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Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge
Ranked #4 of 9 Montville B&B and Inns
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“Relaxing and Romantic”
Reviewed 7 November 2010

Hubbie and I stayed in Amelies cottage for 2 nights to celebrate my birthday. Leroy greeted us with such friendliness. He got the mix perfectly right. Friendly and helpful, with good suggestions on places to eat at and see, but not in your face. We were lucky in that the place had cleared out as it was mid week and we had the luxury of having breakfasts in the dining room exclusively to ourselves which suited us perfectly and they were DELICIOUS. A very generous amount of food. We are animal lovers so enjoyed meeting the cat and dog too. The cottage was roomy and relaxing and very quirky. The cottage was an easy 3 minute drive to Montville shops and had brilliant rural views. We enjoyed watching the birds and animals from the deck of the cottage each day. We would definately recommend The Spotted Chook as a fabulous getaway. If there were one very small detail that let things down I would say that there were a few dead bugs in the cottage and spiders webs around the deck area that could have been removed and with me having a bug phobia, this was the only very small thing that stopped the cottage from being absolutely perfect, but we do also understand that a popular place to stay at can get very busy so its hard for the owners to keep on top of everything as there are only so many hours in the day. Dont let that stop you going there though. It was absolutely delightful and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

My husband and I held our small wedding of 35 people here in August and had a group of 8 friends stay at the chook with us for 2 nights (we had an extra night when everyone went home). I seriously cannot speak highly enough of The Spotted Chook. From our first contact with the owners, Jane & Leeroy, we knew this was the perfect spot for our wedding. They made us feel so at ease, which is absolutely welcomed when planning a wedding! Every need was met, every request and question was answered and NOTHING was too much trouble. Jane was the chef and catered the whole wedding while Leeroy kept everyone's drinks cold and topped up and their twin daughters kept everyone fed and happy. The cocktail reception food was to-die-for.... breakfast each day was amazing, fresh and plentiful. The rooms were gorgeous, we can speak for Amelies Cottage, which is the stand alone 'honeymoon' cottage... it was like a little slice of french inspired heaven. Bright and open with not one but two bathtubs, one on the outdoor deck with a huge comfy bed, fireplace and anything else you could need. I think we only left the cottage to get more wine! Views from everywhere, a short walk or drive to town if need be, friendly pets happy to get a pat and great people. We can't wait to get back there again for our first anniversary if we can wait that long.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

Stayed here for a wedding with a group and loved it! Great service from the wonderful family, beautiful brekky and delicious food for the wedding... 5 out of 5!

  • Stayed August 2010
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Reviewed 14 August 2010

My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary during our trip up the East Coast of Australia. It is a lovely setting in Montville and whilst we love the coast it was also great to see some of the hinterland. Lovely host - we were met by Leeroy and the dog and cats and given a warm welcome. The rooms were lovely - very unique and comfortable and I particularly liked the old-fashioned bath. Very French style - some may say a bit shabby chic - if you like your hotel room "cut from the same cloth" as every other chain then this is not for you - but if you want something different and homely then the spotted chook is for you! Also enjoyed having the woodburner in the room - however, if you're from Scotland you won't need it on an Australian winter night - gets quite hot!!

Lovely cooked breakfast prepared by Leeroy. We also had a fantastic meal at the Montville Inn (I think) - second to last pub when leaving Montville - can highly recommend the food here.

Overall, fantastic stay and we recommend it for the discerning traveller who likes a bit of home comfort occasionally!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

My family and I have been staying at Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge for many years and it has always offered a unique and delightful B & B experience like no other in Montville. We fell in love with The Spotted Chook for so many reasons and have continued this love affair for nearly 10 years. Each room has its own individual name and style, this time we booked the Loft Room which has scenic views over the valley and offers a feeling of living in the clouds!

Each room has its own bathroom, our Loft Room had a funky claw foot bath to relax in while sipping on a champers! The bed is handmade and beautifully comfortable with lovely fresh white linen and plump pillows - a lovely nest for our weekend away.

The breakfasts at the Spotted Chook are always inspirational and we are never disappointed! We indulged in farm fresh eggs - Eggs Benedict for my husband, and poached for me, with fabulous homemade sourdough, roasted tomatoes and rocket from the garden. There are platters of friands, croissants and fresh seasonal fruits to chose from and freshly brewed coffee.

The Spotted Chook is a our little piece of paradise - somewhere to escape to from your hectic city life and a place to relax and spoil yourself with a special wine by the fire, either in the guest lounge or in your own private nest.

We cannot sign off without mentioning a relatively new addition to the Spotted Chook - Amelie's Petite Mason. A unique little cottage designed for the romantic at heart! It will make you smile and send a shiver down your spine as you prop yourself up in the spa bath on your deck overlooking the valley - have a look for yourself at www.spottedchook.com.au - Amelies. Who could resist for that very special weekend of romance!

Thank you Jane and Leeroy for another memorable weekend in the country!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tenterfield, Australia
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

From the moment we were greeted by the managers nothing was too much trouble.
We were taken to the Snow Pea Suite and from the moment we stept into the suite, the sun was filtering through the windows, we thought we had steped into a French Picture. There was a beautiful view over the garden from our deck and our daughers were able to have a run around in the privacy of the yard.
There were two single beds tucked around the corner of our bedroom where our daughters slept, and this gave my wife and I privacy. From the fluffy robes and quality linen we would recommend this accommodation to our family wanting to have a relaxing stay.
The gourmet breakfast was fantastic. My wife had scrambled eggs and I had the full breakfast (my only complaint was we ate too much) Our daughters wanted different things and it was prepared and server without a fuss. Thank you.
It was such a lovely relaxing stay.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

We're just back from a couple of nights at the Spotted Chook. Like many others it had been on our list of places to stay for a while and we finally managed to get a weekend to ourselves and booked.

Due to a bit of a technical hitch we ended up staying one night in the Snowpea room and the other in Amelie's Cottage. Not a real problem as the rooms were both beautiful and the bag transfers were taken care of for us with the minimum of fuss while we headed off walking.

The accommodation itself was simple but a lot of thought had been put into the little details. There were unsurprisingly a large number of chooks but also fresh flowers and knick-knacks everywhere. It felt somewhat like visiting a friend's house and the welcome from Leeroy and Jane was equally warm. Apparently they were recently returned from three months overseas and more than happy to share travel stories and take the time to make us feel welcome in their home.

Given the temperatures outside we were grateful to see that the fire was lit in the lounge room and even happier when we noticed a batch of dough proving in the warm spot next to the fire.

We opted to dine in on the Saturday night and were not disappointed. Starter was a prawn dish with a mild curry sauce, the main was coq au vin and we finished the meal with a majestic strawberry souffle and tea or coffee. They were happy to cope with pretty much any dietary requirements or preferences if necessary. BTW it's BYO.

Breakfasts were a very relaxed affair. We overindulged in homemade granola, thick yoghurt and pastries and while there's no set menu for the cooked portion Leeroy was quite happy to make some suggestions. Most of these involved fresh eggs from their own chickens and the eggs benedict with smoked salmon was particularly good.

As for the rooms the Snowpea was fine although very green. It would be ideal for a couple with a young child or two if all were happy in the same room.

Amelie's Cottage was another step up. It's self-contained with a fridge, two-plate hob and microwave/convection oven. There's a big bathroom with a shower and claw-foot bath and outside on the deck there was a giant hot-tub with views over the valley. The layout was open plan but with the fire going we were toasty and warm throughout the night.

The only downsides were the scratchy bathrobes and the slightly disappointing coq au vin (at least compared to the rest of the meal) and coffee but these were small issues when compared to what was one of the most relaxing getaways we've spent for a long time.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge
Address: 176 Western Ave, Montville, Queensland 4560, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Montville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Montville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Spotted Chook and Amelie's is the most delightful mix of Australian /European style. Perched on poles and facing the valley with stunning views.The rooms are large with private verandah,sofa, fireplace and air-con. They are all with private bathrooms and Queen or King beds. Soft robes, bar fridge, lcd tv/cd/ipod players. We have a gourmet continental breakfast included in all our prices. The property has guest lounge and dining room where we do breakfast and dinner by arrangement.DVD library, magazines, games and more are for guest enjoyment. We are on 110 acres of family property with cows, horses, chickens and family pets. The rainforest is below with a vast collection of bird life. So come on up and share our piece of paradise. ... more   less 
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