The Woodman Estate.
The Lakes Suite is pure luxury.
Catriona outside the Woodman Estate.
With all the attributes of an English country home, there is only one word to describe this magnificent estate in Moorooduc Victoria heaven.
Woodman Estate was formerly an apple and pear orchard. Ten years ago the property was purchased and a Victorian mansion was built beside the private lake, surrounded by beautiful English gardens. Three additional chalets are being built right over the lake and give completely unobstructed views. They have an open fire, large deck, four-poster king beds, marble ensuites with spa and are the ultimate in luxury and privacy. They will be available in October.
The owners, Stephanie & Rick Woodman, have totally renovated with the vision of maintaining the likeness of an English country home. It is furnished with antiques, European fabrics, has a mahogany/wood interior and the original 4.5 metre ceilings and ornate curved staircase remain. They were so successful in achieving their dream, they have been accepted as members of the exclusive Small Hotel group.
Each suite has an ensuite bathroom, television, tea and coffee facilities and beautiful teasets which blend with each Highlander, Rose, Royal or Lake theme.
Gabrielle Herbert is the Estate's chef and she loves to be creative in the large, country kitchen. A four-course breakfast is included in the tariff. Dinner is extra, and is an experience you should not miss. Pre-dinner canapes and drinks are served in the Drawing Room, dinner in the Formal Dining Room, followed by port and coffee.
The Upstairs Sitting Room is a quiet place for reading or playing boardgames. There is a library and billiard room with its own bar. The indoor pool's shallow end can be converted to a 14 seater spa with jets and built-in seats. There is a tennis court, and you can try your hand at croquet.
You can take a row boat on to the lake and fish for redfin and yabbies, or just enjoy the botanical walk around its perimeter. The gardens and lawns of the estate are immaculately kept and are the perfect place for a picnic. If you can bear to leave this beauty and luxury, there are lots of vineyards in the area, and the beach is only 10 minutes away.