Meet your Hosts
Martin Duncan – owner Freestyle Escape
Hi and thanks for showing interest in our Freestyle Escape Property. I always dreamed of running a Cooking & Art School with luxury accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and in 2008 this became a reality with the opening of the Freestyle Escape. I look forward to welcoming you to my piece of heaven and a truly unique experience.
I wanted to create a food and art haven in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Our school offers a stellar line up of local and interstate celebrity chefs. Our hands on classes are purposely kept to very intimate sizes which ensures the experience is unforgettable. There’s nothing I love more than connecting with our participants over good food and maybe a vino or two whilst taking in the spectacular views of the Sunshine Coast. Our Art workshops are always lots of fun with our professional tutors specialising in a range of mediums.
Freestyle Escape has two private houses offering luxury accommodation. Guests can relax and unwind or come and experience the Good Life at one of the Gourmet Cooking Classes.
My other passion is my herb garden and orchard which is home to a wonderful melange of fruit from native and exotic trees including lychees, longans, kumquats, pomegranates, finger limes, berries, grapes and much more. Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, bay and kaffir lime leaves grow alongside tea, coffee and carob plants.
Terraced on the slope with ocean and rainforest views, one can sit amongst a veritable feast of salad ingredients, edible flowers and herbs in the herb garden or pick fresh produce from one of the many fruit trees.
I’m proud of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer and I am passionate about promoting fresh local produce. I launched the Queensland Food Beverage Industry (QLD FBI) website, the perfect resource for the hospitality industry with a directory, blogs and travel tips. I am also involved in other food bodies such as Seasons of the Sun, Real Food Festival Maleny and the Noosa Food & Wine Festival.
Certainly never a dull moment and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
See you soon!
OTHER VALUABLE MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM
Come stay with us or attend an event and you’ll be sure to meet Brigitte who meets our guests on arrival, ensures you are settled and have everything you need to ensure a wonderful event or stay.
Another important member of the team is David our fantastic caretaker who helps us keep Freestyle Escape looking it’s best. Wonderfully charming he may be there to greet you at check in or when events are on he also often becomes our four-wheel drive valet with his lovely wife Elizabeth, who is often our Artist in Residence.