“To find the universal elements enough;
To find the air and water exhilarating;
To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…
To be thrilled by the stars at night;
To be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of a simple life.”
John Burroughs – Leaf and Tendril, 1908.


Kestrel Nest EcoHut, is the perfect off-grid and off-line (no phone or internet) eco-retreat for couples and small families. An eco-retreat doesn’t mean you go without. Solar panels and batteries will guarantee energy for your stay, while panoramic double-glazed windows will allow glorious views. Linger in the outdoor bath.

We called our hut after the magnificent Kestrel – the ONLY bird we saw near EcoHut for two weeks following the ‘19-’20 Black Summer Fires, which nearly consumed our hut while it was still being built.

A well-equipped kitchen will have you cooking up a storm with our farm-fresh produce and locally-sourced produce available for purchase. We also have special hampers and local wine.

You’ll stay warm and cosy with an internal wood fireplace and fire pit outside during the winter months and cool and refreshed during the summer.

The night sky will have you amazed – marvel at the heavenly show via our stargazing hammocks.


Located in Mt. Adrah, near Tumut in the Riverna Highlands Region, halfway between Sydney & Melbourne and one hour from Wagga Wagga. Just 10 mins off the Hume Highway


Open plan studio style

1 queen bed

2 single beds (bunks)

Well equipped kitchen

Maximum capacity 4 guests - 2 adults, 2 children


Walking trails

Farm animals on-site

Star-gazing hammocks

Fire pit & wood-fired heater

Outdoor bath

Paddock to plate produce

Kitchen and pantry basics

Breakfast provisions with local produce - bread, milk, eggs


Off-grid, off-line

Solar panels, battery & storage

Double glazed windows

Recycled building materials

No new plastic

Handmade toiletries

Local food and wine

Timber grown and milled on the property


You can choose to have your fridge filled with local, seasonal produce if you want to self-cater and not venture too far from the comforts of our EcoHut. We offer three options that can be purchased with your Kestrel Nest EcoHut stay at checkout on the Book Now button.


Choose from our seasonal farm-raised Lamb, Beef or Chicken. Opt for BBQ, slow-cook, or roast. Paddock to plate has never been closer.
Depends on  seasonal availability.

$25 for two guests, $50 for four guests.


One of our farm dams has been stocked with the delicious native Silver Perch. BYO fishing gear and worms ( that’s what they like the best). If you’d like to fish, let us know ahead so we can show you which dam!

Free of charge.


Eat the very best of our region’s produce.

Hamper varies according to the season but may include locally-made or grown cheeses, chocolates, nuts, apples, berries and stone fruit.

$100 per hamper for up to four guests.


On booking, we will provide guests with a menu of locally-produced beers, wines, and ciders. We will stock your fridge for your arrival.

Prices vary according to your selection.


While staying with us at you may just want to chill out and take a walk or relax in a hammock. But if you want to learn more about your surrounds we have a few tours you can book with us or explore by yourself. 


There are 14 km of trails in our farmland and conservation areas for guests to explore.

Observant guests will see incredible birdlife and native wildlife and seasonal wildflowers.

Free of charge.


join us on a tour of our small-scale sustainable farm. Meet our Dorper Sheep, Dexter Cattle & pasture-raised Chickens. Learn about our conservation projects & how we aim to farm with our endangered habitat to provide refuge for native wildlife and to increase biodiversity.

Suitable for both children and adults.

One hour, $50 per tour for up to four guests.


We have identified 141 different bird species at Highfield. David, our resident twitcher, will introduce you to some of the bird species that live at Highfield. Includes hire of binoculars, a map and a knowledgeable bird-watching guide.

Two hours, $100 per tour, for up to four guests. 



We have felt nurtured here; we have been nourished here. The love you have poured into this place has not been lost on us – we have felt it! We have felt it as we have eaten your bread and eggs so kindly given. We have soaked it in with the sunshine on the verandah and the water in the bath. The stars have put us in our place. We have loved what we have learnt here – about ourselves and the land. The birds have been our constant companions throughout the day ( and most likely) at night as we lay sleeping. Thank you for providing this learning, nourishing space. Thank you for wanting to. Every good thing to you.

Warwick Riley

My husband and I thoroughly took advantage, for one week, of the splendid views, peace and quiet, and absorption in nature to rest and rejuvenate. Having luxury home utilities, yet totally centred in nature, private, and secluded, was just what we needed. Switching off to the usual constant demand of life is highly recommended. Louise and David are special hosts, authentically living their values, offering very thoughtful inclusions, eg. home-baked sourdough and fresh eggs, and also excellent information and communication. We enjoyed and appreciated the local drink and food hampers, and the bird-watching tour. Absolutely recommend, 5 stars
Lynita Clark


  • Retail from $400 per night for up two guests
  • $25 supplement for each additional bed
  • Minimum 2-night stay

Rates are valid from 1 April 2023 -31 March 2025.