69 Short Road , Gisborne South , VIC 3437 , Australia View hotel location on the map
Our new eco-cottages on Gisborne Peak Winery is an adult retreat. Each cottage sleeps two adults only. No kids, no pets, no cots. An adult escape to a winery for peace and relaxation.
They are close to Melbourne (only 40 minutes) and close to the spa capital, Daylesford (40 minutes) as well as Melbourne airport. No need to waste time getting here, spend that time instead settling in and enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the Macedon Ranges.
The cottages each have a deck from which to enjoy a glass of wine at 'wine time' or an al fresco breakfast. A BBQ is available, as well a microwave, toaster and electric frypan.
All the mod-cons are there including LCD TVs, DVD player, CD player, iPod/phone docking station, electric blankets, heating and air-conditioning. Even a small selection of DVD's, books, magazines and CD's are provided. Fluffy white towels, rooms with views, breakfast provisions, privacy and the romance of a vineyard - all in the package.
The cellar door is just a stroll away and is open 7-days a week. Taste the wines grown on the property, enjoy a glass or more on the open-air deck or in the fireside room. You don't need to go anywhere. Wood-fired pizzas are served on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays as well as a few other cellar door snacks.
Your room is stocked with provision for a cooked and continental breakfast. Sleep in, take a morning walk through the vines and even take part in the seasonal vineyard activities. You're welcome to join us. Gisborne Peak Winery is a working vineyard, so be prepared for some activity daily.
These self-contained cottages are great for you to enjoy and great for the planet. The three cottages were designed with sustainability in mind. Australia is a place where sustainability is not just a good idea, it is a necessity. The limited and unpredictable rainfall, the need to use renewable energy resources and the need to make even the gardens sustainable by planting only Australian natives has created a culture of sustainability at the winery. The result? Sustainability without sacrificing comfort!
The cottages are nestled into a hillside overlooking the Top Block of the vineyard and are designed to create a low carbon footprint. The major construction panel is called Durra Panels. Durra Panel is a low embodied energy product, made from a renewable annual resource, wheat or rice straw, a waste by-product from farming that would otherwise be burnt after harvest contributing to carbon emissions. Every part of Durra Panel is 100% natural and recyclable.
The cottages are totally off the electricity grid and are powered by the use of a Soma 1.1kw small wind turbine and 16 solar panels. This is backed up by a super-quiet generator to ensure the smooth supply of energy.
The three new eco-cottages at Gisborne Peak Winery are perfectly located for visitors to discover the stately Macedon Ranges region. The Macedon Ranges is a picturesque region of hills, volcanic mountains and forests all woven together by dozens of diverse towns and tiny villages. Each village has its own artistic, historic and culinary energy. All hint at something worth exploring in detail. And of course there is the mysterious Hanging Rock to discover, or perhaps re-discover.
What you get in the Macedon Ranges is honesty and authentic passion. What you get at Gisborne Peak Winery Eco-Cottages is all of that plus comfort, wine and food and a great place to relax.
The native garden plantings that flow around each cottage are designed in time to screen the cottages from sight while maintaining the views from the windows and decks. Each cottage site has its own micro-environment and suitable plants were chosen to take advantage of this. The plantings include trees, shrubs and understory which are all Australian natives and even Macedon Ranges indigenous plants. Included in the plantings are Drooping She Oaks and Manna Gums, the Black-anther Flax Lily, Red anther wallaby grass, Sweet Bursaria and Hedge Wattle and many, many more. A centrepiece plant is a juvenile Wollemi Pine and another is the more widely found "grass tree".
The rocky hillside has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. Excavating the site was arduous due to the rock, but the result is a landscape rich with opportunity with rock walls, rocks to rest on, rocks to border gardens and rocks to nestle ferns. There is something around every corner and the coffee table books in each cottage will take the visitor through a discovery of the interesting flora of the site.
The gardens around the eco-cottages at Gisborne Peak Winery are truly an inspiration for anyone contemplating planting a native garden. They are rich in variety, abounding in smells and colourful little flowers, lush in the shades of greens and golds, hearty and sustainable.
One of the cottages is wheel-chair and disabled friendly. A ramp to the cottage is in place, extra wide doorways and a large bathroom with hand rail. A chair can be provided for the shower by prior arrangement.
Check in from: 3:00 pm
Check out by: 11:00 am
From Melbourne: take the Calder Freeway heading towards Bendigo. Exit at the Gisborne Sth/Sunbury exit and follow the signs to Gisborne Peak Winery (6km).
From Bendigo: take the Calder Freeway heading towards Melbourne. Exit at the Gisborne Sth/Sunbury exit and follow the signs to Gisborne Peak Winery (6km).
Each cottage has undercover car port parking for one car.