The SpaceA Pocket of Paradise …
‘AMARETTO‘, our almond room, is totally self contained with a beautiful timber kitchen, allowing guests to whip up delights of their choosing in private, and caters for a small group of guests. The suite is primarily designed, and most comfortable for, 2 adult guests, as there are two single beds, but if extra guests are booked in there is a comfortable double-sized sofa bed that is a couch by day. Our fixtures and fittings are not really child-friendly, and so we prefer to cater to guests 15 years and over. We have decorated the Amaretto suite in gentle shades of almond, highlighted with red, purple and charcoal accents, giving a very exotic feel to the décor.
A full timber kitchen, including a microwave, hotplates, mini-bar fridge, coffee maker and drink facilities are all available in the suite, to enable full privacy. All crockery, cutlery, glassware, cooking utensils, etc are supplied, along with all bedding and bathroom needs. These are all of very fine quality, for your pleasure. It is in fact a total 'KitchenAid' experience, with toaster, jug, saucepans and utensils all of this deluxe brand - teamed up with a luxurious Royal Doulton Chilli Red dinner set and crockery to match. Restaurant quality, but all for your own private use! If you don't want to be bothered preparing your own meals, you can eat out at some of the local restaurants, or we can supply meals if desired - but you must book meals in advance please (a Menu with costs will be provided upon request).
We provide a complimentary selection of teas and coffees, with wine and nibbles on arrival.
The view from the Amaretto Villa is of pure nature, looking out across the land with the hills in the distance, and all of our unusual animals can be seen grazing around. Everyone who sees it is delighted. Amaretto is a short walk from the parking area with its own private access just across the small Japanese bridge, and includes a very large and private fenced garden area for outside relaxation. Relaxing in the private garden is serenity at its best; couple that with the view of the ranges encircling the whole property and you have an area that exudes peace and bliss, giving a relaxing peaceful area to sit and watch the kangaroos at sunset. Each suite has a brazier / fire pit outside which beckons you to sit in the warmth of the glowing coals and gaze upwards to watch the magic of the Milky Way overhead!
The suite is decorated with a modern touch, coupled with a cottage feel, making the subtle decorator tones very easy on the eye.
There is a full bathroom with shower and separate toilet - it is a dream with glass waterfall rain shower head and modern vanity basin.
There is heating and cooling, a ceiling fan, radio and a TV with DVD player, including many movies to choose from. We do not have TV channels, so only DVDs can be watched. giving you a perfect opportunity to unplug from the racy world back in the city!
Beautiful designer linens are provided - 1000 thread-count Egyptian cotton sateen sheets, lots of comfortably soft down / feather pillows to rest into, luxurious bath towels, lots of other bathroom accessories, and even a couple of woollen throws and knee rugs for those chilly nights. We also provide an additional deluxe cellular organic Cotton Blanket for use either as an extra blanket on the bed on cold nights, or to replace the beautifully light-weight 100% Wool Doona on hot summer nights. Wool is naturally hypoallergenic and has many wonderful properties which may also benefit your health.
Guests in all rooms can choose to be fully self-contained if that is their choice – or alternatively we will cater to your needs allowing you the luxury to fully relax and unwind. A commercial standard stainless steel kitchen is centrally located to all rooms, meaning you can order from us a cappuccino, a latte, or a short or long black, a glass of delicious cold-pressed juice, or perhaps a scrumptious smoothie.
The Retreat buildings. which include only three suites, are 50 to 100 metres from the main house, so you will have a completely private space with no intrusions whatsoever - unless you ask for our assistance ;)
We are a Green Eco-sustainable establishment.
We care about the environment, and want our accommodation to be as Eco-friendly as possible. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used. We ask our guests to consider using fewer towels during their stay and not requesting a sheet change unless your stay is longer than a week. We use recycled furniture in the way of antiques when suitable, and even our buildings themselves are recycled, having been resurrected and shifted to our property, then fitted out purposefully for our Retreat. During your stay you will find Eco low wattage lights; separated bins for waste and compost, and natural soaps. We have also included the most desirable composting toilets available, imported from Canada.
All water is supplied via Rain Water Tanks, so we ask you to be especially conservative and not to waste this precious and pure liquid!
Our focus is on the environment and nature around us; you will have the constant pleasure of the beautiful sounds of birds. Based on a 40 acre rural property in the peaceful countryside of the Brisbane Valley, the setting is grassland and trees, filled with a multitude of wildlife, from birds to mammals and insects. Our guests will be delighted with our nature reserve location - we are proudly registered with the Wildlife Land Trust and Land for Wildlife, respectively, with over 75 species of birds and animals – and still growing!
** CLUB VERDIGRIS offers special requests - SPECIAL PACKAGES with plenty of variety.
~ A FARM FROLIC Guided Tour, enabling you to meet and greet the animals, as well as watching and learning about milking a family cow.
~ Book meals and drinks, allowing you to relax as you should whilst on holiday.
~ PICNIC Packages are available, either to enjoy on the property, or take with you on a scenic drive.
Reiki treatments, Bowen Massage and other Healing Therapies are available.
Please contact us for bookings and further information on all special requests, as we require advance notice for these services. Guest AccessGuests have full sole access to their fully self-contained Studio Villa and surrounding private garden area, that includes a large deck on the front from where you are able to sit in the casual cane outdoor lounge suite and watch the beauty of nature all around you. Light your own Chimenea in the evenings and relax in the calm beauty of the starry night skies.
Step out into your private garden space and light the Fire-Pit - a wonderful atmosphere at any time - summer or winter; day or night!
A Dojo/Gym is available for guest use, but for the safety of all we ask you to let us know when you would like to use any of the equipment, which includes a Rower, Treadmill, Yoga Mats and Swing, Ropes, Hoops, Weights, etc.
Guests may also enjoy our 40 acre property, on which we have a variety of different animals - both wildlife, farm and domesticated.
~ It is fine to take walks around the property, but please understand that we must outline strict guidelines to ensure the safety of all.
If you would like to go for a Nature Walk around the property then this is a very pleasurable activity. You will take in some of the best views around, especially if you manage to reach the top of the back hill, from which the views are majestic!
Safety is of the utmost importance to us and we take great care and attention to detail to ensure that we provide safe areas in which visitors can engage themselves in any activities. Every visitor to our property is required to complete a waiver & release form as a requirement of our insurance company.
~ Farms can be dangerous. It is essential that ALL visitors remain within the set paths and do not wander off to view other areas of the farm. Interaction with GuestsWe meet and greet our guests to welcome them into their abode and show them around, as well as to answer any questions about the local area, sharing local tips on where to go and where to eat if they choose to dine out. We then leave our guests to their own privacy, but will always be available should they need us.
Complimentary wine and nibbles are provided on your arrival. On request, by booking in advance, we can arrange special meals for you, from breakfasts and lunches, to healthy dinners, all able to be enjoyed on the apartment's terrace or in the small dining area of the shared kitchen. Costs are supplied when requesting the Menu. The NeighborhoodToogoolawah is world famous thanks to the proximity of the Ramblers Drop Zone. Famous for fun, the drop zone hosts thousands of national and international skydivers and features the biennial Equinox skydive and music festival each alternate October. Year round you can learn sport parachuting or thrill to a tandem skydive. The skydivers and their planes are frequently sighted as they drop just beyond the horizon of our 'Peregrine Park' property.
Nearby Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield attracts flight enthusiasts with an interest in vintage, ultralight and military aircraft. The open day and fly-in each May is a popular event drawing aeronauts from across Australia.
Back on terra firma visitors can walk, horse ride or bicycle the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail south to Esk or north to Harlin, where railway buffs will be interested in the Y turn and Yimbun tunnel.
In town you will enjoy the heritage value of the quirky Alexandra Hall that shows movies every Saturday, complete with canvas sling back chairs. You can also visit the railway station now converted to a history museum providing local heritage and genealogy information, or drive by the unique architecture of the town’s wooden churches.
The historic Nestle Condensery building, undergoing conversion into a regional art gallery, will open in 2015 and highlight local, national and international exhibits.
Toogoolawah is the principle commercial centre servicing the northern part of the Shire. The town boasts three hotels, a motel, swimming pool, caravan park, public library, golf course and a lawn bowls rink, ambulance, police station, magistrates courts, and medical services.
Further afield in the Somerset Shire ....
Upper Brisbane Valley
Valley of the Lakes
Along with the breathtaking scenery, visitors can enjoy the rugged mountain ranges on the eastern slopes of the Great Divide, native bushlands, meandering rivers, hidden valleys, ploughed farmland and the towns and localities of Esk, Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale, Linville, Lowood, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Wivenhoe Pocket.
Recreational activities in this Somerset region include:
* fishing – the Shire boasts 3 well stocked freshwater lakes (fishing licence required)
* picnic and camping facilities can be found at Lake Somerset, Wivenhoe and Atkinson Dams.
* aquatic activities – there is powerboat access for the skiing enthusiasts at both Lake Somerset and Lake Atkinson.
* arts, crafts and markets – plenty of opportunities for viewing and purchasing arts and crafts, and enjoying local produce from shops and markets.
* adventure – for those who are more adventurous at heart, you can enjoy horse riding overlooking Lake Wivenhoe and spend the night under the stars at a stockman’s camp, join a camel safari, or tandem skydive.
* history abounds in the region. The area is home to several historic homes such as the Caboonbah Homestead and the Wivenhoe Homestead, as well as splendid examples of Queensland architecture.
Only one hour from Brisbane and known as the ‘Valley of the Lakes’, Brisbane Valley is the gateway to the Brisbane River catchment, offering a wonderful place to visit for those seeking recreational and leisure activities. Getting AroundWe would recommend the use of a hire car if you are flying into Brisbane, as having a car will enable you to check out some lovely locations we will share with you. If you need to organise airport transfers please contact us and we can point you in the right direction. There is a bus service that departs from the airport, but it is a lengthy trip, so your own transport is far more suitable.
Once on our property, the small township of Toogoolawah is only around 1.5 km away.
Population — At the 2006 census, Toogoolawah had a population of 961. Other Things to NoteCLUB VERDIGRIS - we are an Eco Retreat and Healing Centre, situated in the rural region of Somerset.
It is a place of tranquillity, a place for inspiration, a place for discovery, and best of all - a place to relax and create. Nestled in the quietness of the Brisbane Valley, also known as The Valley of the Lakes, the peace and serenity of the region is interspersed with the placid waterways of the Brisbane River and surrounding dams, and set against a backdrop of extensive patchwork farmlands surrounded by the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.