts and late night Google searches, we muddled our way through.
Looking for ways to regenerate the land, Neil discovered a dung beetle expert in Canberra who sent us 1500 beetles in the mail. We set up a mobile goat herd to eat our weeds and natural beekeeper, Timothy Malfroy, introduced several hundred thousand bees to help pollinate the land and gardens. Most importantly, we discovered a lot about ourselves.
Your phone will work at Warramba, but only if you want it to. We put ours in a box. You can drive to Mudgee or Rylstone, but we prefer to stay still. Go for a walk, feed the cattle, read a book, sleep soundly, cook lunch, and then spend five hours eating it.
This is life in the slow lane. Warramba means turtle in Wiradjuri — it’s a gentler pace. You’ll find turtles in the dam and at the creek. Also keep an eye out for kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. The sky swims with birds.
You can book the homestead at Warramba on Airbnb. You can also reserve swags and stay on the deck at the top of the hill with your own campfire and marshmallows. We also have a bell tent we can set up for the adventurous.
Find out more about our animals and the sustainable farming practices we use on the blog. You can also read more about Warramba in this month’s Country Style magazine. Look out for our friendly cattle dog, Mate, on the cover.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Warramba.
Neil + Edwina