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“Better than Expected” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spicers Hidden Vale

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Spicers Hidden Vale
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Better than Expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Only a one night stay so all comments should be judged in that light.
We stayed in the most basic rooms (Mountain View?). The room itself was clean and comfortable if a little "cutsy" in decor for my taste. The bed was comfortable and well maintained and everything worked well but don't expect anythiong special. The soundproofing could be better but it never really bothered us.
The main lodge is really wonderful - very pleasant and comfortable. It was a delight to sit with a wine by the fireplace and relax. We had dinner in the restaurant in th evening and my expectations were not high however the meal was very good indeed. Not quite in the "superb" category but not far off. The service was generally very good and friendly without being too over-bearing. It was a bit expensive however at least it was good quality and very well presented.
What made our stay was the great recreation facilities. We used the mountain bikes for two rides and they were good quality in generally reasonable condition. The many well signed tracks and plentiful wildlife made for a great experience.
All in all this is a very nice place to stay and we look forward to going back next time for longer.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

The valley rooms were quite nice and had a good view. You could do as little or as much as you like. We went away for two days of silence and relaxation and this place definately offers this. The restaurant was nice but slightly over priced, a minimum of $65 per person, I'd get better in the Brisbane CBD for less. Given you're in the bush there is no alternative. Staff were excellent. Overall I really liked the place and would go back to do some of the activities on offer.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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98 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

I was excited to be heading to this well known and classy resort for a 2 day work conference. However, the overall ambience of the resort was somewhat dulled due to lack of sleep. The room I was allocated was one of 4 in a refurbished wooden building which had great character. But it was so noisy! The floor boards creaked whenever someone walked around. The walls are not soundproof and I was forced to listen to the radio of the guest in the next room, although that was marginally better than the phone calls he made which were all too audible. Above the entrance door to your room is lovely piece of fretwork and glass, but this means the lights in the corridor outside shine into your room all night. Unfortunately this nocturnal experience overshadowed the other very positive features of the resort.

Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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110 reviews
84 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

My husband and I decided at the last minute to see if there were any rooms available for a Saturday night. A couple of emails later and we were booked in for a dinner, bed and breakfast package in a Heritage Suite. We took a lovely hour drive from Brisbane out to Grandchester, stopping for sandwiches in Laidley. On arrival at Spicers, we were quickly and cheerfully checked in and given keys to our suite. We were informed that there was to be a wedding in the afternoon which I was a little nervous about, fearing drunk people wandering around all night, but to their credit we never saw or heard a peep from anyone from the wedding after the ceremony.
Our suite was Room 9, which had a gorgeous view over the lap pool and mountains surrounding. The room itself was huge - with a large bed, lounge area, writing desk, log fire, and full bathroom with spa bath. There were a couple of small problems - the toilet seat was cracked and the toilet bowl itself was quite stained - perhaps due to the use of bore water? Or perhaps just a very old toilet. Also putting fire starters in the rooms would be good, and also DVD players. I realise you can get one from reception but perhaps just building a small shelf for the DVD player would be an idea. We didn't realise we could get one until after dinner and felt it was too late to be hassling them.
There are lots of activities to do here - from hiking and biking, to horse riding, 4WDing. We played tennis, fed the farm animals (which were some very aggresive goats!!), and went for a short walk. The activities area looks well run and lots of people were enjoying it.
At night we were treated to a three course meal in Cottons restaurant. The food was exceptional, each course better than the next. Perfect sized meals and presented beautifully and quickly. The table service was slightly lacking, but I believe this is because the one person serving was run off his feet. Maybe due to the wedding that was on they had all their staff up there. As we were finishing up some extra staff arrived so this probably helped things a bit.
After dinner we found a Games room which had a ping pong table, billiard table, and TV with music channels playing. There was also a bar and chairs here. Not sure why no one mentioned this room as we ended up spending a couple of hours here at night and the next day. As far as I could see it wasn't mentioned anywhere. We also enjoyed a game of chess sitting in the lounge area.
Breakfast was again served in the restaurant, and was okay. I think they were busy again due to the wedding. There was a continental buffet followed by a choice of three hot dishes.
All in all, we really enjoyed ourselves here. Having stayed at several other Spicers properties we feel can now make some comparisons. This property seems it would be well suited to families and couples alike. It is a much larger property in terms of guest rooms than the other ones we have stayed at, so you don't get that feeling of privacy and seclusion. But it was certainly not overcrowded. In terms of price we felt this was well priced for the inclusions. We'll definately be back, hopefully with a large group next time to enjoy more of the property.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Laidley, Australia
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85 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

Take the drive - it is worth it. The setting is amazing, the restaurant is wonderful and not as pricey as you may think. You do not have to be a house guest to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or even coffee ...just sit back and enjoy the tranquility , have a wander and soak up the views.

Room Tip: I haven't stayed here but every room is a little cottage so you can't go wrong
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed with our young son between Christmas and New Year. The grounds are impeccable, service is very attentive. The pools are both amazing - what views.

Many of the activites that would interest families are free - boche, tennis, croquet, bike riding.

The restaurant on site is wonderful. If you stayed a few nights though it would get expensive - and you are quite far from anything else.

Will definately be back for another short stay to recharge our batteries!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights on 15 & 16 March at the end of our honeymoon and the place could not have been more amazing.

The staff on arrival were so helpful as we arrived at 11.30am and they served us a drink while we waited for our cottage to be ready early.

The Heritage Cottage was amazing, very homely and romantic, they also left us a card and bottle of wine which was lovely.

The horse riding on site was great and the staff so fantastic.

We had two fantastic meals in the restaurant and were served by the lovely Rebecca, Noreen and Anthony - thank you guys you made our stay perfect.

I would highly recommend this place if you want a very traditional homestead experience and i would love to visit again one day.

Thank you Spicers for creating such a wonderful place.
Becky & Richard from the UK

Room Tip: The Cottage - definitely worth the money
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Property: Spicers Hidden Vale
Address: 617 Grandchester Mt Mort Rd, Grandchester, Ipswich, Queensland 4340, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Ipswich > Grandchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Grandchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Spicers Hidden Vale 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just an hour from Brisbane set on a stunning 12,000 acre property, Spicers Hidden Vale is a true hidden gem. The retreat is centered around a stunning historic homestead with wide verandas providing views over the little Liverpool Ranges and infinity rock pool. Hatted restaurant Homage is housed inside the homestead where a dedicated team of chefs create masterpieces based entirely on local produce. The original barn is still standing and has been restored, now a place to lounge and relax by the fire, or have beverage or two looking out over the 89 bed market garden. You can set your own pace - for those wanting to relax, there are picnic points, Spa Anise Day Spa, and two beautiful pools with mountain views to relax in. For those wanting a faster pace, there are mountain bike and bush walking trails, 4WD property tours, laser clay and archery. Being a nature refuge, the land is abundant with native wildlife including hundreds of Kangaroos and Wallabies and regular koala sightings. Spicers Hidden Vale has 31 rooms. Choose from Valley View Rooms which overlook the mountains, each with their own private veranda, Heritage suites which stand alone and have their own spa, a cottage for 4, 8 or even 12 guests or for the ultimate experience, Luxury suites which are stand alone, with spacious lounge, spa and private veranda. ... more   less 
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