Our Story

The Castle on Tamborine is a showcase of the vision and creativity of Cheryl Carmichael and her son Nicholas who, together, designed and built the impressive luxury accommodation in 2007.

Cheryl comes from a long line of hoteliers, who owned pubs back in their native Ireland before heading to Australia to establish hotels in Eagle Heights and other locations across Queensland.

Cheryl’s extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry saw her identifying a trend in people moving away from the standard hotel experience. With a gap in the market, Cheryl knew the timing was right to create a unique accommodation experience for couples. After exploring various areas of SE Queensland, Cheryl visited Mount Tamborine and knew immediately this was the perfect place to realise her dream of recreating an English village.

Deeply connected to her family, Cheryl wanted to honour her Scottish father who was a talented builder, specialising in English Tudor homes. Enlisting building and landscape architects, Cheryl’s dream became both a reality and success, with Lisson Grove consistently awarded as a leading Australian honeymoon destination.

With Cheryl’s son Nicholas, now an integral part of the business, the Carmichael’s wanted to elevate their existing offerings. And, with Nicholas tabling his exciting idea for a totally unique style of accommodation, The Castle on Tamborine came to life.

The Castle has been a labour of love for both Cheryl and Nick. Dedicated to the finer details, they have strived for authenticity while ensuring the architecture and finishes of the building are reflective of days long gone. The bespoke doors have handles and hinges made by local blacksmiths, the windows were made by a leadlight craftsman and much of the antique furniture was found during Cheryl’s travels in Europe.

A visual artist, Cheryl still loves the creativity of decorating and curating romantic spaces for her guests to enjoy. She is also the very talented cook behind the delicious breakfasts The Castle is well known for.

Warm and welcoming, professional and personal, Cheryl and Nicholas look forward to meeting you when you next join them at The Castle on Tamborine.

Why You'll Love The Castle on Tamborine

Destination Wedding

Romantic and beautifully intimate weddings tailored especially for you and your guests.

Breathtaking Views

Located in one of Queensland’s most sought after locations, Mount Tamborine is known for its stunning scenery, rainforests and fine food.

Unique accommodation

The Castle on Tamborine ensures our guests experience the ultimate romantic getaway.

About Mt Tamborine

The crisp, clear air of Mount Tamborine, beautiful rainforests, waterfalls and breathtaking views are just some of the many amazing things people enjoy when visiting this sought after wedding, honeymoon and tourist destination.

Part of the iconic Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Tamborine got its name from the Wangerriburra people who referred to it as ‘Jambreen’ which, over time turned into ‘Tamborine’.

Mount Tamborine is a wonderfully popular honeymoon and holiday destination located in close proximity to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Scenic Rim. With incredible National Parks, the mountain has extensive walking tracks catering for all skills and abilities. Choose from short walks where you can take in a little of the scenery, or for those more experienced, commit to longer treks. Detailed information and bushwalking maps can be found here.

For those adventure seekers, there is hang gliding directly opposite The Castle or you can drop into the Tree Top Challenge Adventure Park and take the Canyon Flier Zipline or try your skill on the high ropes course.

There is a thriving creative community on Mount Tamborine and no shortage of wonderful art and galleries for you to experience during your stay. The Mount Tamborine Gallery Walk is always popular and showcases over 70 arts, crafts, food, clothing, coffee and chocolate shops for you to enjoy.

Distilleries, wineries, cheese makers – Mount Tamborine is home to all types of artisans who welcome visitors with open arms.

Our friendly staff at The Castle can also recommend some fantastic local restaurants that offer outstanding food and excellent service.