A Heritage-listed Victorian mansion where your comfort is their highest priority
Chateau Yering is a heritage-listed Victorian mansion located in Yarra Glen, a suburb in the Yarra Valley wine region, Victoria. The Mansion is situated on 250 acres of land, bordering the Yarra River and featuring beautiful gardens dating from 1854 when the mansion was constructed.
Chateau Yering’s accommodation is in the form of 32 luxury, period-style suites which are individually decorated with different colour schemes. Strolling through the rest of the mansion you may find yourself drawn to the beautifully blue drawing room, the oriental red-and-gold-themed Chinese room, or the cosy library.
When turned into 5-star, luxury accommodation in 1997, the proprietors of Chateau Yering definitely had weddings in mind. A purpose built reception hall called the Oak room is available for wedding receptions of up to 160 guests, and the heritage-listed gardens out front of the property can be decked out with white chairs accommodating 40 seated guests, a ceremonial arch and aisle.
A bridal suite is available in the property and offered as a complimentary gift for couples hosting their special day at the mansion.
While not as festive as a wedding, our stay at Chateau Yering was nothing short of absolute luxury, decadence and comfort.
We stayed in one of the mansion’s Yarra Suites, which wowed us immediately upon entering. A King-sized bed greeted us with gorgeous period drapes hung above the headboard. By the bed was homemade shortbread (which was delicious), and at the end of the bedroom was a antique-style dressing table and mahogany cabinet which concealed the room’s entertainment devices. An adorable soft cat was sitting on the end of the bed which we were told was out personal privacy sign. Just one example of the little touches which make Chateau Yering stand out, instead of hanging a “do-not-disturb” sign on their handle, guests can place their cat outside their door instead.
Open doors lead the way into the spacious sitting room which was decorated impeccably with period furnishings, including a cushioned settee with a view out onto the private balcony and fields beyond.
Complimentary chocolate truffles were also left on the table in the sitting room which were a lovely surprise (and made a great afternoon treat).
The en-suite bathroom was marbled and contained luxury toiletries, a large, corner-fitted spa bath and a separate shower.
The Yarra suites also come with a private wrap around verandah. Sitting out there we had beautiful views of the rest of the property, and of the gorgeous rural scenery leading out to the mountains on the horizon.
A short stroll from the mansion is Yering Station winery and cellar door where guests can enjoy complimentary wine tasting from their extensive tasting menu.
We wandered back to the mansion through the gardens and noted the outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts available at the mansion guests’ leisure. A bit too chilly for a swim, we decided to retreat to our suite and relax in comfort until our dinner reservation.
The on-site restaurant, Eleonore’s, is a recognised and award-winning restaurant led by executive chef, Mathew Macartney. Also open to the public, Eleonore’s features two, three-course menus. One caters exclusively for vegetarians, the other with a selection of meat dishes. The restaurant is decorated with a red and gold colour theme, with tasteful music adding to the ambience accompanied by wonderful service.
Guests select either two or three-course meals, or a chef’s tasting experience of five dishes. You can select for your dishes to be matched with fine wines, or the extensive wine-list is available for you to choose from yourself.
We chose the three-course option. A complimentary amuse bouche of beetroot and goat curd was brought out before our entrees, which we thoroughly enjoyed and which made us even more excited for the rest of the courses.
They did not disappoint. A delicious entree of suckling pig accompanied with apples, rhubarb, miso and crisp onion set us off on a good start. I followed the entree with a main course of Flinders Island lamb which was accompanied by white beans, cotechino, grilled sprouts and rosemary jus. Marcus enjoyed the smoked duck breast on a bed of cumquat purée, heritage carrots and topped with a milk crumb. Both mains were absolutely divine. A hard act to follow, a pre-dessert was brought out to cleanse the palate before the encore event.
In my opinion, the dessert was the highlight of the meal, (I always have been a sweet tooth). I enjoyed the Pear Mille-Feuille, which was beautifully displayed on the plate alongside ‘Poire William’ panna cotta, ginger beer cake and honey ice cream.
Taking the remainder of our wine back up to the room we found a note had been slipped under the door. The note wished us a pleasant sleep and provided information of the weather forecast for the following day to allow guests to plan their activities. I thought this was a brilliant idea and such a beautiful personal-touch.
The rest of the wine was enjoyed in the spa before we settled in for an extremely comfortable night’s sleep.
We awoke early in the morning feeling wonderfully refreshed and the view from our balcony was breathtaking. The sun not entirely risen, the paddocks stretching out from the back of the mansion were covered in a beautiful mist and a gorgeous pink hue highlighted the mountains in the distance.
An hour or so later, we headed down to the other on-site restaurant, the Sweetwater cafe. Also award-winning, this bright and sunny cafe is utilised for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast guests select a cooked-breakfast option and can also enjoy the expansive selection of house-made pastries, fresh and poached fruits, cured meats and cereals from the buffet.
The cooked breakfast was delicious and the buffet was so good we may have not-so-guiltily gone back for seconds.
Heading back to our room, we saw a newspaper had been left by all guests’ doors, just another example of the effort which is taken to ensure guests’ comfort during their stay at the mansion.
Chateau Yering is an absolute gem. No comfort goes unconsidered or un-catered for, the staff are an absolute delight and the property itself has you transported back in time and never wanting to leave;
For absolute luxury and comfort in the heart of the Yarra Valley, whether it’s for a wedding, a function or a romantic weekend get-away, Chateau Yering will be all that you want it to be, and so much more.
For all images taken during our stay at Chateau Yering, please visit our Flickr album.