Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published September 18th 2016
Everyone Deserves A Bit of Luxury
Imagine a luxury hotel with an exquisite restaurant in a heritage style building overlooking a picturesque lake. Imagine a lakeside cabin over serene waters. Imagine an indulgent day spa. Imagine walking tracks across manicured lawns, beneath forest trees, past water lily pools. Imagine the quiet and tranquillity of a country location. Now imagine all of this less than an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. Woodman Estate in Moorooduc is all of these things.
The lounge at the entry to the Manor House (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Woodman Estate was unknown to me before some friends gave my husband and I a gift voucher for breakfast at the property. If we had expected an ordinary restaurant we were indeed surprised. The Manor house is a building steeped in the elegance and tradition of times past. Swag and tail curtains frame ornate windows. Elaborate light fittings hang from ceilings edged by decorative and detailed cornices. In the lounge plush furnishing and polished tables reflect in the antique style mirror above the mantle.
Breakfast is served in the Brasserie where French doors open to a lakeside terrace. Artwork adorns the walls in this high-ceilinged room where in winter a welcoming wood fire burns. A polished wood staircase is a feature here where above the diners, a mezzanine floor services the period style hotel suites.
The view from our table in the dining room (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Formal meals are served in the dining room which is entered through a triple archway supported by columns. Immediately the eye is drawn to windows overlooking the lake. Having enjoyed our gift breakfast so much visited again for lunch. We were indeed lucky to have a window table and to enjoy this tranquil country vista as we savoured our meal. Woodman Estate serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, farmers' produce platters and a degustation menu and offers a number of dining packages, some of which include accommodation.
Lilies on the lake (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Woodman Estate has won some well-deserved awards for its fine dining. Gourmet meals of local and seasonal produce are complemented with herbs from the Estate's own gardens. Local wines from the Mornington Peninsula are offered along with other Australian and international wines. Most notable though are Woodman Estate's own jams, relishes, sauces and condiments which won four medals at the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.
The back of the Manor House (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
A visit to Woodman Estate does not stop with the meals. This 50 acre property has a mixture of formal garden, bushland and pasture and of course the private lake. By the Manor house and beside the lake are sweeping lawns, box hedges, and rose gardens. Vines creep along the edges of the Manor house verandahs.
Take a leisurely stroll across the lawns, along walking trails, over bridges, beneath pine trees and through bushland. Keep an eye out for the abundant birdlife both in the forest and on the lake. Aside from the coots swimming about I spied a couple of pied cormorants perched on branches overhanging the water.
One of the walking tracks (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
On another side of the lake, Chalets with balconies suspended above the water are set amongst the trees. This very private setting with uninterrupted lake views is a tempting weekend getaway. There are three chalets each of which has a lounge and dining room with an open fire and a bedroom featuring a four poster bed and a spa tub.
A Lakeside Chalet (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
Across the lawn from the Manor House is the Lodge which not only provides more luxury accommodation but houses the day spa facilities. The Woodman Estate Wellness Retreat offers a range of massage, skin care and beauty treatments. You can visit for the day or choose to stay over and truly treat yourself. Choose from relaxation massages, hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, pedicures, manicures, facials and more.
Treat yourself to luxury accommodation (Photo from Woodman Estate Facebook Page)
Whatever you fancy in luxury and relaxation you will likely find it at Woodman Estate. Prices reflect the quality of the Estate and vary according to your choices. There are a variety of packages available from high tea though to a mix of accommodation, meal and wellness retreats.
Woodman Estate is on the Mornington Peninsula at 136 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc, Victoria 3933. They can be contacted on (03) 5978 8455 or via their website. The Estate can also be booked for weddings and conferences.