Soak in an outdoor bathtub at this eco-stay in Bathurst

Rest Private Escape is the newest offering from the team behind Barn at Boxgrove, Bathurst’s premium wedding destination, an authentic eco-conscious farm stay experience with a touch of luxury. Six eco-suites line the hilltop of Boxgrove Farm, a 67-hectare property that guests can enjoy throughout their stay. With an indoor bathtub and sumptuous king-size bed, the cabins are so cozy you’ll never want to leave unless it is the venture to the outdoor tubs and fire pit.

Traveller: Tina-Louise Jackson
Room: Eco Studio No 3
Address: BoxGrove Farm, 119 Duramana Rd, Bathurst NSW 2795
Date: April 2024
Price range:  From $550 per night
Best for An offgrid luxury escape for two  

Location

A scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, Rest Private Escape is a mere 10-minute drive from the centre of Bathurst. The eco-studios are positioned in the midst of Boxgrove Farm. The 67-hectare property is a premium wedding venue as well as a working family farm and a growing vineyard.

Rest Private Escape’s Eco-studios

Each of the six eco-cabins are designed to maximise natural light and ventilation, offering a perfect blend of sustainability and luxury.  With lime-wash walls, burnished concrete floors and spotted elm panelling, the natural, earthy tones connect the cabins to the land.  You can soak up the views of the night skies through floor-to-ceiling windows from your king-size bed, swathed in organic linens or even from the freestanding stone bathtub in the bathroom.

A small kitchenette has all you need to find an excuse not to leave your cabin for your entire stay, including a coffee machine with Nespresso pods and ceramic crockery by a local potter. The carbon footprint is minimal in the making of these cabins. Step outside onto your private deck overlooking the paddocks of Angus cattle beyond. Outdoors is also a top-of-the-range barbecue, a double bathtub and a firepit, perfect for toasting marshmallows as well as keeping your toes toasty on a chilly evening. 

Rest Private Escape

The showstopper

Visit Rest Private Escape for the sunsets and the stars. Viewed from your private deck or your king-size bed, the freestanding stone bathtub, side by side in your double outside bathtub, or wrapped up warm around the firepit.

Green thumbs up

Completely off-grid, the Bathurst cabins are solar-powered, with rainwater harvested from your roof and filtered through your taps.

Eco-cabins at Rest Private Escape, Bathurst
Eco-cabins at Rest Private Escape

Is Rest Private Escape good for families?

The eco-studios are designed for two, however, there is a three-bedroom villa if you’re travelling with the family.  If your family is of the furry variety, a couple of the studios are pet-friendly. The three-bedroom vigneron’s villa has breathtaking views of the vineyard and big-sky country, a modern full kitchen, barbecue area and cozy lounge-dining room for watching movies or playing board games. The master bedroom has an ensuite and freestanding bath.

I wish I could take home…

The indoor bathtub with that view.

Before booking…

With only 6 cabins, they’ll be in demand, so best to get in quick and book ahead.  

Insiders’ tips

Whilst the cabins are designed to soak up the views and natural light at any time of day, if you prefer your early mornings a little darker to maximize your lie-in, Cabins 1 and 6 have black-out blinds. Whilst the native plants are still growing around the studios, now is the time to grab a relaxed and authentic farm experience at pastoral rates.

Rest Private Escape has views across the 67-hectare Boxgrove Farm, Bathurst
Paddock views of the 67-hectare Boxgrove Farm

What do to at Rest Private Escape

This Bathurst eco-stay offers peace and tranquillity. And with a well-appointed kitchenette and a barbecue, you may just find that staying in is the new going out.  With farm fresh eggs, Trunkey Creek bacon, and rustic sourdough provided, start the day with breakfast al fresco cooked on your barbecue, then take a wander through the paddocks to visit the resident cows, sheep and James the alpaca, who keeps the flock safe from predators (and here I was thinking they just hummed and looked cute).

Settle on your deck with a book by day, spin some vinyl on the Crosley record player, then in early evening grab a sundowner (we recommend a Bathurst Grange G&T, a sample of which was waiting for us in our cabin), light the firepit and enjoy the show as the sun sets over the mountain backdrop and the stars emerge…they call it a Big-Sky Country Getaway for a reason and there can be no better place to enjoy it than here at Rest Private Escape with a loved one and a glass of wine.

We opt to dine in, having grabbed excellent steaks from local butcher Keen & Co (recommended by Ben our host) and veggies in Bathurst. We cook our dinner over the heat of the firepit. 

A small kitchenette at Rest Private Escape
The kitchenette has a coffee machine and local-made ceramics

Things to do in Bathurst

Perhaps a destination less travelled than its neighbours Orange and Mudgee, Bathurst may just surprise you.  More than just the home of Mount Panorama Racing Circuit and the Bathurst 1000, there’s a growing foodie scene, a distillery, brewery and wineries – the real dark horse of the Central West and well worth a longer linger.

The region has rich gold rush history. If you’re visiting in a 4WD take the Bridle Track (there’s a road route if you’re looking for smoother passage) to Hill End, a perfectly preserved gold rush town. Wind your way back through the historic town of Sofala or have lunch in Matt Moran’s Rockley Pub, aptly named The Rockley.

Closer to the township of Bathurst, visit Renzaglia Wines, where the cellar door is open on the 4th weekend of every month (open by appointment at other times so call ahead).  Here we relax in the late afternoon sunshine, grazing on a home-produced platter whilst sampling the wines, before settling on Sam’s recommendation of a 2016 Renzaglia Mount Panorama Estate Shiraz, to pair with our locally bought steak. 

If you are opting to dine out, Bootleg in Bathurst comes highly recommended. 

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If only…

I’m all about the lie-in when I’m away for a weekend, so it would have been great to have a cabin with black-out blinds to sleep a little longer.  However, a little earlier awakening afforded me a glorious view of the low morning mist over the paddocks, which I might have missed if I’d slumbered longer.  

V&T expert rating

9/10. Escape. Rest. Repeat.  If you’re looking for an ‘away from it all’ break, you’ll find it at Rest Private Escape.

To book or find out more visit rest.boxgrove.com.au

Rest Private Escape, Bathurst
The six cabins at Rest Private Escape

Where to find Rest Private Escape

An easy 10-minute drive from central Bathhurst, on the outskirts of Eglinton.

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