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“Lovely place to stay but I wont advise on breakfast.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Granite Belt Brewery
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely place to stay but I wont advise on breakfast.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

My husband, 10 yr old son and myself stay here for one night, found the place to be lovely. We were given a small cabin (three rooms) the lounge had a two piece suite,a flat screen tv, a small wood burning fire place, a bar fridge and a small bar with glasses and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was standard with a shower, no bath, and was very clean! The bedroom had a double and a single bed, a suit case stand and a wardrobe with iron and ironing board. Over all the place was really well kept, clean and is a good place to stay for a night or two. Each cabin is a little away from each other. We unfortunately didnt try any of the brewed beer on offer as we run out of time, but would next time.

We ate at the house restaurant on Saturday night, it was fine, nothing to really rave about, the desserts were lovely, and they offer gluten free options!! Our son who is a fairly big eater, ordered a children size meal and dessert and nearly couldnt finish it. Ok wine list.

Breakfast the following morning was included in the price, and was a real disappointment all round. Husband order the American style pancakes (with maple syrup and bacon) these were REALLY dry pancakes and he had to order more maple syrup, and had three cups of coffee to wash them down. My son had the childrens pancakes, with ice cream and maple syrup, he liked them but one small one isnt enough for most children. I ordered the Egg Benedict -,with bacon and avocado (Sounds nice) The eggs were, I believed not cooked at all as I could still see blobs of uncooked white, I asked it the eggs could be cooked a little more, the waitress was really helpful and took them back, when they returned 30 seconds later the eggs were rock hard and stone COLD, they had been cooked the previous day as the yellows were all GREY. I then realised that what I believed was uncooked egg white was poached eggs full of water. I'm sorry this is the worst breakfast I have ever had!!!. The brearnaise sauce must have been out of a bottle as it was very Sour. Breakfast spoilt the whole experience for us. Such a pity as this place is really quite nice.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank louplouBrisbane
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thanks for your feedback.
I think I remember you. You wrote a lovely comment on the table paper for our waitress. You made her night!
Glad to hear you enjoyed the accommodation and dinner.
Very dissapointed about the breakfast feedback. If you read most of our comments, guests usually really love their Sunday morning breakfast experience.
I can assure you that your replacement egg was definately not cooked the previous day. Breakfasts are cooked to order.
The Hollandaise Sauce was made freshly on Sunday morning as well.
I will be discussing the 'dry' pancakes with our chefs in this Friday's meeting. We will rectify this immediately.
Once again, thanks for the review.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We had a great November weekend at Happy Valley. Quiet and peaceful we really enjoyed the bush setting of the cabins, the restaurant and bar were great with lots of character. Not sure that we liked all the beers but it was fun tasting them. Dee was extremely friendly and helpful and we will definitely be back again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michelle W
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write your review.
We're really happy you enjoyed your stay in November.
It's also good to get feedback about the beers. I love hearing what each person loves and what they don't like. Normally the next guest feedback will contradict what the previous person has said. It really proves that everyone has different tastes which keeps things interesting!
Also, thanks for mentioning me! I'll make sure Geoff reads your review.
We hope to see you again soon.
Thanks, Dee
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

I took a group of Seniors up to Happy Valley for the Australia Day Weekend.We had a fabulous time.
We ended up having to stay an extra two nights as we were unable to return to Brisbane due to roads closures caused by the flooding and storms.
Dee and Geoff went out of their way to accommodate us and we were all very grateful for their hopitality and very generous discount due to our situation.
The staff were all wonderful and the food and cabins were great.
They were helpful and assisted the group with golf cart transfers from the cabins to the restaurant and back.
It rained the entire time we were there but it was still a nice weekend away.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kathy60255068
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
We loved having you all stay with us!
After 5 nights, you were like family and it was sad to see you leave.
We are glad we could help make a difficult situation better.
Please tell everyone to pop in to say hello next time they come to Stanthorpe.
Thanks for the review.

Dee
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Bli Bli, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

As one of two Buderim East Probus club committee members, I had the pleasureable experience of staying one night recently at the Happy Valley Retreat outside of Stanthorpe. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful in assisting us with answers to all questions we asked. We ate in the lovely big restaurant and the food was delightful. Before dinner we each sampled the first four beers down the list of from 1 - 4 and enjoyed them all with the exception of the wheat beer. We stayed in a suite and found it to be well equipped with the exception of a table to eat your continental breakfast (included in the overnight tariff). I appreciate there was a table and chairs at the back of the suite but where does one eat when it is raining or cold?

The purpose of our visit was to research the area for a planned trip by members of the Buderim East Probus club to Stanthorpe this July. We chose to stay at Happy Valley as some members had previously stayed there and also enjoyed the experience - we weren't disappointed. Many thanks to the staff for their assistance and hopefully we'll see you again in July for a longer stay.

Regards

Peter Wolfenden and John Peake

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peter W
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write you review.
We would love to see you again in Winter and are glad you enjoyed your recent stay.

We have often thought it would be nice to have a table and chairs in the cabins, but we are restricted with space. With the queen bed, single bed, couch/lounge suite, fireplace and kitchenette, I can't think how we could fit a table and chairs in. If you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

Dee
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Ipswich, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and two other couples recently enjoyed two wonderful days at the Happy Valley Retreat and we would have no hesitation in recommending the Retreat to anyone seeking an ‘all inclusive’ approach to a Granite Belt experience.
The cabins, located a short stroll from the fabulous restaurant and bar were spotlessly clean, well appointed and the beds were extremely comfortable. The meals and dining experience were first class as was the on-site micro brewery produced Porter beers.
We indulged in the 'Booze, Cruise and Snooze' package which was facilitated by Filippos Tours. Tony our driver sought our preferences for wine styles prior to departure from Happy Valley, made a couple of phone calls and we proceeded to visit several of the finest wineries in the region. Lunch was included in the package and our compliments to the Shiraz Bistro & Bar at Ballandean for a delightful meal inclusive of strawberry vinegar on ice cream – sensational!! Thanks also to the Rumbalara winery, voted six to nil as the best we visited, (I have the credit card receipts as proof).
We noted that Geoff and Dee went out of their way to chat with us and other guests which, provided that extra personal touch. (Dee, I managed to buy the last red ant in Stanthorpe).
Thanks for a great experience
Couples Franklins, Harkins & Jones'.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Scott F
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thanks for your wonderful review.
We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend - it was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us.
So glad you managed to get a 'big ant' from town!
See you next time.

Dee
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

I've stayed at this place twice for functions and always had a great time. The staff are very accommodating and can't do enough for you. As for the Timber cabins, they are great for the ageing community. The shower has a seat in it and easy walk in. You would just have to make sure you got a cabin, where you could drive your car right up to the front steps.
The breakfast is very delicious with many choices. Lovely seeing Kangaroos from our front balcony.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tofog75
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay.
I have to agree that the showers are good. Not only is the in-built seat great for the 'more mature' guests, it's great for anyone that needs to shave their legs!

We hope to see you next time you're in Stanthorpe.

Thanks,

Dee
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed overnight, on perhaps one of the 2 nights per year that Stanthorpe is not under 15C at nite. Upon arrival, the room was hot (37C outside, and hotter inside the room), and they only provide ceiling fans. Temperature overnite decreased to 25C as the minimum, inside the room. Our complaint is the Resort's restaurant and bar, which were also stifling hot, had air conditioning available but the management refused to turn it on. At least 2 other patrons in the restaurant requested some relief from the heat, but the staff steadfastly refused. The place did not have a pool.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MacOz_12
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happyvr, Owner at Granite Belt Brewery, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks for your review.
We're not used to getting negative reviews, but understand that during the heatwave our cabins were definately alot warmer than usual. On average Stanthorpe only gets a handful of really hot days and nights that require the blanket to stay off the bed. Unfortunately, your visit must have been during this time.
The timber cabins are made to be cosy in the cold weather. For those warmer days, we have a ceiling fan and a pedastal fan for each room. We don't have airconditioning as we do not feel it is worth spending the money when airconditioning is only required for such a small number of days/night each year. Today is 23/01 and our temperature was 26 degrees today and tonight it is 16 degrees - very typical Stanthorpe summer weather. Tonight I had to supply matches and firestarters to guests for their fireplace.
With regard to not using the airconditioning in the restaurant, we will bring this up in Fridays staff meeting to find out who would have refused to turn it on. This does not sound like our regular staff members who are usually praised for their customer service.
We have found that most diners prefer to sit on the verandah during the warmer months and therefore there is no reason to aircondition the restaurant when there is nobody in it.
Once again, thanks for your review.
Dee
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Property: Granite Belt Brewery
Address: 146 Glenlyon Dam Rd, Stanthorpe, Queensland 4380, Australia (Formerly Happy Valley Retreat)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Stanthorpe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Stanthorpe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Granite Belt Brewery 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Happy Valley Retreat you will... STAY in individual timber cottages/suites each with their own bathroom, verandah, TV, DVD player and wood fireplace.Each cottage/suite has a queen and single bed, tea & coffee making facilities as well. ... more   less 
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