The Gold Coast Hinterland provides a great contrast to the golden beaches of the coast. It has mountain peaks, waterfalls, national parks, pretty villages and towns, craft cottages, galleries, tea houses, historical buildings, farms and fruit plantations.
Bauhinia Cottage is 15 minutes from Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast and is nestled in 10.5 hectares in the Tallebudgera Valley. After just one year of opening, Bauhinia joined the Hilton Maldives, Iririki Island Resort in Vanuatu and Hayman Island in winning the inaugural Holidays for Couples magazine readers' choice Gold Award!
The cottage is a self-contained retreat with three suites, canopied queen beds, just right for a romantic getaway for two or a weekend with friends or family.
The Wentworth Room has panelled walls and classic Shand Kydd wallpaper, heavy drapes, third generation antiques and double spa. Enjoy lazing in front of the log fire, or open the French doors onto your private section of the veranda.
The Adelaide room is country-style with a mix of Victorian and provincial with a dash of heirloom lace. The ensuite's double spa bath is under a canopy of English conservatory-style ferns. It has a separate shower.
The Winton Room has a bush bed, handmade from timber off the property, topped with a muslin canopy. It's the closest you can get to sleeping in a timber slab hut with all the luxuries. Australian curios line the walls and the room has views over the cliffs. Double windows in the spa ensuite open to a peaceful outlook over the horse paddocks.
There is a log fire to keep you warm and air-conditioning for warmer months. It's furnished with crisp fresh linens, fluffy towels, robes and slippers, double spa bath with aromatherapy products. There are even chocolates and port.
Antiques, artworks and collectables, timber beams and leather couches, an extensive library, Bose sound system, 3m screen, private gardens and rural views all go towards a wonderfully peaceful escape.
Self-cater in the stainless steel gourmet kitchen and enjoy creating a delicious breakfast from the provisions platter. A chef can be arranged, as can a masseuse to rub away city stresses. There is plenty of space for a picnic or barbecue in the creek-side gazebo.
At Bauhinia you can test your skills at billiards or darts in the games room by the pool and maybe visit the wine cellar. It has a good range of Australian and imported wines for sale.
Within 20 minutes there is a wide selection of intimate restaurants, and the beach is a pleasant drive. There are three golf courses not far away, a driving range, an excellent horse-riding facility, topped off with beautiful rural scenery.