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“It’s hard for us to imagine that back in the 1940s when it was sold and relocated to Yuulong Road, that the local men rolled it on giant logs, over the fields to its final home. It now sits behind the wrought iron gates at the entrance to Glenloch - and it just seemed fitting to call it ‘The Gatehouse’ …” Renovating this lovely old lady was an inspiring work of love, as whilst the Tolmies wanted to bring her into the 21st Century, they also wanted her to retain her original cottage character. “She had been neglected for some considerable time and the roof leaked badly! In fact the roof was so far gone, that daylight could be seen through the holes when the ceiling was removed! - so that seemed a great place to start” Caroline remembers those first finds well. ”When the wall cladding came down and revealed that the sturdy Ironbark framework was in great shape – we were impressed. The ‘bones’ were still in good shape, and when the many layers of floor lino were removed, it uncovered old newspapers from 1943. Sadly, as fascinating as they were, with their enlightening history of the Gold Coast, their condition was so bad that they disintegrated when touched. It was still interesting to see the advertisements and names of the pioneering families that are still around today, both on the Mountain and the Gold Coast. It was an insight into the wonderful history that this old lady had lived through”

It is clear a lot of love and consideration went into the cottage restoration. A slow process however rewarding ‘The Gatehouse’ finally came to life, complete with a pretty new front entrance, a full modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry, as well as a large veranda and spa, from which guests can view the garden. And finally those luxury finishes such as plantation shutters, fireplace and high quality appointments were chosen and installed to make her the luxury cottage that she is today. The Gatehouse has been ‘home’ to many Mountain families over the early years, but happily now welcomes guests for luxury short breaks and holidays on Tamborine Mountain. For bookings and more information visit www.glenlochgatehouse.com.au Phone 0408349977 Facebook @luxuryinparadise Instagram @glenloch_gatehouse

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SCENIC ROAD MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2018  

People. Produce. Places. Scenic Road Magazine is a boutique lifestyle publication for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. This magazin...

SCENIC ROAD MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2018  

People. Produce. Places. Scenic Road Magazine is a boutique lifestyle publication for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. This magazin...