Farm experience for families

Since opening as a service last year, Very Special Kids Glen Osmond Farm has attracted great interest from families.

Located just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne in the township of Woodend, Glen Osmond Farm features two purpose-built holiday cottages that can sleep up to eight people in three bedrooms. There is also a big wooden barn for entertainment and amazing views across to Mount Macedon for as far as the eye can see.

And best of all, there is no charge for families to use the cottages. The Glen Osmond Farm project was initiated after Janet and Bernard Hawkins donated 26 hectares of their land to Very Special Kids.

The Maxfield family enjoyed a stay at the Glen Osmond Farm during the school holidays. Eight-year-old Matilda has an undiagnosed genetic condition which causes global developmental delay and severe breathing problems. Shirley said that without Glen Osmond Farm the family would not be able to go away for holidays.

“We want to thank Very Special Kids for making it available. We would never find something that is absolutely perfect for what Matilda needs. At the Farm you’ve got peace, quiet, disability access, the township close; it’s perfect,” she said.