Mitchelton hotel and winery

There’s nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle of the city after a long and arduous week, for the peace and serenity of the country. We did just that last weekend, heading north from Melbourne for the Goulburn valley. Located an easy 90 minute drive away, Mitchelton hotel and winery was just what we needed to recharge our batteries.

I’d visited the winery before a few years ago, but after hearing that one of my favourite interior designers (Heckie Guthrie) had designed a new hotel here, I was desperate to visit! The setting is gorgeous - located amongst vineyards and bushland right on the edge of the Goulburn river.

Their complimentary glass of wine on arrival was a great way to begin our stay. They have 54 rooms and 4 suites, each with floor to ceiling windows overlooking either the river or the vineyards and each with their own private balcony. The overall feeling is of understated luxury.

The interiors are contemporary, minimalist and welcoming with lots of natural stone, marble and timber. The individual rooms are furnished with charcoal linen, timber cabinetry and a touch of dark green mixed with fresh white. The bathrooms are simple and stylish with white tiles and a blonde wood vanity. I love the fireplace and the soft tan leather sofas in the main communal living area - perfect to curl up and relax in during winter. The beautiful artwork throughout the hotel is by David Band and the photography pieces are from Trevor Mein.

It was an absolute joy to check in to the Day Spa to enjoy some relaxation time. Beautifully decorated in soft neutral tones with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pool, river and hotel grounds, my facial was heavenly. They use a natural, local skincare brand called ‘Uspa’ that uses the healing properties of plants and herbs. There are a wide range of treatments available, so make sure you book in advance before your stay to guarantee a spot as it’s not to be missed!

As we enjoyed warm, sunny weather for our stay, their stunning infinity swimming pool was THE place to be! Make sure you also visit their cellar door to taste some of their award winning wines, and wander through their art gallery to enjoy the amazing work of local, indigenous artists. They also have a large, underground wine cellar that’s perfect for large events and weddings, as well as a fully equipped small gym.

‘Muse’ restaurant overlooks the river and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They use fresh, local, seasonal produce and the food was delicious. They also have a more casual option called ‘Provedore’ that offers an array of delicious produce from local artisans, preserves, cured meats and cheeses.

We definitely left more relaxed than when we arrived! This was the ideal weekend getaway and one I would highly recommend. Now that I’m home, I’m missing the peace and serenity of the country (aside from those very noisy cockatoos!).

stayNicola Dethridge