The Most Romantic Getaways in Victoria

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Feb 06, 2017

by TRAVEL INSIDER WRITERS

From Fairhaven's luxurious The Pole House to glamping at Princetown's Pebble Point, these are the most romantic getaways for couples in Victoria.

Brae

Birregurra

How to improve upon one of Australia’s top restaurants? By opening six luxury suites decked out with design touches that make them the ideal hipsters’ hideaway. Brae’s rooms are the accommodation equivalent of the incredible modern food that Dan Hunter creates to convey the terroir of 12 hectares of working garden surrounding the smart farmhouse restaurant (and the best produce of the Otways hinterland). If a place to sleep can be considered locavore, this is it: recycled red bricks, corrugated iron and blackbutt timber panelling. Meanwhile, the interiors have been styled with ceramics, artworks, textiles and custom-designed furniture. There’s joy in knowing that the sum total of your après-meal exertions involves mixing a cocktail and sinking into a felt-covered sofa while spinning something from the keenly curated vinyl collection – from Patti Smith to Radiohead – on the in-room turntable.

Dining

Enjoy a multi-course dégustation lunch in the restaurant then retreat to your suite for a lazy evening. The staff will deliver a supper plate of cured trout, cheese, charcuterie and pickles to graze on, and freshly baked pastries in the morning.

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The window just above your bed allows for some serious stargazing.

By Larissa Dubecki

Big Blue Backyard

St Andrews Beach

Think of these three hand-wrought cabins as burrows tucked into the dunes on Mornington Peninsula’s wild side. The couples-only retreats are accessed via tea-tree-lined boardwalks and an arbour of bower spinach; the Dune and Beach hideaways adjoin each other, while Bush enjoys total seclusion. The vibe is rustic-romantic: alfresco hot tubs shaded by beard-heath and lit by tea-light lanterns; driftwood salvaged from the Southern Ocean and fashioned into king beds, mirror frames and minibar cabinets; and barbecue decks for DIY entertaining. Crack open the complimentary bottle of The Cups Estate’s cuvée to enjoy to the sounds of birdsong and crashing waves. It’s not just the sand that sticks here; one couple stayed every month for seven years and another has been visiting faithfully for five.

Dining

The owners are catering-company veterans – hence the refined dinner menu ranging from faultless beef fillet with peppercorn sauce to seafood curry with pilaf, delivered to your door. Alternatively, they’ll provide a dinner hamper to cook at your leisure on the barbecue. Breakfast provisions include fresh bread, croissants and newspapers.

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The glorious drama of the wild Bass Strait is a short and scenic walk across the dunes.

By Kendall Hill 

SEE ALSO: The Most Romantic Getaways in New South Wales

Notel

Melbourne

Surely the coolest caravan park in Australia, Notel swaps tin-can accommodation and shower blocks for a camping experience worth sharing (in person and on Instagram). The adventure begins with the “key” delivered via app to your phone, continues as you climb the pink and red paint-smattered stairs to the roof of Frys Fast Park then peaks as you open the final door to reveal six gleaming Airstream trailers parked on a red synthetic lawn – with few clues as to how they got there. Notel’s irreverence, and the sawtoothed CBD skyline that surrounds you, will charm. Not your typical hotel experience (tall guests will need to stoop and there’s no check-in desk to be seen), Notel is a slick mix of contemporary design and retro style. Beds are a cosy nest of pink-and-grey cotton, velvet and linen, with a hidey-hole underneath to stow luggage. The wet-room bathrooms are carved out of the space, with sliding walls of opaque red plastic – think Scandinavian minimalism meets space- saving practicality – in the hotel’s trademark palette.

Dining

Aside from the complimentary minibar, on-site options are limited to the hole-in-the-wall café downstairs. Happily, though, you’re in the midst of Melbourne’s maze of excellent restaurants
and bars.


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Book the “Airstream with Benefits” and enjoy the novelty of soaking in an open-air
spa as the city’s streets buzz below.

By Faith Campbell

Pebble Point

Princetown

Imagine the sound of raindrops on canvas as you snuggle beneath the doona on your king-size bed – electric blanket set to high. This is glamping on that famed stretch of Victorian coast, the Great Ocean Road. All six “tents” at Pebble Point have hardwood floors, comfortable furniture and luxurious ensuites (no trekking to the bathroom in the night). Just a 10-minute drive from the 12 Apostles, each tent is angled to make the most of the view and maximise privacy. You can’t go wrong with any of the tents but here’s a tip: ask for No.6. It has the best views and is the most secluded.

Dining

The camp site is self-catering – there’s a camp kitchen with a fridge, microwave and barbecue. But if you don’t feel like cooking, Point Campbell, with its cafés and restaurants, is an easy 20-minute drive away. Try Nico’s (03 5598 6131) for hearty Italian.


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Lounge on the deck of
your tent and gaze at the lush green fields
as you enjoy the local cheese, wine and chocolate you picked up on your drive along the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail, which takes
in Timboon, Cobden and Cooriemungle.


By Julie Lee

The Estate

Trentham

This country cottage in the historic town of Trentham – just over an hour from Melbourne in the Great Dividing Range – combines 1915 Federation lines with flourishing vegetable and fruit gardens and deeply chic interiors. Restored and decorated by Melbourne designer Lynda Gardener, The Estate is a photo shoot waiting to happen; every nook induces an Insta-gasm. Put the phone away and hang in a swing chair from the bullnose verandah, settle into an Adirondack in the sunshine, explore nearby Trentham Falls, fossick in Dashwood’s General Merchants on High Street or light the wood re and snuggle into the capacious sofa. There are two bedrooms – three
if you include the converted potato-pickers’ shed out back
– but sharing can be overrated.

Dining

For breakfast, fresh eggs, muesli, local bread, jams and juices, plunger coffee and T2 teas are supplied. There’s very good eating in town at Annie Smithers’ French farmhouse restaurant, Du Fermier, and at Redbeard Bakery 
but opening hours are erratic.
A 15-minute drive away is Daylesford’s Farmers Arms hotel, where the mains are massive and delicious.


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Forage in the garden and local shops and then cook up a storm in the cottage’s charming kitchen.

By Kendall Hill 

SEE ALSO: 10 Most Romantic Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

1860

Beechworth

When a place has been put together with this much love and care, it’s difficult not to be swept up in the sheer romance of it all. 1860 began life as a settler’s hut near Melbourne before being dismantled and rebuilt as part of a farm in Taggerty, Central Victoria, then coming to rest in the charming gold-rush town of Beechworth. Painstakingly restored and enhanced, it has retained every historical notch and groove in its mountain- ash frame and added luxury features that its 19th-century creators could never have imagined, such as leather sofas, an LCD television and a modern kitchen. As tempting as it would be to doze in front of the open stone replace after a bottle of red, an outrageously comfortable king-size bed awaits. You’re guaranteed a long sleep-in.

Dining

The hut is self-catering but you can pre-order a basket of muesli, organic milk, fruit and jam plus cornbread as
an optional extra. For dinner, the delightful Ox and Hound Bistro is within walking distance – the generous serves of housemade ice-cream are easily enough
to share.


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The two- person bath has “Champagne and chocolates” written all over it.

By Alexandra Carlton

The Pole House

Fairhaven

From 40 metres above Fairhaven Beach, the rat race feels a million miles away. Suspended by a single column, The Pole House has been a Great Ocean Road landmark for 40 years. Now the improbable structure has been given a slick rebuild, turning it into a designer eyrie built strictly for two. The 23-metre-long walkway leading to the house is more a line of demarcation between the property and the place inhabitants might come
to know hazily as the real world. Inside, the moody steel-clad box is decked out in minimalist-luxe style: open plan, dark and glossy, surrounded by retractable floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass-enclosed walkway around the perimetre. It’s a tight space (only eight metres by eight metres) but it works beautifully – the bathroom is in a central circular pod and the bed folds back against the wall for extra space. Add a floating replace, good stemware and mesmerising views, and it’s romance with a capital R.

Dining

The kitchen is The Pole House’s Achilles heel. It looks a million bucks but there’s no oven and the cooktop is hidden away in the cupboard. Head to nearby Aireys Inlet for modern Greek food at Á La Grecque, pizza at The Captain of Aireys or locally caught King George whiting and chips at Aireys Pub.

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The reclining leather sofa is a masterpiece of comfort.

By Larissa Dubecki

SEE ALSO: One Perfect Weekend in Margaret River

Clifftop at Hepburn

Hepburn

The view, the view. They’re
the only words you’ll be able to articulate when you enter any 
of the three architect-designed retreats that make up this luxury property. The sheer cliff appears to fall away beneath floor-to- ceiling windows that overlook lush mountainous bushland dotted with wild flowers.
The next thing you’ll notice is the interiors: creamy tobacco leather lounges and a day bed by the window that seems
to oat in the air, all off set by dramatic lighting that dances across the valley below. Before you do anything else, change into the supplied robe and slippers that are so soft, it can be safely assumed they’re spun from clouds. Then accept that you won’t be getting out of them for any reason other than a long bath or sleep, pour yourselves a Champagne and continue gazing at that view.

Dining

Self-cater or pay for a stocked fridge before you arrive. Alternatively, Mercato restaurant in nearby Daylesford puts the entire region on a plate.

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Pre-order platters of charcuterie and cheese, chocolates and fresh bread to turn your stay into a decadent slumber party. And have them light the handmade Oblica “Ove” fireplace before you arrive.

By Alexandra Carlton 

Drift House

Port Fairy

Behind the grand exterior of Drift House, with its iron lacework and stone walls, a contemporary boutique hotel breathes new life into a 19th-century property. There are two bespoke suites in the stately original residence but a modern extension completed in 2013 doubled Drift House’s footprint – and its appeal. Self- contained and private – with cosy sitting rooms, lots of light, comfy king-size beds and all the mod cons (wi-fi, television, Nespresso machine) – the four suites feel more like an elegant home away from home than a hotel. No detail is overlooked, from the excellent selection of novels to the marshmallows and roasting fork – perfect
for a chilly evening by the fire. Port Fairy lives up to its quaint name with cute cottages and gardens bursting with roses so make use of the hotel’s bicycles to tour the pretty streets.

Dining

The suites have basic kitchens where you can
prepare breakfast using the complimentary hamper of locally sourced goodies. For lunch and dinner, there are plenty of options a five-minute drive away – cafés, pizza, fish ’n’ chips – or book a table at local hatted restaurant Fen.

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Suite Three has a freestanding bathtub just steps away from the master bed.

By Faith Campbell

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