Acacia House a dream come true
After travelling the world for work, it was Peter and Christine Still’s dream to wind back the pace and create a country bed and breakfast with a “welcoming homely feel”.
“We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and join us in the kitchen while we were cooking dinner,” Christine said.
After purchasing their 28-acre bush block, only five minutes from Milton, the couple built their dream Acacia House Bed and Breakfast in 2000 and ran a successful tourism business for 12 years.
Christine said they would often cook a meal or sit down and enjoy a glass of wine with their regular guests who were made to feel right at home in their home.
“We travelled a lot, so both felt it was important to make people feel completely relaxed – we did that and that’s why people kept coming back,” she said.
The Stills cleared and fenced much of the property, breeding Dexter cattle and quarter horses and building infrastructure including dams, sheds and cattle yards.
They also grew 12 varieties of waratah on their Acacia Hill Flower Farm.
Their red and white blooms won awards at the annual Waratah Festival and the state’s floral emblem, grown in Milton, graced the dining table when American President George W Bush visited Government House in Sydney in 2003.
Five years ago the couple decided to slow down the pace and ceased operating the B and B and the flower farm.
They continue to farm cattle on the property and relish in the peace and quiet afforded by the secluded country lane.
As they ponder retirement and downsizing, they are making the most of the 180 degree views over Milton’s rolling green farmland and west to the Little Forest Escarpment.
The sunsets from the verandah are spectacular, as are the views looking back to Milton village and out to the coast.
With tranquil alfresco dining areas, an imposing outdoor fireplace, glass sunroom and two sprawling living areas, the property is waiting to be re-established as a bed and breakfast or to accommodate a family seeking a country retreat.
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