Over the past 6 decades, regular visitors to the McCulloch family’s atmospheric home gallery Whistlewood at Shoreham have included many of Australia’s most well known landscape artists such as Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Fred Williams and Russell Drysdale.
There’s a buzz in the air in the Mornington Peninsula, and it comes in the form of a contemporary cutting edge designer hotel, formal restaurant, smart bar, casual dining experience and cellar door. The name is Jackalope – and it’s the new home of Willow Creek Vineyard Wines. So what is a Jackalope? A Jackalope is a mythical North American folklore character – a rabbit with antlers – and this mythical symbol has been brought to life with a breathtaking sculpture by Emily Floyd, a Melbourne artist who is most famous for The Bird and the Worm on Eastlink. This seven-metre magnificent Jackalope sculpture proudly sits in the forecourt of the property. Extraordinary, contemporary and bold, the Jackalope property is indeed a unique environment from a design point of view. There is so much more to cover, but the focus of this postcard is Rare Hare - a casual environment, with a food offering that is generous, honest and great value.
When we tell you that Blane Paton from Paton Estate Agents in Balnarring is the epitome of your Peninsula farmer, it’s the truth. If seeking advice on what to look out for in this neck of the woods we value his opinion and experience greatly. If your thoughts move you to covet a beautiful rural property or beach house on the Peninsula, then speaking to Paton Estate Agents first could be your best move. After 50 summers, Paton Estate Agents have seen many changes from the time when orchards, dairy & sheep farms were numerous.
Peppers Moonah Links Resort is a stylish contemporary holiday base located in the heart of the southern Peninsula. From here you can enjoy some of the best experiences the region offers including Peninsula Hot Springs, wineries, miles of coastal escapades, quaint townships or if you’re more inclined to ‘bunk in’ beautifully appointed rooms, two outstanding golf courses, landscaped gardens, an in-house spa, gymnasium and outdoor pool.
James Vercoe loves wine. He is also extremely knowledgeable about all things vinous. As Paringa Restaurant Manager, he’s always on hand to offer help and advice. Our wine list now includes a selection of imported drops, as well as current and back vintages from Paringa.
Enjoy your favourite craft beer, cool climate wine or traditional cider - or why not try something new? Catch up with your mates (or make a bunch of new ones!) - live music and DJs at each venue will get the atmosphere buzzing. Stay fuelled with delicious food from unique food trucks. And don't worry about getting around - transport is sorted with plenty of easy bus options.
Saddle up for canapes and champagne on arrival and a sit-down three-course lunch in Doot Doot Doot. Dress for the Spring Carnival season and bring an overnight bag as prizes are on offer and one lucky punter will check into a Lair on the day.
Blane Paton and his family understand the land, and have been a part of the Mornington Peninsula landscape since his parents moved to Merricks over 60 years ago. Their farm was focused on dairy cattle, but horses have always been an important part of their lives. “In the early days we rode horses to herd the cattle,” says Blane. “We never used motorbikes. In the 1980s I bought a Clydesdale horse and then we started showing the breed.”
Sunday 29th October 29 October 2017, 12:00 PM to 29 October 2017, 3:00 PM Six courses of iconic breakfast bites featuring three favourites from The Kettle Black's moreish menu paired with three di...
When our vineyard was planted in 1998, a range of different clones of pinot noir and chardonnay were chosen for their suitability to individual parts of the site. This has resulted in a complex array of distinct parcels of fruit, each with individual personalities. For example, some clones are characterised by their delicate lifted perfume, and others for their intensity and concentration, or exceptional structure.
There’s a buzz in the air on Mornington Peninsula, and it comes in the form of a contemporary cutting edge designer hotel, formal restaurant, smart bar, casual dining experience and cellar door. The name is Jackalope – and it’s the new home of Willow Creek Vineyard Wines. The vision of Louis Li's, a 29 year old Chinese national who has been living in Melbourne for ten years, Willow Creek Vineyard is now the site for the world’s first Jackalope Hotel. Moving here as an 18 year old to study film making, Louis Li is well versed in luxury property development with his parents being involved in a number of luxury hotels and residential properties in Kunming in south western China. So in a sense his first solo project is following in the tradition of his family business. Being a film maker Lewis Lee is a great storyteller, and his first foray into hospitality shows his appetite for art and design and food culture, which shines through every element in this property. His debut Jackalope Hotel in Merricks will be followed by a 40 room hotel in Flinders Lane which is scheduled to open in 2019.
Claiming a front-row seat to Western Port all the way to the golden shoreline of Phillip Island, this luxurious four-bedroom limestone homestead on 55 acres showcases the ultimate country-meets-coast lifestyle opportunity.