Nov 3, 2014
Pet Friendly Packages
Attn: Much loved pets
Have you been dreaming of a luxury getaway in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Country, where after a full day of exploring and sniffing, you can stretch out by the fire, or end the day stargazing in your own private courtyard?
We know that…
• With your sunny disposition that you use an ‘inside voice’ so as not to disturb other guests.
• You resist the temptation to climb on the furniture, or sleep on the bed.
• You only use the outside toilet facilities and would never mess inside.
What about your humans? Do they…?
• Include you in all their daily travels and would never dream of leaving you behind? Alure has a list of pet friendly attractions and activities. Occasional pet sitting is available on request
• Keep you safely on a leash when outside to protect you from native animals, or from getting lost? Foxes might find you very tasty and you certainly don’t want to get lost while enthusiastically exploring the natural bushland.
• Pick up your outside er… messes? Bathroom facilities are located outside your villa and Alure provides doggie bags.
There is just one pet friendly villa and prior approval is required.
Alure will provide for your enjoyment, your very own plush bed, food and water bowls and a gift bag of toiletries & gourmet treats.
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 12:04 PM
May 16, 2013
Alure the Scene for Love Stories
Ms Marion Carrick, co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says the unusual relationship is emerging between a resident sheep and pony is set to rival any other animal love story.
“We have so many beautiful love stories from the couples that stay with us and now we have our own, between Monty the sheep and Bek the pony,” said Ms Carrick.
“They stand shoulder to knee, but as is the case with true love, their difference in size does not deter this romantic couple from seeking each other across the paddocks of our retreat,” she said.
Bek is a 9 year old Royal Champion Welsh Mountain pony and Monty is a 3 year old purebred miniature Babydoll Southdown ram standing around half her height.
“Monty follows his beloved Bek around the paddock, gazing at her lovingly and when not together he whickers at her when she walks past.”
Ms Ruth McLennan, Marion’s mother and co-owner of Alure Boutique Villas, says most animal love stories seem to occur between two that are in enclosures alone, with no other animals of their species nearby.
“What makes this romance different is that Monty is paddocked with 16 other sheep, yet he still chooses Bek,” said Ms Carrick.
“It’s very Romeo and Juliet, and our guests marvel that love really does come in all shapes and sizes," said Ms McLennan.
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 1:31 PM
Apr 13, 2013
things to do in Stanthorpe
The beautiful Granite Belt, with Stanthorpe at its heart, is a romantic paradise waiting to be discovered. Did you know that there is a whole host of romantic things to do in Stanthorpe? With its amazing food, views and secluded luxury, it's a hot spot spark the flame of romance in your relationship. Here are some resources to plan a fairytale romantic weekend away from Brisbane and its surrounds.
It’s been said the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The Stanthorpe region has many great places to test this theory. There are plenty of things to excite your tastebuds in Stanthorpe! The Bramble Patch at Glen Aplin offers fare made from berries grown on the premises – fortified berry wine, preserves, with desserts and coffee too. Mt Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin is olive heaven, with plenty of olive products available for sale from oil to tapenade and even olive trees for you to take home and grow your own.
Heavenly Chocolates at the edge of
propose a cup of European
hot chocolate in choice of 18 flavours as well as hand crafted chocolates.
Heavenly Chocolates is open Friday to Monday as well as public holidays. For a
more substantial meal Patty’s On McGregor serves a wonderful standard Australian
cuisine menu featuring culinary art from various other cultures – with divine
desserts. The quaint BYO (no corkage
charge) restaurant is very popular and can book out early, so let us call them
to make a reservation for you. Girraween National Park
Don’t feel like eating out? At Alure Boutique Villas we offer several dine-in options for our guests to enjoy. A personal chef can be yours for the evening and can design a six course menu to your tastes. Or if you prefer to cook for yourselves we offer a Gourmet BBQ pack with generous servings of appetisers, entrée, main and dessert. Contact us for more details when you book.
a day on the wine trails
The Granite Belt is known worldwide for its
wines, with most wineries in the area opening a cellar door where tastings are
available and purchasing wine is hard to resist. Follow the Strange Bird Trail
to visit 21 cellar doors offering wines made with alternative grape varieties.
There are over 40 cellar doors and 55 vineyards in the area, catering to all
palates. If beer is more to your taste
the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe is not to be missed.
can be booked by your accommodation or
at the visitors centre so you can taste the drinks on offer and not have to
worry about driving over the legal limit. Or if you prefer non-alcoholic drinks
Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery at Thulimbah offers many types of apple juice and
There are plenty of beautiful places to see in Stanthorpe. After a hard day of gourmet food and wine tastings, you'll have plenty of lovely things to pack in your picnic basket for day two of your romantic escape to Stanthorpe! Alternatively we offer a Gourmet Picnic Hamper for two, perfect for lunch. Head to one of the local National Parks where there are numerous walking tracks to be alone with nature and your loved one.
at Ballandean has much to offer with a visitor
information centre adjacent to the Bald Rock day-use picnic area with tables,
toilets and barbecues available for use. The unusual landscape is accessible by
several walking tracks to various natural formations of creeks and granite
rock. Walking tracks are graded by difficulty and distance. Girraween National Park
a girl's second love
Shopping is not one of the most romantic things to do in Brisbane or the Gold Coast but here in Stanthorpe, shopping is about pottering around taking in local crafts, antiques and, of course some fashion and shoes, a girl’s gotta live. Why not spend a leisurely afternoon browsing in town and then take in a little culture. “Markets in the Mountain” is held every second Sunday in Stanthorpe Civic Centre.
in Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Lock
Street, Stanthorpe contains almost 900 permanent
works on a wide range of contemporary subjects. Exhibitions and events vary.
Art Works on Davardi is a community Art and Craft Gallery, with a reading area and coffee shop. Works on display (and sale) are by local and regional artists. This gallery also holds many workshops and an “open mic” afternoon on the last Saturday of the month for local musicians or poets.
that ends in the bedroom – oooh la la!
There's nothing more romantic than a beautiful view, beautiful accommodation and some fabulously secluded private time! Alure Boutique Villas are designed for couples only, with a choice of two beautifully appointed villas or a luxury five star tent for some en vogue GlampingStanthorpe Style! Each villa or tent has a deluxe king sized bed with an ensuite, fully equipped European kitchen and private heated outdoor spa for soaking in the view. If it's a very special romantic occasion (we get our share of questions popped) call ahead for some VIP romantic touches to your room.
There are plenty of things to do in
Stanthorpe – it's a town unlike any in all of
(and we think all the world!) but
for couples, it's a special destination for a weekend escape from Brisbane or
South East Queensland. So close, and yet
a whole lifestyle away. Queensland
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 3:34 PM
Mar 30, 2013
Weather–Four Seasons in Stanthorpe
Stanthorpe weather is unique among
because, with the state's coolest temperatures, every season offers something
quite unlike anywhere else! Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt are beautiful
whatever the season, whatever the weather. There are lots of things to do and
here are some great seasonal activities to try on your next visit. Temperatures
can vary significantly in any season, so best advice is to dress in layers. Despite
Stanthorpe being Queensland’s coolest town, temperatures can still occasionally
reach the low 30 degrees Celsius range during the day in summer, and often down
to below zero at night in winter. Luckily we have nice and cosy villas and our
luxurious five-star tent to accommodate you. Queensland
Weather in Stanthorpe
Temperatures average from a maximumof 22.3 degrees and 7.8 degrees minimum.
Spring is wildflower season at
on Girraween National Park Pyramids Road. The best time to see the
wildflowers in bloom is late September into October each year. The contrast of
delicate colour against the stark granite can be viewed from the many walking
tracks through the park. The flowers attract many local wild animals as well –
be on the lookout for wombats, wallabies, lizards, birds and insects. A swim in the water hole will refresh you
ready for your next adventure.
The region’s produce season is starting with many farm gate shops starting to sell their wares. Much of the region was founded by people with European heritage, and each year this is celebrated in true ‘Primavera’ (Italian for ‘spring’) style with various cultural and culinary events in almost every vineyard and attraction in the area. Let us know your interests and we can help you choose from the myriad of events on offer, including (but in no way limited to) Jazz and Wine events held by Robert Channon Wines (Bradley Lane, Stanthorpe) throughout the season and “Shakespeare Under The Stars” at Bungawarra Wines, Bents Road Ballandean in early November.
Summer Weather in Stanthorpe
|Photo: Sonia Ghiggioli|
Summer temperatures reach an average of 28.8 degrees Celsius maximum and 14.6 degrees minimum.
Summer is a busy time in Stanthorpe. The
warmer weather means fruit picking is in full swing, with fruits such as
berries, apples, pears, stone fruit (cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and
apricots) and rockmelon are available. Vegetable lovers are in for a treat with
a wide range of these available also. Pick your own fruit farms and farm gate
sellers abound along
Drive, accessible from the New England Highway. One shop not to miss
on this road is Sam’s (The Summit Fruit Shop). They buy direct from the farmers
and even accept major credit cards. Strawberry Fields on the edge of town at Stanthorpe
is a must-do for pick your own strawberries and a great café. The Bramble
Patch, Townsend Rd Glen Aplin, is another must if you enjoy our breakfast
basket – they supply the jam and berry compote. It’s a nice place to stop off
for ice-cream and waffles on a sunny day. They also sell 60 different products
including sauces, jellies, marmalade, coulis, chutneys and other preserves. You
are sure to find something to take your fancy! Golden Grove Estate hosts a Sicilian Vintage
Lunch in February each year to celebrate the beginning of the vintage.
Traditional Sicilian fare, the blessing of the first grapes harvested, followed
by a grape stomp! What a great afternoon!
Commercial lavender farm Crystal Ridge Lavenders harvests lavender during December and January and sells lavender products like soaps and lotions, but also lavender chocolates and biscuits. Find them on Daniells Lane Stanthorpe.
Fishing at Storm King Dam, accessible via Nielsens Road Eukey, is best in the summer. You will need a permit to catch Murray Cod, Yellow Belly (Golden Perch), Silver Perch, Spangled Perch and Eel-tailed Catfish. Size and catch limits apply also.
Weather in Stanthorpe
|Photo: Granite Belt Wine Tourism/Cory Rossiter Photography|
Stanthorpe weather is starting to cool down with maximum temperatures averaging 21.9 degrees Celsius and minimum 8.8 degrees.
Autumn is the season for golden vistas among the vines. The 40 cellar doors and 55 vineyards are starting to harvest their grapes for new vintage wines as the leaves turn golden. Ballandean Estate Wines (Sundown Road, Ballandean) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe holds a charity event “Opera in the Vineyard” on the first Saturday of May each year. This event attracts around 2000 people and is open for booking from January. Lunch and dinner are available as well as the opportunity to experience one of South East Queensland’s premier cultural events. “Art in the Mill” at Ballandean Case and Timber Mill, Curr Rd Ballandean is another great event on the first weekend in May each year. It showcases local art and is a great opportunity to socialise (with a glass of mulled wine) by an open fire – handy as the weather starts to cool down.
Not into wine? Sutton’s Juice Factory and
Cidery, on Halloran Drive Thulimbah, have a juice factory, cidery, distillery,
home style café and open the orchard for ‘pick your own apples’ from February
to June. We like their juice so much we include it in your breakfast basket for
you to enjoy. Or you could soak up the view at
Marlay (pronounced “marlee”) with a
stunning lookout over the . The
lookout is located on township
of Stanthorpe Lock Street.
Why not visit the regions only dairy farm and appreciate the cheese platters
and local wines on offer or sample a great coffee and cheesecake, at Granite Belt Dairy Cnr Amiens Rd
and Daniells Lane Thulimbah.
Weather in Stanthorpe
|Photo: Karen Roberts|
Winter is “brass monkey season” – for a
reason. Are you ready for this? It snows in
Stanthorpe weather is quite unlike anything
you'll find anywhere else in
– only in Stanthorpe! Snowfall is
not unheard of in the area, with overnight frosts common, so why not take the
opportunity to rug up and find a great open fire, there are plenty around! The
Bramble Patch offer a range of award winning products like blackberry and apple
pie, why not enjoy it next to their fire. Christmas in July events are
available in many local restaurants, with the cooler weather being perfect for
the traditional hot dinner. Vegetables
in season now are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery,
leeks and mushrooms. Queensland
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 6:13 PM
Jan 29, 2013
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.
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 4:39 PM
Jan 17, 2013
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
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
Stop and smell the summer wildflowers of the Granite Belt
End your summer day of touring the Granite Belt with a spot of stargazing and a glass of local wine. Enjoy the warm, soothing bubbles of your private spa hidden discretely in your Alure Boutique Villa’s secluded courtyard and feel the daily stresses of city life leave you behind.
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.
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 10:13 AM
Aug 7, 2011
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…
Ð Full kitchen, European appliances, dishwasher and an espresso coffee machine.
Ð Ensuited bathroom where you can bathe under the colours of the rainbow with the revolutionary, illuminated Hansa Clear Lux Duo shower system.
Ð Large rear deck surrounded by granite rock and natural bush with heated outdoor spa for soaking under the milky way
Ð Silken fabric draped, four poster (king sized) bed
Ð Entertainment centre with 50” plasma TV and iPod dock
Ð Sumptuous lounge perfect for two, to snuggle by the cosy eco-fireplace
Ð 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!
Posted by Alure Boutique Villas at 1:03 PM