A Convenient location with no shortage of luxury and plenty of facilities right at your doorstepP
Mansion Hotel & Spa is located within the Werribee park precinct, a half hour drive from Melbourne. Easy to access either by road or public transport from the city, the mansion hotel boasts a convenient location for folks wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, or just explore more rural Australia.
The hotel has been built as an extension of the 19th century Werribee mansion. Whilst attached to the historic mansion, the hotel is modern and sophisticated. Plenty of rooms mean that there are multiple budget options and plenty of space to accommodate larger groups or function guests. Walking to reception, we immediately noticed the facilities available for weddings. In fact an event planner passed us with an engaged couple heading out to the gardens and pavilion. Once at reception a slideshow played above us with gorgeous wedding photos taken in the grounds. For more information on weddings at the hotel, click here.
Our room at the hotel was on the smaller size, but the space had been utilised very effectively and was more than comfortable for two. The bathroom was spacious and stylish, with a rainforest shower head and luxury toiletries.
A bottle of chilled Moet and Chandon was waiting by the bed on arrival.
One of the biggest assets of the hotel is the variety of facilities and attractions within the park precinct. The most well-known of these is the Werribee Park open-range zoo, which is home to both native and foreign animals and is a family favourite. A five minute walk from reception we found a less known facility, the Shadowfax winery. We visited the cellar door where we enjoyed complimentary tasting of some gorgeous wine varieties.
Purchasing a bottle to take home, we wandered back to the hotel where we changed and made our way down to the Spa where a 25m indoor pool and steam rooms welcomed us. Spa treatments can be booked in advance through reception, but we were content for a few laps in the pool and a dip in the jacuzzi.
We enjoyed a couple of glasses of the champagne as we got prepared for dinner, which was hosted downstairs on the onsite restaurant, “Josephs”.
I have to say, the food at Joseph’s was the highlight of the trip.
I chose the scallops to start, followed by one of the best eye fillet steaks I have ever had. Conveniently, I was left with just enough room for dessert. The dark chocolate hazelnut bomb with toasted meringue and macerated mandarin was more than enough to do the trick.
Marcus enjoyed the eye fillet as well, but decided on the house terrine to start followed by a generous cheese board to finish. He too was more than impressed.
Better still, not only was the food delicious, the service was absolutely impeccable.
After a very comfortable and satisfying sleep that night, we returned to Joseph’s the next morning to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before we headed out for a walk to explore the gardens.
The premises are home to one of the largest rose gardens in Victoria, boasting 5,000 roses, as well as beautifully crafted garden designs by the hotel. A short walk from the hotel you can walk around or sit by the lake and explore the man made grotto, one of the few genuine grottos in Australia.
With only an hour before we had to leave, we had just enough time to take the complimentary tour of the mansion offered to all hotel guests. The mansion is set up as a museum, with the rooms re-created to educate visitors of the life of the Werribee family, and the lifestyle of the time in Victorian Australia.