Despite the wonder and excitement of the end of year festivities, December can be a wearisome month for many and it was for me. By the second week of January I started to fantasize about a week away at the beach. I'm sure many of us have a CD or two tucked away in a cupboard titled 'sounds of nature.' We bring it out to remind us of lazy days in the sun and distant memories stored in the suitcases of our minds. I remember fooling my dad once in my first home, which interestingly, was located in an outer suburb of Melbourne and completely devoid of trees. I giggled to myself when dad, who was from country Victoria, exclaimed 'I didn't know you had Kookaburras here.'
Well you can fool some people but there's no fooling yourself; the real thing cannot be duplicated. The experience of nature in its entirety is nothing short of therapeutic. So many people flock to the beach to experience the freshness of water on the skin, the sound of waves lulling you to sleep, the scent of summer's blooms, the clarity of the night sky with its trillion stars and the palette of warm colours in the dusky sky to imprint many magical memories.
I found the perfect place to experience all of this. Located just on the outskirts of Melbourne on the lovely Mornington Peninsula trail, Manna Heights Bed & Breakfast opened for business in the last couple of months. Situated on a winding hilltop in Dromana, the panoramic view of the bay including Melbourne city at night will leave you gasping.
Manna Heights has already gained a four star rating by the Mornington Peninsula Tourism Information Centre. To book a stay click here. Many Melburnians dream of heading up north and forget that we have some magnificent beaches in our own backyard. The beach in Dromana is crystal clear, very safe and my tropical blood didn't in the least bit quiver at the thought of taking a dip. One benefit you will relish is the fact that it's only one hour's drive from Melbourne via Eastlink. Forget the airport queues, lost luggage and hours lost in transit, you can pack your bags in a matter of minutes and take that well deserved break. For a list of activities in Dromana take a look at Fiona Hitchcock's article titled "Dromana 3 Drive-in."
Apart from the beach, here are some of the other activities you could also enjoy: Walks Local markets
The testimonials from guests are glowing. Tom from Kew stated "the photographs don't do the property justice," and added that "the owners are not charging enough for what is offered." Well let's just say that I'm certainly not complaining about that. The minimum stay is typically two days however a one night stay will be considered in some situations. The actual facility is a self-catered apartment on the entire ground floor. The rooms are exquisitely appointed and you'll receive a 'hamper breakfast' with cereal, bread and spreads, tea and plunger coffee; "manna from heaven." More information about Manna Heights Bed and Breakfast can be viewed here.
I remember arriving at Manna Heights on a sunny January afternoon and being completely taken away by its impressive fascia and the warmest welcome I have ever had short of receiving a Hawaiian lei around my neck. Michael and Elizabeth Hosking were Melbourne residents who opted for a sea change and couldn't be happier with their move. Their hospitality will exceed your expectations and their cute canine companion, Jazzmin, is a sheltie and the cuddliest thing on four legs you have ever seen. Michael and Elizabeth also offer the opportunity for you to bring your pet along (with conditions) when you make a booking. If you wish to inquire, click here.
Manna Heights is also proud to fly the Australian flag and for travellers from Great Britain, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see your flag flying when you come to visit. These are the flags bought in the countries the Hoskings have travelled to and the aim is to "make you feel at home" however far you have come.