When Poss Sampieri sent us the images of her beautiful new labour of love, Orchard Keepers, in Victoria's Red Hill, our heart skipped a beat. Within minutes we were scanning our diaries furiously to find a date that we could book an escape to this idyllic country retreat an hour out of Melbourne. We had to get in quick before we shared it with you (so sorry - but we couldn't help ourselves) as we know you're going to love it as much as we do.
Set within established gardens and overlooking surrounding vineyards and orchards, the 4 bedroom guesthouse and separate Workers Cottage sit beneath a giant Sequoia tree. After leaving the corporate world behind her, Poss set herself the task of restoring what was once 3 separate cottages that hark back sometime between the 1890's and the 1950's, and committed herself whole heartedly to the entire process.
Working closely with Sue Carroll from Montreaux & Trove in Melbourne, Poss has created a sophisticated and elegant country retreat that she quite rightly refers to as 'country chic'. Mixing antique pieces with lashings of white paint, layers of linen, concrete surfaces, pale timbers and a collection of ceramics, Orchard Keepers is the definitive of country chic in our opinion.
If you're looking for the ultimate country getaway - whether it's with family or a group of friends - you can't go wrong here with Orchard Keepers....but it's our little secret right?
Book here quickly if you want to see for yourselves!