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“A Fabulous 4 Night Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Abbey of the Roses
8 Locke Street, Warwick, Queensland 4370, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Warwick B&B and Inns
Hervey Bay
1 review
“A Fabulous 4 Night Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

My husband and I along with another couple stayed four nights at the Abbey of the Roses last week and we had the most wonderful time.

The Abbey is being lovingly refurbished and restored by its new owners with the help of Bazil the cat. The building is heritage listed and has some beautiful furnishings and antiques.

Our hosts were absolutely delightful and nothing was too much trouble. They really went the extra mile for us and even Bazil was friendly and made us feel welcome. Our cooked breakfast each morning, our special evening dinner and our devonshire morning tea were all excellent and Mark and Sonia do an incredible job of catering and hosting. It is easy to see and feel the passion and enthusiasm they have for their venture and be inspired by their excitement.

We enjoyed day trips around the area and then came 'home' to our borrowed DVD's each evening as the perfect means of relaxation before dozing off to sleep in our cozy beds.

Mark gave us a very interesting and enthusiastic tour of the Abbey and its history. So after such a lovely time of being spoilt and cared for, we were sorry when the week finished and it was time for us to leave.

We can certainly recommend a stay at the Abbey of the Roses and look forward to another visit there some time.

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts.

Ray and Daphne, Marj and Erle

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 31, 2012
Thank you so much for firstly staying with us - it was an absolute pleasure having you here. Plus, thank you for taking the time to write such lovely comments about your stay. Any time we watch George & Mildred, we will remember you :). The rose you bought us hasn't bloomed yet but we are looking forward to seeing what it smells like - it is planted in the front so you will always be a part of the Abbey now ... well as long as I keep it watered in summer.
Take care guys and enjoy all the adventures you go on
Mark, Sonia & Bazil (Bazil is in front of the fire today a little sick, but I shall tell him you wrote when I check on him)
xx
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Thankyou Sonia and Mark and Bazil the cat, for a lovely stay. We first discovered this treasure when a friend had her wedding there. We all stayed in the Abbey. I told my mates about it and we all went back recently and stayed when we went to the Opera in the Vineyard in Stanthorpe. Sonia and Mark are so friendly and obliging. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which is amazing with the cathedral lead lights, the four poster bed, the private verandah and a massive space. My mates and us enjoyed sunset drinks on the verandah. Thoroughly recommend this wonderful secret for your wedding or a beautiful weekend. We will be back. Cherry and John Llewellyn.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Hi Cherry and John
was great that you enjoyed your second stay as much as the first , plus that your friends had an enjoyable time too.
Thank you for the wonderful review.
You will have to stay in a different room each time you visit to make comment about all the accommodation :)
Take care
Love Mark, Sonia & Bazil
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I recently stayed for two nights at the Abbey of the Roses while touring the area for culinary and travel experiences. Prior to my arrival, I had received from Sonia, the owner, plenty of recommendations on what to visit in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt. It was a great start for a trip which I undertook at a moment’s notice.

Educated by Catholic nuns, it was always a project of mine to explore their convents one day and unveil their world of secrecy on their day- to -day life. This was a golden opportunity waiting to be seized. What a pleasure to see how well the Abbey had been beautifully restored and a credit to the owners whose passion and dedication have returned the Abbey to its formal glory. Chapeau!

The room, which I occupied with comfortable king size bed, desk table and great views to empty spaces, stated that this was a place to relax and meditate. The dining room was superb with its high ceilings and memorabilia. So was the moorish and delicious breakfast, prepared by Mark the husband. Adjacent, a small chapel for special occasions and reflection.

If you love history, appreciate the hard work of restoration and architecture, looking for an experience or just wish to relax and feel at home, meeting owners that are more than willing to help and show you the Abbey, this is the place for you without hesitation. It’s just that warm feeling of being welcomed which will incite me to return. Don’t miss it!

Maria Speerin
Australia on a Silver Platter

Room Tip: King size bedroom is very spacious with working desk/table
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you for your kind words Maria, you must travel a lot with your job so it was fantastic to read your comments and it is always wonderful to have guests stay who love the history and beauty of the Abbey as we do.
Mark was thrilled about your comment on his breakfast you made his week!
Enjoy the rest of your travels.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

We recently stayed at the Abbey whilst exploring the local countryside including attending Stanthorpe's Grape & Wine Festival.
Not only is the Abbey in Warwick a great base from which to explore the local countryside it is also a great adventure in itself. A beautiful sandstone building with restored interior it's glistening timber stairs, fittings and panels. it's lofty ceilings and open passageways are warm and inviting. They encourage the imagination to feel the quiet of the praying nuns or the rambunctious energy of the schoolgirls who, at different times, lived within it's embrace.
We were reminded of our good fortune in living in the 21st centiry as compared to those who preceded us in this 19th century building..
Today, Sonia and Mark bring their own life to the Abbey - a life of generosity and good humour, of wonderful breakfasts and hearty meals, of ready assistance and informative advice. We left mine hosts vowing to return - again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you DeeQld for your comments. Sounds like you picked up on the tranquil vibe of the Abbey and that Warwick has a lot to offer people looking for some great architecture and historic sandstone buildings.
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

A group of friends stayed here in February to attend a function in Warwick. The hosts were great and happy to show off the great work they have done bringing the Abbey back to its full glory. Rooms were comfortable and quiet. The attic lounge made a great place to gather for an informal drink. Breakfast was great and the gardens well maintained. Basically we could not fault our stay. Would be keen to return.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you PeterS for taking the time to send in your comments on Trip Advisor. Glad you had an enjoyable stay. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond - just getting the hang of this system.
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I read with interest the reviews on Abbey of the Roses but I respectfully suggest as the ownership has changed some of the reviews are "ancient" and have become irrelevant. One must understand it was an Abbey, a most impressive building and grounds (and heritage listed), and there are some very minor limitations to do with the age of building and configuration but I highly recommend the experience. It was a most warm environment with attentive hosts.

Sonya was a delight and nothing was too much bother. Basil the cat is more intelligent than some of the people I work with and a must to converse.

Book now I say - life is an adventure

David Hallam

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Hi David, thank you for the lovely comments regarding your visit and views on the Abbey. Basil is a character all of his own and we have wondered if he is in fact one of the Sisters of Mercy Nuns come back to keep an eye on the place - he still likes to greet everyone and walks most people to their car.
thanks again
Sonia
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at this B & B (Feb 2012) and we had a wonderful time. Sonia and Mark are exceptional hosts - very friendly and very accomodating, as well as being very professional - quite a rare find. They have taken over the Abbey recently and the bad review posted in 2008 was not while they ran the place. From the very first moment we arrived, we were made to feel very welcome and nothing was any trouble. The Abbey is extremely clean and well maintained. Furnishings are lovely and in keeping with the era. It is a beautiful building with lots of character. The breakfast room is delightful and elegant and Mark is not a chef but a very good cook and the hot breakfast included (as well as buffet cereals, toast and tea and coffee) and freshly squeezed orange juice, is excellent value. I would definitely recommend this place as a B & B. Don't expect a hotel but a more relaxed atmosphere with hosts that make you feel like friends.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abbeywarwick, Owner at Abbey of the Roses, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Hi DeeWee
thank you for taking the time to send in your review on the Abbey. We where so pleased to read your comments and that we have made your visit enjoyable and memorable.
Mark was chuffed to hear what you said about his breakfast - the kitchen is his domain and he loves pottering in there.
Thanks again and sorry it has taken so long to reply. I have only just worked out how to write replies to reviews so will make sure that I check regularly now.
Sonia
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Address: 8 Locke Street, Warwick, Queensland 4370, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Warwick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Warwick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abbey of the Roses bed and breakfast is a 120 year old sandstone heritage listed ex convent that is now a premier function center & guesthouse in historic Warwick. Now totally renovated all rooms are tastefully decorated and have either shared, private or ensuite bathrooms.Sit an relax on one of the verandah's or in the gardens with a cuppa after a days sightseeing. Escape to the Country as a couple or book the whole house for a Family House Gathering. Dinner's can be arranged if booked at the same time as accommodation. A stay at the Abbey will be a memory for life! ... more   less 
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