Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
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Cloudlake Mountain Retreat

37 Tessman Rd, Ravensbourne, Queensland 4352 Australia
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Beautiful gardens
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cloudlake main beach
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4.5
#2 of 2 cottages in Ravensbourne
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Cloudlake has two totally private self contained houses with wood fires, located on a small private lake. The Boathouse is a contemporary open plan house perfect for couples and Mother of Ducks is a traditional Queenslander just right for family or group get togethers. Our 65 acre organic, Land for Wildlife property of rainforest, orchards and vineyard is yours to explore and delight in
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Free parking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Fireplace
Seating area
Sofa
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
iPod docking station
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
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Microwave
Refrigerator
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Hair dryer
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37 Tessman Rd, Ravensbourne, Queensland 4352 Australia
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Jaime W wrote a review July 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cloudlake is an absolutely beautiful nature retreat, perfect for those wanting to disconnect from the hectic bustle of normal life. From the moment you arrive, you can feel the stress fading away.
My partner and I stayed in the Romany Wood Gypsy Caravan, and it was genuinely the most lovely weekend away I have ever had. The limited phone service meant that work couldn't call us, which was a blessing, but we did find that while walking around the property, we were able to send and receive messages, and even call friends and family.
Romany Wood has a full bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchenette, which makes it super easy to cook for yourself.
The daybed is comfortable for two adults to recline on, and looks over a beautiful field with a huge fig tree and a beautiful cherry blossom. We loved watching the little birds bounce around, and listening to the creek.
At night, we lit the fire and lazed about, reading books or playing games.
Throughout the day we were able to explore the property, which had several highlights - it comes with a map! - and also drove the 10 minutes to Ravensbourne National Park, which offers four walks of varying difficulties and lengths.
Crows Nest is only 20ish minutes away if you would like to grab something from a bakery or butcher, or even the IGA, and Rosemary has brilliant recommendations for where to grab a bite.
The host, Rosemary, supported by Richard and Dijon, is so lovely and accommodating, and very knowledgeable about the area.

This accommodation is not for people who need constant phone service, or who don't want to engage with nature. You also cannot be too fussed about the occasional creepy crawly.

However, if you're happy surrounded by nature, waking to birdsong, and falling asleep to the sound of a burbling creek, this is paradise.

We honestly cannot wait to come back!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rosemary Jones, Owner at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Responded 17 July 2022
It is more than lovely to know just how much you have enjoyed staying in Romany Wood. We actually really love it too and sometimes love to go and spend a couple of nights down there ourselves. We are indeed very fortunate to be the current stewards of Cloudlake but really love the opportunity to share it and it is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed staying. Love to see you both again. Rosemary and Richard
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Mary-Jo wrote a review Feb 2020
Province of Verona, Italy10 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed in the boathouse in it's romantic, relaxed setting by the lake. We loved sipping wine while stargazing from the verandah in the evening. An early morning walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens and the coolness of the rainforest was rich with the sounds of different birds and lush trees and foliage. The amazingly coloured king parrots that came to sit with us at breakfast were almost tame. The hospitality offered by Richard and Rosemary ensured this was a honeymoon to remember.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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EllenFlorence wrote a review June 2021
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our 3-night stay at the Boathouse was one of the loveliest getaways we’ve had. The property was beautiful and we spent our days wondering the gardens and walking tracks, enjoying picnics or lazing about in the hammock with a good book. The outdoor fire pit was wonderful for the evening and we kept warm inside with the fire place. The boathouse was clean and well equipped with all we needed for our stay and the kitchen was great for cooking. The bed was comfortable, but best of all was the view from the boathouse onto the lake and surrounding nature.

We arrived a little early in the day but found our way to the boathouse easily and settled in. Rosemary, Richard and their dog Dijon were very friendly and accomodating and we appreciated the personal delivery of firewood each evening. The limited phone reception was no issue for us young folk either, in fact it allowed us to completely disconnect from the crazy world and just be. There was sufficient coverage toward the farmhouse which allowed us to check in with the outside world if needed!

We can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gecko wrote a review Nov 2021
14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Mother of Ducks at Cloudlake. The house was lovely, rustic and comfortable but with modern en suite. Our hosts welcoming and friendly and the accommodation spaced so we did not look into fellow guests in the neighbouring cottage. I could have spent a week on the patio watching the bird-life and meeting the demands for food of the king parrots. The Guinea fowl had us in hysterics doing circuits of the dam at dusk. There is a cosy fire place we did not get to use in the Queensland heat so will have to return in winter to enjoy that. Thank you Rosemary and Richard for a lovely getaway.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kerri E wrote a review Sept 2023
Paris, France5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a great place to de-connect and get away from it all with lovely accommodation (including a highly effective wood stove for heating in winter) and hosts. Loved waking up to birds and frogs! Really appreciated that this property was dog friendly as well.
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Not for those who want to telework - connections not very reliable - but great as a place to...
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Fritha R wrote a review Apr 2023
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia33 contributions16 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved this place. Everything you could possibly want. Plus tranquility and freedom for the kids. Very welcoming hosts. Beautiful touches throughout the house. Really close to lots of great places to visit too. We will be back as soon as we can.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Limited mobile reception and no wifi. But we loved that!!
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Brooke H wrote a review Oct 2014
Toowoomba, Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancé and I stayed in the Boathouse for our 3 year anniversary and as soon as we got there, we could feel our stress melting away. We loved everything about it and neither of us wanted to leave. Dudley visited us a couple of times, so did the ducks. We even nicknamed one of them 'The David Beckham Duck' because of its all-over golden brown feathers. Saw a bit of the locals, including a snake and a fair few bearded dragons.
The best part about it for me were the personalized touches. We drove in to see 'Welcome' and our names drawn on a chalkboard on the gate and once we got into the Boathouse, there was another little chalkboard on the kitchen bench that said 'Welcome ___ & ___, we hope you enjoy your stay at the Boathouse, have a great weekend'
I loved it and we're definitely going back again.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from RomyRavensbourne, Owner at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Responded 25 Oct 2014
It is just lovely to know that staying at Cloudlake delivered all that we hoped it would for you - a relaxing and romantic escape for a little while from your busy lives and thanks so much for your review. While we hope the relaxing feeling lasts for a long time, we would love to have you stay again in the future.
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Adventureswithemj.com wrote a review May 2021
Brisbane, Australia311 contributions83 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Cloudlake is a beautiful property in a stunning part of the country that is beginning to show its age. It has a well equipped kitchen and looked like an incredible place to stay. However, we were booked for 3 nights and left after 2 as the property is teeming with spiders and other creepy crawlies and we were on edge the entire time because of it.

Whilst I could make this review very long I will summarise the issues we encountered to help you decide if this is the place for you:

- No one greeted us on arrival and there was no pre arrival email with instructions to set us up for this, so we were a bit lost on arrival and didn’t know how to contact our hosts but found the keys in the door and let ourselves in

- The bed was dirty with some kind of animal excrement on it

- The place was full of cobwebs and spiders - we lost count of how many we saw and some were the size of my hand. Literally every corner, crevice and rafter had spiders in it.

- There were several hairy caterpillars (itchy grubs) in the boathouse after the rain

- The house didn’t seal properly (big gaps around doors/windows) so it was impossible
to prevent spiders etc entering

- There is no mobile phone reception and no way in the room to contact the hosts. We didn’t know if the hosts lived close by so couldn’t get in touch until we went into town the next day to get phone reception

- Whilst Rosemary was kind enough to relocate a couple of spiders for us on the first morning, when I advised her we were leaving early due to the spiders etc she suggested that “screened houses would be more reassuring for me to stay in” like I was supposed to assume that this place would be 1.unscreened 2. teeming with spiders and that 3. our hosts would think this was somehow acceptable!?!?!?

- Google advises this is a B&B with breakfast included, but there wasn’t even milk provided for coffees, so the price you are paying definitely doesn’t include breakfast

- the bed is very firm

I have attached a few pictures to show the issues I have mentioned.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rosemary Jones, Owner at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Responded 17 Aug 2021
We were very sorry that your stay in The Boathouse was such a disappointment and have been somewhat mystified about where the insects in the house when you were there came from. We always supply the houses with a lovely supply of firewood which we split and store in the woodbox outside. Sometimes guests help themselves to some stacks of firewood which are located nearby. Unfortunately, we often find hairy caterpillars and other wildlife in these woodstacks so I am thinking that this must be the source. Nevertheless, we really do want our guests to have a wonderful time here in our Land for Wildlife property in every way.
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kohkoh wrote a review Nov 2015
Paradise Point, Australia474 contributions220 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner and I stayed in The Boathouse for a few nights. We found The Boathouse to be very clean and with a well equipped kitchen. We were visited by Dudley the staffy and also some of the retreat's house ducks. This is definitely the place to get away from it all as there is no mobile phone signal, no internet and no TV reception. There is a DVD player and there are movies, games and books provided. We spent most of our days out on the desk eating some simple home cooked meals and drinking some good red wine. When we first arrived we were a little concerned that there were no ceiling fans as it was a hot day. However, they are not needed, the weather in this part of Qld is warm during the day but cool during the evening and early morning so once we had become accustomed to the noise of the frogs, birds, insects etc at night, we slept well. Our only one small criticism is that the deck could do with some overhead covering, the mornings we were there the furniture was wet due to the overnight rain and during the day the sun was very strong which made reading difficult. However, a small point and it did not detract from our visit.

Thank you Rosemary and Richard for a very good stay.
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Date of stay: November 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Doondalli, Owner at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Responded 29 Dec 2015
Thanks kohkoh for your review - We love hearing that staying at Cloudlake delivers in giving you 'the get away from it all experience". Thanks also for the constructive criticism about a roof over the deck - Richard and I have been looking at the deck this week and we are thinking of a waterproof sail-like structure over half of the roof - the half with the dining table and chairs and bbq - what do you think? This will give protection for you and the furniture whilst retaining a free and open view to the lake. We also have a beautiful new beach - great for a swim - not sure if you had a dip when you were here but the water is just lovely now and we are also supplying Turkish beach towels. Hope to see you again to try out the improvements in a month or so we hope to have the sail/roof finished.
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Tyler F wrote a review Oct 2014
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My girlfriend and I stayed in the boathouse for our 6th Anniversary. It was a perfect relaxing getaway from our busy lives. The open plan house looking out over the dam was very tranquil, the kitchen was fully stocked with all the equipment we needed to cook up a feast and the surrounding property was beautiful. We would be back in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from RomyRavensbourne, Owner at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Responded 24 Nov 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to tell us how much you enjoyed your time at Cloudlake. Especially happy to know that you could find everything you needed in the kitchen to 'cook up a feast' We have deliberately included all kinds of kitchen gear as well as the gas cooktop with wok burner and fan forced oven plus the barbecue on the deck so you can have a wonderful cooking session together and then enjoy the feast !!! Love to see you both again.
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Answer from kohkoh
Paradise Point, Australia474 contributions220 helpful votes
Hi Richard and Rosemary, that is fantastic that you have heard our comments and acted upon them! This does not always happen. It will absolutely improve the Boathouse experience and we will certainly be back as soon as we can. Cheers.
Kerri E wrote a tip Sept 2023
Paris, France5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not for those who want to telework - connections not very reliable - but great as a place to unwind and relax"
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Fritha R wrote a tip Apr 2023
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia33 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Limited mobile reception and no wifi. But we loved that!!"
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NorthernNov wrote a tip Apr 2018
Brisbane Region, Australia87 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"House of Ducks"
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442Mark wrote a tip Jan 2018
Brisbane, Australia42 contributions81 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the Boathouse and can recommend it for a couple."
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Janet R wrote a tip Oct 2017
Bundaberg, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very intermittent mobile and internet reception and no television. "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cloudlake Mountain Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Cloudlake Mountain Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Ravensbourne National Park (1.8 km) and Munro Tramway (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
Is parking available at Cloudlake Mountain Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Cloudlake Mountain Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Ravensbourne.
Are there any historical sites close to Cloudlake Mountain Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Munro Tramway (1.2 km).
Is Cloudlake Mountain Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.