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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

'Great Living' Victorian Getaway

“Great Living is defined by a few key ingredients –Great land, architecture and interiors; Great air, light, sound and space; Great food and great wine, all combining to enable great living, or should we say Great Lives. Most importantly, great living is living with your family and friends”
- Rob Mills

A new luxury travel package showcases the art of 'Great Living' on the Victorian coast and Otway hinterland. Melbourne architect Rob Mills and acclaimed Victorian chef Dan Hunter share a deep admiration of the land. Mills has forged a global reputation for finding the best land and developing its potential and Hunter and his team at Brae work closely with the land and local farmers to produce a unique, contemporary cuisine built around an immense respect for nature and seasonality. The two men have combined their passions and now offer a two-night Great Living package offering accommodation at Mills' Ocean House and dining at Hunter's exquisite Brae, in the nearby Birregurra.



Accommodation Ocean House Lorne

Rising from a steep slope overlooking the Great Ocean Road, Ocean House is a beach retreat that challenges convention. Combining a bold interpretation of the traditional timber coastal pavilion with lower floors built from concrete, Rob Mills has created a beach house that is visually striking and exists as one with its wilderness surrounds. A true marriage of architecture, interiors and landscape, it is a calming refuge for friends and family to gather and a pure expression of the modern Rob Mills aesthetic.

Ocean House is a bold expression of Mills' design philosophy, a five-bedroom property that can operate as one home or be divided into two acoustically separate dwellings. Based around pure architectural forms, it generates a series of distinct experiences.

“The most satisfying aspect of Ocean House for me is the balance it achieves in every sense,” says Mills. “The wilderness of the open ocean on one side is balanced by the wilderness of the Otway Ranges on the other. Re-establishing the rainforest behind the house has created a real sense of depth and restored continuity between the ocean, the house and the land.”

With the raw structure becoming the finish, Ocean House's natural palette blends with the forest, placing architecture and landscape in perfect harmony. The result is an aesthetically beautiful building crafted with ingenuity that challenges accepted wisdom and suggests a new future for Australian beach houses.

Glass and timber pavilion blends wilderness with contemporary design and showcases the panoramic views across the ocean. Circular bedrooms, wrap-around terraces, a rooftop deck with open air bath, velvet soft polished concrete and the most stylish, comfortable furniture from designers including Pierre Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola.

With the raw structure becoming the finish, Ocean House's natural palette blends with the forest, placing architecture and landscape in perfect harmony. The result is an aesthetically beautiful building crafted with ingenuity that challenges accepted wisdom and suggests a new future for Australian beach houses.

Glass and timber pavilion blends wilderness with contemporary design and showcases the panoramic views across the ocean. Circular bedrooms, wrap-around terraces, a rooftop deck with open air bath, velvet soft polished concrete and the most stylish, comfortable furniture from designers including Pierre Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola.

Dine at Brae Restaurant.

A modern restaurant set on gentle hillside slope in Birregurra. Brae is home to 30 productive acres and is a place to interact with nature and eat from the land. Since opening in December 2013, Brae has been applauded nationally as a new benchmark in Australian dining.

Brae is the vision of chef and owner, Dan Hunter. Each day Dan and his team carefully source a selection of the highest quality ingredients from Brae's own kitchen garden, local farms and ethical, sustainable producers from Victoria and beyond. Menus are created on a daily basis with location in mind and reflect a deep connection to the land

Dan's journey with cooking has taken him into the kitchens of some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, including an appointment as Head Chef at Mugaritz in Spain's Basque Country (2005-2007). Before opening his new venture, Dan spent six years leading the kitchen of Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel (2007-2013). There Dan developed his first intensive organic kitchen garden program; was awarded Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine's Regional Restaurant of the Year for four consecutive years; was The Age Good Food Guide 2011 Restaurant of the Year; and took the establishment to its Three-Hat status. In 2012 he was named The Age Good Food Guide's Chef of The Year.

Fly with Microflite Helicopters between Melbourne and Lorne

Microflite Helicopter Services is a proudly Victorian based, family-owned helicopter company servicing growing tourism, major event and film requirements throughout the state. Mircroflite offers the largest fleet of modern single and twin engine turbine helicopters providing fast, convenient and luxurious transfers to many major events and tourist destinations throughout Victoria. In Melbourne the famous red helicopters are a familiar sight on Southbank operating from the exclusive Melbourne City Helipad.

GREAT LIVING

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
  • with Microflite helicopter transfers
  • Two nights accommodation at Ocean House Lorne
  • Lunch or dinner at Brae Restaurant (includes food and wine)
  • Microflite helicopter transfers from Melbourne (includes car transfers from central Melbourne to Microflite's CBD helipad)
  • Car transfers in Lorne
  • To/from St Georges River to Ocean House
  • and to/from Ocean House to Brae Restaurant
Total price per person $2065.00*

Self drive
  • Two nights accommodation at Ocean House Lorne
  • Lunch or dinner at Brae Restaurant (includes food and wine)
  • Car transfers in Lorne
  • To/from St Georges River to Ocean House
  • and to/from Ocean House to Brae Restaurant
Total price per person $575*

*Based on eight guests in the Ocean Apartment sharing accommodation costs evenly. Prices are subject to seasonal variation

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