A sensory experience at Jackalope
The rise of art and sculptures set amidst the vines is a trend perhaps not foreseen on the Mornington Peninsula, but it is one that has been graciously received from wanderers of the region. And at the pinnacle of this merging of arts, food, and nature is Jackalope.
Quite like its name – the Jackalope is a mythical creature – the long drive past vineyards towards the imposing Jackalope sculpture and hotel surrounds is otherworldly.
To the left, the sharp, modern architecture of the newer building that houses hotel, Doot Doot Doot restaurant, Flaggerdoot bar, and the swimming pool, is juxtaposed by the old timber and brick buildings that reference the heritage of the Willow Creek Vineyard; which houses the casual Rare Hare restaurant.
Dine beneath a cluster of lights reminiscent of champagne bubbles at Doot Doot Doot, the refined and intimate fine diner offering a five-course set menu, or head to Rare Hare for a more casual meal with a view out to rolling vineyards.
Lair, terrace, and vineyard rooms offer unparalleled luxury with a high level of design detail. Moody interior palettes of decadent pendant lights, rich marbles, and the subtle injections of golds and deep oranges create intimately lavish spaces.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds, while king-sized beds and designer details provide immersive indulgence and comfort. Rain showers, double vanities, custom-made bath products and the option of deep-soak Japanese baths create a spa-like setting in your private oasis. Custom mosaics and bathroom fixtures are finished in bronzes or coppers, creating a reverie of luxury at every turn.
Offering a sensory experience unlike any other, Jackalope is every bit as mythical as its dreamed-up namesake.
Words by Lucinda Mckimm