The place for stays, events & weddings in Lockyer Valley
Located just outside of Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, Branell Homestead combines a carefully reconstructed homestead and events venue along with cabins up above on the ridge. Whether you are escaping for a weekend as a couple or planning to host a major event with family and friends, such as a wedding, Branell Homestead is one of the best places to base yourself in Lockyer Valley.
Branell Homestead is a great venue for escapes, events and weddings
The homestead has been carefully constructed using genuine vintage items bought from house demolitions and antique shops that give the building an air of country charm while also catering for modern needs. There are 3 bedrooms in the homestead, including the Fig Tree Suite which has its own living area, the Jacaranda Suite, which looks out over the property and features a walk-in robe and spa bath, and the Kensington Suite.
There is a central kitchen, grill and dining area and a veranda that looks out over the dam and down the valley. The fully stocked library means you can easily find a book to read while relaxing, and the attic space is great as an entertainment space. While you can book suites separately, ideally you want to book the whole space to share with family and friends.
The library leads up to the entertainment space in the attic
There are 3 luxury cabins on the rise above the homestead with amazing westerly views down the valley. The cabins are a contrast to the homestead in their clean modern design. Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 with king beds and 1 with a double bed. Each cabin has a deck and a full kitchen. If available, it is possible to book one of the rooms and you will still have the whole cabin to yourself as well as access to all the common areas of the cabin. But the more friends and family you bring, the more fun you will have on a trip to Branell Homestead.
Branell Homestead is a popular venue to hold weddings and other events. With 3 bedrooms in the homestead, as well as another 3 bedrooms in each of the 3 luxury cabins up the hill, the Barnell can house up to 24 people, with plenty of other accommodation options in the area for additional guests.
Other amenities include the area on which the accommodation is situated, with a 1 km walking circuit from the Homestead up to the cabins and back down again. There is also an attic space with projector, books, movies and games that is perfect for keeping kids occupied.
The Lockyer Valley is one of the most fertile farmlands in the world, providing the most diverse range of fruits and vegetables in Australia. This valley alone producers 40% of vegetables consumed in Queensland. It is also an area of contrasting landscapes that range from flat planes, through to rolling hills and the steep foothills of the Great Diving Range.
Without a doubt, the premium attraction of the region is for foodies, whether it is shopping for fresh produce or dining across the area. You will find great cafes and pubs in every one of the little towns that make up the area, as well as roadside stops where you can enjoy food and experience some of the area's history.
Gift shop and cafe in the town of Forest Hill, Lockyer Valley
Activities are more diverse than just food and wine. Many people come here to enjoy horse riding adventures, visit local museums, do a bit of bushwalking, or perhaps shop for gifts and antiques. You are sure to find something to enjoy in this beautiful region.
Whether you want a quiet escape for a couple, getaway with friends and family, or host an event such as a wedding, then Branell Homestead is a place worth considering. Its picturesque location, great amenities and convenient location attract many guests, both local, national and international.
The author stayed at Branell Homestead as a guest of Tourism and Events Queensland