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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
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Overview

Futuristic design hotel in a vineyard near Melbourne, with installation art and two buzzy restaurants

The Lowdown

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

Jackalope Hotel
166 Balnarring Road
Merricks North, 3926 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 107 Reviews
Best hotel in Victoria
Reviewed 14 hours ago

Absolutely recommend- the most gorgeous hotel. Staff are amazing, rooms and good are amazing. Location is perfect - couldn’t recommend this hotel enough. Rare Hare is beautiful, the breakfast in Doot Doot Doot is incredible and the rooms are beautiful and so clean! Interior design is like nothing else, and the landscaping ties in so well with the design of the hotel.

Birthday Bliss :)
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was lucky enough to spend my birthday at Jackalope and also had the pleasure of dining at Rare Hare with family. My partner and I had a beautiful room overlooking the pool and grapevines. The room was awesome, a huge tub, treats to be enjoyed from the mini bar and a very comfy bed. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone.... especially for a special occasion!

A Food & Wine lovers delight
Reviewed 1 month ago

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Jackalope for our 10th wedding anniversary last week. We have been looking forward to a few days away from the daily grind, where we could unwind and enjoy some peace and quiet in the countryside - we were not disappointed!

From incredibly attentive staff, the well-thought out rooms with modern & functional amenities, to the stunning serenity of the surrounding vineyards, not to mention the outstanding wine and cuisine (which was all fresh, local and seasonal produce), our stay was perfection. The level of detail in everything they have done is amazing, even the thoughtful turn-down service had little touches like leaving a sleep-inducing Eau-de-parfum spray on your pillow and setting out the french press coffee and loose-leaf tea in preparation for the morning.

We would highly recommend any who enjoys quality food & wine to visit. And spring the extra few $$ for a Vineyard View room to enjoy the sunsets - you won't regret it!

Fabulous
Reviewed 1 month ago

Beautiful location set in the midst of a winery. Room was stylish and well appointed. My room had views over the pool and vineyard (apparently some do not and look over the car park). Dinner at Doot Doot Doot the restaurant based at the Hotel was well worth a visit to enjoy the degustation menu. Pool was fabulous (heated) with spa so great to spend a lazy afternoon with a pool bar to enjoy a drink or two. Highly recommend and will be back!

Oh so nice. A real treat.
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed one night on our journey down from Sydney to Adelaide. Jackalope is a real treat, gorgeous and stunning bedroom views over the vines. The pool is huge and impressive. Hilarious opinion from another reviewer that not enough light in the bedrooms, must have been oblivious to the ruddy great panes of glass at one end.
Great hotel, so go on and treat yourselves.