I'm a freelance writer and photographer living in Melbourne. I'm passionate about the wellbeing of our planet & all its inhabitants. Lover of the Arts, music, nature and the beauty of the human spirit.
Published December 4th 2013
The most delightful of surprises awaits you, nestled on a quiet hill in the heart of the Yarra Valley.
Sitting peacefully, elegantly, quietly guarding the treasures within its walls, is "Art at Linden Gate" Art Gallery – a hidden treasure in itself. Just follow the tree lined driveway which invites you in to find out why.
The uniqueness of this property begins not only with the design of the buildings, but also the fact that it is host to an Art Gallery and the perfect accommodation for any visits to the Yarra Valley and its surrounds.
Two gorgeous mud brick cottages and an Artists retreat provide a wonderful place to stay. With their European influence, and terraces overlooking the private vineyards and rolling hills of the valley, you can be forgiven for believing you've temporarily been transported to Tuscany.
The Art Gallery, accommodation and private wine cellar were all designed and built by brilliant artist in Residence – Ernst Fries. If you are very lucky and Ernst is around, you may be invited to venture below and be delighted by the dome shaped cellar.
Ernst is a world renowned sculptor and it is no surprise that he gets much inspiration from his beloved Yarra Valley for his contemporary works in stainless steel, glass, granite and concrete. As you walk around this gorgeous property, you see Ernst's striking sculptures adorning the area from different angles, making this – a truly spectacular view.
When you step inside the Art Gallery, you soon come to understand that Ernst's gifts are not limited to sculpting. The inside of the building is divine, flooded with natural light. The quality of craftsmanship and design is evident everywhere you look, from the staircase to the ceiling.
Art at Linden Gate proudly holds exhibitions of local and Victorian artists. Two recent popular exhibitions were: "Enigma" photographs by Terence Bogue and "Tales" glass and silver works by Janine Tanzer . Opening on 7th December until 20th January 2014 is an exhibition called: "Natural Beauty" paintings, botanical drawings and ceramics, capturing nature's beauty.
Before you leave Art at Linden Gate, be sure to turn back one last time and take in the breathtaking views and the peaceful energy. As you walk past the main residence on the way out, you might catch out of the corner of your eye, a figure, sitting on a chair on the veranda, so still, in quiet contemplation. Perhaps planning his next masterpiece. Perhaps just soaking in the tranquillity that comes from a place such as this, gathering inspiration. It is to Ernst that we are grateful, for inspiring "us" with his art, and creating an Artist's Sanctuary for all to enjoy.