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.
It’s the minimalist yet luxurious Scandinavian style that makes Nord House feel so right. Every single detail is carefully thought through - the textures, the light, the scents – all creating a harmony that inspires the mind and relaxes the soul. Once you arrive at the property which is just off the main strip of Red Hill, you can easily leave the car alone and walk to nearby restaurants and cafes (The Red Hill Cellar & Pantry, The Long table, The Epicurean and Red Hill House are all a comfortable walk away).