Spicers Hidden Vale
Just 30 minutes out past Ipswich is this luxurious country retreat perched on top a ridge with sweeping mountain views. Spicers Hidden Vale is one of the popular Spicers getaways which have rightly garnered acclaim from visitors who keep coming back for more.
The property is an historic homestead that houses reception and Homage Restaurant, and several heritage cottages with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms overlooking the vast 12,000-acre working cattle farm. Each cottage has a feeling of privacy and its own verandah, and is fitted out with historic charm while also giving visitors the modern comforts of home such as TV, microwave, dishwasher, bathrobes and slippers. A fireplace helps keep things cosy in cooler weather while you can be sure of summer comfort with air-conditioning throughout.
You can do as much or as little as you like at Spicers Hiddenvale, from sitting on the verandah enjoying the view while you sip on a cool drink as kangaroos happily munch on grass, to more organised activities. It’s also very pleasant lazing by the large pool with heated spa or in the rock pool next to the main homestead.
Horse riding lessons and trail rides cater for 12 years of age and over while there are also 10-minute pony lead rides for the younger ones. Prices range from $15 right up to $109 for a 1.5 hour trail ride. Or hit one of the trails that in-house visitors can access free of charge to explore on foot or pay a $10 fee per person per day to get on the mountain bike trails.
Four wheel drive guided tours include a one-hour tour of the cattle farm, and a two-hour Liverpool Range tour at $89 per adult and $30 per child which includes house beverage and platter. You can also indulge in some archery or laser clay shooting if hitting a target gives you a thrill, and there’s the Barn Games Room, which could be described as the ultimate men’s shed.
If you love to be pampered or pummelled in the nicest possible way, you can’t go past the onsite Spa Anise with its beauty and massage treatments. It’s best to book ahead for this popular service that’s a big hit for hens’ parties, girls’ weekends away, and conferences. Other conference activities include Airplane Experience – survival challenges based around a plane wreck hidden in the bush – wine blending, and Hiddenvale’s Amazing Race.
Whether you’re just staying overnight or longer, a visit to Spicers Hiddenvale wouldn’t be complete without being treated to the gastronomic creations of award-winning Head Chef, Ash Martin, in Homage restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on offer, and if you happen to be there on a Sunday, you’ll enjoy the popular jazz afternoons.
The cottage kitchens are decked out with ample cooking gear so you can bring some or all of your own food, and it’s just a few minutes’ drive into Grandchester to pick up emergency supplies. There, you can check out its beautifully restored 1865-built railway station, while other heritage towns, Rosewood and Laidley, are also nearby for day trips.
But you might just decide that you don’t want to leave. The place can have that effect on you.
by Vicki Englund (who was a guest at Spicers Hiddenvale)
Pics courtesy of Spicers Hidden Vale.
Spicers Hidden Vale
617 Grandchester Mt Mort Road
1300 179 340