Captains Creek Winery. An Experience Not Just A Stay

No words were needed. It was just time to sit, relax and stare… 

This photo captures a moment. It’s completely candid and unstaged. It’s an image that visually distills the essence and soul of visiting ~ Captains Creek Winery.

It’s a visual representation of how you’ll most likely feel after a couple of hours here. Chatting with friends, nibbling at delicious platters and sipping on fine wine at this award-winning Daylesford organic winery. Oh and don’t forget about drinking in the stunning vineyard views on offer from the cellar door.

Blissful right? Couldn’t get any better?! Well not quite.

It can get even better.

Because you can actually stay on-the-grounds at a heritage-style farmhouse known as Bundaleer. This wonderfully renovated Captains Creek accommodation is only about 100 metres walk from the restaurant’s front door. Within a couple of minutes you too could plonk yourself down in those chairs, sit back and just gaze out into space.

bundaleer farmhouse captains creek accommodation

So then, let me tell you a little more about our recent visit and stay at this enticing Daylesford country escape.

Captains Creek Winery. First impressions

“Oh so you’re the two guys I saw walking along Kangaroo Hills Road. We don’t see that very often!”

Ha! We’d been sprung. We’d chosen to walk around to the cellar door along the main road after checking in. To get out for a bit of an explore and stretch our legs. Gee they don’t miss much in the country do they ~ we chuckled to ourselves. 

The welcome had been both cheeky yet warm and friendly which pretty much set the tone for our entire weekend stay.

This 80 hectare working farm, vineyard, cellar door & restaurant has now been passed down through four generations. Founded in 1909 by the May family the present day hosts are wonderful husband and wife team Doug and Carolyn. And to say that the family business is in good hands is a massive understatement.

host of captains creek winery
Doug hard at work…

Location, location, location…

This delightful property is located about 15 minutes drive west of Daylesford. It’s a pretty drive and the scenery surrounding Captains Creek is sublime.

This whole region west-of-Melbourne sits upon ancient lava plains with old volcano mounds dotted across the landscape. The rich red volcanic soils are said to be among the most fertile in all of Australia.

The farmland that the May family have worked and developed across the years stands out markedly from the rest. It’s a calming mix of fruit and nut orchards, rolling pastoral land and of course beautiful grape vines

Attainable and sustainable

It’s not only super easy to get here from Melbourne but your taste buds are in-for-a-treat too once you arrive. The family turned their farm over to healthy organic practices way back in the 1980s. And this ‘head start’ on the competition sure shows.  They have used the ensuing decades to great effect.

Their wines and ciders are spectacular and their local paddock-to-plate ethos has recently seen them awarded the Golden Plate Award for Best Cellar Door Eatery/ Bar in Regional Victoria.

And after much exhaustive research by yours truly and co at the bar our favourite tipples included the:

  • Alexandra Apple Cider – a very English-style cider. Crisp and dry and made from organic fruit grown locally on the farm
  • 2015 Sparkling Hepburn – once the cork pops things only get better with these tight bubbles
  • 2015 ‘Kooroocheang’ oaked chardonnay –  just made for summer
  • 2015 ‘Sparkling Bullarook’ sparking pinot noir – one word. Yum!
  • 2015 ‘Seven Hills’ Pinot Noir – the pick of the crop for the three lads that tried it. In fact after a sip we all turned to each other and said “how incredible is this!!”
captains creek sparkling pinot noir

Captains Creek accommodation. Why not play then stay

For those visitors to the cellar door who are lucky enough to be staying onsite it will only be a two minute walk back to the Bundaleer Farmhouse. It wouldn’t be unusual for this wander to be accompanied by the clink of a bottle or two of Captains Creek organic wine making the return journey with you!

We stayed in the two-bedroom farmhouse (See notes below for all configurations). It is both homely and comfortable yet stylish and contemporary thanks to a full renovation in 2016.

interior of captains creek accommodation bundaleer farmhouse
Source: Captains Creek accommodation website

The property features a spacious kitchen (pictured), two separate living & dining areas, beautiful polished wooden floorboards, a modern bathroom with full-size bath and super comfy king beds.

It was originally built in the 1950s by Doug’s father in a heritage style. Built of double brick it remains cool in summer and has heating through-out. Plus it also has a country escape must-have ~ a cosy fireplace for winter.

The views from the farmhouse to the north are pastoral and serene and to the west look out upon two magnificent volcanic hillocks running along Mays Rd.

friends walk in beautiful countryside near Daylesford
A walk along Mays Rd named after the family

The Captains Creek crew also provide you with a wholesome breakfast of farm fresh eggs, local bacon and other continental additions. Plus you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of organic wine of your choosing upon arrival.

The wrap

A stay at Captains Creek organic winery is all about the sum-of-the-parts. It’s not one thing in particular that makes it so special; rather a suite of appeals.

It’s the perfect mix of genuine country hospitality, delicious award-winning food and organic wines, stunning scenic beauty, quality accommodation and an unerring dedication to organic principles and sustainability.  A stay here truly rewards all the five senses. To put it bluntly you just feel damn good being here.

Trust me, you won’t want to leave…

family leaving captains creek organic winery
A contented family slowlyyyyy leaves Captains Creek Winery

Captains Creek Winery. More Information

  • Visit the Captains Creek organic winery website for full details
  • We stayed in the two-bedroom farmhouse in summer 2018. Prices at time of writing start at $154 p/n for two adults. Consult the booking website for full details
  • You can also hire Bundaleer as a full three-bedroom house
  • You may be entitled to a 25% discount on your 2nd nights accommodation. Conditions do apply; inquire at time of booking
  • The family also run three off-grid eco cottages on another part of the property. Just search Anarres Organic Eco Village for full details

All photography copyright Thirty Summers unless otherwise credited. All rights reserved. Please note we stayed as a guest of Captains Creek Winery; all views and opinions expressed are our own without influence.


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