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Secrets on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 9 Montville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Absolutely Amazing”
Reviewed July 2, 2009

My wife and I booked 2 nights at 'Secrets on the Lake' for our 1 year anniversary. We arrived and were warmly greeted by George. After a short orientation of the main facilities George showed us to our Luxury Penthouse Treehouse 'The Nest'. It was huge with self contained kitchen, beautiful iving area with suspended fireplace, multiple rooms, large bath, double shower with monsoon shower option, multiple decks, one with a large spa bath overlooking the rainforest, a love-swing and a BBQ. The treehouse was really original with amazing wood carvings and sculptures throughout the rooms. It's important to remember that you are situated on a beautiful lake in a lush rainforest where wildlife is abundant and it is important to use common sense and do very simple things like keep your windows shut at night. Overall the accommodation combined with fantastic warm service proved to be a memorable and very romantic anniversary.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2009

The perfect getaway for a romantic retreat.

Secrets on the Lake is a short drive from the picturesque town of Montville in the Glasshouse Mountains. Set on the edge of Lake Baroon in amongst the rain forest you will find a collection of the most luxurious 'Tree Houses' I've ever seen.

Each tree house is reached via boardwalks from the main reception. The whole place has been built with privacy and luxury in mind.

From the booking process right through to check-out the staff were warm and helpful. We were staying locally and the place had been recommended to us, so we visited first to see what availability they had. We were shown one of the 'basic' tree houses, Waterlillies, and decided almost immediately that we would like to stay at Secrets.

Each tree house is individually themed. We decided on 'Wait-a-while' as it was one of the penthouse cabins.

When we arrived at reception to check in we were greeted by the staff and given a guided tour of the reception area. Here you can select DVD movies to take with you to your room free-of-charge and there was a good selection of films to choose from. We were also given a choice of wine or champagne to accompany our breakfast hamper and we selected the choices for our BBQ hamper for the following evening. There was also a full-sized billiards table for the use of guests.

We were then taken to 'Wait-a-while' where we were shown around our home for the next two days. Everything we could have expected was provided. Great attention to detail has been made and the atmosphere is fantastic, with soothing background music, mood lighting and nature providing stunning views.

Our cabin was large, much larger than we expected. There was a second bedroom upstairs, which had a balcony overlooking the lounge area. The bed that we chose to use was raised up above the lounge area, with stunning views out across the balcony and down to the lake. All the woodwork is handmade, including the bed. The theme is carried through the whole place with carvings all along the walkways, in the rooms, and the reception area.

The woodwork has to be seen to be fully appreciated. A kitchen area is also provided with a fridge, cooker, outside BBQ, tea and coffee etc.

The balcony is reached via large double doors and provides the best views of the lake. A large swing chair, again hand made, is provided to allow you to sit back and enjoy the view in comfort, and table and chairs are also provided for alfresco dining.

We were given a complimentary BBQ hamper when we made our booking. Highly recommended. A ready prepared salad, baked potatoes, deserts with cream and ice cream and selection of bread along with your choice of meat is provided. All you have to do is fire up the BBQ and cook the meat. We opted for the Rib steak and sausages - both of which were delicious.

Each morning fresh croissant and or muffins are delivered to the front door.

There was a large hot tub and walk in shower area in our tree house, both with private views of the rain forest. A selection of toiletries is provided, all of a very good quality.

In all, we found very little to fault. Our only reservation was that perhaps the tree house could have been serviced on the second day, although they appear to leave you in peace and privacy and I suspect had we asked they may well have done this for us.

We would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle, enjoy nature close up and wants to spice up their love life

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2009

My Husband and I just returned from our QLD honeymoon and chose to spend two nights in The Bower treehouse at Secrets on the Lake. We wish we had stayed longer!! As soon we arrived the personal touches and beauty of this place was evident. The treehouse interior is almost completely handcarved with gorgeous creatures like platypus, bower birds, frogs etc and it was right on gorgeous Lake Baroon. A BBQ hamper was given to us for a lovely BBQ on the balcony overlooking the lake and the champagne basket that was full of home made scones, biscuits and bread along with local made yoghurt, fruits etc was a gorgeous (and delicious) touch. The pictures do not do it justice, it has to be seen to be believed. We will be going back again and again and wish that we had something similar in Sydney...but alas we don't so a yearly trip to Montville will be made to go back. You will not be dissapointed!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

On a recent trip to Montville in Queensland, my boyfriend and I treated ourselves to a night at Secrets on the Lake. We'd been camping and overnight bussing it, so our night in a beautiful, spacious log cabin with decking and BBQ overlooking the tranquil Lake Baroon was just what the doctor ordered!

The cabins are run by a friendly local family who know the area well and who really go the extra mile (or kilometer, depending where you're from!) to make your stay a special one. The cabins are all individual and have lovely hand carved touches dotted throughout.

Seriously, you won't want to leave your cabin - what with the Jacuzzi, double shower, DVD player, stereo fully equipped kitchen, swinging seat on the deck and skylights looking up into the tree tops, this is a true paradise and if it wasn't for the chance to go canoeing on the lake and enjoy the late afternoon sunshine, we wouldn't have.

Secrets have different packages - you can dine out, self cater, or do as we did and opt for the delicious homemade food hamper. We chose salmon, steak, salad, garlic bread, coleslaw, chocolate pudding and ice cream. We cooked the meat and onions ourselves on the BBQ on our private deck, then kicked back and relaxed with a bottle of wine (Australian, of course!)

The cabins are all hidden in the trees and reached by a series of boardwalks, providing the ideal, romantic and relaxing getaway for anyone looking to unwind either with the family or with a loved one.

  • Liked — The scenery & attention to detail in the cabins
  • Disliked — Nothing - loved it all!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

Secrets was Amazing. Working in the travel industry I have seen a lot of hotels and Secrets stands out! We stayed in the Bower cabin which had great views of the lake and a feeing of being the only people out there was great. With little touches such as breakfast and BBQ hampers, home made biscuits and scones and champagne it is a foodie heaven. We stayed for our honeymoon and did not want to leave. We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Maroochydore, Australia
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Reviewed November 27, 2007

This is our second visit to "Secrets". This place has to be the ultimate getaway for a quiet weekend with someone special. The cabins are as close to perfect as one could require with themed carvings (all by local carvers), leadlight windows and luxurious decor for each. The attention to detail is truly astounding. Aldy and George, the proprietors, have managed to site each cabin so that you are unaware of anyone else on the property, ensuring that each cabin has total privacy whilst still giving wonderful views of the lake. The complimentary champagne breakfast basket has more than enough food for 2 breakfasts which you can make at your leisure with delicious hot croissants or muffins delivered in a velvet bag (themed for each cabin) each morning. Also available are barbecue baskets which can be cooked on your verandah barbecue when you're ready to do so. Montville is a quiet country village so don't go expecting an exciting nightlife. However, the coastal strip at Mooloolaba will provide that if really necessary. This is a place to take time out, "smell the roses" so to speak and enjoy a quiet life.

  • Liked — peace and quiet
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2005

On a recent trip to Australia that was mostly spent on the beaches and islands we wanted something inland that was going to be truly Australian and a little different we booked a night at Secrets on the Lake (formerly Treetops Cabins on the Lake). We hired a car from Brisbane airport and travelled for 1.5 hours to Montville in the Sunshine Coast rainforest area. A lovely drive around the mountain tops with great views. When we arrived at Secrets on the Lake we were greeted by a very friendly host who got us our champagne breakfast baskets and showed us to our cabin. There were about 12 cabins of different sizes all connected by a high wooden walkway. As you walk over at night time you can hear nightlife animals scattering about in the underbush. All the cabins have a theme and have hand carved unusual wooden features throughout. The cabin we had (2 couples) was the Wait A While cabin that had a an elevated loft style second bedroom looking out over the lounge area and rainforest. Love the front door! There was also a spacious spa bath with gorgeous shutters that opened straight out onto the rainforest. The balcony has a breathtaking view over the lake and at night the resident a possum came onto our balcony and took fruit straight out of our hands. In the morning we were greeted by a very friendly baby magpie that we also hand fed. Although we didnt, you could take the canoes out on the lake. The reception also has books, cd's and a billiards table. A great place to stay with easy access to all the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and famous Eumundi markets. The only downside is that there is not really any nightlife and younger couples may find it a bit boring after a couple of nights. Local restuarants in Montville are nice. -----

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Property: Secrets on the Lake
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Montville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Secrets on the Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Perfect Romantic Escape.....IMAGINE the ultimate romantic escape flowers, chocolates, and definitely some champagne and fruit. Hide away in a beautiful hand-carved cabin while a log fire burns and favourite music playing in the background. Neck deep in bubble bath and lounging in the sunken spa, gaze out over the veranda to see mist rolling over the magnificent lake. Secrets on the Lake is nestled in the Sunshine Coast's lush hinterland on 45 acres of rainforest and right on the shores of Lake Baroon. There are ten tree houses Waterlilies, Two Frogs, Possums, The Bower, Lizards Lair Wait A While, Platypus, Dragonfly, The Nest & last but not least Secrets. Each cabin is only accessed by a hand carved elevated treetop walkway, lit at night by handmade pottery lamps. They are meticulously appointed and individually themed from a different element of nature and feature extensive ceramic, iron and woodwork. Our guests can indulge themselves with our special homemade touches - the complimentary Champagne Breakfast basket, the hearty BBQ Hamper and cheese platters, a range of massages or our specially catered for Packages be it an escape or a honeymoon. Sit back on the deck and enjoy coffee & cake at the cafe or wander through the art gallery where the "Tree of Dreams" lives. Come & visit this wondrous place & be captivated by the charm & beauty. ... more   less 
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