We would like to pay tribute to the legacy of the past which has served as the foundation for the present.
Hillview was previously owned by the Webb family – Kevin and Ann with their son Garry. Kevin was born in Wagga Wagga and he lived in various parts of Riverina where he worked, lived & fell in love with the land. Garry, their oldest son loved being in the garden, designing & establishing! He wanted a bigger challenge & put the idea / possibility of purchasing a property together to Ann and Kevin who obviously loved the idea , agreed & the search began ! Not wanting to move too far from Wagga Wagga & their beloved grandchildren Hillview fit that bill & so many more !! They fell in love !! The house soon become a home , the bare grounds became a beautiful garden & the paddocks full of livestock ! Every weekend & school holidays then children and grandchildren loved spending time & growing up there. Hillview soon became a very welcomed regular pit stop for a cuppa & catch up with many family & friends travelling from Tumut to Wagga for shopping & appointments. This early vision to transform the land into an oasis, a garden of Eden, full of laughter and love unknowingly became the foundations for the Farmstay as we know it today. The trees and plants they planted 30 years ago now stands majestically serving as homes for hundreds of wildlife.
When the Webbs decided to sell the property last 2001/2002, the new owners Jann and Peter built the 1st cottages around the beautiful gardens as blueprint. The credit goes to Jann and Peter who had the vision to build a farmstay for travellers between Sydney and Melbourne. Peter built the 1st 4-cottages from 2003-2006 until they officially opened on 2006. As the guests steadily increased, Peter built the newest addition – The Lodge. Under Jann and Peter’s care, Hillview Farmstay continued to cater for a steady flow of guests, who are regulars and have spread the word of this little gem “between Sydney and Melbourne” to family and friends. In 2017, Jann and Peter made the decision to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labour as they travel inter-state and overseas.
Ruth and Pierre feel blessed to have been in the right place at the right time. Bogged down in the Sydney rat-race, both working full time while looking after their 4 children, Ruth and Pierre knew they had to make a change. The initial idea was to look for a hobby farm to give their children ages (0-9) space to run around and explore. However, soaring property prices in Sydney made purchase of 5-acreas unreachable. So one day, they decided to look at Regional Australia, specifically Gundagai. In July 2017, they set an appointment with a real-estate agent to look at a 200+ acres farm so they decided to spend the weekend in the area. Where else better to stay than a farmstay in Gundagai so Ruth booked two nights at Hillview Farmstay. It was an love at first sight – comfortable accommodation and lovely country setting. As fortunes had it, Ruth and Pierre found out that that same weekend was the first open-house for Hillview Farmstay. Without wasting much time, Pierre and Ruth pulled in all resources they had and made the best they can. The rest is history – Jann and Peter accepted and the baton is now with Ruth and Pierre.
Ruth and Pierre’s aim is to continue the legacy that the Webb Family and Jann and Peter have started – with the same quality and enthusiasm. Their current focus is to establish the staff and the systems to make daily operations easy while providing a world-class experience for their guests. Once they have achieved this, their next aim is to add more activities and new speciality accommodation (such as glamping sites).
Ruth and Pierre are proud to offer employment to locals in the region from housekeeping to animal management. We are also very happy to have made wonderful friendships and connections with the community.
We look forward to play hosts to you and your families. Our philosophy is – when you are staying with us, consider this your home away from home.
- 🏠 Luxury 4.5 ⭐️ cottages
- ⛺️ Glamping Safari Tents
- 🐮 Farm animal activities
- 👨👩👧👦 Great for families
- 🚗 Halfway between Sydney & Melbourne, 2 hours from Canberra
- 🐶 Pet friendly
- 🐎 Horse accommodation
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