Nestled amongst the idyllic land and forests of Red Hill, Hummingbird Eco retreat is the perfect place to rejuvenate and relax your senses.
Upon pulling into the driveway, we were greeted with a never-ending driveway that eventually had us pulling up in front of a beautiful old homestead. With vines draped from the roof and lush gardens overflowing their wooden walls, you'll begin to think you've entered an enchanted property.
The property was originally historic horse stables, but was purchased by a man who had an amazing vision. The building was transformed into what it is today by a designer who recycles the material she is given to work with, in order to be as eco friendly as possible. The power is generated through solar panels, and the retreats organic café sources local organic fruit and vegetables, as well as growing their own herbs in the picturesque surroundings. The resort is a celebration of nature and the joys of living,
It is a host to 15 eco friendly guest rooms that all have their own individual theme based on the elements of the earth. I stayed in the air element room that consisted of white lanterns littering the ceiling in a representation of air bubbles. All of the linen in each guest room is organic too, but some modern comforts are available such as wifi and an iPod docking station.
A large patio that plays host to tables and chairs for outdoor eating borders the café, but you are also more than welcome to venture into the gardens and take a seat underneath a large tree, or in the BBQ area. The chef is more than happy to alter the menu to meet dietary needs, and the food is also gluten free and vegan friendly. No red meat is on offer however, and the eggs are the freest range you will ever experience. The chickens literally own the place. You'll come across them wandering where they please, going to the toilet where they please and living how chickens are meant to live. The staff are so friendly and are always up for a chat. Don't expect your food to come as soon as it does in other restaurants; that would mean high stress levels and no enjoyment. The chef at this retreat takes his time, enjoys his job, and the end result is so delicious you'll be grateful you waited.
The retreat also plays host to wellbeing, yoga and retreat workshops that will only cost you around $10 to join. On Friday nights there is a group vegetarian BBQ held, and other mornings is a refreshing walk through the hinterland valley. Corporate groups are also welcome to stay here for business meetings and conferences with a large range of facilities on offer.
Their motto is 'Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink' – Reducing the impact on the environment by recycling the waste and water on site, and thinking about a brighter future. I highly recommend this stunning retreat, as it is the only eco friendly resort in Victoria.
I was lucky enough to stay here and would happily go again. A beautiful spot with apparently a 1.5km walking trail through the forest, which I was unfortunately unable to explore as I was injured. The hosts were very sweet bringing me a cold compress for my injury and I was able to enjoy one of their massages. One note - I stayed in the beautiful room next to kitchen with a view over the garden - not a good room to stay if you plan to sleep in:-) If you get a chance on a cold day - check out the cozy lounge with wood fire and curl up with a book.