If a country escape is what you are after, but you want some city luxury, then you will love this place!
Milawa is in the heart of Victoria's north-east gourmet food and wine region. It is nestled in the lush King and Ovens valleys, amid rivers, fields of yellow mustard flowers, vineyards, olive groves and paddocks dotted with ancient river gums. The area enjoys distinct seasons, which provide perfect conditions for growing grapes, olives, nuts, berries, fruit, vegetables and livestock.
Lancemore Group is the owner-operator of LindenWarrah at Milawa. Its three properties (the other two are at Red Hill and the Macedon Ranges) are stylish boutiques set among vineyards and parkland estates.
LindenWarrah opened in late 2001 and became an instant success for those seeking eclectic accommodation, historic towns, alpine scenery and the genteel mix of country house, hotel and restaurant.
There are just 40 rooms, including two suites with spa and open fireplace, guest lounges, courtyard and dining room. It has its own vineyard, landscaped gardens, ornamental pools, swimming pool and spa.
Bedrooms are simply furnished with attractive outlooks. Moroccan doors, French tapestries, Spanish pots, Aboriginal etchings and contemporary art complete the décor.
Chef Andrew Blake, who has built a reputation in Melbourne, is in charge of the Merlot Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and, as you would imagine, has a wide and varied wine list. Local wines are very well represented, but the rest of Australia and the world are also there.
It's a beautiful area to explore. You can visit wineries in the area and return to LindenWarrah for lunch or afternoon tea in the courtyard.