is a good time to head down the Great Ocean Road – over winter and spring
the roads are quieter, the (eight) Twelve Apostles stand resolute
in calm seas or storm, and southern right whales make an appearance
inland edge of Warrnambool, Merton Manor is a beautifully restored
Italianate villa that has operated as a bed and breakfast property
for several years now. There are six luxurious mews-style guest rooms (exterior, see bottom left)
adjoining the main residence, each with separate entrance.
This arrangement works well
because it gives guests quiet privacy in their own suite and yet they’re
welcome in the manor to use the guest lounge (pictured, second left), billiard room with full-size
table, and music room complete with grand piano. Off street carparking.
have their own lounge with stereo and TV, separate bedroom (picture 3) with queen
bed, ensuite with shower and spa, plus all those little extras like
tea and coffee making, complimentary port and chocolates, homemade
biscuits, and quality soaps in the bathroom. They’re immaculately
maintained, air-conditioned and heated.
Manor scores well in the morning, too. Adhering to an essential bed
and breakfast tradition, guests are served an excellent cooked breakfast
in the manor’s grand dining room, and it’s sure to provide
ample energy for a day’s exploring. Your hosts are long-term
locals Pamela and Ivan, who can point the way the Warrnambool’s
myriad attractions such as Logan’s Beach for whale watching,
fascinating Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Thunder Point coastal
reserve, penguins, art gallery, cafés and restaurants. The
nearby colonial villages of Port Fairy and Koroit are worth visiting
visit in May 2007 confirms Merton Manor has maintained high standards.
The gardens are beautiful, especially if you're a rose lover, and there are places here to relax with
a cup of tea in country-fresh air. Merton is a very comfortable base for touring this fascinating town and historic, scenic
62 Ardlie Street, Warrnambool, 265km west of Melbourne via Princes
Hwy. It’s a three hour drive direct, but seven hours with sightseeing
via Great Ocean Road.
MUCH: $160 per couple, bed and full breakfast. Mention Australian Places when booking and receive a complimentary bottle of regional wine in your room on arrival.
phone (03)5562 0720