The ultimate weekend getaway (not far from Melbourne) - think bush and river adventures, a swimming pool and day spa, and delicious food and wine. Perfection.
The 1970s architecture. Melbourne design firm Hecker Guthrie successfully combined its contemporary touch with the property’s existing architecture - the plans for the winery, cellar door and tower were drawn up in the early '70s by Robin Boyd CBE, one of Australia’s most renowned architects, and finished off by equally admired Australian architect Ted Ashton following Boyd’s death in 1971. With a refined design aesthetic, the light and lush interiors in the hotel lobby are complemented by works from Melbourne photographer Trevor Mein of some of Gerry Ryan’s much-loved thoroughbred horses.
The food and wine. The hotel’s Muse Restaurant features a menu of local Goulburn Valley produce led by executive chef Daniel Hawkins who's food philosophy flavours local, sustainable and ethical farming methods. The menu is seasonal and changes daily and often features produce from the restaurant’s very own on-site vegetable garden. The local rainbow trout (from the nearby Goulburn River) was a standout favourite on the night we visited.
Catching a sunset from the top of the Mitchelton tower. Something not to be missed. The iconic 55-metre tower, designed by Ted Ashton - is the perfect place to take up a glass of wine to watch the sky change colour around you as the sun goes down over the vines.