Lockyer Valley: Spicers Hidden Vale

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Spicers Hidden Vale

617 Grandchester Mt Mort Rd, Grandchester QLD 4340

P: 1300 179 340

E: [email protected]杭州夜网m.au

W: www.spicersgroup杭州夜网m.au/property/spicers-hidden-vale-grandchester-qld

Cost: Prices vary depending on the room. A luxury suite starts from $305 a night, a heritage suite ($259) in a stand alone cottage and the valley room in a separate building (from $249). Alternatively you can book two, three, four or six bedroom cottages. Prices for these are available on request.The room

A short walk up the brick path from the lobby, there’s a quaint three-bedroom cottage. There’s a fireplace in the lounge room, with enough chairs and a windowseat to huddle around on cold winter nights. The cottage doesn’t have its own kitchenette, but each room has a high quality queen bed, closet space, bar fridge and flat screen TV.

The bathroom en suite is gorgeous, the sink built into a wonderfully constructed wooden duchess. Rooms are cozy enough to keep you inside. But there’s plenty more on offer beyond your room.

Through the curtains there’s a sliding door which opens up to a verandah overlooking the rolling countryside. The view is sensational.

Outside, there’s an infinity pool, or a lap pool. When night falls, you’d think options were limited to food, drink, and an open fireplace. But there’s more. An activities shed comes with a bar, Foxtel access, a pool table and table tennis.The food

Surrounded by such lush farmland it’s no surprise that Cotton’s Restaurant offers up such quality country cuisine. The winter dinner menu offers chicken, veal, linguini, flat head and a house pie, but the grill is the real attraction, ranging from a Wagyu rump at $36 to the Chateaubriand at $90.

The desserts are delicious, ranging from a belgian chocolate tart, to a date and walnut pudding.

An a la carte breakfast menu is offered alongside a buffet of fruit, muffins and bread while the lunch menu provides, small, big, sweet or two-share options.

The Lockyer Valley beef burger gives a sample of the region’s beef treats at a shorter price ($18). There’s also an extensive wine and beer list.The Activities

Choose your own adventure on the 12,000 acre country farm. Beginners can go horseback riding, gently trotting along a beaten path throughout the acreage lead by an expert guide. As a novice, the experience couldn’t have been handled better, a guide taking us through the process smoothly.

Nearby is the archery range, and on the same range is electronic clay pidgeon shooting, giving the feel of shooting a rifle, without the safety concerns of real shooting. It’s a fun and face past, if a little frustrating for those who’d struggle to hit a barn door.

A 4×4 tour of the property gives an appreciation for how large the property is. Workers helpfully mark out spots along the fence line where koalas had been spotted, and there are plenty of kangaroos and wallabies.

Another huge attraction is the property’s mountain bike tracks. Bike riders often travel Brisbane for day and weekend trips just to ride the specially designed paths. Bikes are available for use at the homestead.

Open during the day as well it could help keep the kids occupied once they’ve tired of the fun on offer at the baby animal farm. Grab a bag of feed and serve up a snack to the donkeys, chickens, goats and ponies.The Weekend

This is the best way of experiencing what the south east Queensland countryside has to offer without roughing it out on the range.

Sleeping in cozy, warm cottages and feasting on rich, luxurious food, relaxing in the homestead’s lounge area near the open fireplace makes for a weekend in itself.

You’ve also got another a month’s worth of activities to keep you entertained during the day. Clearly this is a beautiful spot where you can choose your own pace – from sitting on the porch with a wine, daydreaming and soaking up the gorgeous landscape to racing around the tracks on your mountain bike, seeking out an adrenaline rush.Dan Nancarrow was a guest of Spicers Hidden ValeView other great Queensland escapes

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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