A Luxurious Weekend Retreat at Branell Homestead

Sometimes you just need a break.

You need to go some place quiet and breathe...Maybe you're going through a stressful period at work? Or maybe a relaxing vacation is just seriously overdue!? Whatever the reason... we don't always have the time (or money) to hop on a plane to Hawaii. But luckily for those of us who call South East Queensland home, we have a destination just as amazingly picturesque right on our doorstep!

That place is the Lockyer Valley.

From the lush green hills....to soft blue skies....and the seemingly endless fields of colourful crops...this place is the epitome of rest and rejuvination . And let's not forget the awe inspiring backdrop of the Great Dividing range every where you turn.

The view from the cabins at Branell Homestead

It's hard to believe this incredible place is still somewhat of an undiscovered gem when it has so much to offer! I'll admit we too were ignorant to the beauty of the Lockyer Valley. When we told friends and family of our plans to explore the area their first reaction was: What is there to do in the Lockyer Valley?

Before our Lockyer Valley adventure we couldn't answer that question...but now we could rattle on for hours about all the wonderful things you should do and see in the Lockyer. We were fortunate to have the help of the lovely Lockyer Valley tourism team who organized a magical weekend for us.

That weekend began at Branell Homestead.

At Branell Homstead the beautiful simplicity of country life meets luxury. Just an hour out of Brisbane in the little town of Laidley, Branell Homestead sits on 80 acres of unspoiled land. Branell is perfect for people who want a taste of the country paired with the luxury of a high end hotel.

The stunning property features an extensive library, media room, and private jetty where you are more than welcome to catch and cook your own dinner (fishing equipment provided) !

The fabulous library at Branell Homestead; the shelves are filled with great reads

The original B&B has been designed with so much thought and care- a credit to owners. The words "country elegance" come to mind when I think of Branell Homestead. The place is absolutely immaculate.

The luxurious spa bath in the Kensington Suite

It's no wonder its become an extremely popular wedding venue in the Lockyer. In fact, on our visit owner Kathy was preparing for a wedding party. The wedding package offered at Branell Homestead includes two nights of luxury in the gorgeous B&B for you and your guests.

On our visit we stayed in one of the three newly built, modern cabins high on a hill overlooking the valley.

The brand new, well appointed kitchens in the cabins

We certainly weren't complaining...the views were jaw dropping. I don't think my words (or images) could ever do this enchanting place justice.

As soon as I stepped on the deck of our cabin I thought, " I never want to leave this place."

Catch your dinner from the private jetty at Branell Homestead
Not bad for a first timer!
The view of the sunset from our cabin at Branell Homestead

Our host, Kathy, was a true professional. She took excellent care of us- tending to needs before we even realized we had them! As we prepared to leave the following morning we were greeted with a smile and a lovely breakfast hamper (which can be prepared for guests upon request).

Bursting with goodies like danishes, scones, bacon, sausages, toast, jam, eggs, juice, and much more..

Breakfast Hamper

We fried up quite a feast in our well equipped kitchen- a great end to our Branell Homestead experience. Our time at Branell couldn't have been more pleasant. We are already contemplating our next visit. It's simply one of those places you can't forget!

For more information on Branell Homestead, check out their website - HERE 

And for great tips on what to do in the Lockyer Valley, check out the Lockyer Valley Tourism Website - HERE

*Words by Chelsea Hawkins. AmeriAus was the guest of Branell Homestead and Lockyer Valley Tourism.