Earlier this month we had the absolute privilege to visit the magical town of Balingup. I hadn’t been to Balingup since I was a child and my husband had never been so it was a really lovely place to explore together with our boys.

We were even luckier to be able to stay in a gorgeous little cottage at Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages.

Balingup Heights is owned and operated by Deb and Brian Vanallen.  They have won many awards for their customer service, including this year’s BSW Customer Service Award.  And when you meet them, it’s easy to see why.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting when we visited Balingup Heights.  But one thing is for sure, the cottages well and truly exceeded my expectations.

From the minute we entered Hepton Hill Cottage, you could feel the attention to detail.  It was so clean!  Like you could walk on the floor barefoot clean!  The kitchen and bathroom were modern and well appointed.  The bathroom in our cottage was basically brand new and had amazing shower pressure.   All of the sheets and towels were amazingly white and clean.  We had a lovely log fire to warm the cabin which added so much ambience and character.  The boys had their own bedroom complete with teddies on their beds which they were so excited about!

Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages - family friendly accomodation located in magical Balingup

The attention to details is just lovely – who can beat your own teddy to snuggle 😉

We had two bedrooms (one with a queen bed and single bed and another with 2 singles) plus a kitchen/diner, lounge room (with tv) and bathroom.  The cottage opened onto a little deck with outdoor setting and bbq (although it was a little cold to use these facilities when we visited).

The Queen bedroom with room for an extra!

 

Modern, well appointed kitchen diner

They say it’s attention to detail that really makes you feel welcome, and they’re so right.  Nothing was forgotten!

Both mornings that we woke up at Balingup Heights, we were able to go with Deb and Brian to feed their animals.  The boys absolutely loved this!  They were even able to help feed day old twin lambs!  Chooks, guinea pigs, horses, sheep … even a Llama named Topdeck!  It was such a great interactive experience for them.  The first day our eldest was a little hesitant as he was tired and grumpy, but on the second morning he was in the shed with Brian mixing up the feed.

Magical Balingup

Pepper the chicken enjoying her morning feed.

 

Llama Time at Magical Balingup

Topdeck the Llama enjoying his morning treats.

 

Feeding the animals at magical Balingup Heights was a definite highlight for the children

Our eldest, Haze, feeding the sheep. He absolutely loved the interaction.

Top Deck the Llama – what a character he is!

 

Feeding the horses – a definite highlight!

 

 

The view from the hilltop is simply stunning, especially on these misty winter mornings.  A definite highlight!

Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages - family friendly accomodation located in magical Balingup

Spectacular misty mornings views – photo courtesy of Brian at BH

We were able to explore Balingup and the surrounding towns while we were there.  Some of our highlights were:

Greenbushes Pool and Playground just outside of magical Balingup

A trip to Greenbushes Pool, just 10km out of Balingup was a great activity for everyone! Stunning little spot.

 

Greenbushes Pool and Playground just outside of magical Balingup

This is the little playground at Greenbushes Pool.

 

Boardwalk at Greenbushes Pool - a great place for some quality family time in Magical Balingup

Haze enjoying the boardwalk at Greenbushes Pool – perfect for a family stroll.

 

Balingup Playground in the centre of Magical Balinup Town - great place for the kids to burn off some energy.

Balingup Village Green Playground in the centre of town – the kids loved playing with Daddy while I browsed the gorgeous shops and grabbed a coffee in the main street.

 

Golden Tree Park – simply stunning, especially at the beginning of Autumn. We were slightly late for the really pretty views.

 

Serious Pub Grub at Greenbushes Hotel just outside of Magical Balingup

Seriously one of the best steaks we’ve had in a while! And very kid friendly too!

 

Greenbushes Mine viewing platform just near Magical Balingup

The view from the Greenbushes Mine Observation Platform – it’s very safe and a great educational experience.

The Greenbushes Discovery Centre was closed while we were there (it is only open on some days) but hopefully we will get to have a look next time.

We also headed to nearby Bridgetown while we were there – you can read about our adventures in Bridgetown here.

If you’d like to book your stay at Balingup Heights, be sure to visit them here.  Make sure you tell them we sent you!

Have you visited somewhere in our South West that you’d recommend?  We’d love to hear about it!  Come and join in the conversation in our Facebook Group – South West Mum Life.

Kate xx


 

Kate is the founder of South West Mums.  She headed to Balingup with her husband of 6 years, Warren and their two boys, Haze (4) and Tex (19 months).  A South West local, born and raised in Harvey, Kate is passionate about promoting interregional tourism within the South West and encouraging families to explore the gems in their own backyard.  You can contact Kate here.

 


 

Our accomodation at Balingup Heights was gifted to us, however all opinions presented in our review are our own and truly reflect our experiences.  We would have no problems recommending Balingup Heights to our family and friends.