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THE FARM­HOUSE AT MELETOS

12 St Hu­berts Road, Cold­stream meletos.com Lemon­grass. It’s the first thing your senses reg­is­ter when you walk through the door, thanks to a tiny oil burner at re­cep­tion that wafts the scent through the build­ing. The Farm­house is lo­cated on the Meletos es­tate, which in­cludes a café, a res­tau­rant and events space and new store The Provi­dore, and is set be­side sis­ter prop­erty Stones of the Yarra Val­ley. Own­ers Steve and Von­nie Frazer added the 23-room ac­com­mo­da­tion two years ago. Ask for a suite at the back: the gun­metal-grey shut­ters on each of the Juliet bal­conies open to views of the vine­yards and a dis­tant moun­tain. Grab a book and a glass of wine and re­treat to one of the brown leather so­fas by the fire­place in the com­mu­nal lounge area. The fire burns through­out the day.

BOTANICA EDI­TIONS

Chalet Road, Badger Creek botan­i­caedi­tions.com The Wil­low House and Habi­tat House, ren­o­vated a few years ago by Karen Dick­son and land­scape de­signer Greg Palmer, are equipped with ev­ery­thing you need for a cosy night in: gas heaters that spread warmth through­out each cot­tage, a fully equipped kitchen and a gar­den filled with fruit and herbs that guests are en­cour­aged to make use of. The grounds sur­round­ing the self-con­tained two-bed­room houses have been care­fully de­signed to en­cour­age med­i­ta­tive wan­der­ings, with a wooden foot­bridge over tiny Pic­caninny Creek and plenty of places to sit down with a cup of tea. If you’re won­der­ing what’s grow­ing out­side your bed­room win­dow, just look down: there are small signs be­side many of the larger plants.

BAL­GO­WNIE ES­TATE VINE­YARD RE­SORT & SPA

1309 Melba High­way, Yarra Glen ho­tel.qantas.com.au/ bal­go­wn­ieestate If re­lax­ation is what you’re look­ing for, treat your­self to a Priv­i­lege Spa Suite, where views ex­tend across the sprawl­ing grounds of this 70-room re­sort (and you can watch TV from the tub through a curved glass wall). Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a heated in­door swim­ming pool, steam room and gym, as well as a res­tau­rant and cel­lar door. There’s also a 1.6-kilo­me­tre walk­ing track be­hind the prop­erty.

A small bal­cony takes ad­van­tage of the beau­ti­ful gar­den at Habi­tat House

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