About The Farm

An idyllic country lifestyle where you can become an owner for a minimal outlay.

There are two ways to take advantage of what the farm has to offer, either by leasing a share , or by purchasing a share in the farm.  Hartley Valley Holiday Farm is a co-operative, members purchase their shares in the co-operative and then contribute to its maintenance and operation through a yearly levy.   Membership allows unlimited access to all the facilities, activities and benefits a visit to the farm provides.

All of the benefits, without the hassle of maintaining your own property.

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What can we do at Hartley?

Activities

Accomodation

  • The farm features 5 cabin blocks, each containing 6 individual motel style units.
  • Every cabin also has access to a large veranda where you can sit and relax, and chat with friends.
  • Each unit offers 2 sets of bunk beds as well as a double fold-out sofa bed.
  • A en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, as well as a kitchenette with refrigerator and cooking facilities are provided in every unit.
  • Every cabin also has use of its own BBQ facilities, both gas and wood fired (for the traditionalists).
  • And of course, each cabin also has its own communal outdoor fireplace, where many a tall tale has been told over a wine or two.

The History of Hartley Valley Farm

A bonus for Hartley Valley Holiday Farm owners is “Rosedale” which was built by convicts in 1839. First called the Mount Victoria Inn, it was used as a half-way stop for weary travellers on their way to Lithgow and Bathurst. Rosedale, now the farm manager’s residence and office, is the landmark for your trip to peace and quiet.

Rosedale is not the only place of historical significance in Hartley. The original  settlement of Hartley is only five kilometres down the road.  Here you can take a tour of the restored buildings and wander through the Hartley court house which was used to house and try prisoners up until 1887.

Other areas of interest include the township of Hartley Vale, this area rose to significance with the discovery of shale oil. The township swelled as mines opened up, rail links were built and hotels were built to supply the thirsty miners. One of these was the Comet Inn (named after a brand of kerosene produced at Hartley). Today the Comet Inn has been restored and is open for visitors.

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