Situated on a private vineyard in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope promises an experience to remember. With a monolithic, jet-black exterior, the hotel stands in sharp contrast to the verdant rolling vines, this juxtaposition a nod to the hotel’s namesake, a mythical creature – part-jackrabbit, part-antelope – that exists only in folklore.
Jackalope unifies art, design, dining and storytelling in the guest experience, creating a whimsical interplay between the ideal and the surreal. Shared spaces are lavished with inhabitable art – think a 10,000-globe chandelier that adorns the dining room ceiling – while the hotel’s 45 rooms are a restrained statement of whites and greys. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces offer sweeping views over the 30-metre infinity pool and vines, while the option of deep-soak baths add to a spa-like reverie in-room.
Two diverse restaurants surprise with contrasting takes on farm-to-fork food: hatted restaurant, Doot Doot Doot, delivers upscale dining and a tantalising tasting menu; while casual cellar door restaurant, Rare Hare, serves up a food and wine affair with a devil-may-care air. Food aside, a cocktail bar oozing curated-cool breathes new life into the property’s old Edwardian homestead, while a cellar door is open for daily wine tasting.
Just a one-hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is a perfect addition to a Melbourne visit, offering some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure, beach and leisure activities. Over 50 cellar doors and restaurants dot the rolling hills around Jackalope’s own 11-hectare vineyard, while the Peninsula’s unique array of dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs, and national parks contribute to the perfect mix of coastal and country reverie.
2018 Conde Nast Traveller ‘Hot List’
2018 Travel + Leisure ‘It List’
2018 Time Magazine '100 Greatest Places'
2018 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards 'Boutique Hotel of the Year'
2017 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards 'Hotel of the Year', 'Regional Hotel of the Year'
2018 World Interior News Awards 'World Hotel Interior of the Year'
2017 Surface Travel Awards Finalist 'Best Resort'
2017 Eat Drink Design Awards 'Best Identity Design'
2018 AHEAD Asia Awards 'Visual Identity of the Year'