A Romantic Valentine’s Story

 

A Story of Romantic Getaways….

This is a story about a couple who came to us for a romantic getaway from Brisbane on Valentine’s Day.  It could be anyone’s story.  It could be your story this Valentine’s Day. Either way, we’ve heard this story many times before because we’re one of the most romantic destinations for couples, Valentine’s Day or not!
Here’s how it goes… He was very particular when he called to make the reservation.  He checked on all the details over and over.  Yes, your romantic escape will include rose petals and candles and bubbles and chocolates… Yes, it’s a private sanctuary. Yes, we think she’ll love coming here for a Valentine’s Day surprise.
When they checked in, she was so excited, she asked all about the local wineries, the view, the must-see sights in the area and all the fabulously romantic places to dine locally.  He looked, well, very, very nervous, almost a bit pale.  She was giddy with happiness at the magnificent view and all those perfect Valentine’s Day touches that her boyfriend had requested be ” just right”  for a very special occasion. 
We’re sure she enjoyed the local wineries, the magnificent views, the cool mountain air and the secluded opulence…but we know he had bigger things on his mind, one big, big question!  We’d seen it before…we’re a favourite romantic destination for Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast couples, we know that look of nervous anticipation on the guy’s face…the romantic bliss on the girl’s…
So did he propose on Valentine’s Day?
Well, now that depends, after all, this could be your story!  It could be your romantic Valentine’s escape.  It could be your candlelit bubbly and chocolate and rose petal proposal that you’ll tell your children about some day… or it could just be the most romantic way to spend a Valentine’s Day, no ring required, it’s your story, tell it your way!  Maybe you’ll be proposing, maybe you’ll be proposed to, maybe you’ll just have a relaxing weekend away, spoiled with all those little extras.  Whether your escape to The Granite Belt comes with a ring or not, it’s a definite winner for a romantic getaway.  Check out our Valentine’s Day packages now.

Discover Why Stanthorpe is the Ultimate Escape this Summer

 

 

Escape Queensland Summer….To The Granite Belt

Officially Queensland’s coldest town, Stanthorpe is definitely the cool place to be this summer. Our warm, sunny days lack the high humidity of the city and make it enjoyable to get out and enjoy the many enticements that Stanthorpe in summer has to offer.

The Granite Belt’s perfect summer climate

During the day, Stanthorpe’s summer temperatures are, on average, 5 to 7 degrees cooler than Brisbane. Overnight, our temperatures can be up to 9 degrees cooler.  The Granite Belt is a great place to delight in outdoor pursuits, even in the peak of summer when the days are warmer, as the humidity is so much lower than Brisbane.  Perfect sunny skies are often followed by clear nights, perfect for star gazing.

Enjoy Stanthorpe’s amazing summer scenery

The best way to fully experience the Granite Belt in summer is to pack a picnic lunch full of fresh local produce and cool off in a tranquil stream in Girraween National Park. Or you might prefer taking a walk along the many creek banks of the area, enjoying a relaxing pace and soaking up the spectacular landscape. When all of these options become too taxing, you could simply enjoy the view from your Alure Boutique Villa.

Feast on Stanthorpe’s delicious, summer fruit

Amazing stone fruits and berries are harvested throughout the Granite Belt every summer and the juiciest grapes are getting plumper for wine making. Summer in Stanthorpe sees the production of some of the most delicious berries, apples, pears, rockmelon and stone fruits in Australia, as the mild temperatures are ideal for growing.

Stop and smell the summer wildflowers of the Granite Belt

Beds of fragrant lavender and gorgeous roses are a constant hive of activity with bees and butterflies, offering many ideal photo opportunities amongst the blooms. Keep an eye out for the bright yellow coreopsis and the lovely pink and white cosmos flowering on the roadside and in the orchards. It truly is a beautiful sight to see the wildflowers in bloom in the summer in the Granite Belt region.

We’d love for you to escape the heat and humidity of the city, to indulge in luxury accommodation at Stanthorpe in the heart of The Granite Belt.  Come and experience the Granite Belt’s incredible natural summer attractions for yourself.

Australian First – Luxury Tent Coming to Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt!

For a change we’re writing about something we’re up to at Alure and we’re excited!  It’s been over 12 months of hoping, planning and dreaming.  Finally, it’s all coming together and in late 2011 our new Tented Villa is due for completion.  Did we say we’re excited???
It’s all the things you love about camping like the soothing sounds of the rhythm of the trees and the twitter of the local birdlife, the masses of gorgeous wild flowers in spring, watching a full moon rise and the caress of an afternoon breeze.   
Like the idea of camping, but you’re not up to ‘roughing it’ with creepy crawlies on hard, lumpy ground, in a sleeping bag and a tiny tent after eating half cold and half burnt beans for dinner?  Neither are we…
Alure’s tented villa is all the things you love about indulgent, luxury holidays with everything at your fingertips. 
Just imagine a tent with…
Р   Full kitchen, European appliances, dishwasher and an espresso coffee machine.
 
Р   Ensuited bathroom where you can bathe under the colours of the rainbow with the revolutionary, illuminated Hansa Clear Lux Duo shower system.
 
Р   Large rear deck surrounded by granite rock and natural bush with heated outdoor spa for soaking under the milky way
 
Р   Silken fabric draped, four poster (king sized) bed
 
Р  Entertainment centre with 50” plasma TV and iPod dock
 
Р     Sumptuous lounge perfect for two, to snuggle by the cosy eco-fireplace
 
Р   And of course… a chandelier!
Seriously, if you can’t relax in your king sized four poster bed, under the romantic light of your chandelier whilst watching your 50” plasma by the cosy fireplace… there’s just no point camping!

Welcome to the Home of Berry Love…

We’ve been meaning to write about this Granite Belt home of yummy things (berry and otherwise) for quite some time. Of course, we’re talking about The Bramble Patch, a family run, Granite Belt institution.

We discovered the joys of The Bramble Patch shortly after moving to Stanthorpe in early 2009.  Located at the end of Townsend Road at Glen Aplin, with large ‘prose’ filled strawberries guiding us along the way, we reached the multi award winning home of  jams, preserves and  fortified wines, along with waffles, poffertjes, berry ice creams and yes … coffee…. sigh.

We were served by the lovely Hayley, who took our order for waffles, berries and ice cream, in various forms.  Yum!!!  What can we say; we loved it so much we just HAD to supply Bramble Patch jam and the (exclusively made for us at Alure Stanthorpe) apple/berry compote in our lovely Villa breakfast baskets.

Of course, most of our Alure guests visit The Bramble Patch during their stay and can’t resist taking some gourmet delight home. Interestingly, on our Facebook page, just mentioning The Bramble Patch generates a flurry of comments.

So, don’t muck around, experience your own taste of Granite Belt ‘Berry Love’!

Footnote: Customer service is a big thing at The Bramble Patch as when we returned for more waffle/berry love, Hayley remembered exactly how we had our order…. now that’s big!

It’s Gold, Gold and Gold on the Granite Belt!

There are gold medals everywhere on the granite belt at the moment and it has nothing to do with the Commonwealth Games!  Local wineries and food producers have come home from competition with a full swag of medals. 
At the prestigious Queensland Wine Show, Golden Grove Estate Winery at Ballandean came away with the big awards; Champion Wine of the Show, Best Alternate Red Wine and The Most Successful Exhibitor.  Not to be left out, Summit Estate Wines won Best Red Wine and Robert Channon Wines won Best White Wine.
Now, we’ve always loved The Bramble Patch and it seems we’re not alone.  Judges from around Australia are impressed with their range of gourmet goodies.  Here’s their latest list of medals:
  • Royal Hobart Fine Food Show – 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal
  • Royal Melbourne Fine Food Show – 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
  • Royal Sydney Fine Food Show – 3 Bronze
Congratulations everyone.  Keep up the good (and tasty) work! 

19th Biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival Gala Opening an Outstanding Success

Friday night was the gala opening of the 19th Biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival, and a first for us.  What a wonderful night!  All 250 tickets were sold out and the art gallery was a buzz with energy and excitement.

The festival was opened by the very warm and eloquent Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AO.  We at Alure Boutique Villas were delighted to host John McDonald, esteemed art critic and author during his Stanthorpe stay.  John performed the very difficult task of judging at the festival.  With over 1000 entries Australia wide, John managed to somehow whittle the exhibition down to 145 diverse contemporary works.  The winner of the $10,000 prize was Gosia Wlodarczak’s striking artwork titled “Lawrence Armchair Graphite #2”.  Other renowned artists include Greg Daly, Thomas Spence, Robyn Sweeney, Richard Dunlop, Josie Petyarre and Nigel Killalea to name just a few.

As festival sponsors, we were invited to a preview tour of the exhibits with John McDonald.  We found John’s comments and knowledge illuminating and insightful.

Do yourself a favour and see the Stanthorpe Art Festival before it ends on 18 April 2010!

Iconic Apple & Grape Harvest Festival – Coming Soon to Stanthorpe!

Voted an Iconic Queensland Event in the Q150 Celebrations, the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest festival, is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals!

Join in from 5th March – 7th March 2010 for three days and nights of non-stop fun! The festival, held biennially, is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry. Arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival, it has a successful track record spanning four decades.

Time is running out for accommodation on this jam packed weekend – we are fully booked at Alure!  Try searching on https://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/

For more information on the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival, visit http://www.appleandgrape.org/

Welcome to Stanthorpe Granite Belt

With this being the first post on our newly created Blog it seems fitting to introduce ourselves. We are mother and daughter duo, Ruth McLennan and Marion Carrick and are the owners of Alure Stanthorpe (luxury accommodation in Stanthorpe). We lived in Brisbane and moved to Stanthorpe, chasing a more relaxing lifestyle.

Our intent with this Blog is to try to show visitors to Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt what is great about this part of the world and why we love the region. Stanthorpe has a unique character and we hope we can communicate some of that to you over the coming months.