Situated just 30 minutes outside of Melbourne, the Mansion Hotel & Spa is set in the old convent next to the 19th Century estate, surrounded by 10 acres of pristine English gardens in the Werribee Park precinct.

This tranquil estate makes for the perfect little getaway for anyone who is a fan of 19th Century Italianate architecture. The Werribee Mansion is home to over 60 rooms in several wings. Although it has had many extensive restorations over the years, the old world charm remains evident, and many of the Chirnside family’s items, including clothing, furniture are on display still to this day.

Upon check-in, our team was rather Ravenous. Naturally, the first stop we made was Joseph’s restaurant and bar. Named in honour of the Catholic Seminary that once stood in its place, Joseph’s plays host to some stunning views that overlook the old English gardens, as well as the facade of the mansion itself. The food was absolutely amazing; consisting of fresh, seasonal produce and a lovely array of Australian and international wines. On the food front, we highly recommend the Brussel sprouts; Deep sea Hapuka with black garlic, peas & pancetta; the Salt and pepper calamari with cider aioli; and the pavlova, of course.

With the hustle and bustle of the city left far behind, you feel as if you have been given permission to relax and unwind by this beautiful estate. As someone who grew up in immersed in nature, moments such as these allow me to reconnect, and reminisce fondly on my childhood memories. I see this as a subtle reminder that we all need to take time out of our ‘busy’ lives to relax and reflect on our past as well as setting aside time to immerse yourself in the present fully.

Speaking of immersing yourself fully, the day spa can help you achieve the ultimate in rejuvenation and mindfulness while you relax in the hands of a caring, expert therapist. The Spa Menu offers a myriad of services ranging from an indulgent facial that has been custom-made for the harsh Australian climate, to an ancient practice for cleansing the body and mind, this menu is unashamedly designed to spoil and pamper both inside and out. It’s safe to say that I’m really looking forward to my spa visit this week when I return for Mary’s Secret.

But what exactly is this secret? Named after Mary Chirnside the wife of Andrew who, alongside his brother, Thomas, built the stunning bluestone mansion, Mary’s Secret lounge is brimming with timeless elegance and breathtaking architecture. Previously unseen by the public the 1920s balcony has been transformed into a decadent parlor overlooking the courtyard by leading styling group LENZO. French champagne and a wide array of cocktails and canapés will be on offer for all in attendance – sound’s too good to miss.

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