Drift House isn’t your road stop B&B. Perched on the corner of Port Fairy, winds from the sea wrapping you up, this is the place that will make you want to extend your stay just one more night. The suites are intellectually romantic. While most are fitted with a bathtub, it’s the in room stove-tops, maxi bar produce and plush beds that fuel conversation and snuggling for couples.
Each of the four suites take up the whole floor of their respective buildings, and are so individually curated it’s hard to pick a favourite. Residing in One for my stay, I was drawn to the detail of each. The mural in Two (by one of the owners Colleen, an artist), the light and courtyard of Three, the projector TV and colour in Four. Each suite really is a different escape.
Arriving to a stunning terrace house, a quick peer around the corner and expertly attached is an angular architectural extension that subtly sits within its surroundings. Apple trees adorn an outside sitting area leading to a slick deep-sea blue pool. With luxe towels and day beds, it’s the perfect summer hiding spot.
Nibbling on the welcome butter yo-yo’s (addicts may purchase more from the maxi bar), you wonder how this place came to be. Colleen and John purchased the house some seven years back, and through hard work, planning and an eye for collecting amazing pieces, put together what can only be described as the house you envision for yourself on a dream board. Yes, I should have Moet chilled at all times and yes, my pantry produce should be all local and organic.
While there can be a certain amount of pomp about design, local produce etc, you don’t feel that here. You are left to explore entirely on your own. The recommendations of what to see and where to go would appeal to every sort of visitor and the vibe of this place is that you have your own studio to dream about what life could be..
You can have a piece of Drift House to take home with you. Their plush beds are available to order. King Koil mattresses delivered straight to your door – a nice take home purchase. I was tempted.
To be honest, you probably wont leave the room. Periodicals, books and movies will have you wrapped up on the couch. And high speed free wifi for those itching to have some touch with reality is available to each suite. The breakfast basket with sourdough, eggs, jams, yoghurt allows you to make the kind of brunch you really want.
Cook for your loved one in the kitchenette – there’s pasta and sauces in the maxi bar. Or venture up the road a few blocks and have wood fired pizza and wine at Coffin Sally. Either way, stay more than one night. And come back, because being in one suite will leave you wanting to try another.
FEEL: Design orientated, sophisticated.
ROOM PICK: All, but a soft spot for #One.
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
CHECKING: 3PM check-in | 11AM check-out.
BREAKFAST: A basket selection.
RATES: From $375 AUD p/n.
CHILDREN: Adults only.
IN-ROOM: Library, kitchenette, bathtub (none in #2), TV, DVD's, robes, Grown Alchemist products, candles, bath salts (home-made), Nespresso coffee machine.
MINI BAR: Champagne, biscuits, jams, pasta, chocolate, crisps, Parmesan. Do purchase as they are not overpriced.
Bookings are available directly through their website.