September 24, 2020 Susie Rutz


Rated amongst the world’s best restaurants and luxe mini-hotels, Brae, in the rolling hills of the Otway hinterland, offers travellers a unique stay-and-dine experience that is the envy of global foodies. Around two hours drive from Melbourne, and accessible to the Great Ocean Road, Brae is a bucketlist destination for people seeking pampering, destination-dining and a luxe environment.

Brae’s guest suites, designed by Six Degrees Architects, were constructed with recycled materials and use solar energy, harvested rainwater and a worm farm waste water system, resulting in a building with zero net emissions.

Each guest suite accommodates two adults in a king bed with premium Australian-made latex mattress, Ecolinen organic cotton bed linen and an overhead star-gazing skylight. Comfort is paramount with Melbourne-made Jardan sofa, Thorens turntable, vinyl record collection, cocktail bar, Eurocave wine fridge, underfloor heating, bath and private outdoor seating with views to the rolling hills of The Otways. Each suite features original, custom artworks by Rhys Lee and handcrafted finishes reflecting our natural surrounds by artisans such as Cone11 Ceramics and Emma Hayes Textiles.

Guests wake to an in-room house-made breakfast of organic, wood-fired sourdough, pastries, preserves and seasonal produce, served with fresh fruit juice, St Ali coffeeHarney & Sons Teas and Schulz organic milk. An 11am check-out allows time to explore Brae Farm, on walking paths that meander through orchards, olive grove and vegetable beds. Gumboots and umbrellas are supplied for rainy days. An optional evening supper is also available for lunch diners.

Bookings are available for adults only, together with a lunch or dinner reservation on the same date.


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