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Down to Earth Farm Retreat

04 11 163 683

Experience earth-sheltered living at Down to Earth Farm Retreat, where the buildings are invisible from above and the roof is a native garden.

Situated close to Lakes Entrance, this property has been developed as a move towards sustainable living. The buildings are set within the earth.
The climate of these architect designed, environmentally conscious buildings is regulated by the thermal mass of the earth.

Glass faces emerge from the earth and the elevation provides sweeping 360 degree views through the mouth of the Nicholson River where it enters the Gippsland Lakes, the Mitchell River Silt Jetties and Paynesville and Raymond Island in the background.

This a private 130 acre retreat is located between Bairnsdale and Bruthen and is very close to many of East Gippsland’s most popular attractions. Walk the property, relax, see native animals in their natural environment and enjoy the sunsets.

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Price & booking


$200.00 - $230.00

The Burrow accommodation $200 per night for couples. $30 additional if three or four guests stay. Lakeview accommodation $230 per night

The Burrow

The Burrow faces north to the Great Dividing Range. It is entirely earth sheltered with a glass face to take in the north sun and the view. The native bush featuring Ironbark, Red Box and Stringybark trees falls steeply away and is home to wallabies, wombats, echidnas and sugar gliders. Bird life is abundant and the Kookaburras a delight. The Burrow is peaceful, private and features two bedrooms, living area, kitchenette dining, spacious bathroom, large private patio and barbecue. The bespoke furniture manufactured on-site using recycled timber from the Essendon Tram Depot is a feature.This is luxury accommodation designed for two couples or small families. A porta-cot is available on request.


Lakeview is exactly as the name suggests. The views cannot be captured with words. This is a secret and a surprise. Visitors could do nothing at all but enjoy the view and be totally satisfied. Look down from the private deck at the property as it falls steeply away. Look to the vegetable garden, orchard and to the mouth of the Nicholson river entering the Gippsland Lakes. See the merino sheep in the paddocks and in the morning and evenings, kangaroos and wallabies. Across the lake is Paynesville, Eagle Point and Raymond Island and at night see the lights, as well as the navigations lights on the lakes and the oil rig at sea. Lakeview features one bedroom with floor to ceiling windows to take in the view and the night sky. Kitchen, living and dining area, spacious bathroom, private deck, barbecue and spotting scope to zoom in on the view. The bespoke furniture manufactured on-site using recycled timber from the Essendon Tram Depot is a feature. The self-contained Lakeview unit has been designed for couples however a porta-cot is available upon request.

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  • BBQ facilities
  • Car park
  • Laundry
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details