Great accommodation escape to the countryside near Brisbane
The Lockyer Valley is a great place to escape to the countryside not far from Brisbane. Just outside of the town of Laidley is the beautifully situated Stockton Rise Country Retreat. A great opportunity for a self-contained family and friends escape.
The Lockyer Valley is just over an hour west of Brisbane, and a whole world away from the city. This diverse area includes plains, rolling hills and the steeply rising foothills of the Great Dividing Range near Toowoomba. The region is rich in local produce, being one of the 10 most fertile regions in the world. It is also home to numerous little towns and villages, where city style meets country hospitality.
The scenic Lockyer Valley is just over an hour from Brisbane
This purpose-built self-contained 3 bedroom house can sleep up to 8 people, with 2 queen rooms, a double room where you can join the 2 beds together, and the option of using 2 additional fold-away beds. Even with 8 people, the spacious living room, kitchen, dining room and veranda means it won't be too crowded.
The master bedroom at Stockton Rise Country Retreat
The common rooms and outdoor areas face west, providing great sunset views that you can enjoy with dinner, or a just a drink or ten on the deck. Being surrounded by the country it is an easy temptation just to sit back and relax and enjoy the location.
The well laid out modern kitchen is a well suited for your friends and family to come together make great meals, though you may prefer barbecuing some locally bought meats on the grill outside. There are plenty of places to buy great local produce nearby, but you can also ask for barbecue packs and breakfast hampers.
Stockton Rise Country Retreat has both indoor and outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy meals with friends and family while admiring the view
Like many of the farmers out in the valley, owners Patti and Tim Pocock have seen both good and bad times. With an eye on diversifying their livelihood, they build Stockton Rise as well as refurbished the nearby Glencoe Cottage. They are always happy to have guests come and stay in either accommodation and they enjoy providing great service and the opportunity to share the delights of their part of the world.
Image of Glencoe Cottage courtesy of Stockton Rise Country Retreat
Located centrally to the towns of Forest Hill, Laidley and even Gatton, Stockton Rise is well situated for a quick drive into the local pubs, cafes, galleries and stores. You can shop for local produce or enjoy country hospitality in the towns. There is a lot to explore in the area during a relaxed time in the countryside.
The nearby town of Forest Hill is a great place to enjoy country cuisine and do some gift shopping
Across the valley, you have opportunities to visit farms, check out local historical museums, walk in nature, go horse riding and more than can be mentioned here. Stockton Rise is a great place to base yourself to start your exploration of the region.
The author visited Stockton Rise as a guest of Tourism and Events Queensland