Doot Doot Doot, Flaggerdoot, Jackalope. Behind these curious names are exciting developments for the Mornington Peninsula. Jackalope is a luxury hotel opening in April 2017. It’s the creation of 28-year-old Louis Li, who purchased Willow Creek Vineyard in Merricks North in 2013.
Set between Red Hill and Balnarring, the boutique hotel takes its name from a mythical rabbit-like creature with antlers. It features 46 designer rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces, as well as larger suites, known as “lairs”, with loft ceilings, a fireplace and a view of the vineyard.
The rooms will be fitted with custom-built handcrafted furniture by Melbourne designer and manufacturer Zuster. Each bathroom will feature rain showers and bath products by Melbourne label Hunter Lab.
As for Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot, they are the hotel’s 80-seat contemporary restaurant and bar, respectively. Flaggerdoot is housed in Edwardian homestead McCormick House, which dates back to 1876. Head chef Guy Stanaway will be shaping the degustation menu at Doot Doot Doot, along with the direction of the more-casual, all-day-dining restaurant and cellar door called Rare Hare, with an interior design by Projects of Imagination.
Also on the cards: a yoga lawn and a 30-metre infinity pool. Art installations will also play a role, including a seven-metre-tall jackalope sculpture by Melbourne artist Emily Floyd.
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