“On arrival at Chris & Steve’s beautiful beach house we were blown away with its perfect presentation. Even although this is our second visit it just stole our hearts. We were welcomed by our hosts who left lovely gifts for us, there bicycles were awaiting us for our cycle into Sorrento for our morning coffee. The situation of the house is perfect to visit the most beautiful beaches, wineries and amazing thermal hot springs. Our lovely hosts allowed our 3 grandchildren and their parents to join us for the holiday, it was such a joy to have them with us as we live in Scotland, while they live in Melbourne. So these times are precious. They particularly loved the rock pools and swimming in the sea. Thank you Chris and Steve, we hope you enjoy our holiday home in Nerja as much as we enjoyed yours in Blairgowrie . Sheena and Archy ❤️”
Chris's reviewsAs a host (5)
“Chris and Steve were wonderful first time xchangers and will go on to enjoy many more I am sure. The house is in an ideal position close to the bay, back beach and Sorrento. The luxurious master bedroom and ensuite was a highlight! Although we were just 2 humans and 2 dogs the house would be great for a bigger family with heaps of comfortable bedrooms and spacious decks. We hope to enjoy future xchanges with them. Many thanks from Karyn and Peter.”
“Chris and Steve’s home was beautiful, it was so spacious and comfortable. The rooms were stunning, the main bedroom had a spacious bathroom and doors that opened directly onto the deck. It was like waking up in a five star hotel each morning. The house was lovely and private and just a short drive from the beautiful beach and restaurants in Blairgowrie. Chris are a really lovely couple and we loved meeting them. This wonderful relaxing home, is a great place to stay. ”
“We were lucky enough to spend 1 week in Melbourne here and would highly recommend it. Very clean, modern and efficient- everything you need to make a great home stay. A short 15 walk to the tram or train and into the CBD in anther 15 minutes or so- many shops/restaurants within a short walk from the home as well. Can walk to botanic gardens as well. If you are interested in Melbourne this is a great place to stay. Highly recommended and very kind and gracious owners.”
“I had three house exchanges three weeks in a row in January 2014 and everyone of them was fantastic. Serenity, owned by Steve and Chris, was the last one and it was a fabulous place for our last week of travelling. The house is a 10 min walk to the beach and is in a quiet location with lots of lovely trees and shrubs which make you feel as though you are alone although the neighbours are actually right next door. The house has four bedrooms - the master area is huge with a lovely bathroom and walk in robe. It faces onto a large deck and a teak table with ten chairs which is where we spent most of our time. The area has lots to explore with great beaches, wineries and shops. Chris and Steve were fabulous and to be honest the experience of the three exchanges were all flawless. I am extremely grateful to them for their generosity's I know this was a peak rental period for them yest they let us stay there at that time. Thanks.”
Where is it?
Sorrento/Blairgowrie is on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula a 1 hour and 15mins drive south east from the Melbourne CBD. The house is located at the narrowest part of the Peninsula and from there it is an 8 minute walk to the front bay beach (Blairgowrie) and a 12 minute walk to the back ocean beach (Koonya Beach). In terms of driving it is only a few minutes drive to the historic township of Sorrento where there is an abundance of cafes, pubs, day spas and shopping options. Portsea Village is a further 5 minute drive along the coast.
The area is surrounded by magnificent beaches, ranging from calm shallow and clear waters in the bay (for swimming, kayaking and sailing) to exquisite turquoise rockpools (perfect for snorkeling) along the ocean beaches to some of the best surf beaches in Victoria, at Portsea and Gunnamatta. Diving and fishing are popular seaside activities in the area with a number of diving and fishing charters available.
If you enjoy golf then there are numerous championship courses for your enjoyment in the area. Tennis courts are available to hire.
A visit to the Red Hill wine region will take 20 minutes by car. Here you can visit a myriad of wineries and taste world famous pinot noir and chardonnay wines. There are also magnificent restaurants and al fresco dining options in and around Red Hill.
From Sorrento you can take a ferry (on foot or with a car)across the bay (30 minutes) to explore the charming seaside town of Queenscliff. This also provides access to the south west coast of Victoria, including the Great Ocean Road.
Have a look at www.visitvictoria.com for great ideas on things to do on the Mornington Peninsula, where our home is located.
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