If you can't make it to Italy this year, we suggest an experience a little closer to home at this Tuscan-inspired retreat in the Yarra Valley.
Less than an hour from Melbourne in the heart of the Yarra Valley are these two stunning Tuscan-inspired suites. With more than 70 wineries and over 20 restaurants within 12km, you will need all the time you can spare to experience the area and these architect- designed retreats. Your hosts live elsewhere on the property, but happily offer their first-hand recommendations for what to do and see in the region.
The two suites are mirror images of each other with subtle design differences – one features a Japanese water garden next to the double spa bathroom, while the other a tranquil fern gully. We couldn’t choose between the two, so it’s lucky that both feature soaring ceilings, a full kitchen, separate bedroom and enormous floor-to-ceiling glass walls to soak in the ever-changing views across the botanic-like gardens to the hills of the Yarra Valley beyond.
It’s not only the suites that are immaculately and invitingly presented here. The gardens continue to impress with their formal symmetry and beauty, while the frogs and birdlife love the ponds and grounds as much as we do.
Help yourself to the bottle of local sparkling for memorable sundowners on your private outdoor terrace. And if the weather is lovely, that terrace will be the spot for your full breakfast the next day.
Two one-bedroom suites: queens, lounge/dining/kitchen, bathroom with separate shower and double spa overlooking a private courtyard, RC AC, carport, patio with private entrance. Extensive
Suite per couple/per night from $275 (Sunday to Thursday) to $345 (Saturday night). Sunday to Thursday two-night stays $520, Friday and Saturday two-night stay $595.
Extra person $100, extra two people $150 (breakfast provisions included).
50 km or 50 minutes northeast of Melbourne.
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