Friday, July 2, 2010



I've just spent 2 weeks in Queensland with Mr 'G' visiting my mother. We wanted to stay in Brisbane for a few days to visit folkie friends and maybe do a bit of a gig at the Kookaburra Restaurant in Paddington. Stupidly, not being footy fans, we did not allow for the 'State of Origin' and hadn't booked accommodation. After spending the afternoon searching to no avail, we decided to call in to the Kookaburra Restaurant, drop off our guitars and have a coffee. Thankfully, Steve Hall, owner of the Kookaburra Restaurant, saved the day. Steve and his delightful wife, Liz, have a B&B
- Guv's On Fernberg, 3km from the CBD.

We couldn't believe our luck as we would have had to drive back down to the Gold Coast or up towards the North Coast to get accommodation.

What a find! Guv's On Fernberg - Located directly opposite Government House, 175 Fernberg Road, Paddington and just a short walk to the Suncorp Stadium.

We were so fortunate that Guv's have only been operating for a few months or it would have been booked out. The house, a lovely old Queenslander built in 1865, is absolutely stunning, now fitted with modern amenities, with luxurious, yet comfortable rooms.

The light-filled queen sized rooms all have en suites, are tastefully furnished and decorated with individual themes. Liz and Steve are the perfect hosts and very warm and welcoming. I felt more like a friend than a paying guest.

We stayed two nights in the first week in a room overlooking the Brisbane skyline including the Suncorp Stadium (within easy walking distance).

Then drove up the coast to visit my mum for a few days. We returned and spent two nights again in the second week but in a room overlooking Government House.

Liz is a gourmet cook, with a background in home economics. Her A 'La Carte breakfast is a lavish spread, out on the patio, overlooking the beautiful garden, and views of the city and Government House. Apparently when the Queen is in town, she breakfasts on the balcony of Government House overlooking Guv's. I must admit that I felt like the Queen myself sitting on that balcony. Great food, fantastic service and beautiful views.

We were awakened by a gentle knock on the door. The table was discreetly laid and fresh brewed coffee seem to miraculously appear on the table.

Freshly squeezed juice (pink grapefruit or orange juice), granola style cereal with yoghurt, fresh passionfruit and fruit salad.
Scrambled eggs in crepes with bacon and mango chutney.
Gourmet sausages marinated in marmalade with kumara on the side (simply stunning).
Eggs Benedict with spinach, hollandaise sauce and smoked trout.
Note: On the morning we were leaving for Melbourne, 'B' wanted to be on the road early. It was cool in the moring so Liz lit the fire in her own gorgeous kitchen where we had our favourite - eggs Benedict with spinach, hollandaise sauce and smoked trout again (by request - pure bliss).

(Where's mine!!!)
We relaxed on wide Victorian style verandahs decorated with lavish wrought iron lacework.

Beautiful architecture

The garden and views were spectacular
Thanks Liz and Steve,
Guv's was the highlight of our holiday.

175 Fernberg Rd,
Paddington QLD
Hosts Liz and Steve Hall
Ph: 0417 173 576
or 07 3368 1334



  1. What a lovely post Corry. Guv's looks like an absolutely beautiful place to stay...and the food - wow!

  2. What a gorgeous place. I live in Brisbane and didn't even know about this one. I will have to recommend for visitors. Just lovely. Glad you seemed to have a nice stay!