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'Gay-Hall' Homestead Stay, Quorn, Flinders Ranges

Entire house hosted by Adam
10 guests4 bedrooms7 beds1 bath
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A picturesque rustic stone homestead on 200 acres located on the Willochra Plains, a couple of kms from the historic town of Bruce. Approximately 35 minute drive from beautiful Melrose and Mount Remarkable, and a 20 minute drive to historic Quorn, home to the world famous Pichi Richi Railway. The homestead consists of 3 bedrooms inside the house and a sleep-out. There is a well equipped country style kitchen with AC and wood fire, bathroom with inside toilet, and lounge with reverse cycle AC.

The space
Booking:
Please message us if the dates you require are not available.
Some dates have been blocked out to allow time for the property to be accessed for cleaning or ensure rainwater levels are maintained.
PLEASE NOTE: 3 night minimum over long weekends and 4 night minimum over Easter

Property:
'Gay Hall' homestead (circa 1920) was the original house on a 6000 acre wool growing property that stretched further to the North. The property now comprises of the 200 acre 'house paddock' and still has some of the original infrastructure such as the shearing shed, which you are free to have a look around. You are also free to explore the 200 acres that mainly stretches South and West from the house. With all its flatness and saltbush though, this exploring may not take too long but does give plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes around.
The well equipped country style kitchen has been freshly painted and comprises of a new fridge and electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and some basic condiments. There is also a wood fire combustion heater in the kitchen and some fire wood will be supplied.
The comfortable lounge has also been freshly painted and comprises of a reverse cycle air conditioner, digital TV, dvd player, games and an old piano (slightly out of tune!).
A washing machine is available but we ask that it gets used minimally to conserve rain water.
The three main bedrooms all have pressed tin ceilings, ceiling fans and polished Jarrah floor boards, and are equipped with extra heating and cooling appliances if required. The sleep-out is carpeted and is provided with a pedestal fan.
As the property is not short on space, there is plenty of room for parking up caravans and sleeping in a house for a change, an affordable option for those caravanning convoys.

Region:
From the house looking South, you can see Mount Remarkable next to Melrose, a beautiful town to visit. To the East is the Horseshoe Top-End for keen 4 wheel drivers (contact them first). And looking far to the North West, the highest peak is Mount Arden which is past historic Quorn and near Warren Gorge, home to rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies. These are some of the great locations to explore and the property is conveniently located to a number of Flinders Ranges sights.

Things to know:
The house itself is showing wear in some sections with cracked walls (joys of a stone house with fluctuating seasons!), although this does add to its character. The house is supplied with rainwater only and we encourage you to bring your own water for drinking as we cannot ensure the rainwater is always safe to drink. We also ask that you keep showers short to save water, and suggest you will anyway (especially in Winter) as the shower isn't the best!! There are also snakes around in the warmer months so keep a look out. When walking around the property, please note that this was an operating wool growing property so there are still plenty of old items and barbed wire lying around.

Access and location:
This property is relatively remote (you cannot see your neighbours) and you will have very limited interaction with us. We are contactable by phone or email during your stay, but it may take some time to attend the property if an issue requires attention (especially if a tradesman is required).
An IGA, service station and hardware store (both limited open hours on the weekend) and hospital are located in Quorn, and another shop and hardware store with fuel is located in Wilmington (usually only closed on Sunday afternoons).
You may also be required to switch on and off the amenities such as power, water and gas depending on the timing of your stay but typically the cleaner will do this prior to your arrival.
Access from the Wilmington to Quorn bitumen road is via 12km's of dirt road. Typically the road is good for 2WD vehicles but after a rain, a 4WD would be required as it gets very slippery and muddy.
The Telstra 4G network is available but other carriers are intermittent. There is no Wifi/Internet available other than what is available on your phone.

Summary:
We have tried to give you the most honest description of the property as we can to ensure you know exactly what to expect when you arrive, hopefully without putting you off! We have owned this property for 13 years and know the previous family who owned the property well. As a family, we have had many enjoyable trips to this property and believe other families (who want to leave the tent or caravan home for a change) will do too.

Guest access
The house, shearing shed and all 200 acres of the property (mapped supplied for boundaries). There is one shed locked near the house and a small sunroom that will be unavailable.
A picturesque rustic stone homestead on 200 acres located on the Willochra Plains, a couple of kms from the historic town of Bruce. Approximately 35 minute drive from beautiful Melrose and Mount Remarkable, and a 20 minute drive to historic Quorn, home to the world famous Pichi Richi Railway. The homestead consists of 3 bedrooms inside the house and a sleep-out. There is a well equipped country style kitchen with AC…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 bunk beds
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Smoke alarm
TV
Essentials
Heating
Free street parking
Kitchen
First aid kit
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Bruce, South Australia, Australia

Hosted by Adam

Joined in May 2017
  • 7 Reviews
My wife Rachael and I have two kids, Darcy and Matilda. We live South of Adelaide in Port Noarlunga but enjoy spending plenty of time in the Flinders Ranges. We purchased Gayhall Homestead from good friends in 2007 and have gradually, with plenty of procrastination, got the house to a standard that we think others will enjoy. We hope you have a pleasant stay!
My wife Rachael and I have two kids, Darcy and Matilda. We live South of Adelaide in Port Noarlunga but enjoy spending plenty of time in the Flinders Ranges. We purchased Gayhall H…
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During your stay
We can be easily contacted by phone or email at anytime but it is unlikely that we will personably be available to attend if required. We do have a handyman available or can contact tradespeople if required but there may be a delay for them to attend.
We can be easily contacted by phone or email at anytime but it is unlikely that we will personably be available to attend if required. We do have a handyman available or can contac…
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Things to know

House rules
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
No carbon monoxide alarm
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Smoke alarm