Whether you’re a couple, newly wed or married for years, there’s always that little bit of pressure on Valentines Day don’t you think? Did you remember? Did you book anything? Will it be memorable (for all the right reasons)? You’re so lucky today because right now you still have time to make this the year that will be forever remembered as the best Valentines Day surprise ever. Because you remembered. You booked it. You went a little crazy with the indulgence package and one of these luscious rooms met the gaze of your loved one after a leisurely drive through country Queensland. The romantic picnic lunch was just divine. Dinner was exquisite and how wonderful did the stars look from the hot tub? Yes, that sure was a great weekend. Never to be forgotten. No matter what you do from here on in you will always be able to remind your loved one of that glorious weekend spent at Alure Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt. Yes I forgot the milk but how good was that weekend at Alure? I forgot to pickup the kids but oh my Alure was great wasn’t it? Do you see where I’m going with this? Booked it yet? You’re welcome.
You’ve booked your romantic escape at Alure in either a luxury villa or our glamping tent. And you’ve received all the information on winery tours, romantic packages and the very best Stanthorpe and Granite Belt restaurants. So, now the big question is… What do I pack?
What to pack when travelling to Stanthorpe?
Answer: Always pack a jacket.
Yes, always pack a jacket. Regardless of the season, what the BOM says, what your colleagues say, or even your best friend, pack a jacket. Even in summer? Yes, even in summer pack a jacket. As we say, the weather ‘turns on a dime’ and a day that started warm and cosy can become quite cool or cold.
You see a lot of the Granite Belt is approximately 850m – 900m above sea level. Alure Stanthorpe is even higher at 950m above sea level. In contrast, our nearest capital city, Brisbane, is only 27m above sea level. All this High Country elevation leads to a cool, temperate climate around Stanthorpe. We are blessed to experience four definite seasons, sometimes in one day! Continue reading
At Alure we absolutely love helping guests plan the perfect romantic couples getaway into the heart of Queensland’s high country, Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt. We already have a range of ultimate romantic packages, tours and indulgences such as relaxing in-villa massages. These are of course in addition to inclusions such as our luxe hot tubs and crackling fires to relax by. The idea of a Love Song playlist seemed so obvious.
Why had we not thought of this before? (we wondered).
It’ll be great! (we said).
It’ll be easy! (we thought).
Ha! How we laugh at our naivety in reflection. It was quite a surprise when we embarked on the journey deep into the world of love songs. There were so many! How on earth were we ever to choose the right songs for our guests? Continue reading
Exquisite and Luxurious Couples Retreat
Enter Alure Stanthorpe and you’ll be transported to a magical setting that makes romance sparkle. This exclusive couples accommodation in the Granite Belt of Queensland’s High Country is nestled in the midst of big skies, spectacular scenery, and many natural and cultural attractions. True to its name, Alure Stanthorpe has irresistible appeal to any couple seeking a romantic winter getaway.
The Ultimate Queensland Escape
Alure’s peaceful Stanthorpe accommodations pamper guests with plush furnishings and luxurious comfort. Two villas and a deluxe glamping tent each spaciously accommodate one couple, allowing you to relax in style. Each unit has a private deck and heated outdoor spa that invites you to glide into soothing bubbles and sip a glass of locally produced wine. Could you imagine a more sublime experience? Set on 50 acres of land, these three romantic accommodations are secluded, so every couple enjoys an undisturbed view of the magnificent countryside. Continue reading
20% Resident Special
At Alure Stanthorpe, we understand how hard it is to get away. However, life is too short not to reward yourself and spend special time with your loved one.
So book a truly romantic escape for two in your backyard at Alure; home to Australia’s most luxurious glamping tent and two stunning villas. Watch the milky way with a glass of Granite Belt wine in your private outdoor heated spa.
To thank our amazing locals for their support we are offering a 20% discount on all stays during the month of February 2017. *Conditions apply
Can’t leave home without your well-loved pooch? Our pet-friendly villa comes complete with a doggie bathrobe and gourmet doggie treats.
Residents only: please present your driver’s licence on check-in. Minimum 2 nights.
Celebrate romance with a fabulous Midweek Escape Special at Alure Stanthorpe – STAY 3 NIGHTS PAY FOR 2!
We are all about romance and reconnecting with the special person in your life. Escape the coastal humidity at Alure for 3 nights midweek (Monday to Thursday) and only pay for 2 nights. Valid until 22 December 2016.
Our Midweek Escape package also includes a scrumptious Tastes of the Granite Belt continental breakfast basket.
Book some romance in your life now!
Attn: Much loved pets
Have you been dreaming of a luxury getaway and pet-friendly accommodation in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, where after a full day of exploring and sniffing, you can stretch out by the fire, or end the day stargazing in your own private courtyard?
We know that…
• With your sunny disposition that you use an ‘inside voice’ so as not to disturb other guests.
• You resist the temptation to climb on the furniture, or sleep on the bed.
• You only use the outside toilet facilities and would never mess inside.
What about your humans? Do they…?
• Include you in all their daily travels and would never dream of leaving you behind? Alure has a list of pet friendly attractions and activities. Occasional pet sitting is available on request
• Keep you safely on a leash when outside to protect you from native animals, or from getting lost? Foxes might find you very tasty and you certainly don’t want to get lost while enthusiastically exploring the natural bushland.
• Pick up your outside er… messes? Bathroom facilities are located outside your villa and Alure provides doggie bags.
Alure Stanthorpe will provide for your enjoyment, your very own plush bed, food and water bowls and a gift bag of toiletries & gourmet treats.
Alure the Scene for Love Stories
An unlikely romance of the four-legged variety is blossoming at an exclusive retreat for couples nestled amongst tranquil bushland and boutique wineries of the Granite Belt.
Ms Marion Carrick, co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says the unusual relationship is emerging between a resident sheep and pony is set to rival any other animal love story.
“We have so many beautiful love stories from the couples that stay with us and now we have our own, between Monty the sheep and Bek the pony,” said Ms Carrick.
“They stand shoulder to knee, but as is the case with true love, their difference in size does not deter this romantic couple from seeking each other across the paddocks of our retreat,” she said.
Bek is a 9 year old Royal Champion Welsh Mountain pony and Monty is a 3 year old purebred miniature Babydoll Southdown ram standing around half her height.
“Monty follows his beloved Bek around the paddock, gazing at her lovingly and when not together he whickers at her when she walks past.”
Ms Ruth McLennan, Marion’s mother and co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says most animal love stories seem to occur between two that are in enclosures alone, with no other animals of their species nearby.
“What makes this romance different is that Monty is paddocked with 16 other sheep, yet he still chooses Bek,” said Ms Carrick.
“It’s very Romeo and Juliet, and our guests marvel that love really does come in all shapes and sizes,” said Ms McLennan.
Romantic things to do in Stanthorpe
The beautiful Granite Belt, with Stanthorpe at its heart, is a romantic paradise waiting to be discovered. Did you know that there is a whole host of romantic things to do in Stanthorpe? With its amazing food, views and secluded luxury, it’s a hot spot spark the flame of romance in your relationship. Here are some resources to plan a fairytale romantic weekend away from Brisbane and its surrounds.
Romance for gourmets
It’s been said the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The Stanthorpe region has many great places to test this theory. There are plenty of things to excite your tastebuds in Stanthorpe! The Bramble Patch at Glen Aplin offers fare made from berries grown on the premises – fortified berry wine, preserves, with desserts and coffee too. Mt Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin is olive heaven, with plenty of olive products available for sale from oil to tapenade and even olive trees for you to take home and grow your own.
Heavenly Chocolates at the edge of Girraween National Park propose a cup of European hot chocolate in choice of 18 flavours as well as hand crafted chocolates. Heavenly Chocolates is open Friday to Monday as well as public holidays. For a more substantial meal Patty’s On McGregor serves a wonderful standard Australian cuisine menu featuring culinary art from various other cultures – with divine desserts. The quaint BYO (no corkage charge) restaurant is very popular and can book out early, so let us call them to make a reservation for you.
Don’t feel like eating out? At Alure Boutique Villas we offer several dine-in options for our guests to enjoy. A personal chef can be yours for the evening and can design a six course menu to your tastes. Or if you prefer to cook for yourselves we offer a Gourmet BBQ pack with generous servings of appetisers, entrée, main and dessert. Contact us for more details when you book.
Spend a day on the wine trails
The Granite Belt is known worldwide for its wines, with most wineries in the area opening a cellar door where tastings are available and purchasing wine is hard to resist. Follow the Strange Bird Trail to visit 21 cellar doors offering wines made with alternative grape varieties. There are over 40 cellar doors and 55 vineyards in the area, catering to all palates. If beer is more to your taste the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe is not to be missed. Tours can be booked by your accommodation or at the visitors centre so you can taste the drinks on offer and not have to worry about driving over the legal limit. Or if you prefer non-alcoholic drinks Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery at Thulimbah offers many types of apple juice and cider.
Romantic spots a-plenty
Girraween National Park at Ballandean has much to offer with a visitor information centre adjacent to the Bald Rock day-use picnic area with tables, toilets and barbecues available for use. The unusual landscape is accessible by several walking tracks to various natural formations of creeks and granite rock. Walking tracks are graded by difficulty and distance.
Shopping, a girl’s second love
Shopping is not one of the most romantic things to do in Brisbane or the Gold Coast but here in Stanthorpe, shopping is about pottering around taking in local crafts, antiques and, of course some fashion and shoes, a girl’s gotta live. Why not spend a leisurely afternoon browsing in town and then take in a little culture. “Markets in the Mountain” is held every second Sunday in Stanthorpe Civic Centre.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Lock Street, Stanthorpe contains almost 900 permanent works on a wide range of contemporary subjects. Exhibitions and events vary.
Art Works on Davardi is a community Art and Craft Gallery, with a reading area and coffee shop. Works on display (and sale) are by local and regional artists. This gallery also holds many workshops and an “open mic” afternoon on the last Saturday of the month for local musicians or poets.
Romance that ends in the bedroom – oooh la la!
There’s nothing more romantic than a beautiful view, beautiful accommodation and some fabulously secluded private time! Alure Boutique Villas are designed for couples only, with a choice of two beautifully appointed villas or a luxury five star tent for some en vogue Glamping, Stanthorpe Style! Each villa or tent has a deluxe king sized bed with an ensuite, fully equipped European kitchen and private heated outdoor spa for soaking in the view. If it’s a very special romantic occasion (we get our share of questions popped) call ahead for some VIP romantic touches to your room.
There are plenty of things to do in Stanthorpe – it’s a town unlike any in all of Queensland (and we think all the world!) but for couples, it’s a special destination for a weekend escape from Brisbane or South East Queensland. So close, and yet a whole lifestyle away.