The Church House Gourmet Retreat is a hosted boutique guesthouse, featuring just four en suite rooms, rebuilt from the remnants of a timber church originally constructed in Melbourne in 1876. It now sits proudly atop a 20 acre hilltop in Fish Creek, considered “the gateway to Wilsons Promontory” — environs that feature extensive walking and riding trails, and white sand beaches.
The Church House has an impressive double height vaulted ceiling that sits atop the characterful dining, living and casual sitting areas. Upon arrival your hosts Peter & Mary will welcome you to join them for afternoon tea and a chat.
In-house “paddock to plate” dining is on offer, with an extensive choice of wines from their cellar. The dinner is preceded by a complimentary drink and canapes, which can include wine grown and made by your hosts. Food is all freshly prepared and cooked on the premises — speciality dishes include beef and lamb from the property, seafood sausages, cured duck breast salad, duck ravioli and deboned coral trout, all of which provide a wonderful taste of the East Gippsland region’s best local suppliers.
An Audley favourite — boutique, characterful accommodation, wonderful local hosts and stunning vistas make this a stay to remember.
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There are four en suite rooms featuring hand-picked eclectic décor representative of Mary and Peter’s many travel experiences. Each room has a complimentary minibar, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi. The Chinoiserie room located on the mezzanine level boasts a full bathroom and a private balcony with views to Wilsons Promontory. The Turquoise and Venetian suites include sitting areas which open out onto the gardens with views to Wilsons Promontory. The Study suite is disability compliant and external access is via the living area which is common to all suites.
The Church House in located on a 20-acre hilltop property, 20-minutes from the entrance to Wilsons Promontory, a walker’s paradise in Victoria’s East Gippsland region. The 270° views encompass Wilsons Promontory, the ocean and the verdant hills nearby. The local beaches Waratah Bay and Walkerville are just a short drive away, as is Victoria’s highest waterfall, Agnes Falls.
Food and drink
Dinner is eaten communally with the other guests, and you can quite easily spend a whole evening sharing stories with Peter and Mary, whose paddock-to-plate cooking and extensive wine list offer a wonderful taste of the bountiful East Gippsland region, from beef and lamb, to their own extensive terraced vegetable gardens, orchards and an olive grove. All the fish and poultry products are freshly prepared and cooked on the premises, and they also produce their own pork cured meats and feature locally made cheeses in canapes and charcuterie platters.
There is an extensive cellar featuring local cool climate wines and robust wines from warmer regions.
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