This place is special Escape....Relax...Enjoy. Just 85min from Brisbane and close to Esk and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail you will find this absolute gem of a property.
This unique hand-built masterpiece of natural stone, raw timbers, recycled materials and polished concrete, sits on the edge of the Ravensbourne / Scenic Rim escarpment. It is surrounded by 175 acres of beautiful Australian Bush and neighbours the Deongwar State Forest Reserve. Total privacy
Originally built as a private lodge the house is, for the first, time open to the public and available for short term rentals and get-aways.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Need to recharge the batteries? Got a big family or lots of friends? Look no further
The Stonehouse Retreat is certainly the answer if you are looking to avoid crowded beaches this summer. Set at 520m above sea level you can be assured of cool breezes. The views from the decks, lounge and kitchen are truly incredible and stretch for hundreds of kilometres around the Scenic Rim and over a number of lakes including Wivenhoe. Beautiful Lake Cressbrook is only 15 minutes up the road.
This place is different The house operates on eco friendly / sustainable living principles and is completely "off the grid" operating on a state of the art solar system which is backed up by wind power and a back up generator. All water is harvested onsite.
3 x magnificent main bedrooms, a modern well equipped kitchen, large comfortable rustic lounge including a fire place and huge decks set the scene for relaxation, conversation and memories which will stay with you forever. The house has two bathrooms and two toilets.
The master bedroom is ideal for couples looking for a romantic weekend and it is possible to book the house without the additional bedrooms etc. Honeymooners love it
Recent bathroom renovations have added a whole extra level of "special" to what was already a unique and special experience.
Sleeping Capacity... 2 x King Beds one King can be split into 2 singles if necessary - additional extra cost and 1 x Queen Bed. A forth optional bedroom is also available taking sleeping capacity to 9 shared basis. The optional 4th bedroom is part of the house - not separate 1 x queen + 1 x single If the kids want to camp-out that is possible. Ideal group size is possibly 6 people. 9 people is no problem but the character of your stay will change as the house becomes depends on the level of "quiet getaway" Vs "family fun and games" you want.
Getting there...The Stonehouse Retreat is 1 hour and 25 minute scenic drive or ride from Brisbane via Esk. and approx. 45 minutes from Toowoomba via Hampton. The access road is a well maintained 400m dirt track that is suitable for normal passenger vehicles..
Things to do....Explore the increasingly popular Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Check out the dates of the Esk a winner weekend. Use it as a base for day rides or drives to the Lakes or the Bunya Mountains / drop into Esk for some country charm and a great burger / Visit Ravensbourne National Park / Bushwalk in the local Crows Nest National Park / Picnic / Visit Lake Cressbrook / organise a Horseride at Crowsnest / Fish / Canoe / Sail. Mountain Bike the numerous tracks in the neighbouring Deongwar State Forest; Cyclists - the climbs, loops and options are many and very scenic Birdwatchers and Photographers will love it Get a massage by special arrangement; orgaise a yoga session - instructor comes to you. Visit the local pubs, antique stores and cafes and galleries. Visit Toowoomba and the wonderful gardens on offer. Explore the bush trails on the property and find your own quiet special place to sit and listen. Chill out, connect and recharge.Maybe organise a session of clay target shooting by prior arrangement / external provider sets up onsite / additional Note: ALL wildlife is protected.
Catering.....The Stone House is a self catering venue. Specialist catering support is available on request. We will refer you to local providers of great fare. Support with larger birthday functions or meeting events is also possible. The local Pubs and Cafes offer options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
PET lots of space to run There is a large totally secure "dog lounge" on the end of the deck and 150m2 of secure verandah space.
StoneHouse Seasons....At 520m above sea level and positioned on the edge of the escarpment you can be assured of cool refreshing breezes.
- a place to stay Fog, fireplace and memorable. Many of our 2016 and 2017 guests are already re-booking for 2018.
- to get active and enjoy nature waking up Bushwalks, photography, a game of darts or chess.
- breezes, thunderstorms rolling in on the Scenic Rim, our private waterhole, the nearby lakes and a cold drink on the deck,
- like Spring and time to get active by foot or bring your mountain / road bike. Take a day drive for a picnic or head up to Toowoomba to take in the magnificent gardens and colourful change of season.
Be assured, the magnificent views and a cold beer or a glass of wine on the deck never goes out of season at The Stonehouse
Note: Being an "eco friendly bush retreat" and " off the grid", our guests appreciate that they will be surrounded by nature and they will have some "simple hands on jobs" to do re checking power usage, topping up supply if needed by turning on a generator etc. None of this is hard to it is a different experience.
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We hope to see you soon. We know you will come back
Availability guide...The Stayz calendar may not be entirely accurate as we utilize numerous booking services including direct booking. Please treat the Stayz calendar as a rough guide to availability. We do our best to ensure the calendar onHome Away Stayz is a useful guide change rapidly as bookings confirm.
Please Note: Minimum stay on public holiday/ long weekends = 3 nights. Friday Saturday nights not able to be split unless part of a longer booking. Special function events by arrangement