Fay and Bill Lulham have built the latest tourism offering in the village of Kentucky – Kentucky B&B, Camellia Cottage …
Tell us what brought you to the area?
We owned a business in the New England, which we have now sold, but we came over from the coast originally. We just love the area and are particularly fond of the weather here. We wanted to have somewhere where our grandkids could come on school holidays and experience country life.
What prompted you to build Camellia Cottage?
When we have travelled we often have stayed in B&B accommodation, and thought we could offer a place on our farm to come to and enjoy the peace and quiet, the beautiful local scenery and all the New England has to offer – local wineries, breweries, art galleries, National Parks etc. Even if you stayed for a month, you would still have plenty to see and do.
The spot on our property where the cottage is came from Bill’s sister, renowned Sydney Artist Catherine Harry when visiting; she would often sit on her little stool in the paddock to capture the beautiful scenery, the big sky’s ever changing colours and seasonal changes. Local artist Bruce Watson has also captured the outlook, and we have artwork from both artists hanging in the cottage. We have amazing 360 degree views.
What is unique about Camellia Cottage?
Our location. Approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane, close to the New England Highway (5 km), Armidale (35 km), Tamworth (75 km), Uralla (12 km) and Walcha (30 km). Bill has built this cottage with timbers sourced locally from storm fallen trees on the farm, which he has milled with his Lucas Mill. Some of the furniture is also built with local New England Stringy. The Camellia Cottage is passive solar, using the northern aspect to create warmth in winter, and cool in summer. There is an enclosed yard to make it pet friendly. There is a lovely deck to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.
What does Camellia Cottage offer?
Peace and quiet, a homely atmosphere, and local produce in a breakfast hamper. There is an option for home cooked meals (at an added cost) also available. The Kentucky local General Store and Café is just 2 km away. We offer a one bedroom (with queen size bed), fully equipped kitchen, laundry, bath and shower, large screen TV and wood burning fireplace, along with views to die for. Camellia Cottage is perfect for couples and boasts all the luxuries needed for a peaceful, relaxing getaway. We are on 75 acres here, and it is a working farm, so guests are welcome to explore the immediate area. It is a place for a soothing escape with an undisturbed location. We can offer exclusive, personalised service with attention to detail, to ensure a stay with us is one to remember!
Fay, you have another side hobby, don’t you?
Yes, I have a business called “Pukeko Preserves”. I grow and make products from my garden, which I very selectively sell in the Kentucky/Uralla/Armidale area. You can find Trish Rasmussen, from “Lazy Magpie” and I at the Kentucky Markets with our wares. I also sell through Highland Living in Uralla, Eastview Estate in Kentucky uses my products with their food, and you can find me at The Pop-Up Store in Armidale when it is on. And, of course Pukeko Preserves are always on offer at Camellia Cottage for our guests’ enjoyment.
To support the Kentucky Gardens Open Weekend on 18/19 November, we are offering two nights’ accommodation for a couple as a lucky gate prize, so please join us so you have a chance to personally experience all we have on offer at Camellia Cottage in Kentucky.