John and Rhonda committed to moving to Denmark in 2006 and found and fell in love with Karrak Reach in 2012.
“As soon as we saw this place, we just knew we had to take the opportunity to not only live in this amazing spot but also to share it with others”
Rhonda is the creative and discerning force behind keeping the chalets up to date, stylish and immaculate. ‘Farmer John’ manages the property, and looks after the animals. John also loves to indulge his passion for cooking, often rustling up welcome treats for the visitors. Cakes, muffins and friands are among his specialities.
“There’s always a lot to do, but we love it. The guests love the property and the animals, and always appreciate the little touches that we try to add to make their stay special”
John came to Australia from York, England in 1988. Inheriting his parent’s passion for new places, John shares Rhonda’s love of travel.
“We have travelled a lot. We’ve enjoyed trips to Canada, Alaska and to Italy, Switzerland, and France. It is so refreshing to visit new places and meet new people. We were inspired by the wonderful hospitality that we received on our travels in Australia and overseas to one day host a holiday accommodation of our own.”
“We just really appreciate what a warm welcome and some dependable local knowledge can do to enhance a holiday experience. So that’s what we love to try to provide. It’s hard work but the feedback we receive, and seeing people unwind and enjoy themselves, makes it all very worthwhile.”
Rhonda was born in Albany and spent her first 5 years here in the Great Southern. Rhonda’s passion for music was influenced by her father, who was a pianist. Rhonda sang in a choir in Perth and first came to Denmark as a participant in the Denmark Festival of Voice. John and Rhonda both love the vibrant culture of Denmark, the music, art and food.
The Scotsdale Valley is a great spot from which to explore the attractions and the charms of the Denmark Shire. The Denmark town centre, the beaches and both William Bay and Mount Lindsey National Parks, are all within easy striking distance. Furthermore, the tourist drive, which Karrak Reach is located along, is a truly magical corridor of towering karri forest.
John and Rhonda live on the property a discrete but short distance from the chalets. They are on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly for the duration of your stay.
“We are always happy to introduce guests to the animals. Our hand-reared Merino sheep, Lily is particularly friendly. Guests enjoy watching the flotillas of ducks and geese on the dam. Or coming into the paddock to help hand-feed the cows, goats, alpacas and the llama. A slice of farm life is a real tonic to many visitors who come from towns and cities.”
Pets are welcome at Karrak Reach chalets, on request. Of course, Karrak require that doggy guests are reasonably socialised and will not impinge on the comfort of the stay of the other guests. Similarly, no smoking compliance is requested in the chalets.
“You will find a number of world-class attractions on your doorstep; award winning wineries, incredible galleries and first class restaurants.”
“We have to ensure that the property and the accommodation remain welcoming for all. But we want people to feel as at home as possible, to relax and have a great time.”