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
From the minute we pulled up we were in love with Jackalope, the atmosphere is just gorgeous, so modern and edgy, so luxurious! Check in was so quick and easy, then the room, we were breathless!!! The bed was comfy and the view was just sublime! Highly recommend, there was nothing i could fault at alllllllll! Cant wait to get back there!
This is a stunning property set in the heart of a vineyard, with vines undulating across the hills as far as you can see.
The rooms are spacious, open plan with the bathroom. This is all very funky but means no privacy at all.
The toilet is behind a semi opaque glass screen which in essence means your companion knows exactly what you are doing. Just a bit too in your face for me.
Despite that and the lack of a dedicated spa or gym this is a stunning property.
When we visited the second more casual restaurant was only open for lunch which was disappointing as we did not want a fine dining meal and eating in the bar was not the most comfortable option.
The rooms are spacious and well appointed, the infinity pool overlooks the vineyard and is devine. The bar is funky offering great cocktails with fun and attentive service. There is sometimes live music on the lawn with an outside bartender! The restaurants offer inventive, fresh and local menus and most of the wines are from the property.
All the staff we encountered were super professional, welcoming and great in follow up showing extra care. Hopefullywe can come back for another visit.
We had a lovely stay for our anniversary and majority of the experience was lovely with a few small hiccups.
When we booked in advance there was no special offer, though on arrival there was a promotion which we did not know about.
After finding out about it from other guests we had to ask if this could be updated to our booking in the morning.
They advise it wasn’t on when we booked, though we requested we should have access to the same offer.
Our second issue was the food/service experience
Upon booking we booked with a food intolerance, which we we have had dinner at door doot doot previously they were prepared for.
When we booked the accommodation with the same note this was not passed onto the kitchen multiple times.
We confirmed it on check in, again at dinner so when breakfast came around we didn’t think we had to remind them again.
Though we received a meal we couldn’t eat.
The most disappointing thing was the underwhelming breakfast.
We were expecting so much more and there is limited options that are all underwhelming.
On departure when asked about our stay after spending over $1300 we raised the issue and were given a free bottle of water with a bag tag.
I think given the experience something more that that would have been on order.
Running one of the UKs top ten places to stay we feel well placed to comment...
The hotel has a supercool vibe...
Great pool... great size superb views...
One of the best hotel pools we have experienced...
Great reception... welcome drink... very thoughtful small details... beautifully appointed room...
Ultra sleek but comfortable...
Class breakfast ... perfect fruit coffee...
Staff friendly helpful welcoming...
This place ticks all the boxes including excellent value for money....
Just GO THERE!!!!
Tim and Oz MILLGATEHOUSE RICHMOND YORKSHIRE UK