A country studio with total privacy (unless you count the occasional roaming cow or inquisitive kangaroo), The Retreat has stunning views over the Bass Strait, with nary a neighbour in sight, despite being in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula.
Come for the location, stay for the view. The spa – an undeniable selling point of this property – is expertly positioned on the deck, which is on stilts that afford elevation and views of the rolling countryside and the sea in the distance. If the weather isn’t playing ball, sit inside by the fire and enjoy the view through the big windows.
Sunset is especially magical here, and you’d be silly not to take a glass of bubbly into the spa to watch the sky turn orange as the kangaroos graze below – like a gamekeeper with no responsibilities.
It’s a short drive to wineries, Peninsula Hot Springs, Arthurs Seat and the towns of Rosebud, Dromana and McCrae.