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Bellthorpe Cottage - a country hideaway...
  • Bellthorpe Cottage is in an idyllic rural setting
  • Cattle grazing in the paddocks near the cottage
  • Mix with the locals
  • Beautiful rainforest on the property
  • There's a number of waterfalls to enjoy

Bellthorpe Cottage is located on 120 peaceful acres just over an hour from Brisbane, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The one bedroom timber cottage is a great place to get away from it all and take in the relaxing atmosphere. The self-contained cottage has wide verandahs, a well-equipped kitchen, queen-size bed, wood heater and all you need to get away.

At your doorstep is the wild life and amazing variety of birds. You can discover the rainforest, take in the sounds of nature, rest at the waterfalls, nestle in front of the fire, catch the cool mountain breezes, take a walk around and explore, chat to the farm animals, tour the district or just sit back and relax... but whatever you do, you'll enjoy the surroundings.

The property is nestled in amongst rolling green hills with cattle grazing the paddocks surrounding the cottage and dense rainforest on the balance of the property. You can hear the quiet country hush - especially on star-filled nights. The property sits in its own valley, with its own spring-fed creek, its own rainforest and there are virtually no neighbours. There are walking tracks that cross the paddocks, through the rainforest to the waterfalls. There is a simple mix of grazing activities with the natural beauty of the surrounding bush land, including a national park.

As there is only the one cottage on the property, you'll have the place to yourself and won't be disturbed by others, which makes for great bird watching, photography, bush walking and relaxing. There are plenty of features to look at and study throughout the property. The standouts are the waterfalls, all north-facing in sheltered positions – wonderful places to spend time at. Mind you, the rainforest and creek are equally attractive - palm groves, strangler figs, cedar, giant eucalypts, orchids, epiphytes and many more.

Historically, the property was rich in cabinet and construction timbers, such as red cedar, white beech and various hardwoods, many of which still grow here today. Two thirds of the farm was cleared to become a dairy farm, until some 20 years ago when beef cattle became the main agricultural pursuit. The remaining area is native rainforest with waterfalls fed by a spring creek. Today, much of what had been previously cleared is being regenerated back to rainforest. The farm is now a hideaway retreat, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life

For a trip around the district, Maleny and Woodford are about half an hour’s drive and down the range are the Glass House Mountains and Sunshine Coast. For the adventurous, just around the corner are state forest 4WD tracks, including the “back road” to Jimna, Kenilworth and Kilcoy. All this and you are only just over an hour from Brisbane!

At Bellthorpe Cottage you could be a million miles away from the rest of the world - and that’s why guests come here!

Bellthorpe Cottage s proud to be shortlisted in country category of the 2010 TakeABreak Awards. Check out Bellthorpe Cottage on takeabreak.com.au


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