Now and again I feel like I take a step into a space that just feels so right – breathtakingly beautiful and yet homely, there’s something about the vibe of a place that either fits with you or not. After one night at Polperro, I felt entirely synched with the beautiful Australian countryside; and the husband agreed, this was just the most incredible place.
I eventually came across this newly opened boutique winery with just 4 villas after a search for ‘beautiful winery Melbourne’ on Pinterest. The photos sold me but even then, stepping into our villa it took my breath away…
Open the door to step into the soft jazz floating through the villa which is just cool enough to refresh you but just warm enough to notice the faint scent of the natural wood and beautiful candles. Collect your cheese board from the fridge and pour yourself a glass of homegrown red before deciding between hiding out on the decking surrounded by roses, overlooking the vineyard or taking your blanket for a picnic down under the old gum tree and watching the sun set over the grapes.
Make yourself a fire and fill the sunken jacuzzi bath, turn on the waterfall pebble wall and gaze out the panoramic windows. Wrap yourself in one of the robes from the old trunk and snuggle down together on the leather sofa whilst you have a leaf through the xl Mornington Peninsula book full of beautiful images of scenery and food and wine.
Feeling a little peckish again you can take a stroll through the vines, past Archie the dog and up to the winery for a tasting in the most intimate cellar door followed by a seat in the restaurant on a fluffy sheepskin and be prepared to be presented with a menu almost impossible to choose from (but when you do I can highly recommend the parmesan churros, T-bone for 2 and all the sides your most wonderful waitress will suggest – I doubt you could go wrong).
Climb into bed with a smile on your face and choose your mattress setting (70 gave the perfect firmness for a blissful night’s sleep). Don’t let the blinds down because when the sun rises, up through those panoramic windows over the rows of vines stretching away into the distance, you don’t want to miss it.
Treat yourself to breakfast in bed all ready and waiting in the kitchen and all that’s left to do is decide when you’re coming back. Because you know you’re coming back.
A hot day for the Peninsula Hot Springs… The most relaxing and beautiful morning in the springs with views over the peninsula but boy was it hot! The hot pools vary from around 34-40 degrees and it was already a very nice day – let’s just say there were a lot of dunks in the cold plunge pool. I actually came here 7 years ago for Laura’s hen day but back then there were only around 3 pools… now there are more than 20 with jacuzzi baths and waterfalls. Highlights included hearing the banjo frogs in the lake (still picturing those little guys hiding in the reeds strumming tiny banjos) and seeing a cheerful Japanese man stuff his entire body into a foot bath like an enormous baby… dude there are 20 full size pools!
Fri-yay! Stripes, a shock, I know… but Australian stripes.
We spent our first couple of days here down the coast on the Mornington Peninsula and geez was it a good way to ease in. Those ocean blues sure do erase jet lag and some sun and sand time to catch up with our friends was so perfect – tossed a shrimp on the barbie, saw flaming galahs and had an iced coffee Aus style which I’ve been dreaming about for years… And how gorgeous is Sorrento and this pier?
I’m so excited to be able to share a few home grown brands and designers with you during our trip to Melbourne and of course I had a natural affinity with The Fifth not just for all the stripes (although they help!) but also for the laid back, polished vibe of the brand which was only launched in June this year. Super easy beach stripes and I’m happy.
Hello from Australia! Being greeted with sunsets like this after a 24 hour flight is quite the treat – my mind is officially blown and I am smiling ear to ear every day. I’m leaving you with this sunset at Ocean Beach in Sorrento and a promise that I’ll be back very soon with more.
In the meantime join me on Instagram. Sending love and sunshine home.x
Could this snood be any cosier?! I’m a big fan of oversized knits and this one by Scottish graduate Laura Muir of Knit Knot Knit is a beauty – chunky chunky chunky! Double stripes is always a bit of a no brainer for me and the long knitted coatigan (is that what it is?) has been out many a time since I picked it up in the sale at half off – winning.
In other news, I’ve now set this nice watch, from Scottish company Twisted Time (all about the Scottish brands today!) 11 hours forward because we just touched down in Australia! Super happy to be here – follow the journey on Instagram and the blog next post will be from Melbourne!x