A Romantic Escape

February 1, 2018

A Romantic Escape

The Falls Montville is one of those places where time seems to slow down. The award-winning Hinterland retreat is the perfect escape from the stresses of the daily grind and just what the doctor ordered for my husband and I during our recent weekend sojourn to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.

It’s not often you are thankful for the rain when you have a weekend getaway planned, but the weather couldn’t have been more perfect to tuck ourselves away for some well earned R&R, and what better place than a secluded cottage nestled deep in lush sub-tropical rainforest. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!

Beautifully presented and complete with a cosy cast iron fireplace and spacious double spa bath overlooking the rainforest, our charming cottage was equipped with everything we could possibly need and more.

Aryna and Alan Dryden

The talented couple has created the perfect environment for couples seeking respite from the bustle of everyday life.”

It’s the little things that make the difference at The Falls Montville, from the complimentary port and gourmet chocolates to the fresh roses, plush bathrobes, and quality beauty products, nothing has been overlooked.

I’m not surprised to discover that The Falls Montville was named Australia’s Best 4.5 Star Hotel in Trivago’s 2018 awards and most recently, TripAdvisor ranked it as the number one Small Hotel in Australia for 2018.

From the moment we arrived, owners Alan and Aryna Dryden were the consummate hosts. Since taking over the business four years ago, the charming couple has earnt themselves a glowing reputation for their exceptional service and attention to detail and it’s not hard to see why.

Passionate about delivering a memorable experience for each and every one of their guests, the talented couple has created the perfect environment for couples seeking respite from the bustle of everyday life.

As well as the six rainforest cabins available for couples, The Falls Montville also offers a beautiful manor house that caters for groups. Perfect for wedding parties, girls weekends away or corporate groups, the stunning Queenslander is furnished with period pieces and steeped in history, yet has all of today’s mod cons including WIFI and Foxtel at your fingertips.

Accessed via a long and winding boardwalk, our cabin was the furthest from the main house, perfectly positioned overlooking the rolling green hills of the neighbouring dairy farms. Sitting on the deck, Barossa port in hand, as the rain fell softly to the sounds of the local birdlife, we could have been a million miles from civilisation.

After settling in with a luxurious spa bath before curling up with a book in front of the fire for the afternoon, it was hard to drag ourselves away for our pre arranged anniversary dinner date at Altitude, but it was certainly worth the effort.

One of the newest accommodation and dining venues in Montville, the food and service at Altitude was second to none. Offering stunning Hinterland views with a compact yet delicious menu, it is a must for anyone seeking something a little bit special.

We were also able to enjoy a delicious bottle of red over dinner, thanks to a chauffeur-driven ride to the restaurant by Alan and a courtesy bus on our return.

But for those who don’t want to leave the comforts of their cabin, and who could blame them, Alan and Aryna can arrange a gourmet barbecue dinner hamper so you don’t have to set a foot outside (bookings required).

“Sitting on the deck, Barossa port in hand, as the rain fell softly to the sounds of the local birdlife, we could have been a million miles from civilisation.”

Having enjoyed a luxurious night’s sleep, we awoke to fresh warm croissants outside our door as promised, which we thoroughly enjoyed along with all the other goodies in our gourmet breakfast hamper including free range eggs, locally smoked bacon, tomatoes, Maleny Dairy yoghurt, several cereals, beautiful local breads, locally roasted fresh coffee, varied teas, orange juice and a selection of fresh fruit!

But all good things must come to an end and after a decadent couple of days we reluctantly checked out of our secluded cabin and returned to reality, but not before enjoying one of Alan’s famous coffees he kindly offers guests free of charge during their stay. In fact, he tells me in the four years he has owned The Falls Montville he has made over 10,000 cups of coffee!

We continued to enjoy the remainder of our lazy Sunday with a stroll around the vibrant village of Montville, which is just two kilometres away. For those feeling a little more energetic, there are also a plethora of beautiful nature walks to enjoy nearby.

It’s only been a couple of days, but my husband and I feel as though we have been away for a week.

Hmmm, maybe there’s more to my time theory at Montville after all!

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