Top Gourmet Getaways Near Melbourne
Promising fabulous feasts and luxurious lodgings, these are the best gourmet getaways near Melbourne
If there’s one thing Melburnians can’t get enough of; it’s eating and drinking. From sipping on soulful reds and chatting over cheese boards to tucking into the kind of pub meal worth blogging about – we love dining out so much that we plan our holidays around what’s fresh, tasty and in season. So, make a weekend of it and join us as we sample the best gourmet getaways near Melbourne.
Housed amid the beautiful Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope is a luxury design hotel that comes complete with a touch of the unique. Coupled with the equally unusually named Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot (the restaurant and bar respectively), here you’ll find a heritage homestead alongside an infinity pool and a host of daring artworks. Across their 45 luxury rooms are rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces, while larger suites also boast fireplaces and vineyard views.
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
Stay at the 2019 Winery of the Year, where they’ve recently revamped their accommodation offering into something truly special. For families and groups there’s the original homestead, lovingly restored into a contemporary space for up to eight with a pool, native garden and gorgeous, handcrafted furnishings. Meanwhile, couples can stow away in double-storey, loft style apartments that look over the vineyards. During your stay you can book wine tasting masterclasses, enjoy lavish restaurant lunches, spot local wildlife or simply relax on the balcony.
65 Linwood Road, Seville
Crittenden Estate’s three villas are perched over their vineyard lake, creating a sense that you’re floating among the vines. Completely self-contained and private, they each feature a king-sized bedroom, well-equipped kitchen, wood-fired heating, spa bath and barbecue on the deck. Experience complete relaxation while you’re there, venturing out as you please to dine at the acclaimed Stillwater restaurant or to sample a flight of their finest wines.
25 Harrisons Road, Dromana
Famous for their single-vineyard pinot noirs, chardonnay and pinot gris, Polperro Wines follow a mix of organic and biodynamic principles making them one of the best gourmet getaways near Melbourne. You can visit their intimate cellar-door space for a wine flight or book a picnic for two in the vineyard and sample some local delights. The accommodation consists of four modern, spacious and beautifully styled villas, plus a three-bedroom luxury townhouse for larger groups. Each villa boasts an open fireplace, central spa bath and private deck with lovely vineyard views.
150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill
Fancy a stay at one of the country’s most revered restaurants? As well as crafting life-changing farm fresh cuisine, Brae offers six luxury guest suites that are a lesson in effortless, modern chic. Recycled red brick, corrugated iron and pale timber create a setting that’s arrestingly beautiful in its simplicity. Now the only thing left to do is snag a table in the dining room.
4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra
Destination dining at its finest, the Royal Mail Hotel draws on the rich bounty of its beautiful natural surrounds by the Grampians National Park. A la carte or degustation, you’ll discover seasonal ingredients plucked from surrounding farms and paddocks for an eating experience that’s as authentic as they come. And with everything from secluded cabins to a period homestead to choose from – the stay is equally enticing.
98 Parker Street, Dunkeld
A little slice of the Mediterranean on the Mornington Peninsula, Villa Mallorca is a Spanish style villa that comes complete with its very own Tapas bar. Rooms are sunny, authentic and luxurious, while meals are cooked in a purpose built rustic kitchen with a wood-fired oven (and cooking classes are on offer for those looking to get creative). It’s as if you have arrived in Europe; minus the jetlag.
35 Ian Road, Mount Martha
A Japanese style inn set amongst the gums, Shizuka Ryokan is a haven of rest and relaxation. Drawing on centuries of tradition, this classic ryokan blends holistic spa treatments with calming Japanese inspired accommodation and mouth-watering authentic cuisine. While dinner made from fresh seasonal produce is exceptional, the real standout is the breakfast platter – unlike anything you’ve tasted this side of Tokyo.
7 Lakeside Drive, Hepburn Springs
Nowhere does gourmet getaways quite like Daylesford’s Lake House. A tranquil retreat nestled on the waterfront by the splendour of the Wombat State Forest, this beautiful property offers up luxury accommodation. Complete with an award-winning cellar and renowned restaurant, this is a gourmet getaway that delivers on all accounts. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a cooking school.
King Street, Daylesford
Hidden in the splendour of the King Valley, a stay at the indulgent Casa Luna pairs luxury accommodation with lovingly, home cooked Italian meals. Proud members of the Slow Food movement, all dishes draw on seasonal produce and are complemented by carefully selected local wines. All topped off with a farm fresh breakfast, best paired with a breathtaking sunrise.
1569 Boggy Creek Road, Myrrhee
A boutique bed and breakfast housed inside a historic converted factory, the Euroa Butter Factory brings some serious eclectic cool to country Victoria. Loft rooms feature exposed brick and sleek furniture, while the onsite eatery alone is worth staying for. Celebrating the best in local produce, The Store offers a range of regional wines and craft beers along with plenty of seasonal delights from the area.
79 Boundary Road North, Euroa
Red Hill is a veritable foodie’s paradise. Set amongst 34 stunning acres of gardens and vines, the Lindenderry at Red Hill boutique hotel is just the place to soak it all up. Here you’ll savour farm-to-table fare and sample the very best that the cellar door has to offer, all within a region that’s as teeming with fresh produce as it is with natural beauty.
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
An award-winning two hat restaurant in the High Country, Provenance serves up carefully considered Asian-inspired fare. Designed in harmony with the food on offer, the accommodation is equally as enchanting. After indulging in a gastronomic workout, simply wander to the lovely alfresco courtyard where’ll you find luxury suites housed in the converted stables.
86 Ford Street, Beechworth
With dreamy views across the Yarra Valley, opulent getaway suites and award-winning wines just waiting to be sipped, Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa is a gourmet getaway in the truest sense. Whether you fancy a spot of pampering, fine dining or sampling a drop at the cellar door – this is where you come to check-in and luxe out.
1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, Victoria
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