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who purchased the motel in 1999 and have since developed the property to include 5 chalets.
After buying the property Steve and Julie retained an architect to plan improvements and development that could be undertaken over a period of time. Their aim was to continue to offer easy access, privacy and tranquillity in a rural setting and to provide added services. After a year running the motel they felt there was enough demand to warrant expansion and they decided there was an opportunity to capture a niche-market by building self-contained chalets."At that time, half the property was unusable and fenced-off as an animal enclosure, so there was certainly room for expansion and improvement," Julie said. "over the last six years we have also developed the gardens by introducing colour and variety to achieve a relaxed, country garden settings. This has been a slow process with limited labour and finances, but the enthusiasm displayed by guests, the local community and passers-by is very encouraging and even winter we are receiving compliments. In spring and summer the gardens get rave reviews," she said.
Western Australia. The two and a half acre property attracts many native birds and has extensive gardens and lawns, It even has its own pet goats and an attention-seeking Bernese mountain dog.
The complex has 19 units and five self-contained chalets. It has a three-and-a-half star rating with the RAC. "We aim to provide attractive, clean and comfortable accommodation at realistic prices while aspiring to make every stay pleasurable," owner Julie Leggett said. "We have received a lot of positive feedback."
Mount Barker is a four-hour drive south of Perth and is about 50km north of the historic coastal settlement of Albany, which features an old whaling station. There are excellent surf beaches on the west coast. Wapole, about 80km from Mount Barker has a famous tree-top walk and magnificent towering tingle trees in the Valley of the Giants.
The wine industry is flourishing in the region and the Great Southern is the largest wine producing area in Australia. The Great Southern region stretches from Franklin River in the north to Albany in the south, west to Denmark and east to Mount Barker and the Porongurup, an area covering almost 100km of picturesque and unspoiled country side.