Australian Bushfires & Coronavirus

Message from the General Manager

In us all being kept aware from reports in the media and that available online, Australia is experiencing traumatic outcomes from the ongoing bushfires and coronavirus. While it is natural to feel powerless at such times, the most effective way for you to assist is to continue to travel as planned, or where possible continue to send your clients to visit Australia, and experience the magic of our beautiful country.

Fortunately, at this stage we understand Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is not impacted and we remain vigilant in continued awareness and update of changing circumstance. Our accommodation and gardens remain available daily and Sweetwater Cafe open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and Eleonore’s open 7 days for dinner. We have also launched our Wine & Stories dinner series to not only support our own business, but also engage with our friends and neighbours in the region.

For our suppliers, partners and international family: to you, your staff and your business – stay safe, healthy and wishing you prosperity against the odds in the year ahead. Whilst the challenges placed before us early are unprecedented, I hold confidence the year ahead will provide us all opportunity to enjoy great success.


Niel Mason


Approach to your suite takes you through the splendour of the original home and either Eleonore’s Restaurant or Sweetwater Café and on into the wide corridors of the North or South accommodation wing. The Stables and all suites draw your attention out to the lawns where you briefly imagine ladies in their finery, twirling parasols joining partners for a quiet afternoon stroll. Returning to your own surrounds you find impeccable attention to detail in antique furnishings and an escape to a time far removed from radio, TV and smartphones. All Suites individually designed and named after something or someone of great influence with the property or the Yarra Valley since the 1800s.



Eleonore’s Restaurant is open everyday from 6:30pm.

Named after the mother of one of the Yarra Valley’s pioneers, it is an elegant fine dining room enjoyed by guests of the hotel and visitors celebrating special occasions.

Business or smart casual dress is appropriate.

Reservations are appreciated.

Open seven days.  You are invited to enjoy choice from an a la carte menu; a two course per person minimum applies.

Traditional High Tea on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.



Open 7 days from 7:30am. Breakfast and lunch. Coffee and cakes.

Proudly introducing Slayer Espresso and Capulus Roastery and a passion for the finest coffee.


The light-filled atrium and more spontaneous atmosphere of Sweetwater Café is a social centre for local residents and winemakers and retreat for Melbourne’s day trippers exploring the cellar doors of the Yarra Valley. All welcome.


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Len and Elly Milner’s foresight into the regions attraction for special events realised The Oak Room, a private 80 -100 guest function room filled with natural light and opening to the most spectacular views of the vine and grazing fields and ranges beyond. Opulence would not be as appropriate description as simply – A pleasure rarely obtained.



As was customary of the period, a private meeting or dining room played host to special guests and dignitaries. The Chinese Room is flooded with natural light, private and the ideal board, meeting, strategic planning or dining room for executive teams and family meetings.