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Chef inspired accommodation

Out of the kitchen and into the bedroom, several Australian celebrity chefs have opened their own accommodation in well-known Australian foodie areas. 


By Jessica Wilkinson
Published: 17 March, 2016

Turning their meticulous, detail-oriented attention to creating accommodation that marries with the style of food their famous for. Maggie Beer – a stalwart in comfort, home-style country cooking has a farmhouse in the Barossa Valley while Rick Stein’s passion for local seafood is reflected in his coastal retreat, Rick’s Place. Armando Percuoco’s classical Italian cuisine is supported by the olive groves and vegetables and herbs from his Hunter Valley farm, Valleyfield and Dan Hunter’s luxury accommodation offering fits with the fine dining Brae restaurant experience. 

Maggie Beer’s The Orchard House, Barossa Valley

Orchard House, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Orchard House, ringed by about 2000 fruit trees (deep orange-hued in autumn) is a true homage to Maggie Beer’s cooking legacy. The house immerses its guests in the culinary arts with cookbooks at hand and a beautiful kitchen. A restored farmhouse on, as the name suggests, an orchard, has deep verandahs and the cool wooden floors, open rooms and high ceilings that only true country houses offer. There’s a wood-burning fire that crackles into the night as you enjoy the serenity that the orchard vista provides and the two bedrooms are cosy and comfortable with king beds and ensuites. As far as provisions go, you will find complimentary free range eggs, black pig belly bacon, sourdough bread, muesli, Maggie’s own preserves, locally roasted coffee beans, hand blended loose leaf tea, jersey milk and unsalted butter, and of course fresh fruit from the orchard. It’s the country retreat you dream of – you can even wander through the fruit trees to pick fresh ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines or apples when the season allows.

Set in the heart of the Barossa, The Orchard House location offers a great base to all of Maggie’s regular local pit stops; the Barossa Farmer’s Market, artisan cellar doors, Kaiser Stuhl National Park, the local art gallery and craft markets.

 

Rick Stein’s Rick’s Place, Mollymook

In 2009 Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook on the on the NSW South Coast opened and Rick and his wife Sarah bought a ‘60s beach house just down the road. Transforming the retro beach house into a boutique hotel, Rick's Place offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on a cliff top looking out to the sea on one side and a bush reserve on another. The house still retains hallmarks of its day, including wide P&O style decks, stained timber panelling and inside, retro style bathrooms but the kitchen has all the mod-cons including two dishwashers. Designed to allow guests to spend long lazy days reading, walking along the beach and enjoying good food, Rick’s Place is the perfect coastal escape.

Located in Mollymook, it’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding area – enjoy the sun and surf at Mollymook beach, play a round of golf at Mollymook Golf Club or visit the nearby town of Milton. Guests can also take advantage of all of the facilities at Bannisters, including the Day Spa, the Poolside Pizza Bar and Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant. 

Rick Stein’s Rick’s Place, Mollymook

In 2009 Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook on the on the NSW South Coast opened and Rick and his wife Sarah bought a ‘60s beach house just down the road. Transforming the retro beach house into a boutique hotel, Rick's Place offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on a cliff top looking out to the sea on one side and a bush reserve on another. The house still retains hallmarks of its day, including wide P&O style decks, stained timber panelling and inside, retro style bathrooms but the kitchen has all the mod-cons including two dishwashers. Designed to allow guests to spend long lazy days reading, walking along the beach and enjoying good food, Rick’s Place is the perfect coastal escape.

Located in Mollymook, it’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding area – enjoy the sun and surf at Mollymook beach, play a round of golf at Mollymook Golf Club or visit the nearby town of Milton. Guests can also take advantage of all of the facilities at Bannisters, including the Day Spa, the Poolside Pizza Bar and Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant. 

Rick Stein’s Rick’s Place, Mollymook

In 2009 Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook on the on the NSW South Coast opened and Rick and his wife Sarah bought a ‘60s beach house just down the road. Transforming the retro beach house into a boutique hotel, Rick's Place offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms and sits on a cliff top looking out to the sea on one side and a bush reserve on another. The house still retains hallmarks of its day, including wide P&O style decks, stained timber panelling and inside, retro style bathrooms but the kitchen has all the mod-cons including two dishwashers. Designed to allow guests to spend long lazy days reading, walking along the beach and enjoying good food, Rick’s Place is the perfect coastal escape.

Located in Mollymook, it’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding area – enjoy the sun and surf at Mollymook beach, play a round of golf at Mollymook Golf Club or visit the nearby town of Milton. Guests can also take advantage of all of the facilities at Bannisters, including the Day Spa, the Poolside Pizza Bar and Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant. 

 

Armando Percuoco’s Valleyfield Escape, Hunter Valley

When Buon Ricordo is closed, Armando can be found at his Hunter Valley farm, Valleyfield, tending to his garden.  Along with the extensive olive groves that supply the restaurant with oil, there are vegetables, herbs, figs, persimmons, quince, loquat and Seville oranges. Valleyfield has a boutique guesthouse for two available for booking all year round. Set in bush surroundings with 2.5 acres of lush gardens, the guest house, designed by PikeWithers, consists of a lofty open-plan dining/lounge room with a cosy log fire and a small selection of books and board games. The villa sleeps two adults in a king size bed, the bathroom has a heated floor and a ‘large-enough-for-two’ rainwater shower. There’s even a ‘spoon’ bath in front of a 2.5 metre (8 foot) high window overlooking the olive grove. Of course, there is a fully equipped chef’s kitchen – but you can choose to prepare your own meals or select meals from Buon Ricordo, ordered before your arrival. Guests are encouraged to pick from the wide variety of edible plants and herbs, as well as the dozens of varieties of fruit and vegetables, growing near the guest villa – and while out in garden keep an eye out for the family of kangaroos that visit daily at dawn and dusk.

Valleyfield Escape is located just outside the small village of Wollombi and surrounded by the Watagan ranges in the Hunter Valley region. Other attractions include Noyce Brothers Wines, The Wollombi Wool Store and Slattery Helicopter Charter.

 

Dan Hunter’s Brae guest suites, Birregurra

Brae guest suites, Birregurra, Victoria

Located a 90-minute drive south-west of Melbourne, the Brae guest suites are set on the 30 productive acres that house the award-winning restaurant Brae. Under the creative direction of chef Dan Hunter, the restaurant sits within an architecturally converted farmhouse on the same property as the six luxury guest suites, making it an easy commute for those who are dining and sleeping on the property. The villas, designed by Six Degrees Architects, are understated in luxury - from the heated slate floors, and bath with dual aspect views to the stargazing window above the bed. As a little bonus, you’ll also find an in-room small-batch wine and spirit collection plus snacks from Brae’s kitchen. Staying on the property allows you a little extra time to appreciate your surroundings - the acreage, which is just inland from the surf coast town of Lorne, includes established vegetable patches, an olive grove, an organic orchard and beehives. All this after your in-room house-made breakfast of organic, wood-fired sourdough bread, pastries and seasonal produce, of course.

Brae is located along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, making it the perfect overnight pit-stop if you’re road-tripping from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles

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