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Werribee – I’m in love with your uptown world.

Who doesn’t love swanky? Everyone deserves a little luxury, to escape to the world of the well-heeled and ritzy … even for just a day or two. Here are three of my favourite things to do in Werribee when I feel the urge to splurge on snazziness.

Heavenly + high-brow Sunday session: spa treatment and high tea.

I call this the full works, ideally shared with a gal pal or two. We escape to the Mansion Hotel Spa for a three-hour Moroccan Melt Ritual – a private steam room session followed by full body massage, botanical facial and crème hair treatment. While still blissfully relaxed, we float across to the mansion balcony (in summer) or historic library (on cooler days) for a lavish high tea spread of sweet and savoury delicacies. Playing ladies is so much more fun than it should be.

Charming + chic: long lunch at Shadowfax Wines.

When you turn into the gorgeous gum-lined driveway, you just know you’re in for a special treat. Then you see the building’s sleek architectural lines and the inviting sweep of the lawn and alfresco zone. Inside, it’s all natural light, rustic restaurant décor and an entire wall devoted to wine tastings. The menu is Mediterranean-inspired and wine-friendly, showcasing the finest regional produce. You settle in for a long, lazy lunch – decadently grazing your way through the menu and the wine list. This is the life!

Elegant + upscale: stay-over and explore the Mansion Hotel.

Slip back into the luxury lifestyle of a bygone era at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park. Boutique accommodation at its finest – luxuriously appointed guest rooms with all the creature comforts of a contemporary 5-star hotel. The opulent 19th-century mansion setting is as grand and intriguing as the well-to-do Chirnside brothers who created a vast pastoral empire with the mansion at its heart. I love wandering the hallways and plushly decorated rooms. Imagining the way they lived, with their servants and house staff, their wealth and pioneering spirit. If only these walls could talk!

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