We had intended to book into the lodge for a normal wine tasting weekend, but when the proprietor contacted me to let me know that a gourmet weekend was in the making, we decided to indulge. We checked in on the Friday night before the formal festivities were commencing on the Saturday.
The room was nice, although not fabulous, with the smallest twin beds I've slept in outside of Europe. The lounge area was comfy, and our deck looking over the lake was tranquil and beautiful. The grounds are a lovely mix of well kept lawns, and colourful shrubbery which makes fr a peaceful, calming setting. The restaurant has a similarly gorgeous aspect, and the dining room is quite grand.
We were very disappointed at the small and hugely overpriced room service options, and instead decided to drive into Dunsborough for some take away which proved to be a very good option. The 15 minute drive was well worth it, and helped us plan our wine tasting choices for the following morning. Don't get trapped, it really isn't that far away.
Breakfast gets 10 out of 10. Fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals t star, with freshly squeezed fruit juice to start. Hot food is mad to order, and everything is just delish. Be patient though - the atmosphere is very French, including the slow food. The homemade muffins, scones, and cakes and preserves were worth breaking the diet for. Magnifique.
We had the pleasure of meeting Serge densereau' for a cooking demonstration and lunch. He's just lovely and his food was so good we bought his book. His dinner was even better. Wow - at some stage I have to find out how he cooks that egg yolk. - never tasted anything like it before. The wines from the Birch family really let Serge down. Given we were in a wine region we were surprised at how poorly the wines had been matched with the food. Ah well, can't have everything.
The cheese afternoon, similarly provided fantastic cheeses from Blue Cow, but the wines were awful from Cape Lodge. I couldn't believe that for a region specialising in Chardonnay, they would give us an ill matching SB with tese gorgeous gorgeous cheeses. Bizarre.
Overall, a fantastic 2 days. The spa in the room was nice too, and helped with some much needed digestion on the final morning. Lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted World’s Best of the Best Hotels 2011, Best Boutique Hotel in Australia, World’s Top 20 Vineyard Hotels 2010, Conde Nast Traveller Gold List "Best for Food" 2011 & 2012. Sitting on its own secluded vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Country is one of Australia’s finest small vineyard Lodges. As you meander down the winding driveway of our intimate country estate you will discover why Cape Lodge was voted Luxury Travel Magazine’s Best Boutique Hotel in Australia and listed in Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2011. Surrounded by stunning forest, lake and parkland scenery Cape Lodge is only minutes away from pristine beaches, coastline and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and neighbors the great Margaret River wine estates of Mosswood, Vasse Felix, Cullen and Pierro. Described as one of Australia’s finest new generation gourmet establishments the multi award winning gourmet restaurant was ranked in the Top Ten in the World for Food and has recently opened a Gourmet Retreat and Cooking School. Cape Lodge features 22 rooms and suites, the executive five bedroom Private Residence, an all weather tennis court and a beautiful free form swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Hotel Yallingup
- Cape Lodge Yallingup, Margaret River Region