A romantic eyrle in a French provincial tower overlooking vineyards: and only three hours from Melbourne. Mount Ophir Estate is on the outskirts of Rutherglen, in north-east Victoria, and the new elegant tower suite - just for two - is the crown in the reborn estate, a winery dating from 1891. Sashay up the spiral staircase, admiring the Parisian chandelier, the marble bathroom, stocked library and the art and ceramics by local artists on your way to the bedroom at the pinnacle of the tower. Owned by siblings Nick, Eliza and Angela Brown (of the Brown Brothers family), the 57-hectare property has three other newly renovated houses: the little Winemaker's Cottage (sleeps two), the Gatehouse (sleeps eight) and Pickers Cottage (sleeps 20). Cycle between Rutherglen's wineries, restaurants, art galleries and wine bars.. or just stay in your tower.

 

'The Tower' costs from $550 a night, minimum 2 nights.

 

Visit www.mountophirestate.com.au for more information.

 

The Age, January 2018

 

 

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