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“Seventh Year at Whistle Stop”

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Secrets on the Lake
Ranked #2 of 9 Montville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Starting to thing of Whistle Stop as our 'winter palace'. This was our seventh year and hopefully many more to come. Bed/Lounge room, veranda, courtyard, BBQ/Spar and grounds are wonderful. Kitchen and bathroom are getting a bit tired and need some tarting up (just hope George & Aldy don't renovate them during our next planned visit).
BTW : You get NO mobile phone reception at Whistle Stop and have to walk up to the dam intersection - excellent! - a complete break. Take a book, take a mud mask or any self-pampering products, take your picnic rug (lying looking at the stars there is magnificent) but most of all take your champagne!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Yes the mobile reception can be a challenge for some guests but we (like you) see it is a complete escape from your normal life.... no-one can get you on the phone! So you can put down your iphone, your ipad and laptop.... and just relax! Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we will see you again next Winter!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We have just had three nights at Secrets on the Lake staying in Platypus tree house. As always our stay was outstanding, the attention to detail is amazing. This is the most relaxing, peaceful ,and quiet place to celebrate any special occasion. We were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary, I can't think of a better way to enjoy it.
I have a gluten intolerance and am always well catered for here. The new cafe is an excellent addition to this beautiful place, great food and excellent coffee.
Can't wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janice D
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thanks Janice, Happy Anniversary again! We try to cater for all dietary requirements (it's not so easy when you have a vegan who is gluten intolerant!!!!) but we do try! We look forward to seeing you very soon!

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

My partner and I spent 2 nights at this magical place, it has everything 1 would need for a romantic time away. We enjoyed the cheese platter, BBQ and breakfast hamper, freshly baked scones, muffins and bread. The possums loved the fruit especially We will return again for sure, you cant go wrong with any room you book they are all beautiful. Well done guys

Room Tip: All rooms are great I stayed in 2 frogs and bower, preferred bower it was bigger and brighter
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your review, glad the Possums enjoyed the attention! Secrets is the perfect place to just "escape" from every day life even when you just live down the road! We hope to see you again when you need a little extra pampering.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I recently organised a lunch for our Sunshine Coast Mazda MX5 Car Club at Secrets on the Lake. There were 40 members who thoroughly enjoyed the tasty food, friendly service and lovely surroundings. From my very first phone call to make a general enquiry for a group booking, to when we headed home, the staff were most accommodating and cooperative, to all the inevitable changes that occur when making a group booking. The tables were well organised with white table cloths and the service was efficient and effective. We especially enjoyed looking through one of the beautiful cabins that George, the owner, took us to at the conclusion. We had a lovely lunch and I received many compliments for the venue selection.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Teddy G
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thank you for writing a review for our cafe - big groups can sometimes be a little challenging so we are glad to hear your great feedback, thank you for working in with us with your menu choices etc, was a pleasure to have you visit us and we hope to see you all again soon.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

amazing stay at whistlestops amazing and don't be put off that its cheaper its the most isolated and even has an outdoor spa bath hidden from any humanity in the rainforest! so beautiful that I am returning in September to elope there!! the staff are friendly welcoming and helpful and the food baskets lovely. cant wait to return to get married!

Room Tip: they are all beautiful, we looked around a few while they were being cleaned between guests. Just bo...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Whistlestop is so cosy and charming - we are so glad you liked it - quite a different experience to the treehouses but some of our guests prefer the privacy and seclusion Whistlestop has to offer - not to mention the great outdoor area! We look forward to seeing you and marrying you off later in the year!!!!!! :-)

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My husband and I spent two nights in Two Frogs and absolutely loved it. Beautiful views of the lake, double spa bath overseeing the views, log fire, reading a book whilst swinging in the swing for two; lovely food and use of a magnificent tree house with so much character and warmth. We were constantly in awe of the workmanship of the timber, timber carvings and blacksmith work everywhere we looked, and always finding something else. Loved it, will definitely stay again and refer to friends and family.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thanks Debbie, Two Frogs is the very first treehouse we built so is very special to us. (Also has the record for most wedding proposals - even another couple in the last month or so). So glad you had a relaxing and peaceful time with us - we look forward to your next visit. Thanks for posting this review - we appreciate it.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My wife and I have been coming to secrets on the lake for nearly 15 years and still love it, the staff and the owners Aldi and George. No ressonable rewuest is refused and the staff are always very happy to help. They introduced a gallery cafe a couple of years back and what a great addition to tge place, with great views and great food. We will be back.

Room Tip: The fitness centre is nature and the lack it self with free use of the kayaks and fishing gear and t...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Secretsonthelake, Front Office Manager at Secrets on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thanks Neil, 15 years!!! we think that is so special - we have a few couples who have been with us every year we have been open. They become like George and Aldy's extended family and they look forward to seeing them every year to catch up for a bit of a chat!
Thanks for keeping Secrets as a special part of your life.

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Address: 207 Narrows Road, Montville, Queensland 4560, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Montville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Montville
Price Range: $160 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Secrets on the Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Secrets on the Lake" is a rainforest resort overlooking Lake Baroon, featuring 10 world class luxury and penthouse treehouses, along with an award winning daytime restaurant Secrets Cafe on the Deck with its own vista of the lake. Local artists have been commissioned to create beautiful carvings and fine details in wood, iron and glass. Beautiful landscaped gardens, elevated wooden boardwalks and shingle roofed outbuildings are trademarks of this established family business. Standard stay includes a breakfast basket with complimentary wine, scones on arrival and warm croissants or muffins daily. Our chefs create delicious seasonal breakfast, morning tea and lunch menus for the café and evening meals for guests who prefer to dine in their cabins. Stay and celebrate, your birthday, honeymoon, propose or just spoil yourselves. Perfect to bring your family, visitors, and small groups. ... more   less 
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