"Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat"- Exquisitely restored by a Melbourne couple who also own a beautiful 18th century farmhouse in the South of France, "Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat" promises a luxurious escape to a private estate that's a little piece of Provence on the Mornington Peninsula.
Once a commercial rose farm, this 28 acre property was bought in 2006 by the current owner and her husband who was at that time pursuing a corporate career in Melbourne, and dedicated her weekends to renovating and developing Tussie Mussie.
Inspired by the rustic charm and beauty of their historic farmhouse in Provence's Luberon Valley (the third house they have renovated and rented to guests), the owner has brought evocative but understated French flair to Tussie Mussie's interior design.
Committed to recapturing the rural idyll of Provence they left behind when they migrated to Australia in 2004, the couple planted seven acres with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (another link with France), created lush vegetable and herb gardens, and spent three years completing meticulous renovations. The electronically operated wrought iron gates glide open, and the long driveway flanked by vines and olive trees reveals the retreat set in superb gardens, terraces and manicured lawns, with rose gardens and vineyards beyond.
The entire estate excluding "The Vineyard Kitchen and Dining Room" (with its huge "walk in" catering fridge which can be hired by separate arrangement) can be booked for up to 14 friends or family members, or you can book separately the sumptuous four bedroom Vineyard Lodge, romantic two-bedroom Vineyard Cottage or the charming Old Laundry, an intimate and individual suite for two.
Each guestroom opens out to its own private garden or peaceful terrace, with a table and chairs ready for a lazy breakfast for two. Privacy is assured even if you're staying with a group, so you can settle down with a freshly made coffee and catch up with that long-neglected book.
A private chef can create a personalised menu for special occasions by separate arrangement, with lunch or dinner at the dining table in the Vineyard Kitchen, at the Long Table under huge trees overlooking the vineyard, or in a rustic setting beside the wood-fired Pizza Oven.
Vineyard Lodge - Spacious and beautiful, with four luxurious king bedrooms, each with its own lounging area, en suite bathroom, private entrance and terrace. Two rooms have their own wood fire heaters and three have baths. The kitchen is equipped for the keenest cooks, right down to the Maggie Beer cookbook. A separate media and movie room has a large LCD TV, Bose surround sound system and blissfully comfortable couches. A light-filled, high ceiling-ed lounge and dining area have a breathtaking outlook to the wide inviting terrace (perfect for outdoor entertaining), to the rose gardens, vineyards and the peaceful countryside beyond. Fully furnished with three large cushioned lounges, coffee tables, a bbq and market umbrellas, the terrace is the perfect spot for breakfast on a sunny morning or for aperitifs as the sun goes down.
Vineyard Cottage - Perfect for two couples or a small family boasting a king and a queen bedroom, large shared bathroom with double hand basins, double shower and Victorian-style bath. A cosy lounge with a wood fire heater, a dining table for four people with vineyard and garden views, and a country kitchen and gas bbq.
The Old Laundry Suite; A romantic and spacious suite just made for two, with King size bed, Neil Perry BBQ, Nespresso machine, TV/ DVD, iPod dock, cosy log fire and a private large covered terrace. This was once the farm laundry, and its decor includes a stylish collection of French laundry baskets, an antique washboard and vintage ironing board and modest kitchenette - for guests more interested in eating out in the wonderful restaurants, only preparing breakfast or BBQ ing in this suite, or for those looking for "time out" from the kitchen.
The Vineyard Kitchen; The farms old workers lunchroom has been transformed into the Vineyard Kitchen, with wine bottles and produce reminiscent of an Italian enoteca. Watch dinner being prepared by your chef in the professional kitchen, enjoy an aperitif in the relaxing lounge area, then dine at the single table for up to 14 guests.
In warm weather, the Long Table is irresistible for lunch or dinner for up to 20 guests and friends. Made from weathered timber reclaimed from an old pier, the table is shaded by huge trees and looks out to vineyards and hills. At night, it's lit by three huge cast iron candelabra.
Relevant letting fees and tenant protection information
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Before the tenancy starts payable to Property Divas Limited ("The Agent")
Holding Deposit: 1 week's rent (with your written consent) forms part of;
5 weeks for tenancies where the annual rent is below £50,000 per annum,
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Payment of £50 inc vat to change the tenancy agreement, for example adding a new person to the Tenancy agreement when requested by the tenant, or reasonable costs incurred if higher.
Payment of interest for the late payment of rent. A default fee can be charged for late payment of rent where the rent payment has been outstanding for 14 days or more (from the date set out in the tenancy agreement) The fee charged will be 3% above the Bank of England's base rate for each day that the payment is outstanding.
Payment of reasonable costs incurred for the loss of keys/security devices. A default fee can be charged for a lost key or equivalent security device. The landlord or agent will provide evidence in writing that the costs they have incurred are reasonable.
Payment of any unpaid rent or other reasonable costs associated with your early termination of the tenancy
The Tenant Fees Act 2019 does not affect the landlord's entitlement to recover damages for breach of the tenancy agreement by way of a deduction from the tenancy deposit or court action.
During the tenancy (payable to the provider) if permitted and applicable
Utilities - gas, electricity, water
Communications - telephone and broadband
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