As I ventured into the picturesque landscape of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, I couldn’t help but anticipate the tranquil escape that awaited me at Balgownie Estate. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of this premiere wine region, the estate had recently completed a $7 million refurbishment, unveiling a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. I was eager to experience firsthand the transformation that had elevated Balgownie Estate to new heights.
The completion of the initial phase of the refurbishment marked a pivotal moment for Balgownie Estate, especially after the unfortunate fire that engulfed the restaurant and cellar door in 2020. Now, with 32 new suites, each meticulously designed to embody a commitment to nurturing both body and mind, Balgownie Estate stands as the epitome of premium regional accommodation.
Grant Flack, Head of Operations at Balgownie Estate, expressed the essence of the refurbishment: “Every aspect has been thoughtfully crafted to offer our guests a complete escape. From the moment they step through our doors, they are greeted by an environment that soothes the senses and nurtures the body and mind.”
And indeed, from the moment I stepped into my spacious suite, I felt enveloped in comfort and tranquility. The minimalistic design, combined with earthy interiors inspired by the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, created an atmosphere of understated opulence. The rich textures and tones seamlessly blended to provide a sanctuary where relaxation was inevitable.
The range of suites offered something for every preference. I was fortunate enough to stay in a Premier Corner Suite, which was pure luxury. It boasted stunning views of the Yarra Valley, complemented by a king-size bed, spacious lounge, and a luxurious bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate bath.
Throughout my stay, I marvelled at the holistic approach to well-being evident in every detail. Balgownie Estate’s commitment to creating a nurturing environment was palpable, complementing the onsite Endota Day Spa facility and fostering relaxation and rejuvenation.
The captivating views of the surrounding mountain range added a natural and awe-inspiring backdrop to my stay. Whether I was gazing out from the balcony of my suite or strolling through the stunning gardens, the beauty of the Yarra Valley enveloped me.
The culinary experience at Restaurant 1309 was nothing short of exquisite. The food was not only delicious but a true reflection of the region’s culinary prowess. Each dish was a masterpiece, and the ambiance of the restaurant further elevated the dining experience.
My time at Balgownie Estate was nothing short of magical. The rooms were incredible — spacious, thoughtfully designed, and equipped with everything one could need. The expansive gardens, the breathtaking views, and the delectable food at Restaurant 1309 all contributed to an experience that truly surpassed my expectations.
Balgownie Estate has successfully redefined premium regional accommodation in the Yarra Valley, creating a haven where well-being is at the core of the guest experience. I cherished every moment of my stay, and I look forward to returning to this idyllic retreat in the heart of Victoria’s wine country.