It has been a bit quiet here on Aussie Geek Dad recently, and for good reason! We have just been away on our first family holiday with our 1 year old son.

We decided to take a holiday “Down South” and spend a few days at a farm-stay. We figured that this would be the best of both worlds: a nice relaxing holiday for us parents and a fun place for an excitable little boy.

We chose Diamond Forest Cottages mainly because of its rating and reviews on which are basically all 4 or 5 stars (over 100 of them).

The cottage we rented was the closest to the main house, right in front of the close paddocks. It is reasonably secluded, with none of the other cottages in view. First impressions were that the decor was a little dated, with wood panelling on the lower half of all walls and slate floors.

The decor soon fell away into the background though once you appreciate the view from the front balcony. It’s not meant to be a 6 star luxury getaway, more like a simple place to base yourself for lots of outdoor activities.

I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a log fire anywhere in the cabin. It suited us on this trip because our son is just starting to walk around and likely to burn himself on a fire, but as he gets older it would be nice to have that fire at a winter getaway.

The real winner for us was the animals. Our son was absolutely beside himself with glee every time he saw any. And the opportunity to feed them at any time was fantastic. The squeals could be heard right across the farm as he discovered every new animal.

Diamond Forest Cottages is also really well located for local attractions around the south of WA. It’s halfway between Pemberton and Manjimup, close to the magnificent Karri Forests, wineries, a micro-brewery and countless other attractions.

The only disappointment with our trip was that it was too short! We will definitely be going back and staying longer next time.