Stockton Rise a great addition to local tourism trail
SITUATED in the hills near Laidley, Stockton Rise is quickly making a name for itself in the competitive local tourist stakes.
Owner Patti Pocock is clearly doing something right, and the proof is the fact Stockton Rise took out the tourism category in the 2014 Lockyer Valley Business Training and Apprenticeship Awards.
Set up in 2013, the boutique country retreat accommodation has gone from strength to strength, recently adding a second farmhouse called Glencoe Cottage for visitors to savour, both residences sleeping up to eight guests.
Patti said the only things visitors needed to bring to Stockton Rise or Glencoe Cottage were clothes, food, bottle of wine or two, a good book or iPod and your walking shoes.
"I want people to come here and enjoy all the great things the Valley has to offer," she said.
"People love the country experience here and yet we are not far away from anywhere."
The Pococks are well known farmers in the region and the idea for Stockton Rise was a classic case of seizing opportunity from adversity.
"We bought this farm a few years ago but we had a run of bad luck with the 2011 floods and then when Golden Circle stopped buying our beetroot when they closed their cannery," Patti said.
"So I thought we had to do something to get us back on our feet and I took on this property as full-time project."
Patti employed a builder who removed the old farmhouse and installed a brand new house on the site, and tastefully decorated it with all the mod-cons.
"We are passionate about the area and we wanted it to be a house people wanted to come to," she said. Patti is also passionate about the tourism potential of the region.
"There's not a great deal of accommodation around Laidley so we fill a gap," she said.
"But we also rely on the cafes around here for people to go to, and places like the horse riding in Fordsdale."