A contemporary and intimate retreat nestled into Arthur’s Seat atop Melbourne’s iconic food and wine region of the Mornington Peninsula.
Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s bustling CBD, you’ll find yourself transported to a world away. The Mornington Peninsula offers a relaxing beach-side get-away, with countless indulgences at your fingertips.
George’s Culinary Retreat and Boutique B&B is one such indulgence. An architect-designed, contemporary B&B, George’s offers its guests four luxurious king sized suites, each with an inspiring view over the peninsula and, on a clear day, all the way across the bay to the city.
Throughout the year George’s hosts a number of residential cooking retreats which are inspired by the famous European live-in cooking schools in France and Italy.
Capitalising on its location in one of Australia’s most iconic food and wine regions, George’s creates a contemporary Australian twist on the concept. The retreats are all conducted in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built teaching kitchen under the supervision of a fantastic chef. Guests are involved in all stages of the production, from sourcing local produce, to cooking up a storm and, ultimately, enjoying their hard work. This is definitely a unique and exclusive way of experiencing all that the Peninsula has to offer.
When George’s is not running their culinary retreats, its doors are still wide open, offering guests a rejuvenating get-away from city life and relaxing B&B stay.
Upon our arrival, Peter showed us into our suite, which was much bigger than we had anticipated. An open plan bedroom and living area was bright and airy, and decorated in contemporary whites and blues to compliment the stunning view. The bathroom was also big, with a twin vanity and rainforest shower.
Despite being Summer, it was a cold and rainy day and so the fireplace was on and added a cosy glow to the room.
The back verandah had a two person table setting where on a nice day you had a brilliant view down to the coast and across the bay. Arriving quite late in the afternoon we were absolutely stoked to see that some kangaroos had come out in the rain to nibble at the grapes in the vineyard next door.
We had decided to pick up some antipasto nibbles and a bottle of wine to enjoy in our suite on night one. With the rain persisting outside, we took full advantage of the extensive movie selection loaded onto the TV for guests to choose from, after which we snuggled into the king-sized bed for the night.
In the morning, we meandered down to the breakfast room where a choice of cooked breakfast options tempted us. We were both sold by the buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, caramelised bananas, slivered almonds and maple syrup and definitely did not regret our decision.
Our plates all but scraped clean, and cappuccinos finished, we headed back to our suite for a couple of hours work before setting out to explore what the nearby areas of the peninsula had to offer.
Whether you decide to go to George’s for one of their cooking retreats or for a B&B stay, you can’t pass a drive out to some of the nearby food and wine areas. The peninsula’s wineries are home to 50 cellar doors and a number of cafes and gourmet restaurants set in spectacularly landscaped gardens and overlooking the vines. With so many options you are spoiled for choice, but some of the wine areas close to George’s include Red Hill, Balnarring and Merricks. If you are keen for a fair bit of wine tasting and would rather leave the driving to someone else, there are also plenty of wine tour providers, including George’s recommended provider, Top Drop tours.
Don’t think that visiting vineyards is the only attraction on offer. Mornington is also home to world-class golf courses, and the Peninsula Hot Springs, naturally heated mineral springs alongside a modern day-spa complex.
In the afternoon we decided to take a drive down to the historic Township of Sorrento where we enjoyed browsing the shops and relaxing on the beach before heading to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Returning back to George’s in the evening, we were pleased to see the kangaroos from the evening before making themselves at home in the garden once again, and after some entertaining roo watching, we settled in for the night.
The next morning we decided to vary our breakfast choices and I opted for the Vegetarian Breakfast and Marcus for the Big Brekky. Once again, the plates were scraped clean and our tummies were satisfied, leaving us ready to head down to the beach before heading on our way.
George’s is a fantastic retreat in a perfect location for exploring the Peninsula. This is a B&B with all the comforts you could ask for, amazing food and, most importantly, friendly and down-to-earth hosts who provide you all the space you need, whilst ensuring you aren’t wanting for anything. We thoroughly enjoyed our peninsula home for the two nights we’d stayed, and the Culinary Retreat will definitely be on our radar if we’re ever back in Melbourne.