If you follow my food and travel adventures over on Instagram, you will have seen my weekend getaway to one of the Heyscape tiny cabins in the Northern Valleys. Ever wanted taste of tiny house living, or to see what being off-grid would be like? A Heyscape escape will give you a taste. Their portable tiny homes are found at farms and vineyards within a couple of hours drive from Perth and south west Western Australia. Secluded tiny cabins are usually geared toward romantic couples’ getaways. Now, families can now enjoy a deep digital detox at their newest cabin “Ashleigh”, which is all about making memories in the fields of Toodyay.
Inside the Tiny Cabin
After less than an hour’s drive from Perth, we arrived at this secluded spot on the outskirts of Toodyay. Found on a working sheep and canola farm, this was a perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway, relaxing with my son with the beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills.
Stepping inside, my eyes were transfixed on the magnificent countryside views from the enormous window. I immediately planned on sitting in the luxurious queen bed (with a wine or coffee), overlooking the picturesque farming landscape.
Unlike the other Heyscape spots, what makes Ashleigh family friendly is that it sleeps 4 people comfortably, or 5 with a porta cot. The kids will be fighting for the top bunk!
And there’s no compromise for it being kid friendly. The accommodation is still stylishly appointed.
The eco-friendly part comes in the form of electricity being powered by solar panels and the non-flushing loo being compostable. With all that in mind, we had short showers, not leaving unused lights on, popping on a jumper instead of the heater etc.
The reverse cycle air-conditioned space is fully equipped with all that we needed to spend a relaxing few days;
Sleeping in a Tiny Cabin
This bed was a winner. Not only was it comfortable, the linens were sooo soft.
- A comfy queen
- Dreamy bedding
- Bunk for 2
- Porta cot
- Hot water bottles
Cooking & Dining
The indoor kitchenette has everything you need to cook up a storm.
- Two-burner gas stove
- Mini fridge (no freezer)
- Kitchen sink and filtered drinking water
- Pots, pans, cooking utensils.
- Enamelware plates & bowls.
- Toddler friendly cutlery.
- Pantry Staples – salt & pepper, EVOO
- Quality tea & coffee (BYO milk)
- Outdoor chairs & picnic table
- Gas hooded BBQ
- Picnic rug
I threw together a couple of easy and yummy graze plates.
And the boy cooked up some bacon and egg rolls for brekky.
The Eco Bathroom
As tank water is used, we were mindful of the amount of water we used.
- Composting toilet.
- Rain & handheld shower heads.
- Quality towels.
- Eco hand & body wash.
- First aid kit & a snake bite kit.
Ashleigh has a super fun feature to help you unwind – a huge hammock (some have an outdoor bath). It has got to be the perfect location to laze and switch off. Simply watch the pink clouds drift by and listen to the birds singing goodnight.
Winter and early spring are a brilliant time to spend at the well-insulated cosy cabin. Despite it being chilly outside, we didn’t need to use the air con. Little Chef loved toasting marshmallows on the camp fire, as the sun set behind us.
There’s lots of things to do at the Ashleigh cabin. The cabin’s simplicity does challenge kids to get imaginative and make their own fun too. There’s a few great climbing trees. There’s plenty of space to run and roam. Be mindful of not scaring the sheep – they seemed quite timid, even though we kept out of their way.
Handy binoculars make it easier to spy on the shy sheep. We even spotted a Kookaburra. There’s garden games and boardgames to win – Pictionary, Monopoly, Jenga and more. For bookworms old and young, there’s something for everyone, including a book written by Ashleigh’s namesake – Aussie legend Ash Barty!
We also spend a little time exploring Toodyay. I figured it would be rude not to pay a visit to the award-winning bakery. We had a stroll down the main street of the small town, with cafes, country pubs, boutiques and quirky spots like the Coca-Cola Cafe & Museum, and Christmas 360.
When to Stay in the Wheatbelt
A late winter stay at Ashleigh is best, as the fields are brilliant golds and green. During this time, 4WD access is best, during very wet periods. Negotiating the gravel tracks in my little Mazda was easy, during mid-September.
I always appreciate a later checkout. The check-out time of 11am, meant we had plenty of time to enjoy brekkie amongst the sheep, before we packed up and headed for home.
Heyscape is a wonderful spot for families to disconnect from the daily. The peace and quiet at Ashleigh certainly helped us switch off from the worry and fast pace of modern, suburban life and enjoy precious family time on the farm. I can’t recommend Heyscape enough and you’ll drive away with a big grin on your face, like us!
Find out more and how to book the Heyscape Northern Valleys on their website.