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“Modern B&B in a magnificant location :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glass on Glasshouse
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Buderim, Australia
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Modern B&B in a magnificant location :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Forget 4 poster beds and floral doonas, this B&B is modern luxury all the way! From the moment you walk through the glass doors it almost feels as though the outside becomes the inside. The floor to ceiling glass walls down the entire side of the "pod" really opens up to the magnificant views of the surrounding bushland and glass house mountains. The attention to detail is what really makes Glass on Glasshouse very special. From the bowl of macadamia's (complete with nut cracker) to the BBQ on the balcony as well as the intergrated tv/ipod sound system and sleepers and robes, the attention to detail is spot on. Oh and dont forget to try the home made jam & marmalade in the fridge! (part of an amazing gourmet breakfast pack which is a must!) soooo delicious (I even thought about taking it home!!!)
So relaxing and well worth a visit......will be coming back for sure!

Room Tip: all rooms would be ok. We didnt see any other guests all weekend! (eventhough they were booked out!)
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ianwesoll
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Glass55, Owner at Glass on Glasshouse, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Thanks for the nice review. I just need to let anyone reading this know that we don't actually offer gourmet breakfasts (though one day we would like to). Whilst it is a very nice locally-sourced breakfast, because we don't have easy access to Delis, and also because we only have the 3 cottages, it's just not very easy or practical to be able to offer this. It seems very strange to be writing something that might lower expectations, but it's better to be honest and realistic about these things, -that way there's a chance that you might be pleasantly suprised. Our strengths lie in the wonderful view of the Mountains, and the stunning modern design of the cottages, along with the wild Kangaroos on the property. Thanks again.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

A very special place to relax and enjoy fine modern architecture and superb privacy- yes privacy in these glass pods! Uninterrupted views to the natural environment. The owners Bill and Misao, have provided very thoughtful and generous comfort additions in their choices of furnishing detail and their breakfast and snack provisions. The very place in which to relax and contemplate, maybe make changes to improve your life ?

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank robynexploring
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I stayed at Glass on Glasshouse for three nights while she was recuperating from surgery and between chemotherapy treatments, and I have to say, it was just what the doctor ordered, a soothing, relaxing, refreshing experience. There's wonderful privacy. We didn't draw the curtains once, and enjoy waking naturally with the early light, relaxing in the bath with wallabies feeding outside. Hot air balloons drifted by. Birds sung in the trees. It was healing on so many levels.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter C
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shropshire
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Here now on the balcony chilling enjoying the views .... Awesome!
Utter rubbish what other 'overrated' from Sydney says .....staying in a beautiful pod at an incredible reasonable price. The thought and detail that goes into this place is incredible....just so wished that we had booked more than just two nights! The owners Bill and Misao must be really proud of what they have avhieved.
Breakfast provisions more than what was expected and coffee great .... Proper barista so much better than pods!
Bed sooooooo comfy and the whole place is oh so beautiful ..... Went to Australia Zoo today ..great time but couldnt wait to get back to enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles on the balcony before dinner. ... A very special place .....our last night .... Will be sad to leave......

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ShropshireSophie2
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

We shared a lovely anniversary here last week, we have stayed here before and loved it. A beautiful spot for 2. Looks like its starting to need a little updating but nothing too serious! You can cook dinner in the lovely kitchen & have a super bath in the spa bath. Very private & natural with a mob of beautiful roo's to keep you company. Could do with some comfier seats on the deck... Super romantic getaway where there are loads of bush walks. Lastly check out the super milkshakes at the cafe you can easily walk to super!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vanessa B
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

I was impressed by the website for this establishment and planned our trip specially to include a night there. While it was pleasant, it was no more than that, and did not live up to the stellar expectation created by the website. My impression was of interesting but somewhat dated cabins that might have been awesome 5 or 10 years ago. The coffee machine was grubby and low rent, the TV system did not work satisfactorily, the electric bbq so disappointing that we did not even consider using it. The sliding toilet door was stiff and needed to be serviced. The provisions were not of the standard you might expect when paying this kind of money. Overall, while a 'nice' stop, the reality did not meet my expectations and I came away disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Syd R
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Glass55, Owner at Glass on Glasshouse, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
99% of our guests get what we have set out to do, and really get a kick out of staying here. The proof is in the very high number of returning guests we get. We have created a very uniquely designed 'pod' which is unlike most country-style cottages. It's light, open plan, spacious, has great views from the lounge, bathroom and bedroom, innovative features (such as the spa bath that fills from the ceiling), lovely polished timber floors, and a simple espresso machine that makes good coffee (that;s not just our opinion, Choice magazine said it made better coffee than many much more expensive models). The BBQ is electric so it's a no-brainer for anyone to use (and you'll find that most BBQs in National Parks are also electric, but no one complains about that). If the sliding toilet door is sticking I'll certainly look into that. To use the word 'dated' is simply incredible, as these 'pods' are only 5 years old and are still light years ahead of anything else in Australia (and we regularly stay at 5* properties just to check). So sometimes you just have to shake your head in disbelief, grin and bear it, and know that what you've built can never satisfy 100% of the population. I would also recommend that travellers consider staying for more than one night. If you only stay one night you don't really get the time to relax, unwind and appreciate the ambience, design, views etc, or to take advantage of the many, many good features built into these 'pods'. Also, if you've lived through many years and are used to doing things in a certain way (and don't travel very often), then if you only stay one day you'll be faced with a different mattress to what you have at home, a different TV, a different remote, a different A/C system, a different BBQ.....by the time you've begun to familiarise yourself with these items it'll be time to check-out!! We offer a home away from home, a beautifully designed place in a lovely location.
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Redland City, Australia
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

We could only stay one night which was enough as we are local really and once in a while need a night away. It is very close to Australia Zoo which would be fabulous for many. Nice location in the middle of the Glass House Mountains. As for view hmmm...not much you could see for the trees. I was a little disappointed in that. Maybe it was the room we had which was the last one over. I would have enjoyed at least a view of the neighbouring gardens which were being worked. It was huge!
The place itself was like a shoebox. That huge glass window was pretty cool but privacy?? If I can see you...they can see us. Would have preferred the kitchen near the glass and the bathtub on the backside. So never did use it. Shame.
There was previous complaint about the electric bbq not being gas. I had read several reviews so I knew to bring our own food because driving at night on those roads you don't know with Roo's around and quite a distance out to go for a meal thought that best. I had no problems with the bbq and was easy as to clean. Had a kookaburra sit on the railing waiting for his bit. He enjoyed it too!
The tv was great and probably the music set up too but we tend to listen to our own thing if and when we do.
There was a nice selection of breakfast food as well. Hot and cold choices. Fruit was lovely. In fact I was surprised there was even oil for cooking. That side of things was really great!
For what I must mention as well, this is a highly rated place and not exactly inexpensive. For all of our traveling we've come to expect a few things for this price and rating level.

The bed.....a rock. I turned and tossed all night in back pain. A mattress laid on top of whatever is just not good for sleeping. Maybe for young people but at that cost I would think many of your customers would be a bit older.
The edging around the bed is black...around the bathtub the stepping is white and because of the blending my shins took a few painful knocks.
Coffee machine is totally outdated. Have you not heard of pods. You can supply all 3 rooms with a new machine from say Aldi's for just one night's stay from the cost of one room. Would make a much nicer coffee to start your day.
Generic brands all over including toilet paper...really??
A non stick frypan would be much appreciated. They can be bought at low enough prices to change every 6 mths or so instead of having to clean btw servings because the pan is unusable.
These might be small things but can go a long way for travelers.
I did get some nice snaps on the way out of the small mob of Roo's.

Room Tip: Trying asking for the first or second room. Maybe you might have a better view on maybe one mountain...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CarrieN56
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Glass_SunshineCoast, Owner at Glass on Glasshouse, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Thanks for your nice compiments about the location, BBQ, walls of glass, TV, Sound system, breakfast and fresh fruit. The cottages are in a line, so you don't overlook anyone else and have maximum privacy. In the 5 or so years we've been open we've only had one guest complain about someone walking in front of their cottage, and since then we now ask guests at check-in not to do this (rather than rely on our polite request in the compendium). So the only things that might be looking-in on you are kangaroos, possums Kookaburras and Cockatoos!!

So we offer a wonderful view of our grounds (20 acres altogether) , the tall gum trees in the distance and one or both of the two highest of the Glass House Mountains. It's not the hanging gardens of Babylon, but it's very green, natural and quite spectacular. And because of the large glass walls you get this view from the bedroom, bathroom, lounge and deck as well, which is pretty cool. We have even raised the spa bath onto a pedestal so it feels more like a royal throne, and this adds to the bathroom's visual impact and to the views. I find it difficult to understand why you'd want to hide the bathroom away in some dark corner, -it's an important room in this modern age so should be a centrepiece, and should take advantage of those views. If you are paranoid about privacy, you shouldn't book a place that advertises "walls of glass" or you can just pull down the blinds.
The other comments are fairly minor:
The mattress is a good quality medium-firm commercial one with a mattress topper on top. If you are used to soft bed or water bed then this would feel strange, but for everybody else it's very comfortable.
We chose to have an espresso machine because it makes good coffee! We considered pods, but chose this instead as it's more durable/reliable. We do provide an instruction sheet for those who haven't used one before. Also, the few places that offer pods tend to only give you one day's supplies (if at all) and you have to purchase any others, whereas we provide enough freshly ground coffee for your entire stay.
The frying pan is an expensive RACO stainless steel one with an aluminium base that provides enhanced heat distribution whilst eliminating hot spots. We prefer this to your cheap Teflon ones that only last a few months. If you don't burn your food, then it's easy to clean (and we have a dishwasher as well).
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Property: Glass on Glasshouse
Address: 182 Glass House-Woodford Rd, Glass House Mountains, Queensland 4518, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Glass House Mountains
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Glass House Mountains
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glass on Glasshouse 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer three luxurious cottages that combine the style of a modern apartment with the comfort of a cottage. These are very stylish cottages with spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains through floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. The cottages have beautiful timber floors, King-size bed, spa bath, whole-of-house sound system and an open fire in winter. They are unique, very different from the usual "country-comfort" style, -you really have to see them to experience their unique exterior and interior design. Winner of the Australian Traveller Readers Award for "Best B&B in Australia" two years running. A great getaway, or a first/last stop between Brisbane and Fraser Island or Cairns. ... more   less 
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