About Us: From 'back paddock' to Luxury Retreat - 100 years of history

Pam's family has lived on this property for almost 100 years. Being a well known orcharding family in the fruit growing District - they have seen a number of changes over the many years. The orchard has survived for almost as long as the family has been here.

Pam's Family History and Connection to this Land:

"Lakeview" - previously a part of "Tregeagle" orchards - owned by my (Pam's) family. My Grandfather, Sydney Stanford and Grandmother, Ella moved here in 1928 - one month before my father - Ross was born. His brother Lance was born 13 months later & their sister - Norma a couple of years after that. 

Syd was known to have planted the largest number of Packhams Pears trees in the local District and was involved in many fruit councils/boards. He loved to travel to the agricultural shows including Sydney and even Brisbane Royal Shows to take fruit and help with display set up. 

The pears disappeared over time and apples and cherries were planted. This occurred through the 1930s to the early 1960s with his two sons’ Ross and Lance both joining the orcharding business when it bacame 'SA Stanford & Sons'. 

When Syd passed away in 1963 - Ross and Lance continued to run the orchard as 'Stanford Bros'. The apples - a few different varieties - Bonzas; Granny Smith & Jonathons  were planted - however, these varieties did not do well in Controlled Atmosphere cool storage - when it was developed. So then Delicious and Red Delicious apples were planted in place of the other varieties - as they were desired by the Sydney Markets and had a longer life after picking. Sadly - these days we rarely see any of these varieties in the shops.

Third generation family property:
I (Pam) grew up on this property that my grandfather purchased and established as a pome and stone fruit orchard. I am the third generation to live and create an income from part of this beautiful land. During my childhood, we also had Hereford cattle to work. We – Trevor and I - now have Highland Cattle since 2016 - a fairly recent addition. We started with three 'coos' and a calf, then we purchased a bull and have enjoyed watching the calves arrive and grow. We currently have 18 of these gorgeous beasts - from 2 months old to 9 years old.

What we love about living here:
Trevor and I (Pam) love this area where we live so much, we thought it was selfish not to share it! We enjoy a really good glass of quality wine – so what better place to live – a cool climate wine region. We are also ‘foodies’ and with the wine region developing here, so did a bunch of restaurants and cafes that enjoy creating menus filled with the amazing local produce grown in this very rich region.

We know that we’re lucky to live in such a beautiful spot, overlooking Lake Canobolas only minutes away from Orange NSW. This part of the property was purchased from my family in 2006 and is now the location of our family home and three self-contained and secluded luxury villas. We love watching the sunrise and set, and the colours that they bring to the surrounding lake and vegetation. To experience four true seasons every year is another delight. The birds, native animals and just the wonder of nature add something special to this place. We just had to share what we have with others and that’s how the Lakeview Luxury Retreat became our passion - Gallery.

NSW 2017 Tourism Silver Award
NSW 2016 Tourism Bronze Award
Gold Award 2016 Self Contained Accommodation
Tourism Awards 2015 Finalist

Our Villas – Couples Retreat: (As you can see, we have won some Tourism Awards over time.)
The villas are purpose-built and we opened our doors to guests in late 2011 with our first one-bedroom villa -  Emerald Gem Villa. The second one-bedroom villa was completed and booking guests in August 2013 - Natures Haven Villa. Our two-bedroom villa opened in June 2017 - Twin View Villa. We established our accommodation business to be exclusive to couples only. This allows guests to enjoy space and relax without the added noise and demands of children. 

If you are looking for 5-star accommodation in Orange or an amazing B&B - Accommodation, give us a call or click on the booking page now!

Lakeview Luxury Retreat is a luxury Bed & Breakfast in Orange and is a proud member of Orange 360.  We are also part of Cabonne Country, Visit Orange & Visit NSW. For things to do in Orange, try Orange 360 and Wines of Orange.