Chestnut Brae Farm

Chestnut Brae Farm is the most beautiful farm in the south west. It comprises 70 acres with 20 acres of sweet chestnuts and daffodils. The farm is in Carlotta just 10 minutes drive south of Nannup and 55 minutes inland from Margaret River. The region is a beautiful food and wine production area and Nannup is the centre of the south west, so it is a perfect spot to explore the entire south west region. We have sheep, goats, alpaca, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, and pigs.

Backpacker accommodation is separate from the family home. We have a caravan that is suitable for couples it has no power, but toilets are nearby.

The farm is run by Linda and John Stanley and we love to have volunteers from around the world stay with us and share their stories of their home town. As our own family have all grown up and left home, we treat volunteers as though they are part of our family. We have a special room for volunteers and volunteers have their own bathroom and toilet. Volunteers eat meals with us and if you would like to share in the cooking sometimes we are happy with that. We do recommend that volunteers get a Telstra simcard before travelling to regional areas as telephone reception can be otherwise limited. Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: https://chestnutbrae.com.au/volunteers/ Backpackers should consider bringing the following items to the farm: - working boots, -long sleeved shirts, -a hat (with a preference for broad brimmed for sun safety) - long pants/trousers - a head torch or small torch for night times Chestnut Brae provide protective clothing if and when required. Please note, in winter it does get quite cold and wet, we recommend anyone visiting from May- August to keep this in mind when packing.

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Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

5.0

United States

5

I’ll say when I first arrived at the farm it was a bit of a shock, it had been a long time since I had camped in a fairly remote area, but John, Linda, and then team made me feel so welcomed and over my time I came to really enjoy and honestly love the farm. I’m quite sad to be leaving. It is definitely hard work, but very worth it. I learned so, so much from John and Linda about sustainability and business and Linda is a phenomenal cook! I will say I’ve gotten very accustomed to eating chestnuts almost every day, so it will be strange not having them so regularly. Highly recommended.

11 days ago

Sweden

5

Chestnut Brae was the perfect place to start our journey into volunteering. I've never met anyone quite like John or Linda before, they are kind, helpful, and fun to be around. We loved the variety of tasks that we were given and learned so much from it. It really felt like it was important for them to see us develop and improve in areas we enjoyed and were good at. We stayed in a Caravan wich was very cozy, and if we had any issues they would help us immediately. Thank you for this life changing experience! We will certainly be back in no time! 🤗

20 days ago

Sweden

5

This was our first volunteering experience, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. To start of, John and Linda are so knowledgeable, helpful, funny and just the kindest people ever. They helped us so much with lots of different stuff, and made us feel like part of their family. We learnt so much from them, but also from all the different work tasks we did. The work was fun, so mentally relaxing to just to physical jobs, get dirty and be outside every day. Such a special farm, the animals, night sky, nature, but especially the people. We will definitely come back!❤️

20 days ago

United States

5

Chestnut Brae was the most amazing life changing experience.John and Linda really make you feel like one of the family. They are very clear and reasonable with what needs to be done in your 6 hour working day and you have a ton of down time to enjoy the beautiful farm. The work is very physical but it was always fun! Sleeping facility is comfortable and had everything you could need. Linda cooks an amazing dinner every night where we all eat together. I would recommend Chestnut Brae to anyone who’s looking to really get in touch with nature and learn more about it,and just have a ton of fun!

about 1 month ago

Chile

5

John and Linda are really kind, they were always worried if I needed something or more, it's a relaxing place where you can connect with nature, also they took me to another place in my free day like the beach and a meeting with their friends and they make you feel comfortable. I usually walked through the farm during the evenings and read and it's so quiet. It was a nice experience! And thank you for all John and Linda

3 months ago


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