What We Love
- The 23-foot-tall jackalope (part antelope, part jack rabbit) that greets guests at the entrance
- Complimentary minibars (sadly not including wine)
- The drinking water is rainwater, collected in barrels
- Swimming up to the edge of the infinity pool to get the best view of the vines
What To Know
- Breakfast is included
- Only 20 of the 42 rooms have vineyard views
- Semi-transparent walls mean the bathrooms are not entirely private
- Free WiFi
A restored brick cottage is now just a part of a black metal exterior that looks like the coolest Amish barn in existence. The Jackalope, set in the middle of 27 hectares of vines in the Mornington Peninsula (a costal wine region that’s a popular weekend getaway for Melburnians), is a destination hotel for wine lovers, foodies and anyone who loves lounging by a sleek infinity pool sipping a cocktail. Palettes of steel grey and black make the rooms look like Star Trek cabins, but they’re laden with comforts: think Japanese soaking tubs, double vanities, Bose speakers and king-sized beds. Dining options are excellent: the casual but cool Rare Hare, with its bevy of local produce and long wine list; the sci-fi-esque Flaggerdoot, a cocktail lounge that looks like the workshop of a space-age alchemist; and Doot Doot Doot, seasonal fine dining under a Jan Flook-designed, 10,000-lamp chandelier that represents the bubbling sensation of fermenting wine.
In the Area
The immediate area surrounding Jackalope is mostly farmland and vineyards, so if you feel the need for more activity than the hotel can offer, you’ll need a car. It’s a 20-minute drive north to the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Garden, an outdoor art space with 100 sculptures scattered among the trees. There are free tours here two days a week. Two wineries are within 15 minutes’ drive: both Polperro and Montalto make good Peninsula wines and both have sophisticated restaurants that make an excellent destination for an afternoon out. The Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track, a 25-minute drive to the south, follows the coast line along the cliffs and boasts fantastic ocean views and you’ll probably see a kangaroo or two. Fun fact: the film Where the Wild Things Are was filmed here.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed at the Jackalope 4th and 5th of October celebrating our anniversary. We were greeted warmly as we entered the Hotel by the reception staff who could not do enough for us. Our room was great, big bathroom. the accommodation section opened onto a balcony that over looked the pool deck and vinyard.
We had dinner at DootDootDoot which was specialas they had a degestaion event on with a visiting chef. The food was awesome and the service terrifc. Every course was presented and explained, the staff were well trained and new about the wine and the food.
On the Friday we ate at the Rare Hare, are far more casual dining experience but again the service was terrific and the food terrific, the cured king fish exceptional.
This was a special weekend for us and the Jackalope was a great part of it exceeding our expectation.
Our quick overnight stay at Jackalope was met with mixed feelings. It's lovely to get away and be waited on whilst recharging your batteries ready for the next thrust.
The check-in process was reasonably seamless, however the need to use credit card to book online, then hand over at check in and then again on exit is a bit of overkill. Really 3 times? OK, that done we were informed that the restaurant was fully booked tonight and as the other eatery was shut (it was Thursday during school holidays??) we would have to seek esuriance and libations elsewhere. We did, at Point Leo Estate which was fabulous.
We enjoyed a glass of wine in the almost gawdy / over the top bar pool table area complete with twin fires and lots of bling. I'm sure if you were a movie star from Hong Kong or Bolywood - you'd love it, personally nah - bit OTT.
The rooms are well fitted, however the architect missed the point in the bathroom that it's more erotic to view your room mate in the shower, than sitting on the toilet! There is some frosted glass which created the "bathroom area" even though the bath is in the room between the bed and the glass ... partially see through and hear through, it would have been a much better design to place the shower closest to the bed / relaxing area - not the toilet. Zzzzzzzzzzzzt that's a fail.
Nice balcony with a changing view. Our was of a 60 red brick house which was surrounded by a pine plantation once. It's sadly not a part of the estate and they were working on planting trees by the look. The other side, Western aspect, would be better. When the wind gets up, the howling will either wake you, stop you sleeping or play on your Asperger's.
Our room wasn't clean. A spot check for dust showed up plenty of dust and hair in the bath surface, basin backing, hand rails and surfaces on the Northern side of the room. Disappointing condition as we would not expect with the price of the room. We did raise this with the concierge, it was met with a small amount of insincere apology and there was a muted explanation around some staff issues recently. OK, that is a Jackalope issue, not a paying customer issue. Poor. We were offered a bottle of wine as some recompense which we accepted as a token gesture, however not forgiveness. Not at the cost. Hopefully it improves in both cleanliness and value for money soon.
Stayed three nights in a vineyard view room. Room very spacious and comfortable. Premium soaps, shampoo etc.
Service excellent. Staff will drive you to local restaurants for dinner.
Rare Hare and Doot Doot Doot both very nice. Lots of nice places nearby to visit.
Definitely worth a repeat visit.
A friend of mine recommended and I will recommended from now on. I had a fantastic experience at the Jackalope. The spa is divine and the drinks at the bar are high recommended. I will definitely comeback.
My husband and I came to this hotel late September because of the rave reviews, great photos and to try the hotel restaurant DootDootDoot.
We got here early and our room wasn't ready, no problem cause we visited a couple of the wineries around the area.
When we did check in; its the unusual way to get to your room, by walking through the restaurant area. So if you're having a lovely meal you can see people coming and going and they can see you😑
Our room looked over the vineyard and pool area which was lovely.
Our first night we booked in to DootDootDoot. I had no idea it was degustation which I'm not a fan of. I could only eat 3 of the dishes that was served and one of the dishes was very salty, so an expensive meal and didn't even get to eat much☹️. The wine we chose was lovely though👍🏻. I just wonder what you do if you decide to stay here for a couple of days and and didn't want to drive to dinner, because the menu will be the same until they change it after a couple of months. It's not to say that there's an a la cater menu if you want something else. I think there should be something other than one degustation restaurant, unless you want to get in a car and drive somewhere.
The staff have been very good, but I've stayed here and I think I'll try other luxury places that offer a little more even if it's a little extra in price.