The story of Lakeview Couples Retreat’s most photographed residents. In September 2016, Lakeview luxury couples retreat welcomed a very special foursome.
The story of Lakeview Couples Retreat’s most photographed residents.
In September 2016, Lakeview luxury couples retreat welcomed a very special foursome. After a journey of around 6 hours the group arrived to great fanfare. We welcomed them with refreshments and admired their impressive coats. The ladies were not as famous as their human counterparts, but for Highland Cattle, the group certainly had plenty of charisma, fabulous looks and an undeniable presence.
Our guests often ask us about our little herd of Highland Cattle: their names, how old they are and their relationships to one another. They’re one of our favourite topics of conversation and we’re proud of our shaggy friends, so we thought we would take a moment to share with you their story so far.
Trevor had always wanted to own and develop his own herd of cattle but the responsibility of managing 30 acres of land while developing our Orange luxury retreat left little time for much else. So, when the opportunity arose to develop a small herd of Highland Cattle and add something unique to the property, we needed very little convincing.
After a few weeks at the luxury retreat, located just 15 minutes out of Orange, the cattle were happy, settled and thoroughly enjoying their new home. Highland Cattle are known for being tame and good-natured, so they love nothing better than their daily interactions with the staff and guests at our luxury accommodation.
After a few weeks we discovered that Hamish was a girl, so he was quickly renamed Alice. Meanwhile Alice’s mother Zsa Zsa got to know the neighbouring Angus Bull and after jumping the fence, she quickly fell pregnant. Unfortunately, Zsa Zsa’s calf was too large to deliver—but it did offer some insight as to why Alice herself was a half Highland Cattle and half another unknown breed! Not long after that, a smaller Angus Bull arrived, and cheeky Zsa Zsa jumped the fence once again. This resulted in young Maisy’s safe arrival in February 2019—the first of Lakeview’s home-bred calves.
In October 2018, we also welcomed a young, scrawny yet lively pure-bred Highland Bull named Houston. After putting the cattle in with Houston in over the spring and summer, Alice was the only one who fell pregnant. Agatha was born in September 2019, and the following year Zsa Zsa and Alice both fell pregnant, delivering Hestia and Calypso. Because Houston has only produced female offspring so far, he has been fondly nicknamed ‘Henry the Eighth’.
A holiday highlight for Lakeview guests
Our herd of Highland Cattle has added a special touch to Lakeview Retreat in ways that we had never imagined. They’re not very commonly seen in Australia—with only around 2000 registered with the Australian Highland Cattle Society—so their presence helps to add to the sense of being transported somewhere far away, truly escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our guests love to take and share pictures of the photogenic herd, and we love to be tagged so that we too can enjoy them.
The herd also has a calm presence, working in harmony with the seclusion and peaceful surrounds of the retreat. No matter the season or the colours of the landscape, the Cattle always seem to look at home. Just as we love seeing our herd grow and develop, so do our guests. Many return eager to learn whether we’ve welcomed any new additions and to see how their favourites are faring. Highland Cattle are renowned for being great mothers and we’ve seen that here firsthand. The cows are currently in with Houston again (who has grown into a fabulous specimen of a bull) and we can’t wait to see what happens from here.
Stay tuned for the next update as we share the herd’s most recent adventures and hopefully welcome some adorable new calves to Lakeview Retreat.
Had a wonderful peaceful stay!!! We had stayed initially when Lakeview was building its 2nd villa - always wanted to come back and was finally able to!!! This place is as perfect in 2023 as it was in 2014 - Pam and Trevor have thought about AND included absolutely everything you could possibly...
Nicole Gonano, Google Reviews
One of the most beautiful places I've ever spent. Trevor and Pam really go out of their way to make sure guests have a great time. All the local food and wine was really delicious. Wish we had longer there.
Gary McGowan, Google Reviews
Excellent accommodation. The rooms are very well appointed and private. We loved the bath. And the food on arrival is a really nice touch. If/when we come back to Orange we'd definitely stay again.
M B, Google Reviews
5 stars. Lovely location. Beautiful amenities. Quiet and peaceful. Generous local wine and food hamper. Kangaroos. Water view. Cows. Nice walks and wineries close by. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely return.
Jess, Google Reviews
Highly recommend for anyone visiting Orange. The location, cabins and hosts are wonderful. The attention to detail and beautiful food provided make this a "must do" experience for all. What a wonderful 60th birthday present this was for my husband.
Vicky Steinweiss, Google Reviews
Lakeview Luxury Retreat is exactly as its described. Our one bedroom cabin was spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed and full of lovely features, including a gas fireplace, cinema sound TV system, Weber BBQ, underfloor heating in the bathroom and a lovely raised bathtub. The cabin came with...
Audrey Haes, Google Reviews
Lovely cabin accommodation near to Orange but in its own secluded spot overlooking Lake Canobolas. Pam is an outstanding host and the welcome pack of locally sourced food is the best we have experienced at self-catering accommodation.
Paul Ibbotson, Google Reviews
Lakeview Villa is a wonderful venue for a getaway for 2 couples. The villa has two identical rooms and ensuites on either end of a very well-appointed lounge/dining/kitchen. Pam is so generous and fills the fridge with delectable food as well as a lovely bottle of red and white wine. Your...
Roberta Corben, Google Reviews
Beautiful and relaxing place, would definitely recommend.
Dwayne Hawthorne, Google Reviews
Most amazing weekend stay. A beautiful location, wonderful local food and the owners are incredibly kind and helpful.
Rachel Herman, Google Reviews