About Us

About Us


Orchards at Spring Vale Farm, on the outskirts of Ballarat and one and a half hours from
Melbourne, offers a unique blend of history and modernity. Set against the backdrop of a working orchard and rolling farmlands, this private estate comprises a beautifully restored 1860s bluestone homestead nestled within a serene garden adorned with captivating water features and views of a vast spring-fed dam.

The property was first settled by Scottish-born brothers, Thomas and Sommerville Learmonth in the mid 1800 as an outpost for sheep grazing and formed part of the larger Ercildoune Estate. It has changed hands several times since the 1800s. Much of the original farming equipment found on the property has now been placed undercover in the ‘homestead museum’ to ensure it doesn’t deteriorate further.

With over 1000 heritage apple trees scattered across various orchards on the property, guests staying in the homestead will have the opportunity to sample some of our Award Winning Apple Cider blended from the apples grown on the estate.

It's everyone’s dream to experience new adventures and create lifetime memories whether on holidays, taking a short break or getting married. Orchards at Spring Vale Farm delivers on all levels. The stunning bluestone homestead provides an insight on life in the 1860s, and boasts bluestone walls, concrete floors, sweeping verandas and fabulous country vistas. Unlike the 1860s, the home is beautifully warm in winter and cool in summer, its majestic rooms have views to the beautiful garden, water features or the sweeping countryside with its rolling hills. You can feel the peace and tranquility that only Orchards at Spring Vale Farm can deliver.


Dear Linette

Thank you so much for allowing us to celebrate my 60th birthday at your beautiful homestead.

By far the happiest birthday I have ever had in the most stunning location I could wish for.

We made magical memories!!

Love Di

Linette and John

Thank you for everything and helping to make our special day run smoothly.

Have a busy and exciting Wedding Season.

Hayley and Jason

Thank you so much for everything you have done in the lead up to our big day. You have been nothing short of amazing and we feel so lucky and special. Your property is absolutely stunning and we will be recommending you to all our friends and family. All the best for the future.

Mel and Elliott

Dear Linette and John. Thank you so much for helping us have the wedding of our dreams. It was the most beautiful day and we couldn’t have asked for any better. Thank you for allowing us to use your space and for helping with the massive set up and pack down.

Kate and Rory

As the very happy bride I cannot thank Linette and Orchards enough for our perfect day. The venue is incredible. I had my pre wedding with my bestie, the wedding and our honeymoon in gorgeous surroundings and luxurious accommodation.   What more could a bride ask for?  We will be back for the anniversaries!

Martina and Rick

Words cannot describe how thankful we are for all of your organisation, support and excitement you showed us for our wedding at Orchards at Spring Vale Farm. It was the most perfect location and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for such a magnificent setting, our guests thoroughly enjoyed it too. The drinks and grazing board were spectacular - Thank you! We cannot wait for our professional photos and video to share with you. Thank you again!

Mr and Mrs. Ross

Trying to organise a wedding from the other side of the world can be a little stressful to say the least but I can honestly say that working with you both made it so easy.  It was all the little things in the lead up to the wedding that made all the difference, sending me videos and explaining each of the various sites was amazing, providing contact details for the caters, photographers etc and following up with everyone was incredible.

We absolutely loved having Orchards for the weekend to celebrate with family and friends and the additional few days allowed us to unwind and really enjoy the peace and quiet away from our usual hectic life in England.  We can’t wait to come back next year and have another weekend enjoying your fabulous oasis.

Fiona and Gareth

Thank you so much for allowing us to host our ceremony at Orchards at Spring Vale Farm.

We appreciated all of the hard work you put in on the lead up to and on our wedding day.

Also, a special thank you for looking after my Nana and Pa on the day.

Lastly thank you to John and Philip for pouring the drinks at our after-ceremony gathering.

Kim and Corey

We don’t know where to begin, our wedding day was so much more that we expected.  Not only did we fall in love with the venue when we first found it on the web, we were then blown away by its beauty when we visited.  Thank-you Linette and Marilyn for working with us to create our dream wedding, from being able to stay the night before the wedding, the ceremony and reception through to our family get together on Sunday, everything was perfect.  You have such an amazing venue and the weekend will be something that we will cherish forever.

Chelsea and Adam