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Published October 30th 2011
An afternoon spent luxuriating on a couch by the fire, in the old world charm of historic St Bernards Hotel, listening to a jazz band, while sipping a quality beverage is good for the soul. When you add great food, arresting views, and a kaleidoscopic garden complete with resident dazzling peacock, you might just find yourself set in for the day.
Nestled on the edge of an ancient volcanic escarpment overlooking the beautiful Guanaba Gorge, Valley and Ocean, St Bernards Historic Hotel provides an idyllic setting for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Historic St Bernards Hotel located in Mt Tamborine
Feasting on a delicious Chicken Schnitzel Burger outdoors in the courtyard watching a goanna scramble up a tree and enjoying a gentle mountain breeze is just the beginning of a visit to this engaging Hotel. With crisp mountain air and rays of sunlight streaming onto the patio, I close my eyes in bliss. This Hotel really has snagged the perfect location.
Outdoor Courtyard - St Bernards Hotel
The grounds are spacious and varied. A walk around the luscious abundant gardens reveals a magnificent male peacock in all its iridescent blue-green glory leisurely meandering amongst the flowers. Close by, rushing water from a nearby waterfall goes crashing over a wall. St Bernards Historic Hotel is not just a meal; it is a uniquely pleasurable experience.
Peacock wandering the Gardens at St Bernards Hotel
But we all have to go home sometime right? Upon walking back through the Hotel, a Jazz band has started playing. These guys are good. Surely just one quick drink before leaving wouldn't hurt. The couch by the fire is beckoning. Okay, so once settled with drink in hand, the fire on my left, jazz band front right and views over the valley straight ahead, the Bernards Historic Hotel has me under its potent spell. Jam packed with a fascinating history and the kind of ambience worth making the trip for, this place is tough to leave.
With a history dating back to the 1800s, St Bernards Hotel was established in 1911, achieving its liquor licence in 1915. Stories on the wall tell of its historic beginnings.
Located on Alpine Terrace in Mt Tamborine, with an array of lovely walks nearby, quirky shops, markets, waterfalls and pristine countryside, the Hotel is brilliantly located in an area that rates number one for the ultimate weekend escape or day trip.