American writer and Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck wrote “many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased,” words which emphasise the most beautiful concepts of travel – to live and relive moments created, memories made to cherish for a lifetime.
Set in the Victorian High Country’s King Valley at the base of the Alpine National Park, framed by endless vistas of vineyards and mountains, Lancemore Milawa is a boutique hotel that will reinterpret the vision of a country estate, where barefoot luxury meets the rugged terrain of regional Australia.
Unveiling a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in September 2022, the Lancemore project is helmed by award-winning interior designer Hana Hakim of The Stella Collective, creating an innovative free-flowing design which embraces the region’s distinctive four seasons for which it is renowned: from bright blue skies in the summer to snow-capped mountains in the winter, from the kaleidoscope of colour in the autumn to the spectacular blooming wildflowers in spring.
Located in one of Australia’s oldest gourmet regions less than three hours from Melbourne, Lancemore Milawa will redefine what luxury in regional Australia is: a fashion-forward space that is sophisticated yet with a pared back, unassuming aesthetic: offering freedom for travellers to connect and ground to where their inner spirit leads.
Drawing inspiration from the local environment, the 40-room boutique hotel is a carefully curated space which will connect to nature and its surrounds, subtly integrating the magic of the area within the design. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow freely regardless of temperature, allowing one to truly interact with the biosphere: the warmth of the sun during the summer and the comfort of fire when it cools.
The design provokes a sense of calm, with its clean lines, mixed with Moorish themes, taking elements from all over the High Country with an international edge. Seamlessly marrying the indoor and outdoor spaces with floor to ceiling views that draw guests out, Lancemore Milawa will offer a grown-up playground with endless freedom and fun, with each touchpoint crafted to evoke the senses and heighten one’s stay.
Poolside hammocks and sunbeds lend Palm Springs vibes, whilst its position among some of Australia’s most famed wineries evokes a sense of Northern Italy, where summer days blend into balmy evenings, the perfect location to experience the magic of alfresco dining, a rarity in Victoria. In winter, under the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, roaring fires both inside and out, offer comfort and cosiness long into the night.
The hotel’s restaurant Merlot is helmed by executive chef Aaron Jose who, with more than 20 years’ culinary experience from award-winning restaurants including two hatted Momo, hails from the famed culinary area and proudly returns to his origins to showcase the best of paddock to plate fine dining in the region.
Known as Ned Kelly country, Lancemore Milawa pays tribute to the spirit of the region, the only destination in Australia to showcase the full series of Sidney Nolan’s Kelly prints. Imbuing itself in the neighbourhood, Lancemore Milawa is surrounded by famed boutique wineries and producers including Brown Brothers and Milawa Cheese Factory.
Lancemore Group CEO Julian Clark said the boutique hotel’s transformation has been a long-term strategy and one to cement the location as one of Australia’s premiere destinations for luxury regional travel.
“We wanted to elevate Milawa on the global stage and deliberately sought to work with someone with edge; British-born, Syrian Hana Hakim is a designer with global heritage but who calls Australia home, the perfect creative to bring our vision to life, who understood intuitively what we set out to achieve,” he said.
Visit www.lancemore.com.au for further information.
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