Grandchester, Australia

Spicers Hidden Vale

Rates per night from$252.09

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 (AUD344.55), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Animal farm

Setting

Twelve-thousand acres

Historic homestead, Spicers Hidden Vale possesses more than its fair share of natural charms. Cosy cottages date back to the early 1800s; there’s a tranquil spa, a Lockyer Valley-surveying pool, and an award-winning paddock-to-plate restaurant that steadfastly champions the region’s bountiful produce. Join the chefs on a tour of the market garden, smoke house and piggery, borrow bikes and wheel around the bucolic 12,000-acre playground, or simply unwind in your restful sleeping quarters. It’s hard to believe that Brisbane is just an hour away…

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

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

Facilities

Photos Spicers Hidden Vale facilities

Need to know

Rooms

23, including six suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $252.09 (AU$345), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (don’t miss the waffles with roasted banana and maple streaky bacon).

Also

The hotel has a fleet of on-loan mountain bikes: go forth and adventure. You can also hop in a four-wheel drive with staff and go koala-spotting in the 12,000 acres.

Please note

A recent fire has damaged the homestead and restaurant; all other areas of the hotel remain open, and the restaurant will be relocated to the rustic barn. 

The hotel will be closed from 14 January to 28 February 2019 to rebuild the Homestead.

At the hotel

Market garden, tennis and bocce courts, games room, animal nursery and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, kettle. (Some rooms also have a fireplace and cosy living area.)

Our favourite rooms

The Heritage Suites have barrels of rustic charm, thanks to their enticing bath tub, view-toting veranda and snug living area. Guests with OCD might want to book the recently refurbished Loft Suite, which is the most obviously primped-and-preened sleeping quarters (the claw-foot bath tub in each suite is another highlight).

Poolside

There are two pools to choose from: a heated lap pool and an infinity pool outside Homage restaurant, with impressive views of the Lockyer Valley.

Packing tips

Bring clothes and shoes suitable for rambling around the 12,000 acres, plus something smart(ish) for dinner. Don’t forget your appetite…

Also

There's no spa, but in-room massages can be arranged.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome, but Valley View Rooms are adults only. Babysitting is $30 an hour for up to three children (a minimum three-hour booking applies); an extra babysitter is arranged for four children or more (for an additional $30 an hour).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit out on the terrace for the sake of those views – but add an extra layer at night.

Dress Code

If you like to blend in, go for the old faithfuls: smart shirt; classic frock. If you’d prefer to put a playful spin on rustic-chic, opt for cowboy boots, plaid or dungas, instead...

Hotel restaurant

Due to a fire on 7 April 2018, Homage Restaurant will be relocated to the existing rustic barn, next to the Market Garden, for the foreseeable future. Chef Ash and his team will continue to dish out fresh, local cuisine.

Hotel bar

There’s a laidback bar in the barn, and the restaurant bar is set for both pre- and post-dinner drinks.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the restaurant between 7.30am and 9.30am; lunch from noon; dinner from 6pm. The bars are open when the restaurant is.

Room service

Order treats from the Homestead menu to your room during the restaurant’s opening hours.

Location

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Address
Spicers Hidden Vale
617 Grandchester Mount Mort Rd
Grandchester
4340
Australia

Planes

Brisbane airport is 94 kilometres away, a 90-minute drive. Give Smith24 a ring if you want them to sort your travel plans.

Trains

You can catch a train from Brisbane to Rosewood station, which is just 20 minutes from the hotel by car. Smith24 can arrange transfers.

Automobiles

It’s an hour’s drive from Brisbane to the hotel; Spicers has plenty of free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take a tour of the grounds, pig pen, pickle room and smoke house: play a round of bocce, perhaps, or try tennis and archery; riding can also be arranged in one of the nearby schools. When you feel like adventuring further afield, ask the hotel to arrange a four-wheel-drive tour for you, try mountain biking in Hidden Vale Adventure Park, or follow one of the local hiking trails, where premium scenery will reward your exertions (request the services of a guide, if you want to be privy to the region’s secrets).

Local restaurants

You’re at a hotel in the middle of nowhere – you have no choice but to stay put and make the most of Spicers’ award-winning restaurant…

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 bucolic hotel in the Lockyer Valley and unpacked their hiking boots, a full account of their Australian-bush break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Spicers Hidden Vale in Grandchester…

It’s not often that we’re jealous of Wessex Saddleback piglets – but then it’s not often we’re unwinding on a luxury working farm with historic cottages, an award-winning restaurant, a blissful spa and a tranquil infinity pool that eyeballs the luscious Lockyer Valley. Those lucky piglets can call themselves residents of Spicers Hidden Vale (until they’re called up for duty on the restaurant menu, gulp); we were just temporary visitors. That said, you don’t need to spend long at Spicers Hidden Vale in order to feel its rejuvenating, relaxing effects: one look at that scenery, one taste of clever chef Ash Martin’s produce-championing dishes and one dip in the pool is all it takes to feel a million miles away from the big-city grind. Which is all the more impressive, given that Brisbane is but a mere hour away…

 

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