The growth of unique tourist accommodation experiences in Orange is set to be boosted with plans for five tourist accommodation cabins at an orchard on Mount Canobolas.
A development application for farmstay accommodation at a Pinnacle Road property is on public exhibition at Orange City Council until March 22.
It is proposed the five cabins, complete with views and outdoor bathtubs, would be built on part of the 12.9 hectare property no longer used for fruit production.
[It] opens onto an external deck which contains an outdoor bathtubDA to Orange City Council
The plan is the latest farmstay plan for the area following plans for a site lower down the mountain lodged with council in January.
The latest plan includes an access road being built into the property from Pinnacle Road.
"The floor plan of each cabin is arranged as a studio with an open plan sleeping/sitting/kitchenette zone that opens onto an external deck which contains an outdoor bathtub," the DA states.
"Each cabin includes a separate [toilet] and shower.
"Passive design concepts such as natural ventilation, daylight and seasonal solar access have been incorporated into the design to provide users with a high level of amenity and thermal comfort whilst minimising energy use."
The cabins would be built in two stages with three to be built initially.
The DA said the site was well located for tourists, being about six kilometres from the edge of Orange.
"The proposal is located in the heart of a local rural, natural and scenic tourism area where the attractions include Mount Canobolas, Lake Canobolas, The Pinnacle, vineyards/cellar door premises, restaurants, orchards, road cycling routes and mountain bike trails," it said.
"The aim of the proposed cabins is to extend the experience for visitors to the area by providing quality accommodation opportunities within easy reach of these attractions."
The DA said that while an orchard still operated on the land, the farmstay development would not limit the farm's production.
It said there was 'potential land use conflict' with a neighbouring olive orchard which was 30 metres from the nearest cabin.
However, it said controls over spray reaching the cherry orchard where the cabins would be sited were already in operation.
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