Welcome to the GLAMPAVAN, a unique space that is cosy, clean and a whole lotta quirky.
The Glampavan is a completely refurbished “sort of tiny house” on a farm. There’s a double bed, modern kitchen, colourful annex with a custom-made fireplace, original art, and a gorgeous bathroom with a sky-shower.
There is a TV (but even better, there is a soundbar, and electric guitar!). Enjoy the million stars in the night sky, and views over farmland to vineyards, paddocks, and a forest.
I believe beauty is a balm for the soul; curiosity is the spark that ignites our purpose; and laughter is the elixir for a youthful heart -- this space is an expression of my creative heart -- resulting in an out-of-the-ordinary space that will make you smile.
The Glampavan was an accommodation unit for workers in remote areas. It was towed to the Heartland in 2017, and I've been renovating her ever since. She has new walls, ceiling, floor, fittings, kitchen and bathroom, and has been "pimped" with modern fixtures and design features.
It is a cosy space, clean, modern, and a little bit quirky. (The shower with a skylight gets a "wow" every time!)
There is an outdoor area where you can sit and watch the sun go down, but it does get chilly in the evenings. I provide a couple of snuggle rugs so you can sit outside beyond sunset.
Alternatively warm your toes by the custom-made wood fire stove, and warm the belly with red wine and cheese. Kindling and fire-lighters are provided, and enough wood to light the fire of evening to take the chill off the air. (May-September).
Animals on the farm include chickens, a shy peahen, and of course, the horses. The farm runs beef cattle.
The view from the lounge area is of the horse paddocks, and across the road to vineyards. It's so countrified that we have stripped back the mod cons and devices to ensure you re-connect with the simplicity and joys of country life.
This means there is no wi-fi, (but there is a fabulous sound bar ready to sing your tunes!) There's even an electric guitar so you can rip out some tunes of an evening.
I will just side-note here: there is good phone reception.
Being technology-free will enhance the smell of wildflowers, the blanket of stars, and dreams as solid as the ground. Birdsong is your morning alarm, and the golden hour as the sun sets in the West will make you believe in magic again.
Our family acknowledges and respects the Wadandi people, the traditional custodians of this land, past present and future. We are currently in communication with the local elders to learn their stories of this land, but in the meantime, we humbly offer our story of how this land came to be settled in its current form.
The Glampavan is located on farmland settled by the Leiper family in the early 1930s. The family emigrated from Scotland with hopeful hearts and eyes set on a better future. They found it in this corner of the south west of Western Australia, where the soil is rich, the air crystal-clear, and nature is at her finest.
And now onto the nitty gritty...
SUGGESTED SHOPPING LIST TO PICK UP EN-ROUTE
* milk, bread, butter
* cheeses and crackers
* more cheese
* red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, ALL the wines! ;-P
* extra firewood (small cuts!) if you plan to have the firewood going all day every day. (Enough kindling is supplied for it to be lit each evening, May-September.)
KITCHEN -- The essentials: fridge/freezer, oven and stove-top, kettle, toaster, quality wine glasses, coffee plunger, tea pot, crockery, cutlery, cheese board and knives. Ground coffee and leaf tea are provided in case you forget your own. There is a saucepan, frying pan and sandwich toaster for those loving a breakfast fry-up. There is no microwave or BBQ.
IN CASE OF POWER OUTAGE -- You won't have a water pump, so you won't have water -- keep the kettle full, and be aware that you will only get one flush of the toilet!
HEATING -- Fires are prohibited during summer (December, January, February and March.) We supply enough kindling to light each evening May-September. You are welcome to collect more if you need it from the forest floor. The housekeeper is happy to set and light the fire for you each day, but a callout fee of $40 applies. There is also a spare doona in the annex, and some snuggle rugs.
COOLING -- there is no air-conditioning. The best way to cool the place is to turn on the ceiling fan and open windows to create cross-ventilation. Pulling the blind down will also help. There is a portable fan for the bedroom.
HOT WATER — If there is no hot water, it means you have run out of gas, which is a quick fix. Either change it yourself by flicking the switch between bottles, (and then depressing the gauge to activate gas flow), or call me and I’ll come change it for you. Whichever way, please let me know so I can replace the used one.
SAFETY -- do not touch any fences as chances are, they are electric and "live".
NO-GO ZONES -- there are tenants in the main house who have the right to privacy. Therefore, please do not walk around their garden or on their driveway. You can pat the horses in the far paddock, but please be respectful that this is private property.
PETS & CHILDREN POLICY
We love dogs and kids. If you are applying to stay with either, please acknowledge that you've read our policy.
* Due to the proximity of horses, we ask that you keep dogs on a lead, with you at all times. We don't have food/water bowls or bedding, so you'd need to provide your own. We reserve the right to charge extra for any damage caused by pets, and will on-charge any extra cleaning fees deemed necessary by our housekeeper.
* Regarding kids. There are unfenced dams on the property. Drowning remains one of the main causes of death for young children on farms. Also, there are electric fences, and no fire-guard around the fireplace. So you'd need to commit to keeping an eye on your kids at all times.
An open letter to my guests…
In my 10 years of being an AirBnB host, never have I faced such a complex challenge as the Covid-19. Up until now, the hardest problem I’ve had to solve is how to keep my peacocks from landing on the roof of the accommodation at 6am.
Nevertheless, I remain optimistic and hopeful for the future of travel, and am doing my little bit to ensure you feel safe when you visit us.
Here’s what me (and my team) are doing to prioritise your peace of mind.
* We’ve built in a 2-day buffer between guests.
* We’ve made our cleaning routine even more stringent — Kristie wears gloves and a mask, and is paying extra attention to taps, door handles, the dining table, light switches, and other surfaces frequently touched.
* We provide tissues, disposable paper towels, and hand soap for guests.
* I am cancelling / not accepting reservations made by international guests.
* In the interest of the health and safety of all my guests, I’m asking everyone to answer the following questions before they book, and would appreciate it if you could please answer them also as you making your booking:
1. In the last two weeks, have you or anyone you live with traveled to any areas that have been impacted by the coronavirus?
2. Have you been diagnosed with, or suspect that you have contracted, the coronavirus?
3. Do you currently have any travel restrictions in your area due to the coronavirus?
On a lighter note, we are taking the opportunity of this quiet time, to make updates to the Glampavan. We are upgrading the bed to a Queen size, and installing a dining table / TV nook. We intend to re-open by Wednesday 25 March.
And we continue to make tweaks and improvements to the Settlers Rest off-grid cottage to improve our guest experience … Many of these improvements are in response to guest feedback, so keep those suggestions coming!
You can keep track of updates via our insta @ mrheartland
Oh, and if you’re wondering how I solved the peacock problem, I sent them on a permanent holiday at a friend’s farm, and I visit them as often as possible.
I look forward to welcoming you to our curated accommodations at Margaret River Heartland.
Just minutes from world-class wineries such as Vasse Felix and Cullens, family-friendly venues such as Cheeky Monkey brewery, Hayshed Hill and the Margaret River Chocolate Company. 5 minutes from Cowaramup township, 10 minutes to Gracetown beach.
Cowaramup, Western Australia, Ausztrália