Quiet, luxurious, picturesque, gourmet food and wine.
These were the key elements that I was looking for when I decided to treat my partner to a romantic weekend away as a Christmas gift. Luckily Lindenderry at Red Hill on the Morning Peninsula fit all of these requirements.
I had never stayed at a winery before, and as a mad wine lover this idea excited me greatly! My parents had been to and stayed at the winery before, and had raved about their experience so I was confident in my choice of place. It was these factors that led to book a stay at Lindenderry at Red Hill! You can read about our Mornington Peninsula road trip weekend here!
Here’s what I found:
Red Hill is a sleepy, boozy kind of place, where the wineries and restaurants are jam-packed, but when you’re outside these areas it feels peaceful and quiet. The benefit of staying in Red Hill is that amazing food is always close at hand. With recent re-developments on the freeway system on the Peninsula, you can now easily get to Red Hill from Melbourne in an hour. Making it a convenient choice for a night or weekend away.
Lindenderry was first built as a conference convention center, but has developed into a boutique hotel accommodation popular with weekenders, and those wanting a winery wedding.
Set amongst the scrawling grape vines, Lindenderry at Red Hill is home to over 40 luxury accommodation rooms, the well renowned Linden Tree restaurant catering to top class dining, the more casual alfresco pizza oven eatery and a Lindenderry Cellar door for wines made on the property.
You’ll find this is one of the top wedding destinations in Victoria, and has won countless awards including Top 10 rankings for Best Australian Boutique Hotel and Best Australian Romantic Property. Therefore it’s unsurprising to find the hotel booked heavily for wedding parties and couples wanting a relaxing retreat.
Originally we planned to stay in cosy courtyard wing room, which are the base level rooms at the hotel, but when arranging a date change these room options were not available. Somehow we ended up in Garden wing room overlooking the manicured lawns. Hello upgrade!! First impressions of the room were that it was spacious and nicely decorated with luxurious details. Upon entering the room you will notice the ample amount of storage space, with plenty of cupboard space for those wishing to unpack.
The room features a comfortable sitting area with a large couch and coffee table, piled with the latest fashion and design magazines! I spent a few hours pouring over these!! There was a sweet and functional desk in the corner which would be ideal for those wanting to get work done.
The queen sized bed was covered in decadent linens. Why do I find crisp white linens SO appealing! And was just asking to be climbed into for hours reading and resting in bed.
I loved the fact that the room opened up onto the gardens and we had a collection of rose bushes growing outside our window. The lower level rooms will all open onto the manicured lawns, whilst others will have private balconies. I appreciated the option of outdoor furniture, but didn’t get a chance to enjoy it myself.
The bathroom was larger than I had expected, and was perfectly clean and functional. I loved the added luxury of the spa bath! Who wouldn’t!
The room was oversized for two people, and I enjoyed having that additional room to spread out and relax without having to be in each others personal space. It was lovely to read in bed whilst my partner was flung across the couch, whilst we both looked out onto the peaceful gardens. I definitely understand the appeal of this place.
Truthfully I think some of the rooms are beginning to date, and could use some modern touches to bring them back to life. Small things like rips in furnishings or broken tiles in the bathroom are small details often overlooked, which unfortunately bring down the appeal of this place.
After looking at the dinner menu for the Linden Tree we decided that we weren’t interested in having a three course fancy dinner, and decided to look elsewhere, so I can’t speak to the quality of the dinner service. But I was incredibly impressed by the breakfast spread that was served in the mornings in the same dining area. Although the buffet spread was not as expansive as other hotels offer, everything served was of high quality and generously served. There was of course selected cereals, yogurt, fruits, pastries, cold meats, baked tarts, fresh local breads, crispy bacon and a simmering pot of coddled eggs. The only criticism was that there was no espresso coffee served. I would have loved a proper espresso coffee instead of the filtered coffee they served, but truly this is only a minor issue.
The rooms mini bar was well stocked with a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as the Estate’s own wine. There were also a range of delicious mini bar snacks that you’d expect to find such as chocolates, chips, etc. Prices were average for Australian mini bar costs, with a bottle of coca-cola costing $5.00.
I loved wandering through the manicured gardens to get some fresh country air. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool and day spa for those wanting some additional luxury.
Was it worth it?
Yes and no. We had a wonderful time relaxing at Lindenderry enjoying some quality quiet time as a couple, with the added luxury of delicious wines! I do however think that the prices are very high and aren’t really of great value. I paid AU$350.00 for the night away and breakfast, and feel that the rooms are too outdated, especially the bathrooms, to charge such an exorbitant amount. Would I return? Yes, if the price was right. It’s a truly lovely place to stay and explore, but I can’t justify the price tag.
Have you stayed at a winery before? What was your experience? I’d LOVE to hear from you!
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