Seaview Farm Retreat
All things are better with chocolate, or so chocoholics are fond of saying. However, that’s not entirely true of our stay at the new Sea View Farm Retreat on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
The chocolate component was delicious; handmade morsels from local business the Chocolate Kingdom provided by Sea view’s owners Teena and Russell Hansford; Teena’s rich dinner dessert of chocolate almond cake with raspberry sauce, and Lindt chocolates and chocolate body lotion, which came with the relaxing chocolate oil massage administered by visiting therapists from Ripple Massage.
But even without these sweet touches the weekend would have been sublime.
First because of the location. The retreat’s three self-contained studios are perched on an easter ridge of the Hansford’s 40 ha beef cattle property, the largest working farm on the mountain, and the take-your-breath-away views over lush hills to the line of Gold Coast high rises and the ocean beyond.
Then there are the studios themselves. Designed to cope with their windswept position, they were built in Brisbane, transported to the farm in sections and assembled on site, with the first guests welcomed around Christmas.
Modern and sleek, with timber floorboards exuding warmth and a splash of colour provided by original artworks, they’re a discreet distance from each other for privacy.
Clever touches are everywhere; the flat panel TV swiveled between lounge and bedroom, so we could watch wherever the mood suited.; there was a quality sound system with iPod dock; soft robes to swaddle in; a wood heater for chilly weather; bath crystals, il burner and scented candles to lend romance to a lengthy soak in the spa-with-a-view; and a hair straightener as well as a hair dryer in the bathroom.
A generous breakfast basket is part of the package; for those guests with a continental bent, yogurt, fruit and croissants, delivered warm each morning with a newspaper;and for hearty eaters sausages, bacon and farm-fresh eggs to be cooked up either on the kitchenettes electric hot plates or out on the deck barbecue.
There are dining options galore on Mt Tamborine, but the Hansfords have found that once guests check in, many don’t want to budge. (After a few hours comfortably ensconced ourselves, we could easily understand why.)
So they offer a dinner basket ($75 for two) that includes a bottle of wine, a choice of salmon or steak to cook yourself, salads, dessert and cheese and crackers.
The salmon fillet that arrived was enormous, the beef was succulent grain-fed eye fillet, the salads a choice of crunchy noodle and roasted pumpkin and macadamia, and the dessert the aforementioned decadent chocolate cake.
If you can manage to drag yourself away for the day, head to the new complex at the southern end of the North Tamborine gallery walk that houses the Witches Chase Cheese Company, the MT Brewery and the Liquid Amber Bistro and Grill. The bistro menu sounded appetizing but we opted for baguette, duck pate and wedges of brie and blue from the cheese factory sand a tasting sampler of four beers ($10), and enjoyed them at one of the tales outside the brewery.
If you agree that all things in life are better with chocolate, try the Black Cockatoo, a black lager that counts chocolate among its flavours.
Sea view Farm Retreat – www.seaviewfarmretrea.com.au
Russell & Teena Hansford
phone: (07) 5545 0766
M: 0419 750 820
112 Golf Course Road, Mt Tamborine QLD 4272