Friday, 4 December 2015

A delightful rustic vineyard escape for couples

Rutherglen, the wine capital of north-east Victoria. has any number of motel and bed and breakfast options for visitors. It now also has a delightful vineyard cottage for two tucked away in a rural location just outside town. 

Moodemere Lake House, situated on Lake Moodemere Estate, offers comfort, relaxation, and tranquility. 


The broad deck and living area provide views of Lake Moodemere (think pelicans and the occasional platypus), while the bedroom faces the extensive vineyard. The setting is idyllic, bucolic....take your pick of superlatives. 

With only one house on the site, privacy is guaranteed. The double bed is extremely comfortable, the bathroom clean and modern and with all facilities - including television reception. 


A complimentary bottle of Lake Moodemere wine is included (if you are lucky you might get the outstanding 2013 Shiraz Cinsault blend), along with provisions for a cooked breakfast. A late check-out is included in the very reasonable tariffs, which start from $220 per night midweek. 

When in season, a bowl of fresh oranges from the nearby orchard is provided, and a couple of Peronis in the fridge is a thoughtful touch. 

A number of wineries are within strolling distance and golfers are spoilt for choice with three championship golf courses within a 30- minute radius.

Golfers can also test their skill with the Great Lake Moodemere Hole in One Challenge at the estate cellar door where the green floats in the lake. The cellar door serves excellent light lunches and is just a short stroll from the rental accommodation. 


Guests are offered a private wine tastings from the owners, who are part of one of the region's most famous winemaking families. 

There are over 100 species of birds, including eagles and swans on site and native wildlife such as echidnas and kangaroos are regular visitors. 


A walk around Lake Moodemere, and along the Murray River will take around two hours and is an ideal way to work off any winery excesses. The track is also suitable for mountain bikes and horses. 

Lake Moodemere Estate is a working vineyard and farm. The changing seasons offer opportunities to get involved, ranging from grape picking to watching the shearing shed in action.

All with the restaurants and other attractions of Rutherglen just five minutes away. 

For bookings phone Lake Moodemere Wines on (02) 6032 0449.

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