Montville, Australia

Spicers Clovelly Estate

Rates per night from$222.65

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD308.18), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

European union

Setting

Amid the jacarandas

If you ignore the prime-Queensland setting – all spacious greenery, dotted with  jacarandas, magnolias and grand fig trees – you could almost pretend you’re in Europe, thanks to Spicers Clovelly Estate’s elegant, French-provincial-style guesthouse, and Gallic furniture and fittings. Flavours at the award-winning Long Apron restaurant look to Asia: star dishes include tuna with watermelon and konbu-cured lardon, potato-skin broth with confit shiitake, and coal-grilled duck with dried plum and yeast crumb. Stroll off the calories in the grounds, or unwind even further by being rubbed and scrubbed in the little treatment room…

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

An AU$50 spa credit and a handmade cinnamon-and-clove candle

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

11, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $222.65 (AU$308), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast (highlights include roasted wild mushroom with goat’s curd, and rye pancakes with burnt banana).

Also

Staff can arrange cookery classes at Spicers Clovelly Estate’s sister property: Spicers Tamarind Retreat. You’ll be taught by expert chefs in a state-of-the-art cooking school, overlooking tropical gardens in the heart of the rainforest. Pick from four-hour Saturday sessions from 10am to 2pm (AU$165 a person, including apron, lunch and wine), or two-hour Sunday classes held on the third Sunday of the month, from 6pm–8pm (AU$45 a person, including tastings).

At the hotel

Lake-view deck; rainforest walk; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, kettle.

Our favourite rooms

The Estate Rooms are lovely, but for just a little bit more dollar, you can opt for a Spa Suite and enjoy relaxing soaks in a spa tub big enough for two. If you’re celebrating something special – even if that’s just life itself – book the Luxury Spa Suite, which has lashings of space, including tempting window seats in the bedroom and a cosy, separate living area.

Poolside

Water-babies can splash around in the peaceful pool, tucked away in the grounds and accessed through metal gates.

Spa

There’s a snug little treatment room with marble and timber flooring, a large corner spa and a private courtyard. If you want to spend the day being rubbed and scrubbed in all-bells-and-whistles wellness-luxury, ask staff to arrange transfers to Spicers’ sister spa hotel, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, which is just a 10-minute drive away.

Packing tips

Leave plenty of space in your suitcase for Eumundi Market acquisitions.

Also

One of the Estate Rooms is suitable for wheelchair-users, as are the communal lounge and restaurant; there’s also an accessible bathroom.

Children

Families must book the French Cottage (the other sleeping quarters are for adults only). Babysitting can be arranged ($150 for the first three hours; $30 an hour after that).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

There's not a bad seat in the house, but we especially like our meals with a view of the grounds. If you're dining with a group of five or so, request the chef's table for a treat.

Dress Code

Think you at your most dishy (just like the food).

Hotel restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the Long Apron's casual feel and fit-out: this is Chef’s-Hat-winning food, rustled up by top chef Chris Hagan. Opt for the tasting menu, which changes according to Mother Nature’s mood swings; previous crowd-pleasers include tuna with watermelon, smoked roe, konbu-cured lardon and porchetta brown butter, and ‘leaves from the garden’ served with aged Wagyu tartare and mushroom caramel. Oh my. On Tuesday nights, in-house guests can gather ‘round the chef’s table for the weekly French Table dining experience (AU$95 a person); you’ll start with charcuterie and snacks, move on to meaty mains and finish with something sweet, like creamy panna cotta.

Hotel bar

There’s no formal bar, but you can have drinks wherever you like; just ask the obliging staff if you’re thirsty.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, lunch from noon to 2pm Friday to Sunday. A la carte dinners and a tasting menu are served from 6pm Thursday to Monday; on Tuesday, the chef’s table French dining experience starts at 6pm.

Room service

Order items from the main menu to your room during the restaurant’s opening hours.

Location

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Address
Spicers Clovelly Estate
38-68 Balmoral Road
Montville
4560
Australia

Planes

Sunshine Coast Airport is 30 kilometres away, a half-hour drive. Let Smith24 organise your transfers to the hotel.

Automobiles

Brisbane is a 90-minute drive away; there’s plenty of free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Have a treatment in the spa room, or hop to Spicers Tamarind Retreat so that you can bubble away blissfully in the hotel’s huge hydrotherapy pool. Make the most of your stunning surroundings and go exploring – starting with Kondalilla National Park. Take a chef-prepped picnic to Lake Baroon or browse the famous Eumundi Markets, where you’ll find food stalls, live entertainment, beachy threads and more...

Local restaurants

Fancy some vine dining? Head to Flame Hill Vineyard (+61 (0)7 5478 5920) on Western Avenue in Montville for its excellent restaurant. Enjoy light meals, top-notch coffee and highly-gluggable wine at The Edge Café Bar and Restaurant (+61 (0)7 5442 9344) in Montville. The food is good, but the views are even better.

Local cafés

Have a slice of something nice at Montville Gourmet Pizzeria & Café (+61 (0)7 5442 9505) on Main Street, which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this relaxing hotel in Queensland and unpacked their European fashion labels and walking boots, a full account of their rural break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville

Spicers Clovelly Estate knows a thing or two about the good life: this relaxed, welcoming hideaway puts its emphasis firmly on delicious food, fresh air, Mother Nature and good-old-fashioned relaxation. It’s a seductive approach, from the terrace- and tub-toting suites to the peaceful pool and the standout restaurant, which is a destination in itself. We don’t like to dangle carrots, but let’s just say that the coal-grilled duck with roasted kale and dried plum is well worth travelling here for, as is the beeswax sorbet with roasted-white chocolate and honey meringue.  You can stroll off your feasts in the pretty grounds, dotted with scenic lookout spots and blooming flowers. There’s a fire pit where guests gather on chilly evenings to swap stories, and a little treatment room where rubs and scrubs are dished out. Though, for the full works, we’d recommend you hop to Spicers Tamarind Retreat, a 10-minute drive away, for the hotel’s hydrotherapy pool. Bubble-icious.

 

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