One of the most heavenly spots in Australia are the gently rolling hills
of the Mornington Peninsula.
Bound by harbours on each side,
this narrow stretch of land is blessed with rich soils and regular rainfall,
and combined with the gentle maritime climate of mild winters and summers,
it is a veritable treasure trove for farmers, vignerons and gardeners alike.
Until I moved to Melbourne 6 years ago,
I had never set foot on the Peninsula which lies about an hour to the south of the city
- for me it was a world waiting to be discovered.
Some of our favourite restaurants & cafes are tucked away here.
Ten Minutes by Tractor, for lunches with dear friends,
or Montalto, where we celebrate my birthday with a glorious dinner each year,
in a rammed earth building sitting high amongst the vineyards,
where the food is mostly grown on the property.
Or at at the Red Hill Caterers Cafe,
where these delicious cherry and almond friands are made in summer.
(This photograph was taken last summer, when the cherry season was in full swing.)
So in my perfect world,
I would own a glorious weekender just like Weemarlar, at Red Hill South,
which is on the market,
waiting for some lucky person to be able to spend their weekends surrounded by such rural beauty.
This property represents the stylish, but casual and understated charm of the peninsula.
It's a place to unwind, to rejuvenate,
to remember just how good it feels to wake up to birdsong and fresh air.
Of course, there are many parts of the world which share this sense of "rural charm",
the bucolic and idealised version of life in the country.
And to me, at any rate, it is such a glorious antidote for life which sometimes get crazily busy.
So yes, it would be a lot of work, and yes, a lot of maintenance.
But just for a moment, put that aside and ponder,
would you like to live here, on the 7 acres of escapism, as a weekender?
property location :: 165 point leo road, red hill south