Flaxton Gardens: affordable luxury in beautiful surroundings
There’s no denying that Flaxton Gardens Vineyard Restaurant and function centre is one of the most iconic and picturesque dining venues on the Blackall Range if not the whole Sunshine Coast region. The rustic colonial architecture, the sweeping views down into the valley and towards the coast, manicured gardens, the exquisite food and wines, the dedicated staff and the wonderful relaxed atmosphere make it a simply unforgettable place to spend time to enjoy a meal. But one of the lesser known facts about Flaxton Gardens, though, is the affordability.
It is, as the saying goes, “affordable luxury”.
“We are a special occasion venue on the range – we have the room, the views, great food, the service – it’s a good package,” Flaxton Gardens owner Alan Thompson said.
“Why waste your time going somewhere if you’re not going to be blessed by going there?
“It doesn’t matter if you come here for morning tea and scones, or for fine dining, a wedding, engagement party, grandma’s birthday or a celebration of a life, we’re here to do life with you.
“We keep it relaxed, with quality service, catering to every unique need, at a reasonable cost – it really is affordable luxury.”
Flaxton Gardens is a former dairy, today made up of the main homestead building with its 100-year-old charm, indoor luxurious dining, an outdoor area that takes great advantage of the warm weather and beautiful views, a tapas bar open Thursday till Monday from 5pm, and the impressive former winery building that is today an expansive and luxurious function centre.
A waterfall feature in the gardens of Flaxton Gardens function centre.
The venue is very popular for weddings, making use of the rustic function centre, spacious grounds and the special wedding arbour and the photographic views.
However, it is able to host any event imaginable, from intimate birthdays (the staff recently hosted a birthday for a lovely 104-year-old lady), family gatherings, engagement parties, work and Christmas breakups, corporate events as well as being able to host local groups enabling them to benefit from the venue at great prices for what is offered, as well as any other event imaginable.
The Winery function room is suitable for seated guest number from 60 to 160 and Tapas-style 60 to 350, with a variety of location options to suite your requirements.
The exquisite meals are prepared by Head Chef Kurt Houghton under the ever-watchful eye of Alan, who has been an award-winning chef within his own right for many years.
Kurt did his apprenticeship at Flaxton Gardens, then went on to work at Poets Café in Montville for a short period. The opportunity arose to return to Flaxton Gardens and he was offered the position as head chef under Alan’s guidance.
“We needed someone with the right passion, the know-how, a career chef who is really dedicated to the craft,” Mr Thompson said.
Flaxton Gardens Head Chef Kurt Houghton and 3rd Year Apprentice Chef James Bradford. Photos: Richard Bruinsma
“We’re very fortunate with Kurt and with all our staff; we’ve got a really good team – all the people here have integrity, a good heart, they all care.
“It’s a beautiful property, I believe in the property and the vision for the place – tranquil elegance is still the atmosphere here.”
Flaxton Gardens is located at 327/313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Queensland, midway between Montville and Mapleton in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
For more details about the exquisite and affordable Flaxton Gardens, visit the website at www.flaxtongardens.com.au , telephone (07) 5445 7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.