We stayed here in early October 2014, to enjoy a weekend catching up with dear friends, and to indulge in the delights of the Heathcote region - superb wines and delicious food! The property was recommended to us by friends at the nearby She-Oak Hill Vineyard, and we were so pleased we had this insider tip, as it is a special place.
The drive from Melbourne to Heathcote was well worth the time and distance, especially for the reward of such a delightful property.
Wild Duck Retreat (WDR) is a pleasant 15-20 min drive out of Heathcote, mostly on a graded, well maintained dirt road. The final approach to the property is over a small rise at the crest of a hill, and it was truly a stunning vista over a secluded valley that presented itself; a typical and unique landscape of this special part of Australia. (Bring your camera, or your paints and easel!)
Our group was comprised of 2 families with children aged 2-7 years, all of whom were accommodated comfortably with the addition of our own portable cot for the youngest. High quality linen and towels were provided.
The interior is indeed finished to an exceptional standard; spacious, light and lovely. Though there is no kitchen, a small fridge, essential appliances, ample cutlery, crockery, glassware and the bbq were all we needed to prepare our gourmet feasts with provisions from the providores of Heathcote.
Sara and Jerry have provided all that you might require for your stay, however, their own house is close-by, and are most willing to assist if required, whilst allowing you privacy and peace in the retreat.
I believe there are future plans for a pool and possibly a tennis court, and whilst we needed no incentive to return, these additions will only further enhance what is already a wonderful place to get away from it all.
Everyone enjoyed our stay, and we have all decided to make it an annual reunion.
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