Affordable ultra-luxurious Romantic Delight. Eco Retreat set on 40 acres of natural bush & farmland. Fabulous idyllic serene couple's get-away. Private Studio Villa - timber deck & rural outlook over lake. Luxury amenities, queen designer bed. Great views, encircled by ranges - Nature, animals & wildlife. Enjoy a BBQ or better still, light a fire in the large pit in your private garden space. Watch the myriad of stars at night, or simply lay around and unwind. Order meals from us if preferred.
A Pocket of Paradise …..
This suite has been designed for a 'get-away from it all' rest, surrounding you with the beauty of nature. Prepare to feel very relaxed and at peace in this retreat; a place to recharge and enjoy the presence of nature at its best. The studio villa is designed for couples only, seeking peace and quiet. Completely private, the accommodation provides the most secluded guest quarters, with all the facilities necessary to make your stay as pleasant and easy as possible, including a casual BBQ to allow you to escape the chores of cooking - or order meals from us for a complete rest! No additional guests, nor children, can be accommodated in this suite.
As a Wildlife Sanctuary, we boast an abundance of flora and fauna, and you will have the constant pleasure of the beautiful sounds of birds.
Our property is beautiful in a relaxing country-farm style, so we love to be able to share this environment with others. Great views, wide-open space of rural countryside, just an hour from the city. Lots of nature, animals & wildlife.
The view from the 'Blue Lagoon' Studio Villa is simply incredible. Everyone who sees it is delighted. Looking out from the large timber deck across to the lake in the foreground, serenity is at a peak; couple that with the view of the ranges encircling the whole property and you have an area that exudes peace and bliss!
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It has a deliciously modern queen-sized bed whose white leather curves beckon rest and relaxation, as does the divine blue leather lounge. The Villa, featuring the very latest in stylish sustainable design, is superbly appointed, from the finest of linens, crystal and china to the sumptuous queen bed, and a simply wonderful bathroom. Beautiful designer linens are provided - high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, lots of comfortably soft down / feather pillows to rest into, luxurious bath sheets as well as bath towels, luxury Bath Robes, lots of other bathroom accessories, and even a couple of brushed throws and knee rugs for those chilly nights. We also provide additional deluxe cellular organic Cotton Blankets for use either as an extra blanket on the bed on cold nights, or to replace the beautifully light-weight Mulberry Silk Doona on hot summer nights. Silk is very luxurious and it has many wonderful properties which may also benefit your health.
A mini-bar fridge, coffee maker, toaster and drink facilities are all available in the suite, to enable full privacy. Eat out at some of the local restaurants, or we can supply meals if desired - but you must book meals in advance please (a Menu with costs will be provided upon request). We provide a complimentary selection of teas and coffees, with wine and nibbles on arrival.
There is a full bathroom with shower and separate toilet - it is a dream with huge rain shower head and glass waterfall basin tap.
There is heating and cooling, a ceiling fan, radio and a TV with built-in DVD player, including many movies from which to choose. We do not have TV channels, so only DVDs can be watched. giving you a perfect opportunity to unplug from the racy world back in the city!
The décor is modern, clean and fresh. We have decorated the 'Blue Lagoon' suite in blue against whites – This is the colour of peace and infinity. It is regarded as being a cool colour, and has a relaxing effect. Blue promotes quietness and reserve, giving you peaceful, luxurious surroundings for your stay with us. Bedside lamps and the standard lamp in the living area all have dimmers fitted, giving a soft intimate light.
If you are wanting to self-cater, a commercial kitchen with a small bench-top stove and refrigerator, and typical cooking tools, is available upon request (this is a kitchen that is shared with one other suite). This kitchen has the basic items for cooking.
The 'Blue Lagoon' is a short walk from the parking area with its own private access, and includes a very large and separate fenced garden area for outside relaxation. Each suite has a brazier / fire pit outside which beckons you to sit in the warmth of the glowing coals and gaze upwards to watch the magic of the Milky Way overhead!
The Retreat buildings. which include only three suites, are 50 to 100 metres from our main house, so you will have a completely private space with no intrusions whatsoever - unless you ask for our assistance ;)
Two-night minimum stay. THREE-DAY MINIMUM on HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, and FIVE DAY MINIMUM over CHRISTMAS.
A $20.00 cleaning fee will be charged per each stay.
We are a Green Eco-sustainable establishment.
We care about the environment, and want our accommodation to be as Eco-friendly as possible. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used. We ask our guests to consider using fewer towels during their stay and not requesting a sheet change unless your stay is longer than a week. We use recycled furniture in the way of antiques when suitable, and even our buildings themselves are recycled, having been resurrected and shifted to our property, then fitted out purposefully for our Retreat. During your stay you will find Eco low wattage lights; separated bins for waste and compost, and natural soaps. We have also included the most desirable composting toilets available, imported from Canada.
All water is supplied via Rain Water Tanks, so we ask you to be especially conservative and not to waste this precious and pure liquid!
Our focus is on the environment and nature around us. Based on a 40 acre rural property in the peaceful countryside of the Brisbane Valley, the setting is grassland and trees, filled with a multitude of wildlife, from birds to mammals and insects. Our guests will be delighted with our nature reserve location - we are proudly registered with the Wildlife Land Trust and Land for Wildlife, respectively, with over 75 species of birds and animals – and still growing!
Guests in all rooms can choose to be fully self-contained if that is their choice – or alternatively we will cater to your needs allowing you the luxury to fully relax and unwind. A commercial standard stainless steel kitchen is centrally located to all rooms, meaning you can order from us a cappuccino, a latte, or a short or long black, a glass of delicious cold-pressed juice, or perhaps a scrumptious smoothie.
A timber-decked private courtyard is provided for each suite, giving a relaxing peaceful area to sit and watch the kangaroos at sunset.
Toogoolawah is world famous thanks to the proximity of the Ramblers Drop Zone. Famous for fun, the drop zone hosts thousands of national and international skydivers and features the biennial Equinox skydive and music festival each alternate October. Year round you can learn sport parachuting or thrill to a tandem skydive. The skydivers and their planes are frequently sighted as they drop just beyond the horizon of our 'Peregrine Park' property.
Nearby Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield attracts flight enthusiasts with an interest in vintage, ultralight and military aircraft. The open day and fly-in each May is a popular event drawing aeronauts from across Australia.
Back on terra firma visitors can walk, horse ride or bicycle the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail south to Esk or north to Harlin, where railway buffs will be interested in the Y turn and Yimbun tunnel.
In town you will enjoy the heritage value of the quirky Alexandra Hall that shows movies every Saturday, complete with canvas sling-back chairs. You can also visit the railway station, now converted to an history museum providing local heritage and genealogy information, or drive by the unique architecture of the town’s wooden churches.
The historic Nestle Condensery building, currently undergoing conversion into a regional art gallery, will open in late 2015 and highlight local, national and international exhibits.
Toogoolawah is the principle commercial centre servicing the northern part of the Shire. The town boasts three hotels, a motel, swimming pool, caravan park, public library, golf course and a lawn bowls rink, ambulance, police station, magistrates courts, and medical services.
Further afield in the Somerset Shire ....
Upper Brisbane Valley
Valley of the Lakes
Along with the breathtaking scenery, visitors can enjoy the rugged mountain ranges on the eastern slopes of the Great Divide, native bushlands, meandering rivers, hidden valleys, ploughed farmland and the towns and localities of Esk, Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale, Linville, Lowood, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Wivenhoe Pocket.
Recreational activities in this Somerset region include:
* fishing – the Shire boasts 3 well stocked freshwater lakes (fishing licence required)
* picnic and camping facilities can be found at Lake Somerset, Wivenhoe and Atkinson Dams.
* aquatic activities – there is powerboat access for the skiing enthusiasts at both Lake Somerset and Lake Atkinson.
* arts, crafts and markets – plenty of opportunities for viewing and purchasing arts and crafts, and enjoying local produce from shops and markets.
* adventure – for those who are more adventurous at heart, you can enjoy horse riding overlooking Lake Wivenhoe and spend the night under the stars at a stockman’s camp, join a camel safari, or tandem skydive.
* history abounds in the region. The area is home to several historic homes such as the Caboonbah Homestead and the Wivenhoe Homestead, as well as splendid examples of Queensland architecture.
Only one hour from Brisbane and known as the ‘Valley of the Lakes’, Brisbane Valley is the gateway to the Brisbane River catchment, offering a wonderful place to visit for those seeking recreational and leisure activities.
Toogoolawah, Queensland, Australia