Hillview Cottages B&B is just 8km from the township of Kingaroy, perched high on the Booie Range with sweeping views, cool breezes in summer and crisp, invigorating mountain air in the cooler months.
The 57 acre award winning property began life as a mixed farm (dairy and peanuts) before becoming a tea house and then bed and breakfast accommodation. Today Hillview Cottages is home to owners, Chris and Sandy, their four-legged family member (Jess, the border collie), a small herd of cattle and a productive brood of chickens.
Beautifully tended gardens and grounds provide the perfect backdrop for the three unique accommodation options here. The Church, The Dairy and The Cottage each have fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, reverse cycle air conditioning, outdoor living areas, BBQs and spa baths.
The Church, originally the All Saints Church in nearby Memerambi was built in 1912 and today offers quaint and cosy accommodation for those looking for a unique romantic escape.
Next door to The Church is The Dairy which was the property's original dairy. After extensive renovations, The Dairy is now fabulous accommodation which can sleep six - perfect for families or small groups holidaying together. For guests' convenience The Dairy has two bathrooms, a very well equipped kitchen and a large outdoor area.
The Cottage (built in the 1940s) was originally the caretaker's cottage at the Kingaroy Golf Club and with its beautiful polished floors and bay window, makes a very comfortable home-away-from-home for two. It is ideally positioned to watch the amazing sunsets whilst enjoying a drink on the verandah.
For those planning a longer stay a guest laundry is located between The Church and The Dairy. Families staying at Hillview Cottages will appreciate the wide open spaces where the kids can play and there's a very special slippery slide waiting to be discovered by young explorers.
A continental breakfast is included in the tariff here and guests are also treated to delicious farm fresh eggs, courtesy of the house chickens.Thoughtful touches make a stay at Hillview Cottages extra special: board games, cards, books, binoculars (the birdlife is amazing), complimentary port from Crane Wines, peanut samples and handmade soaps are provided.
A leisurely stroll along Birt Road offers guests the opportunity to meet some of the bovine locals and to enjoy the views across neighbouring farms. Be sure to keep a camera handy as views from both sides of the road will have shutterbugs itching to capture the picturesque rural scenes.
Those willing to leave the tranquility of Hillview Cottages will find much to see and do in Kingaroy and its surrounds.The Booie Range is a truly scenic area and affords visitors great views of the South Burnett and its surrounds. Just be sure to catch sunset here, as it's a wonderful sight to see the sky light up with the hot pink, orange and golden glow as the sun dips below the horizon.
Chris and Sandy provide warm hospitality in a setting that is well and truly worth the drive from Brisbane. Each accommodation option at Hillview Cottages is tastefully and thoughtfully styled, ensuring guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Relaxing on the paved deck or verandah and soaking up extensive views of patchwork fields against distant mountains, guests may find it difficult to tear themselves away from this quiet and peaceful haven.
Need to know: This is a pet friendly property - enquire when booking.
Things to see and do:
Stock up on regional produce at Taste South Burnett.
Indulge in a little wine tasting at one of the many cellar doors in the area. Crane Wines is just a short drive away and has a lovely cellar door where visitors can sample the good drop whilst enjoying amazing views.
Cassis at Booie has earned a reputation as a must do foodie experience - be sure to book to avoid disappointment.
Explore the night sky at the Kingaroy Observatory (weather permitting) - bookings necessary.
And no trip to Kingaroy is complete without a visit to the Peanut Van.
If visiting during sunflower season, choose a vantage point and capture the amazing sight of large fields of gold.
By Sandy Ludinski
Must Do Brisbane.com was a guest of Hillview Cottages B&B