Are you a wine lover and a bit of a'greenie'? Does waking up amongst the vines, lakeside in your own little environment sound like the perfect way to spend your free time? Then think about heading down to Gisborne Peak Eco Cottages for a mini getaway, just over an hour away from Melbourne.
Perched amongst gumtrees and grape vines the 'adults only' sustainable eco-cottages are located within their closed eco-system. The eco-cottages are self-contained for two people, complete with deck and outdoor barbeque.
Their sustainability attributes are many from energy to construction. Each cottage is run off on-site solar and wind power and the springing garden blooming with native plants and trees is a haven for biodiversity. Water is collected and recycled onsite and reused for irrigation on the vines. And, the comfortable cottages are built using sustainable methods and materials such as compressed straw and solar panelling.
If you find that insatiable thirst for a drop or two gets the better of you, you can take fine a short wander down to the Gisborne Peak cellar door and restaurant where Fridays through to Sundays the outdoor wood oven fires up for some tasty pizzas, baked bries and other gourmet delights.
If you have the chance, try to check in mid-week for ultimate peace and tranquillity in a country setting. The 3-night mid-week deals are best value from $180 a night (prices vary). They also advertise last minute specials for bookings through their website.
The Gisborne Peak Winery Eco Cottages are part of the winery of the same name owned by friendly vignerons Bob and Barb Nixon. The winery's cellar door and wine store is open daily until 4pm. They also run various activities throughout the year including their trademark 'Adopt-a-Vine' program.