Lindenderry at Red Hill
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This leafy boutique stay is a far cry, but a short drive, from the paved streets of Melbourne
There are pros and cons to arriving at a hotel at night. Sure, you might not see the venue at its best on arrival, but when you wake up the next morning, boy do you get a nice surprise. At least you do at Lindenderry, where the rooms look out onto verdant, sun-dappled lawns. The grounds are so picturesque you half expect Bambi to be frolicking on the grass.
Lindenderry at Red Hill sits on almost 14 hectares of vineyards and gardens. By car it takes just over an hour from Melbourne to reach the estate, but it feels like a world away. Inside the hotel it feels like one big, glam country house: there’s all of the space and elegance with none of the kitsch. The hotel, as it currently stands, has only been in operation since January 2018 after undergoing a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. Dotted throughout the hotel’s winding corridors are semi-secluded nooks stuffed with plush lounges and often an open fire – perfect for some reading, no?
You’ll find more of those crackling open fireplaces inside the rooms, which are appropriately luxe. For the service and amenities experienced at the hotel, you can get a room at a fair nightly rate – but this sort of boutique accommodation is really best experienced by going all out. Book yourself a balcony suite, where you can stretch out on the ample bed, in an armchair by the fire or with a glass of the estate’s wine on your balcony while pretending you’re lord or lady of the manor.
All that lounging around is sure to work up an appetite – luckily the dining options at Lindenderry mean you don’t have to go far for a fine meal. The hotel’s dining room is light and casual, though the food doesn’t cut any corners. The menu puts the spotlight squarely on fresh, local produce, meaning dishes can change with the seasons. For something special try the Lindenderry degustation with matched wines. You’ll leave unable to move but oh-so-satisfied.
With a restaurant, cellar door, garden trails and vineyards it can be mighty hard to venture further afield on the Mornington Peninsula. But that’s the appeal of Lindenderry – it’s the perfect place to escape and unwind away from it all without having to travel too far. If you can tear yourself away from tasting wine and strolling next to the lake however you’ll find plenty of artisanal producers and sandy beaches a quick drive away.