Chestnut Brae Farm is 70 idyllic acres of sweet chestnut orchards, mushroom crops, vegetables and lesser known, often heritage animals that are all farmed organically using regenerative agriculture and holistic management.
What we produce
Our 30 year old sweet chestnut trees produce 9 tonne of sweet chestnuts each year. Chestnut Brae is Pre-Certification Organic and uses animals to help build soil health. Our animals are all pasture raised, and, being fed on sweet chestnuts, produce the sweetest flavoured meat you have ever tasted.
John and Linda Stanley purchased the farm in 2013 with a view to creating unique products from sweet chestnuts. Passionate about food, animals and plants, they have restored the heritage rose garden on the farm as well as seek out unusual varieties of vegetables to grow on the farm.
Chestnut Brae is a picturesque 70 acre sweet chestnut and daffodil farm located in Carlotta in the scenic Blackwood River Valley Region of Western Australia’s South West.
The farm is just 10 minutes drive south of Nannup and 55 minutes inland from Margaret River. Chestnut Brae comprises rolling hills and pastures. Mature chestnut orchards are reminiscent of grand European forests and are soul soothing at any time of the year. A variety of poultry roams the farm, including guinea fowl, chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys.
The gardens are part of the Organic Garden Trail, The Festival of Country Gardens and the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival. The farm is part of the Blackwood River Valley Food Trail which links artisan food producers and accommodation providers in the region.
CHESTNUTS – The Healthy Nut
Chestnut Brae produce sweet chestnuts, a range of sweet chestnut products hand made on the farm and chestnut fed pork. Chestnuts are a delicious treat, either roasted or cooked in soups or other recipes, and have considerable nutritional value. Chestnuts are a 5 star food! The Health Star Rating system calculates that chestnuts score 5 stars out of five stars based on their nutritional composition. They are low cholesterol, high in vitamin C, minerals, such as potassium, copper and magnesium, amino acids and antioxidants. Chestnuts are also low in kidney stone-forming oxalate compounds, with less than 85 mg per 100 g, in comparison to other nuts. The fibre content of chestnuts, 3 g per 100 g, is higher than that of walnuts, with 2.1 g per 100 g, pecans, 2.3 g per 100 g, and pistachios 1.9 g per 100 g but about half that of hazelnuts. Their fibre content makes them a low Glycaemic index food — one that raises blood sugar slowly.
Fresh chestnuts are only available in season – which is April, May and early June.
We now have peeled and frozen chestnuts available.
I can’t believe how delicious the Chestnut Brae bacon is, melt in your mouth and nitrate free too!
Jason Wallis, Bassendean, WA
Farm Stay and Tours
Welcome to Chestnut Brae Farm Stay
A fully self contained three bedroom cottage, Chestnut Brae Farm Stay is the original farm house which was once a dairy at the time of the group settlement scheme in the 1920’s. Set in the stunning Blackwood River Valley, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway, or a family holiday. We farm sweet chestnuts, walnuts, pigs, sheep, cattle and mushrooms,chickens, ducks, quail, turkey, guinea fowl and geese and produce sweet chestnuts products and chestnut fed pork, lamb and guinea fowl.
Our family stayed at Chestnut Cottage for a weekend with another friend’s family. We had an amazing time fishing for Marron, touring the farm learning about Chestnut’s and just enjoying the peace, tranquility and nature. The kids had an absolute ball collecting the eggs each morning and feeding the Alpaca. We can’t wait to come back again next year.
Cooking & Storing Instructions
Chestnuts are a versatile nut that can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes with or without its inner skin.
Fresh chestnuts, unlike other nuts, are a perishable crop. To avoid chestnuts drying out, store in an airtight container, paper bag or perforated plastic bag in the crisper compartment of the fridge. Low temperatures just above freezing and high humidity are the secrets to long chestnut life. Place a damp paper towel in with them and they should last a couple of weeks. For long-term storage Chestnut Brae ready peeled chestnuts are vacuum sealed and will keep about a year in the freezer.
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Where to Find Us
At Chestnut Brae we run Seasonal Food Tours, such as The Chestnut Tour, The Marron Tour, The Fungi Forage Contact us for information.
The following are restaurants who hold Chestnut Fed Pork Special Events using Chestnut Brae and Organic Fine Food Company’s unique chestnut fed pork.
- Vasse Felix
- The Stables Bar
- The Standard Perth
- Frasers Restaurant
- Cullen Wines
- Cullen Wines
- Willoughby Park Winery
- Como Hotels
- Halo Restaurant
- Young George
- Cape Lodge
- The Mantle
- JOHN & LINDA STANLEY
106 MCKITTRICK ROAD NANNUP
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6275
- +61 (0) 409 10 41 20