The Mornington Peninsula region is a rare gem combining lush countryside and spectacular sweeps of shoreline. It's also host to a wealth of designer getaways so chic, that they'd fit right into the world's most fashionable cities. These seven hideaways not only have ultra luxe interiors, but also their own veggie patches, orchards and paddocks… and, they’re within throwing distance to the ocean. Too awesome to be true, we hear you say? Well, the accommodation ahead is unbelievably good. If you’re a design fiend inspired by stunning landscapes, read on. And if you like food, wine and the beach, you’ll be won too. Get in.
Tucked between the dunes of St Andrews beach and its adjoining National Park, Big Blue Backyard is a designer bed and breakfast made for two. Three boutique beachside boltholes offer gourmet food and all the in-house luxuries you could need. These ‘hideaways’ encourage you to do just that. Whether you choose the African, Beach or Bush, each has its own deck, double outdoor spa, a big bed topped with plump cushions and crisp cotton sheets, a ‘spa bar’ with Olive & Olie beauty products and a mini-fridge stocked with local refreshments. Delicious chef-cooked breakfasts are delivered at a prearranged time each day (so no need to get up early). Think champagne poached pears, perfect eggs, Italian coffee and just baked pastries.
This romantic villa is set on 10-hectares of vines and olive groves, with Manson’s Creek flowing through. Inside, luxurious linens, a huge freestanding bath with organic wash products and a plush daybed complemented by a stack of books and mags await you. And with Harts Farm’s flourishing surrounds, you can look forward to scrumptious home-grown food too. Whether a three-course affair or a simple main and salad, cake or antipasti, Red Hill beer or local wine from your host’s cellar – whatever you fancy can be arranged. With all of this, we think you’ll find there’s really no need to go out.
Nestled in Red Hill’s vineyards and orchards lies Orchard Keepers; three 19th century cottages beautifully transformed into one luxurious, provincial-style home. This is the ultimate destination for an elegant country escape. The French-style interiors feature vintage furniture and treasures from around the globe, and double doors swing open to 10 exquisite acres and sea views. The bedrooms are spacious and light-filled, with chalk white walls, lime wash floors and sublime Hale Mercantile Co. Linen to make you feel like royalty. Gather up ingredients from the two large kitchen gardens, and host a divine dinner party using the mud ceramics and French glassware. This is one classy retreat.
The sleek, minimalist studios of Aquabelle Apartments are positioned right in the heart of seaside Rye. We love the designer details of these beachside suites: quirky wallpapers, vintage photos and prints line the walls, polished concrete and timber make up the floors, and sink-worthy king-size beds, soft leather lounges and deep egg baths beckon. Wide sun-soaked balconies are the ideal spot to hangout and take in the bay views. The spacious luxury and beautiful styling of these architect-designed apartments is incredibly hard to leave.
The contemporary Coolart Studios will win you over with their chic, minimalist décor. Two designer studios feature spacious interiors filled with plush furnishings, local artworks and sumptuous king-size beds. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open to expansive decks overlooking the native gardens, so you can enjoy the scenery inside or out. Hearty breakfasts are served-up each day, including foodstuff from the veggie patch and fresh eggs from the hens.
Another Rye stunner, this 1940s home reflects the classic elegance of its origins – Isabelle Beach House is decked out in crisp white linens, beautiful provincial-style furnishings and vintage artworks. Tyrone’s calm beachfront is just 300 metres down the road, but you’ll be hard torn from the sixties-style pool, sun loungers and eight-person Jacuzzi. There’s even a bar for mixing up rye Manhattans to sip by the pool. We’ll tip our hats to that.
Wind up the long drive past The Poplars that inspired this home’s name, to a century old homestead converted into a breathtaking, bucolic retreat. By merging original elements with elegant design, this home achieves both unique character and polished charm. Inside, you’ll be met with timbers in cream and pale blue, decorative stonewalls, luxurious home wares and wide picture windows with a lovely green outlook. By day, wander through the paddocks and hangout by the sparkling infinity pool, and by night plate-up meals garnished with herbs from the garden, laze on the comfy couches and finally curl up between indulgent 800 thread count sheets. Bliss.