• Old Australiana at Stockton Rise

    The Long Dry

    The drought has been a very difficult time for many living in country areas throughout Australia. These communities do not even have to be ‘way out west’ or the outback. We live just 1 hour west of Brisbane and the […]

  • Tea Time at Rustique Rose, Laidley

    A holiday in the Lockyer Valley – what to do

    The Lockyer Valley. You may just want to stay for a week or more to explore this historical area or base yourself here whilst exploring nearby parts of SEQ.

  • A Country Holiday

    A Country Holiday

    Have you ever considered a country holiday rather than going to the beach or the city? Here in the Lockyer Valley there are many things to do to keep you occupied throughout your holiday. Whether you like swimming, horse riding, […]

  • The Great South East Television show story

    The Great South East Television show story

    Not long ago I had the pleasure of hosting The Great South East team at Stockton Rise Country Retreat to do a segment for a lead up story to the Royal National Show (or the EKKA). They were wanting to […]

  • Farm tour feeding the cattle

    Farm Tours at Stockton Rise Country Retreat

    You may have read about the farm tours that you are able to do while staying at Stockton Rise Country Retreat or Glencoe Cottage. We have had many of our visitors take the opportunity to do one of these. Our […]

  • Testimonial from Sydney Royal Easter Show Prize winners

    Testimonial from Sydney Royal Easter Show Prize winners

    This blog has been written by the winners of a prize given out at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2014. The winner brought her daughter with her to enjoy their prize in September. Shirley sent the following transcript of […]

  • Winners are grinners

    2014 Tourism Award Winner

    How exciting. Stockton Rise Country Retreat has been named the 2014 Lockyer Valley Business Award winner for Tourism. We feel very honoured to be given this award and feel proud that we can share our award winning business with tourists and […]

  • What a happy photo. Taken in front of the sorghum at Stockton Rise Country Retreat.

    Renovations now completed

                    What do you do with an old farmhouse that needs restoration? Renovate as more tourist accommodation? Since June 2013, we have been considering what to do with a 70 year old farm […]

  • Australiana at Stockton Rise

    Australiana at Stockton Rise

    Australiana at Stockton Rise Country Retreat January 2014 When we bought the farm across the road from us (now Stockton Rise), we didn’t appreciate all the history that came with it. It was a big job to sort and remove […]

  • The demolition begins.

    The demolition of the old farm house seen in Stockton Rise photos

    I have recently realised the it could be misinterpreted that Glencoe Cottage is the farmhouse seen from the deck at Stockton Rise. This is not the case. The old farmhouse was demolished shortly after opening Stockton Rise. I continue to […]