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For Christmas this year we rented a charming homestead on Airbnb for four nights. Located just above the NSW border at Chinghee Creek in the Scenic Rim, we enjoyed the peace and seclusion of this gorgeous home.
It was special to enjoy a country Christmas and support our rural neighbours at a time when Australia is experiencing hardship in the form of drought and bushfires.
On Christmas day the grandparents, aunty, uncle and cousins joined us and stayed the night. There was plenty of room for everyone as this house sleeps eight people. The boys ran around the front yard for hours with their water pistols while the adults enjoyed the view and each other’s company.
We loved our country Christmas – and we definitely recommend taking a holiday to a country town near you as the money you spend will support local people when they need it most. Here is some more information about this fantastic Airbnb rental. To book your stay at Beaumont High Country Homestead, click below.
Or if you’re interested in other unique Airbnb stays in Australia – you might like this blog post by travel blogger Jessica Pascoe.
Beaumont High Country Homestead is situated in the Scenic Rim, an area in South East Queenland well known for its beautiful scenery, great food and local festivals. The property itself is located at Chinghee Creek and is just a few kilometres from the Lost World and Lamington National Park.
The homestead is approximately 30 minutes south of Beaudesert, 1 hour 30 minutes south of Brisbane city and 1 hour 40 minutes south west of the Gold Coast. We stopped at Tamborine Mountain on our return, which is about 1 hour north east of the property.
For us, Beaumont Homestead was not about being located near popular tourist attractions – it was a destination in its own right, offering an opportunity to switch off, recharge and enjoy real peace and quiet.
The homestead was built in the early 1900’s, and has been beautifully restored but still retains its traditional charm. Beaumont is a working cattle property, with 60 steers roaming across the paddocks in front of the house.
The homestead has a lovely indoor fire place and an outdoor fire pit to enjoy in the cooler months. The house is very large and has plenty of room for a family or group of friends wanting to enjoy a country retreat.
The home has three very spacious bedrooms. We slept in the main bedroom and had more than enough space to set up our son’s inflatable mattress so he could sleep next to us.
When our family came to stay they were very comfortable in the other rooms, and our hosts also advised there is an extra sofa couch in the games room if we needed.
The second bedroom which sleeps two people is located directly next to the second shower.
The third bedroom which sleep four people includes a walk in robe and it’s own toilet.
Each bedroom has ceiling fans, windows with lovely views and a door that opens onto the bushland at the back of the house. The main bedroom included an air-conditioner. All linen was provided and the beds were very comfortable.
The kitchen at Beaumont Homestead is spacious, with plenty of bench space and excellent amenities – as well as gorgeous views.
Our kind hosts, Claire and Rod left us a bottle of sparkling wine, Christmas chocolates and candy canes for our son to enjoy.
All dishes, cutlery, pots, pans and other cooking basics such as salt and pepper were provided. The standard equipment was included – oven, stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, a large refrigerator and freezer. But in addition to this, there was a coffee machine (with around 10 coffee pods), sandwich press and slow cooker.
Even though we were cooking Christmas lunch for nine people, we didn’t need to bring much with us – only a few extra serving platters and Tupperware containers to store our leftovers. There is also plenty of cupboard and pantry space.
Some Airbnb properties can be very light-on with equipment, but we were really impressed by the kitchen at Beaumont Homestead and we had all we needed for the duration of our stay.
You might like to cook meals on the fire pit in the front yard (as long as there are no fire restrictions during your stay), and the hosts can also provide a BBQ if needed.
The home has two showers (one over a bath), and two toilets. Our hosts provided the usual toiletries (for a longer stay you will need to bring some of your own), towels and toilet paper.
Television, Reading Room and Games Room
The house has a lounge room with satellite television stations for chilling out at night. It has a lot of channels, as well as a DVD player, a number of DVD’s to choose from and USB input for portable hard drives.
My favourite room was the large reading room with gorgeous views over the valley. It includes magazines, books and board games to enjoy.
The well-stocked games room is set up in the garage, and includes a table tennis, a putting practice matt, a hookey board, tetherball tennis equipment and quoits. We had great fun challenging each other to table tennis after our son had gone to bed.
Family Friendly Amenities
If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in the Scenic Rim, you’ll find it in Beaumont Homestead. It is fully fenced (gates must be kept closed at all times to keep the cows out), so children are free to run around and explore the large garden safely.
Our three-year old son was also very pleased to find a few toys in the third bedroom, including building blocks, stuffed teddy bears and a wooden truck.
Things to Do
There is plenty to do at Beaumont High Country Homestead including hiking, swimming, and spotting wildlife including wallabies, birds, lizards and cows. My husband even spotted a fox!
Our son picked and ate cherry tomatoes straight from the edible garden, and we enjoyed our meals on the front porch overlooking the valley.
Rest and Relaxation
As mentioned above, the generous hosts have provided plenty of reading material, including magazines and books. They even left a note for us letting us know if we didn’t finish a book we were welcome to take it with us. The comfortable couches and gorgeous views in the reading room are so inviting.
The games room offers plenty of fun entertainment, and the sitting room includes a few board games. Kids will love to explore the large garden and spot wildlife outside.
Swimming and Bushwalks
There’s not much water around most of rural South East Queensland at the moment, but we were fortunate enough that the host’s property still has a couple of lovely swimming holes, located just 7 km from Beaumont Homestead. They invited us to swim and borrow their kayaks anytime we liked during our stay.
We went for a bushwalk up the hill behind the property. Our son loved it – and walked most of the way, only asking to be carried once. There are plenty of walks around this area, including caves to explore.
Christmas Creek Cafe and Cabins
Located just 10 minutes down the road is the Christmas Creek Café and Cabins. Their homely café is open on Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm and Sundays 8 am – 4 pm. They ask that you phone ahead if you’d like to attend on weekdays, and you can make dinner reservations any day for 5 pm – 8 pm.
What to know before your stay
Claire and Rod were very helpful and responsive to our queries before and after our booking, and during our stay. They met us on our arrival to welcome us and share information about what there is to do in the area. They even offered to take us for a tour of their property on their buggies.
We were sad to hear from our hosts that they have been experiencing drought for two years now. They have to transport water up to the property for their cows each day. Because of this, it’s important to be mindful of water usage while staying at Beaumont Homestead, which the hosts request in their house rules. We were very careful to have short ‘country’ showers each night. It’s a great time to visit areas in drought – because you’re supporting local families and businesses who may be doing it tough.
If you’re dependent on air-conditioning you should be aware there is only one in the main bedroom – although during our stay in summer we were more than comfortable. There are ceiling rooms in each bedroom and two pedestal fans that you can move wherever you need.
We visited in summer during December, and it was only on the first day that we felt a little warm, but as soon as it hit 5 pm a beautiful breeze came through and we were more than comfortable. For the rest of the stay the house was lovely and cool as all the windows throughout the house allowed the cool breeze to circulate. You can always pop down to the swimming hole if you do hit a particularly hot day.
Food and Drinks
Come prepared with your food and drinks for the duration of your stay as the nearest supermarket is located in Beaudesert, a 30-minute drive away.
WiFi and Mobile Reception
As mentioned above, the property does not have WiFi or mobile reception. For us, this was part of the charm. There is a phone available to make free local and national phone calls.
We absolutely loved our stay at Beaumont Homestead – it was one of the few holidays we have taken with our young son that we felt relaxed and we genuinely hope to be back again soon. Unless you think an opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy peaceful surroundings is a terrible idea – you’ll love Beaumont Homestead too.