We were invited to a luxe wedding at this boutique property in Ngambie. The cost of the hotel room for the two nights was pricey, however was definitely worth it as we were able to immerse ourselves in the luxurious surroundings.
We arrived late on a Friday night (after dark) to the hotel and had to negotiate with a mob of local kangaroos to get into the underground carpark. The kangaroos were just hanging out in the vast gardens of the winery and were very used to cars driving by, thankfully no one was injured!
After the stress of negotiating with the kangaroos, checking into our room was a breeze. The decor throughout the property is countryside chic. The reception space has a small lounge area with comfortable sofas with antique trinkets and cowhide rugs. A stay at the Mitchelton Hotel is like staying at a luxurious country resort. There is an outdoor pool and the whole property backs onto the Goulburn River. It makes for some very picturesque scenery. You can also explore parts of the vineyard that the hotel is famous for!
We had a late dinner at Muse, the hotel restaurant on the day we arrived. When we stepped into the restaurant space, I was blown away by the attention to detail in the design and decor of the space. It felt like a high end country retreat with design elements that were inspired by the local land. The dining area took up the majority of the space however off to the side there was a chill out lounge allowing people to linger over drinks and dessert if they chose.
The menu at the Muse Restaurant is inspired by the land. Local produce is used as much as possible to create a rustic and regional menu. The Michelton Winery wines are a great accompaniment to the food menu. We were hungry by this stage and unfortunately forgot to take any photos! I ordered the lamb dish which was fantastic and B opted for the risotto. We then sat by the fireplace sipping some hot chocolates!
Muse, offers a full gourmet restaurant experience serving breakfast lunch and dinner. There is also a brief room service menu available. We ate our morning breakfasts at the restaurant. The quality of breakfast and coffee was fantastic. I really loved the crumpets served with local figs and honey!
The winery has a small cafe on site which serves lunch, coffee and snacks throughout the day. It also doubles as a providore, where guests and visitors can stock up on home-made relishes, gourmet ingredients and local chocolates.
The cellar door
Possibly the most important shop at the hotel! I stopped in on a very busy Saturday and visitors were everywhere enjoying the wine tasting. The cellar door also had some amazing specials on offer!
Mitchelton Hotel has a lot of things to do to occupy guests. We were busy with assisting wedding preparations so did not have any time to explore the surrounding region. I ended up exploring the grounds and was impressed by everything on offer.
Climbing to the top of the Mitchelton Tower is one of those must do things, and it’s actually not as hard as it sounds. The tower is fitted with lift access to take you to the top. From this vantage point you can see the Mitchelton Estate and surrounding countryside. If you are lucky enough you can come here at sunset for some spectacular views.
Below the tower is the Mitchelton estate art gallery. This was probably the most surprising thing about the hotel. However it’s an ingenious idea! It acts as an art gallery and gift shop for visitors. You can view and purchase local Australian artwork if you so wish. The gallery also has a large collection of aboriginal artwork on display. If you are not in the mood to drop a tidy sum of money on artwork there is a gift shop where you can purchase tote bags, soaps and other nick-nacks.
The Barrel Room
The other really cool thing about the art gallery is that it leads into the underground barrel room. This room is predominantly used for functions and is not generally open for access to visitors. The underground corridors give off a gothic vibe to the winery. We were lucky enough to spend time in the barrel room as part of the wedding festivities.
The wedding ceremony was held at the ampitheatre by the banks of the Goulburn River. This venue provided a truly rustic backdrop to the ceremony. We were informed that Mitchelton winery only hold one wedding per weekend on the estate. Meaning that the staff’s full attention is ensuring the big day goes off without a hitch for the bridal couple!
The reception itself was held in a function room off to the side of the cellar door. The food at the reception dinner was shared plates of charcuterie and roast dishes. The food and dessert were fantastic of course! They also did a good job of catering for different dietary requirements.
The Mitchelton Hotel offers a boutique countryside escape for guests set amongst the beautiful scenery of their famous vineyard. Visiting the hotel provides a nice respite from daily city life and a chance to immerse your self with nature. Its definitely worth a visit for a short countryside get-away.