Barcoos was started 7 years ago as Barcoos Barn. After a run of very dry years in the 2000 to 2007 period things were tough on the farm, and rather than go back nursing and shift work Elaine was keen to try a new venture.
We changed the name to Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst as we would sometimes get enquiries asking if “there are animals in the Barn?”, or, “is there a toilet in the Barn?” We were also having a lot of problems with OTA’s, (on-line tourist/booking agencies listing Barcoos worldwide without our agreement and always listing us as fully booked).
Why did we call the Farmstay Barcoos? – Barcoos was the name of Elaine’s first Clydesdale Horse – (A very special horse indeed).
Where is Barcoos Farmstays Bathurst? – BFB is at 1080 Trunkey Road, Perthville, on the property “Wardell”, owned by Ken & Elaine Hamer. Wardell was settled by the Hamer family in 1840 and is part of the original land grant to Dr Wardell, the first Dr of Law in the colony.
What do we do at Barcoos? – Have lots of fun and enjoyment whilst introducing guests (young and old) to farm animals and farming. Activities are as hands-on (interactive) as possible and include preparing and feeding (by spoon) chickens & Georgie The Pig & hay for the ponies/draught horses & cows.
We have 2 Border Collie dogs that take “guest duties” very seriously, and Charlie Brown, our kelpie. Guests collect eggs, have pony and sulky rides with Shetland Ponies, have rides on the Clydesdale Horse, milk the cow, and have hay rides on a farm tour. Guests can also join in the farm work when it is appropriate. The families that come to Barcoos have activities for 1.5 hours plus in the morning and again in the afternoon, they then have time to explore the district, or relax on the farm. Kids often want to just stay on the farm and play with the dogs and on the trampoline and playground.
Accommodation at Barcoos. – We have a 1870 Farmhouse built with mud from the dam through the fence – it has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 10. Our Valley View Unit, a 2 bedroom stand-alone unit with kitchenette and a large outdoor area under cover, plus our Hillview Unit, a 2 bedroom unit which is part of our house, it is completely private with a separate entrance and courtyard. There is also a camping area, plus a large camp kitchen and conveniences. For those that like to camp we have 2 powered sites and many unpowered sites.
Our campfire site is provided with wood for those that love to look at the stars in our clear night sky, or maybe toast marshmallows with the kids.
Elaine also conducts Farm Visits for locals and visitors to Bathurst. The visit is an introduction to most of our farm animals and activities in a fun way and lasts from 1 – 2 hours. Bookings are essential.