The Spicers brand is such a quality act. We’ve stayed at several of their hotels over the years and have never been disappointed. Well priced, well run and usually involving some great food. Recently I took a few girlfriends out to the country for a sneaky little weekend trip and we had a lovely time at Spicers Hidden Vale.
Where is it ?
Located in the Lockyer Valley region, Spicers Hidden Vale is just one hour’s drive from Brisbane, 50 minutes from Toowoomba and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast. The Lockyer Valley is Queensland’s grain basket and salad bowl half way between Brisbane and Toowoomba .The small town of Grandchester is worth a stop for a number of heritage listed sights and Spicers Hidden Vale is just 5 minutes outside town.
It’s quite a remote location and that’s part of its great appeal. At night the sky is lit by a zillion stars and all you can hear are a few cows mooing. Very peaceful.
What is it ?
Once a working farm the original homestead sits on 12,000 acres of beautiful Australian countryside and has 29 rooms and suites, some in detached cottages dating back to the 1800’s which with deep verandahs and open fireplaces. A great place to visit all year round but winter is especially nice.
The rooms are very comfortable and well-appointed with mini-bar, television and air-conditioning, plus free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities. Polished timber, crisp linen, brass, Appelles bathroom amenities, and robes and slippers, and even decent size wine glasses !
There is a day spa, a games/recreation room, open fire pits, sweeping lawns, two swimming pools, a beautiful kitchen garden and a large animal pen where you can interact with pigs, ducks, geese and sheep. Great fun for the kids but we quite liked playing with the piglets too !
What is there to do ?
• Self guided nature walks • Mountain bike adventures • 4WD flora and fauna discovery tours • Laser shooting & archery • Wildlife Research Facility • Helicopter scenic flights • Hot air ballooning • Spa Anise Day Spa • Tennis • Animal nursery • Market garden tour
One of the very best things about Spicers Hidden Vale is the restuarant. Homage restaurant has been awarded one chef hat in both the 2016 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards and the 2015 Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat awards.
The first time we ate there we couldn’t believe the quality of the food ! Everything is sourced locally and much of the food is grown on site. And its great value too as you can get a great stay and dine package that includes a 3 course meal and breakfast in the morning starting at only $519.
When we stayed recently they happened to have a special Chefs dinner called My Way or the Thai Way. A collaboration with the head Chef from Homage and their sister property Spicers Tamarind which has a Thai theme. We paid only $30 extra per head and were treated to an incredible 4 course Thai inspired spread under the stars. They had pork and chicken roasting on open coals, yummy papayas salad and the coconut rice dessert was to die for!
Keep an eye out for their regular themed lunches and dinners – its worth the drive!
In Summary, I guess you’ve worked out I quite like this place.
There’s something really special about turning into that drive way and arriving at a destination that offers great comfort and quality without an enormous price tag. It’s an easy drive and yet a whole other world. You cant help but leave feeling refreshed, sated and very satisfied.
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