If you’re enchanted by the picturesque European-chic of Provence but only have a weekend to spare (and frankly, can’t afford the international flight), luxury property Spicers Clovelly Estate has all the charm of an escape to the south of France. And it’s just 90 minutes out of Brisbane!
Nestled in the glorious Sunshine Coast hinterland area of Montville, you’ll find this stylish, beautiful retreat flanked by an award-winning restaurant. With 22 acres of rolling green hills, a mini orchard and amber-hued tree-lined driveway—with four distinct and beautiful colour changes with each season—the entire estate is a feast for the eyes, no matter the time of year.
Ancient fig trees, jacarandas, magnolias and gardenias surround the French provincial-inspired main house, while the French cottage, spa suites and estate suites each highlight different features of the property: from spectacular hinterland views, to private terraces and picture perfect gardens, every part of the property is truly something special. Sumptuous but never ostentatious, the elegant but contemporary furnishings and facilities are uber-luxe, with plush linens, marble bathrooms and even the option of an evening bath butler at your fingertips.
Dining at Spicers Clovelly’s signature 2-hatted degustation restaurant The Long Apron is an unforgettable gourmet experience. Serving up dishes that are experiential, refined, and unexpected, The Long Apron pushes culinary awareness using an exceptional array of produce, with menus tailored to suit individual needs—whether vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten free. Offering a completely unique and memorable setting, it creates the intimate feeling of dining in someone's (albeit totally stunning) home.
For those after a more informal yet still incredible dining option, sister restaurant The Short Apron offers a fresh, simple yet effective a la carte menu full of modern takes on classic dishes. Using stunning seafood and homegrown produce (including the property’s huge variety of herbs grown on site) Spicers also works closely with local producers and farmers exclusively for each season and menu. Delicious breakfast options for both in-house and day guests also showcase top-notch local Sunshine Coast ingredients.
The property’s day spa, Spa Anise, features an opulent marble and timber fit out, a large corner spa and private courtyard—the perfect way to wind down after exploring the local wineries, nearby Kondalilla National Park and, naturally, the magnificent beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
With customised packages available, Spicers Clovelly Estate is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, a babymoon, a decadent dining experience, special occasion, a weekend with the girls, a wedding, or just a dreamy escape from the normality of everyday life. Sounds heavenly if you ask us.
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