Luxury family friendly farm stay —Summerholm House

If you’re searching for a holiday getaway that strikes the perfect balance between kid friendly and adult luxe, we’ve found it. Get ready to explore Summerholm House. This is a luxury family friendly farm stay that is fun for the kids and utterly gorgeous for the grown ups.

We chat to new co-owner, Megan Denton, about the history of this stunning property and enjoy how she has styled this AirBnB to absolute perfection.

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Summerholm House bedroom with pink bedding accents
Beautiful bedding is just one of the luxe inclusions at this stunning holiday home
Summerholm House white exterior of cottage

Tucked away in the Lockyer Valley in the Queensland countryside, Summerholm House offers a relaxing escape from the grind of the city.

“We love how close the property is to Brisbane, where we’re based. It’s not too far to get away for a weekend… when it’s not booked out by visiting guests of course!” laughs Megan.

“Summerholm is part of the Lockyer Valley region which is 30 minutes from Toowoomba, and just an hours drive from Brisbane.

“The property itself is divided into several, separated paddocks. It makes it ideal for families as it’s secure to let the kids go exploring within the contained spaces. It gives the littles ones a chance to run around and enjoy the country air, while the adults can watch on and soak in the peaceful surroundings.”

Summerholm House kitchen island butchers block
Black wood burner in living room
Summerholm House bedroom with pink bedding accents

Keen for an investment property they could also use for their own family getaways, Summerholm House ticked all the boxes for Megan and her husband Tim.

“Buying this holiday home was never our original plan!” says Megan with a smile.

“My husband Tim and I are mortgage brokers and we work closely with real estate agents. Tim was speaking with an agent who mentioned he needed to sell his farm investment property quickly.

“We had been toying with the idea of buying something rural, but nothing ever really stood out. There was either too much land, or the house needed way too much work. We didn’t want to overcommit ourselves to a farm that would end up being a full time job.

“When we had a look around Summerholm House, we could envision what we wanted it to be and knew it was perfect for our AirBnB plans. It was actually already listed as a holiday home, so it made it that much easier for us to just inherit everything as it was.

“We basically swapped the keys and that was it! Everything was left exactly as it was. The old owner walked away without having to do much work to get it ready for sale. And we got to keep bits and pieces that were already in place so we could continue to let it out straight away while we made some quick plans to renovate.”

Summerholm House guest bedroom with cream bedding and cushions
Summerholm House living room with black framed coffee table and large vase with greenery
Summerholm House outdoor dining on deck

The ideal family friendly farm stay, this property is modest in size but big on luxury.

“The cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a third converted sleep-out space. I’d call the inside style minimal, luxe. There are no frills or expanse of decor.

“We kept the interior furnishings to a minimum to allow more space and flow between the rooms. You can see into each room from the main living space, so it was important everything worked together and no space felt too loud.

“It’s simple in its style, but there are gorgeous textures to bring warmth and high end linens to soften the space.

“We’ve considered children in all aspects of the farm. We really wanted to create a family friendly farm stay, to cater to those looking for more elevated places to stay with their young families.

Summerholm House island butchers block with breakfast treats
Summerholm House black wood burner in living room and floral art
This beautiful Steph Brooke artwork is a standout feature
Summerholm House dining room with large vase and native greenery
Summerholm House living room with view to bedrom

With its mix of country charm and luxe interiors, the making of Summerholm House was all about paring back.

“When we first viewed the cottage, the internal aspect had a great feel to it. We knew that once we stripped out all the clutter, we could really let it shine.

“The previous owners had filled it to the brim with old homewares. And I mean every wall and every surface!” Megan recalls.

“There were old plates, statues, ornaments… I think we removed almost 50 frames from the walls!

“The floors, indoor fireplace and VJ walls were in such great condition, you just couldn’t see much of them through the abundance of furniture and decor.

“Once we took everything out, we realised that by keeping the space clean and luxurious, those beautiful key features would really stand out.”

Summerholm House with purple jacaranda tree
Summerholm House living room and dining area
Summerholm House closet space with hangers and stacked trunks
Summerholm House living room with comfy sofa and cushions

 Adding to its beauty is the rich, heart-warming history behind the property.

“As you enter to property there is an original sign that says ‘Summer School’. This cottage was actually built in 1887 and was the local school of Summerholm,” Megan explains.

“One day, as we were renovating, an older couple drove past and stopped on the driveway. We noticed them having a look, so we introduced ourselves.

“They said a family member had attended the original school and wanted to see how it looked today and asked to take some photos!

“There are still some residents that live locally who attended the school back when it was still operating as a school.

Summerholm House shed and grounds
Summerholm House shed and farm property
Summerholm House chicken coop on property
Summerholm House fire pit area with views of surrounding farm land

No family friendly farm stay would be complete without adorable farm animals!

“We most definitely have some animals!” smiles Megan.

“It’s often peoples favourite part of their stay! Guests are welcome to interact with them as much — or as little — as they like. There are 2 goats and a sheep who live in one shed, and free range chickens who occupy another shed.

“Our chickens are 100% free range. They’re happiest roaming around the property and guests are welcome to help themselves to their eggs as much as they like.

“But if animals aren’t really your thing, there’s also a large fire pit, fenced off dam and several paddocks towards the back of the property.”

Summerholm House kitchen corner with white cabinetry
Summerholm House shed and surrounding property
Summerholm House outdoor dining with cheeseboard and wine

Summerholm House allows for a real country escape.

“We love being outside at dusk as the country sounds come alive. It’s when you can really appreciate the beauty of having some space to yourselves. Once it’s dark, the cottage provides that cosy, intimate setting that’s a real change from how we operate day to day in the city.

“What we love most is the property’s accessibility to all the amenities you could need, yet it still feels remote and quiet. It’s the perfect balance for people or families who want to escape but don’t want to venture out too far.  

“And with the abundance of land that we have, we really hope to transform even more of the property to include additional luxury areas to elevate our guests experience.

“We can’t decide between an outdoor pool or external glass walled sauna/bath environment! So stay tuned!”

Thank you so much to Megan for showing us around Summerholm House. If you’re looking for a luxury country getaway, with (or without!) the kids, this family friendly farm stay could be just what you’re searching for.

You can find Summerholm House on AirBnB and also on Instagram.

More home tours here

Summerholm House guest bedroom with neutral bedding and floor lamp
Summerholm House bedroom with pink bedding accents
Summerholm House view to pink accent bedroom
Summerholm House cream guest bedroom with throw and luxe cushions
Summerholm House living room with dark floors and black woodburning stove
Summerholm House dark timber floors and white arm chair with floral artwork
Summerholm House timber bench seat with large ceramic vase
Summerholm House timber bench with styled vignette
Summerholm House kitchen nook with coffee machine
Summerholm House dining table with large vase and native greenery
Summerholm House exterior of farm stay home
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