Five Acres is a new luxury accommodation on Phillip Island, consisting of three modern cabins (named Barley, Clover and Rye). Owners Rom and Katie Lamaro settled on the five acres of land near Ventnor in 2018 and set to work creating sophisticated accommodation unmatched in style, location, offerings and privacy anywhere else on the island. Away from the routine of traffic and people, these innovative cabins allow guests to revel in the quiet solitude of the peaceful working farm in total comfort.
Away from Phillip Island’s most populated spots, Five Acres is located on the far west of the island, close to the once-coveted Summerland Peninsula. Nestled among the farms that surround the property, the three spacious cabins overlook a paddock that is home to two comical highland cows, Rory and Ivy. Wild ducks roam the paddock; cows in neighboring paddocks moo in the distance. The shimmering sea before you beckons and the towns of Shoreham and Pt Leo on the Mornington Peninsula – visible from west of Port Bay – seem a million miles away.
The natural hues of these open plan log cabins are subtle and elegant. In the center of the cabins is a sunken “lounge” with a log fire and an L-shaped sofa facing floor-to-ceiling windows, from which you can view all sorts of changing weather conditions across the country. There is a small table and chairs for dining during breakfast, as well as a discreet kitchenette offering everything you might need for your stay. There’s also seating on the veranda, and the staggered positioning of the cabins keeps you out of sight of the next door – the privacy you need if you’re planning on using the outdoor bath, though. that the shower is also impressive with a view of the sky via a huge skylight; and there are heated bathroom tiles to combat winter temperatures.
Head upstairs to the bedroom, with a king-sized bed adorned with luxury linens surrounded by plenty of carpeted space. There’s a stack of magazines to browse in a woven basket, plenty of USB ports and a large walk-in closet to store your belongings.
The Lamaros run a working micro-farm on the property and if you arrive at the right time of year, you might have some fresh berries or stone fruit included with your breakfast. This also includes fresh artisan sourdough bread from Noisette, homemade granola, jam and yogurt; freshly brewed coffee and plenty of tea. Enough to supply two people with breakfast for several days, while enjoying the island’s abundant products elsewhere. Trays are available to order if you fancy staying inside and also enjoying the small bottle of Gippsland’s Loch gin provided (with ice and fresh lemon).
Get out of
Although you’re tucked away from it all, the location is barely remote — it’s only a five-minute drive to Phillp Island’s Penguin Parade Visitor Center. The township of Cowes is 10 minutes away, where you can dine on pizza and gelato at Isola di Capri, overlooking the pier. Closer still is Phillip Island Winery, which has a slightly different concept of a working winery – here the owners have sought out their favorite Gippsland producers to create their own signature wines, which is useful for visitors who don’t don’t have time to visit the cellars themselves. It’s also a great setting for lunch (I recommend the arancini). You can walk after lunch on the nearby Berrys Beach-to-Pyramid Rock coastal hiking trail. For a true high-end dining experience, The Cape Kitchen serves up cuisine almost as eye-catching as its waterfront views.
Bringing high-end, self-catering accommodation to Phillip Island, Five Acres is changing the game on the accommodation scene.
46 Mchaffies Lane, Ventnor; fiveacres.com.au. Rooms start from $490 per night.
The front door lock was broken so I had to use the second entrance at the back of the cabin.
Kylie McLaughlin stayed as a guest of Visit Victoria.