NEW VENTURE: Winemaker Jason Hannay toasts the success of villas for short-term accommodation at his Peak Crossing vineyard.
NEW VENTURE: Winemaker Jason Hannay toasts the success of villas for short-term accommodation at his Peak Crossing vineyard. Rob Williams

Rural villas prove boon for renters and vineyard

THE housing villas that have been under construction in Peak Crossing during the last 12 months have left many locals wondering how popular such accommodation would be.

The 20 cabins, as well as one house and manager's flat, were officially approved by the Scenic Rim Regional Council as short-term tourist accommodation last year.

According to developer and vineyard owner Lev Mizikovsky the accommodation was designed in an effort to continue operation of the failing vineyard.

The cabins on the 82-acre property on Ipswich-Boonah Rd have proven popular with all but one currently being rented out.

Mr Mizikovsy said the cabins provided affordable, short-term accommodation that can be leased for two months at a time.

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"There is very little in the way of short-term accommodation in the Scenic Rim a lot of places ask for a minimum lease of six or 12 months," he said.

"I think it's a fantastic thing, there are 21 lots of people who live there now that would have otherwise had no home.

"The vineyard was my home when my kids were growing up, it's a beautiful place, the views are stunning."

The property developer lived at the Peak Crossing vineyard for three years before consulting with the Scenic Rim Regional Council to develop the tourist accommodation concept.

"We really appreciate the work the council has done, they've been quite helpful," Mr Mizikovsky said.

"The most important part I think is that we are creating jobs, we have been employing people in the area.

"Most of the cabins have been rented out so that's another 40 or 50 people living in the area supporting local businesses."

Mr Mizikovsky had been developing the Peak Crossing estate for years and hoped to start selling his own label of Shiraz as well as boutique spirits to boost business.

"We are currently producing wine for other vineyards, we'll hopefully make it work eventually and improve tourism in the area," he said.

"All our wine is organic, no pesticides are used so it's healthier."

The cabins have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and are currently being rented out for $225 per week, cheaper than the average house rental price in the area of $300.



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