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
The accolades given to this hotel are well deserved. . Be sure to request a vineyard room. This will ensure that when you awake from your sweet dreams (as the bed is very comfortable & the room is spacious) you’ll be met with a view to rival Tuscany.
Whilst the cost is expensive, everything in the mini bar is included (no $8 for a tiny kit Kat)& its all good stuff eg artisan beer, drink bottles aplenty by the beautiful infinity pool/jacuzzi , popcorn delivered to your room if you wish to have some munchies while watching one of the feee monies (plenty of choice) & coffees delivered to the room without charge.
The huge , deep bathtub will have you immersed into a state of mindfulness immediately
Usually, my husband & I steer away from fixed menus but don’t shy away from it at Doot Doot Doot. Delicious & different eg kangaroo carpaccio. Service is great-knowledgeable $ friendly. Surroundings lovely - check out the ceiling which is decorated with 10000 light globes.
Very restful & peaceful for a weekend away.
Only drawback is not much else to do but r&r. Perhaps, that’s not so bad;). We’ll be back .
This restaurant served us the most amazing degustation meal. Each course memorable. Well done. We stayed in the hotel in a suite overlooking the vineyard. Modern and very tastefully decorated. The staff and service, exceptional. Expensive but we will be back.
My husband and I stayed in the Lair for 4 nights in August and it was flawless- we especially loved the daily massage service. The room was incredible with a comfortable bed, the service was out of this world and the spa treatments were fantastic. We tried both restaurants and the food was excellent.
Tip- try the in room spa treatments, they are a fun way to ramp up the relaxation. Also have the hotel organise a private wine tour- It was a trip highlight.