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To look at it, Sandymount is a large family home, located in a suburban street about five minutes' walk from the Inverloch town centre and the beach. In actual fact, it is a large property boasting five fabulous rooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, some of which contain spa baths.
Walking into Sandymount was like opening the door to a world seen only in American movies. The Hamptons Beach style has definitely informed the owners' decorating style and is evident in the plantation shutters on every window, the muted tones of the pink crockery when the table is set for breakfast, the jute carpeting on the stairs and the tasteful white bed linen, blooming with throw cushions and colourful accessories. Music is playing from a sound system throughout the day and the fragrance from high-quality candles wafts around the home giving the whole place a fresh, clean, feeling. Some rooms even have fresh flowers in tiny vases on the dressing table.
It's easy to imagine that this is your bedroom. The linen is crisp and the doonas thick and cosy. My bathroom (Room 2) has a corner spa while my friend gets a claw foot slipper bath to relax in. I loved the complimentary products from Northern Territory company, Wallawa. Kakadu plum body balm is the perfect way to moisturise after a long soak in the spa bath.
The communal areas are decorated with large plump sofas, with enough space for five couples to interact but not have to be too close to each other. There are two lounge rooms and a vast outdoor area and garden. There is a well equipped kitchen but the owners prefer guests not to cook but to take their meals at one of the many wonderful options in the town.
We actually enjoyed a meal at the Radius Restaurant at the Inverloch RACV club, a short drive from the property The view of the ocean here is spectacular and the chefs use local produce to create a diverse menu. There's Koonwarra lamb, Annie's Angus beef, Bass Coast linguini and seasonal vegetable with Fish Creek Olive Oil. We were super impressed with our gin sorbet desserts!
Fancy gin sorbet dessert
Owner of Sandymount, Janelle, sets the table late at night so people can get up early and get to the Wilson's Promontory or out to their chosen activity. The blush pink cups and crockery are an attractive sight first thing in the morning as the sun streams through the windows and a continental breakfast is laid out for guests to eat at their leisure. Check out is 11am so there is no rush.
Advice for other travellers: This accommodation is quiet and restful. It caters to adults only and the owners prefer not to hire it out to groups so you won't be kept up all night by party people. The owners live nearby but not onsite.
The Verdict: Great accommodation in a central location.
Best thing: Hamptons decor.
Worst thing: My neighbours had a spa at night so I was listening to the pump whirring for a while.
How to get there: Inverloch is 1 hour 51 minutes from Melbourne.