Carol & Doug, the founders and visionaries of Rain Farm.
Doug had been rehabilitating this farm for over 20 years. His intention was to have a safe-haven for his 3 sons and 1 daughter and their future families. Doug wanted his children to always have the option of a bush lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of town life, and so it began the start of Rain Farm Game and Lodge.
Taking on this project was a huge passion for Carol and Doug, and many a glass of wine were enjoyed whilst pacing out the lodge and designing the units to make it a unique experience for each guest.
The Stone Chapel was built in memory of Kenneth & Anne Marie Nidd, Doug’s parents. They were happily married for 30 years until Kenneth tragically passed from cancer. It was fitting to build the chapel and dedicate it to them as it represents them being happily married and together again, forever in love.
The stain glass windows that are fitted in the chapel were hand painted by Doug. It was therapeutic for him whilst he was undergoing treatment. It is a beautiful treasure that has been left by Doug for all to admire.
Carols dad, Vernon Volker, was a Nomads Golfer and the Bells are representative of their emblem. Carol & Doug decided to construct The Bell Tower in memory of Vernon.
After searching for a year they found a set of Bells that were due to be melted down and turned into brass taps.
Doug was passionate about vintage cars. The car club would often take a drive up to Rain Farm and then relax having a social breakfast.
Doug used to personally take family and friends for game drives.
Rain Farms tame warthog Peggie. She was loved and is still spoken about today by many previous guests.
Doug and Carol playing with Peggie.
Doug loved spending his down time at Rain Farm.
Cara; Doug and Carol’s daughter, has now fully taken over the management of Rain Farm. She has always assisted her parents to achieve their dreams, she has had a key role helping it get to where it is today. Cara pushes forward with her Dad’s vision and her Mom’s enthusiasm. With a team behind her, Rain Farm is growing consistently.
In loving memory
In loving memory of Doug Nidd
21 April 1954 – 21 November 2016
Love Lock Heart
Doug’s sons constructed the Steel Love Lock Heart in memory of their Dad. It was built at Impact Engineering, a company that was started up by Doug in his early 20’s. Impact is growing from strength to strength.
Cara & Chris
Rain Farm is run by Doug and Carol’s daughter Cara and her husband Chris.