We stayed in Stinson Cottage for 2 nights in early November. The cottage was fully equipped with all the necessary appliances with a washing machine and dryer at the back of the cottage. Although we didn't use most of the appliances, they looked quite new. The cottage was cosy with a patio in front. We watched the sunrise over the hills and mountains from the patio in the mornings and saw wild wallabies in the field beside the cottage. A pair of sparrows and other wild birds were frequent visitors! The cottage has a fence around it but the horses still like to come up the side of the cottage. It was also clean, cleaner than the 4.5 star hotel we stayed in surfers paradise. The car is parked at the backyard next to the cottage. There is a short flight of stairs up so advisable to repack your clothes and stuff into smaller bags, and leave the rest in the car, so that you don't lug your luggages up the stairs.
We took up the fully catered option and the food was very good. It was lovely having picnic lunches by the stream with cattle grazing nearby. We appreciated the care and thought taken in preparing separate diary-free meals (including desserts) for my younger child.
The kids enjoyed the animal feeding (chicken, ducks, turkey, sheep, piglets) in the mornings and evenings. Peacocks roamed the area freely. Milking the cow and egg collecting were done in the mornings. The horse riding was a 1 hour trail ride and offered another way of exploring the area and enjoying the scenery. We enjoyed the boomerang throwing and whip cracking, as well as the 4WD tour up the mountain to watch the sunset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 1050 acre Cedar Glen cattle property has been in the Stephens family since 1882, and has been a Farmstay since 1981. It is located in the stunning Lost World Valley, just 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Farmstay accommodation includes the 1901 Homestead or one of three historic Cottages. Animal feeding, cow milking and egg collecting occur daily. Horse riding is a highlight for all ages and levels of experience. Other activities include boomerang throwing, whip cracking and 4WD tours. ... more less
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