Merrindie Mountain Retreat
Merrindie Mountain Retreat is a chalet-style contemporary home perched in Victoria’s High Country. Set at 800 metres on the flank of majestic ranges, it offers views of Victoria’s Alpine National Park and makes a perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of the region.
This is quintessential Australian country, etched into the national conscience through the works of Banjo Paterson, most especially his epic poem, The Man From Snowy River. Today, guests at Merrindie similarly take to the saddle to gallop over the plains and valley slopes – but they’re also invited to take a 4WD or helicopter to get very different perspectives on the landscape, its history and wildlife.
Borrowing from both the alpine lodge and the outback homestead, the Retreat is designed to inspire, the open plan is made for sharing. The great communal living space has a cavernous open fireplace and generous, comfortable furnishings. Expansive decks and generous windows mean you’re never far from the magnificent views or fresh mountain air.
Merrindie can accommodate large groups but can also be tailored to become an intimate space for small parties. The master bedroom (plus generous ensuite bathroom) is located in an entire wing; a second wing has two extra double-bedrooms. (This wing also has a multi-bed dormitory.)
Merrindie is best experienced in conjunction with Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides, whose hosts can cater to your every need – whether they relate to relaxation, adventure or fine country cooking.
Merrindie Mountain Retreat offers guests a rarefied overnight haven, with an exquisite meal and a comfortable bed the perfect antidote to a day in the saddle. The first sight of the chalet-like Merrindie quickens the pulse with the anticipation of arriving somewhere special indeed.
RM Williams Outback Magazine (Australia)
High Country is probably famous to most Australians for its skiing, with major downhill ski resorts in Mount Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham. But out of snow season, it also offers visitors three classic reasons to visit: beauty, action and great food.
High Country is indisputably adventure country, courtesy its rugged landscapes of ranges, valleys and peaks. Climbers and abseilers are drawn to Mount Buffalo National Park’s awe-inspiring cliffs; 4WD-lovers ‘go off’ on the network of classic tracks around Mansfield; rafting, caving, hang gliding, mountain biking also happens in the High Country.
As for horse trails, the majesty, size and remoteness of the Alpine experience means that ‘Man from Snowy River moments’ are authentic and available to anyone. (And at last you have a good reason to buy your Drizabone, that classic stockman’s oilskin coat!)
The High Country is also something of a food hub, home to villages that pride themselves on producing fare that is both fresh and fabulous. There are winemakers here, too: knock on a King Valley cellar door, where dynamic vintners in family wineries set trends with Italian varietals, frequently matching Prosecco, Nebbiolo or Sangiovese with rustic Italian cuisine made by enthusiastic, entrepreneurial families. Fresh cheeses, meat, fish and olives are also plentiful, particularly in Milawa, the regional breadbasket. Let well-known chefs find groundbreaking ways to deliver local produce to your plate.
The Tailor recommends combining your stay at Merrindie Mountain Retreat with an experience custom-designed by Watson’s Mountain Country Trail Rides. Michael and Sally Watson and their team will create an itinerary to help you explore the region and understand the rich history of the area.
Choose whether you want to travel by horse, four-wheel-drive or by helicopter – or all three. Gourmet meals, good wine and great conversation come as standard…
The property is available all year round on a request basis through The Tailor
All meals and beverages included in package, with catering specifically tailored for each booking.
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The Retreat is open-plan in design with several living areas, office, dining area and kitchen. Gourmet meals are prepared by a local chef who uses as much local produce as possible. The decor is relaxed in style, but gives a luxurious feeling that works perfectly with the stunning surrounds.
The Retreat features one master bedroom and two double bedrooms, plus (if required) the flexibility of a 12-bed dormitory.
City – Melbourne
Town – Mansfield
Scheduled or jet flight into Melbourne or charter a helicopter and fly direct to the property.
Vehicle transfer from Melbourne to Merrindie Mountain Retreat takes approximately 2.5 hours
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