David at Glynt Manor.
One of the rooms at Glynt Manor.
Relaxing by a blazing fire.
The beautifully imposing, Gothic Glynt by the Sea will take you back in time in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
The beautifully imposing, Gothic Glynt by the Sea was built in 1910 as a beach house for the Henty family, early explorers of Victoria.
Diana Carr and Mike Puttock own the meticulously renovated stucco and granite mansion, and they offer six king-size suites of grand accommodation, overlooking Port Phillip Bay and with 1.25 hectares of country garden and tennis court. All rooms have private sitting rooms and natural light.
The Tower is covered with Virginia Creeper, which turns to a fiery red in autumn. It has a split-level penthouse suite, snuggled in the battlements with an indoor/outdoor bathroom so you can spa beneath the stars, a glass pyramid ceiling in the bedroom, as well as romantic bay views.
The drawing, dining and sitting rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and a fine collection of Australian and European artists.
Breakfast is served in the conservatory, which has elegant arched windows and again, views across Port Phillip Bay to the city of Melbourne.
A candlelit, five-course dinner can be served in the magnificent, formal dining room if requested in advance by six or more people. If you would like to dine elsewhere, your hosts will happily recommend one of the fine restaurants on the Peninsula.
Mornington Peninsula is almost a secret guarded by those who have discovered it. It is a tranquil area with some of Victoria's earliest history. Coastal and bush walks are plentiful, and koalas and penguins can be observed in their natural habitat.
The beach and village of Mount Martha are just 200m away, and it is delightful to spend some time browsing through the antiques and arts and craft shops.
For something more energetic, there are excellent golf courses to choose from, and the area boasts some of Australia's finest vineyards.
Beauty treatments and massages are available, but must be booked in advance.