Outstanding. The only word that describes this magical Hotel that is tucked away in the winery region on the Mornington Peninsula in Merricks.
Having won three of most prestigious awards 'Best Hotel in Australia', 'Best New Hotel' and 'Best Regional Hotel'... I wouldn't be forgiven to think, this was going to be an AMAZING experience. It was nothing less but.... SO MUCH MORE!!!
A mix between a Jack Rabbit and an Antelope. This 7 metre sculpture by Emily Floyd is what greets you as you drive up the gravel path towards the doors of Jackalope.
Champagne greeted us on arrival, then upon opening the door to the most sensational room with breathtaking views of the beautiful Wilow Creek wineries, we were gobsmacked. Changing our mood instantly to feel like we had been transported to somewhere on the other side of the world!!!
Every detail of this hotel has been met and exceeded. The contrast of the beautifully designed building, with it's surroundings makes it SO grand and impressive. I absolutely love restoring old buildings and the Carr Design Group have done very well to keep the original homestead, the Edwarding McCormick House from the 1870's, and incorporate it into the architecture of the hotel. This is where you'll enjoy a few pre and post cocktails at Flaggerdoot. A favourite of mine was the La Luchadora... It brought all my senses alive !
An aspect of the winery region on the Mornington Peninsula, is that they LOVE to use local produce ! And Doot Doot Doot have their own 'Kitchen Garden' which changes seasonally and therefore influences their menu. We were lucky enough to have caught the middle of Spring's harvest.... Inclusive of the most delicious Goats Cheese from Main Ridge and delicious strawberries that had been injected with Champagne!!
Jan Flook's design of the 10,000 light bulb chandelier, hangs on the ceiling of Doot Doot Doot is a feature of the hotel and utterly spectacular, and the dimming of the nights throughout your meal just adds that little bit more to the atmosphere.
The team behind the opening of Jackalope have create a magical wonderland for designers like myself. Every aspect I was in awe of, the design of the rooms is just so masculine and moody, with the custom make Zuster furniture throughout each room, to meet the feel of the room. Along with the 30 metre infinity pool that casts itself before the wineries that seem to go on for days !
You couldn't ask for a better place to spend a night away from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne life. You would NEVER think a gorgeous place like this would be found just 1 hour out of the CBD. You are guarantee to leave feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated !!
What a view. What a place. What a fabulous night.
Thank you Jackalope.